What did I learn from this book? If you ever were to lay eyes on Tomie (or even someone who might be Tomie) the best course of action would be to keepWhat did I learn from this book? If you ever were to lay eyes on Tomie (or even someone who might be Tomie) the best course of action would be to keep walking with your head down and try not to draw her attention at all. I know the first instinct would have you racing for your life, but that would only interest her. Also, if you do attract her attention the next best course of action would be to purchase a gun and one bullet. Really, I'm not saying you should kill yourself lightly, but in the event of Tomie it's the only way to save yourself. And even then I wouldn't be too certain, since her death never stopped her from tormenting, she may be able to torment you even after your demise....more
At first I wanted to do a review which would say simply one word: Disturbing. The reason? First because it is true, the novel is very disturbing, secoAt first I wanted to do a review which would say simply one word: Disturbing. The reason? First because it is true, the novel is very disturbing, secondly because I found that I had very little else to say about it. In the end, with all of it's shock and horror, the ending was expected and the events unsurprising. I was almost bored at point, scanning through the text for the next interesting tidbit. When I had turned the last page and realized I was finished no great emotion of relief or closure set upon me. I just put the book down, without much further thought. Which, has led me to give the book a measly two stars, perhaps I'd give it another half if it were allowed....more
The conclusion (?) of the Eddie Dickens trilogy has Dickens off to America? Well...almost. In truth the Dickens family is not doing as well in this inThe conclusion (?) of the Eddie Dickens trilogy has Dickens off to America? Well...almost. In truth the Dickens family is not doing as well in this installment of the series. His mother was wounded when she tripped in the garden and dropped the artillery shell she had been carrying, his father is flat on his back and has decided to paint the ceiling, his Mad Uncle Jack has been stabbed in the buttocks by his Even Madder Aunt Maud and well...Eddie is the only one well enough and sane enough to sail to America and find out what's gone wrong at the offices of their newspaper the Terrible Times.
The family hires a governess to accompany young Dickens on his journey, but it would seem that most put in her care come to untimely ends...
Once at sail Dickens discovers not only that one of the escaped convicts he met in the moors in his last adventure is on ship with him, his Aunt Maud has also managed to sneak aboard in his trunk, and the ship is carrying a priceless treasure, a flawed diamond called the Dog's Bone Diamond (the flaw is in the shape of a dog treat).
Will Dickens survive his murderous travel companion? Or will the notorious villain silence him first? What will happen to Even Madder Aunt Maud and Sally/Malcolm the stuffed stoat? And will Eddie ever get to America?...more
The Chrestomanci series. I first read this book when I was a bit older maybe 15 or 16, but it was enough to hook me completely and make me spurn lesseThe Chrestomanci series. I first read this book when I was a bit older maybe 15 or 16, but it was enough to hook me completely and make me spurn lesser works (such as Harry Potter). Jones creates a truely magical world (similar but not quite like our own) that draws readers in and to my knowledge never lets them go. Each character is unique and uniquely described by Jones, her words, worlds and characters do seem to jump right off the page and exist in your imagination...or perhaps just a world away from us. This is one of the few series that I read and re-read over again and again....more
This book is the answer I needed all those years in Japanese class when my fellow students seemed to idolize the Japanese as if they were some sort ofThis book is the answer I needed all those years in Japanese class when my fellow students seemed to idolize the Japanese as if they were some sort of super race that could do no wrong and had invented everything that was cool. This book shows what a gaijin would face during their time in Japan. Like Will Ferguson they would have their share of adventures and meetings with really nice, helpful people and then they would have those times when they just wished they weren't treated as entertainment and just accepted as a person.
I was amazed at how many Japanese people told Ferguson that he would never find a ride hitch-hiking, yet he seemed to have little trouble finding willing (or less willing) travel mates. I also found it interesting that often once he had been picked up the person who picked him up would invite him to join their journeys or would attempt to join him on his travel. I also loved how Ferguson didn't shy away from "debating" with some of the folks he hitched rides with. I loved the way he gave the racist Monkey expert some troubled moments and even though it was a bit mean, I couldn't help but laugh out loud about the complex he gave the man in the bar whose eyes "just looked Korean"...
The book was both a wake up call to people who would assume that Japanese people are always accommodating and accepting of foreigners and yet it still made me long to go to Japan....more
Neil Gaiman and Alice Cooper team up in this creepy comic book. The Showman (Alice Cooper in appearance) invites a young man into view his delightfulNeil Gaiman and Alice Cooper team up in this creepy comic book. The Showman (Alice Cooper in appearance) invites a young man into view his delightful show of horror and the macabre. The boy, in an attempt to prove his bravery to his less than savory friends, goes with the Showman and watches his show, but even once he escapes the theater the show seems to go on. Not only a comic about an ancient evil, but a coming-of-age story as well. It is also a perfect read for the October season, due to the timeliness of the story (taking place right at Halloween). The imagery and artwork is superb, details keep popping out every time you scan the page. ...more
I really enjoyed hearing this book read to me (by my brother) while driving here and there in the car. It reminded me of how I was a child, always waiI really enjoyed hearing this book read to me (by my brother) while driving here and there in the car. It reminded me of how I was a child, always waiting (hoping) that something interesting would eventually happen to me. When I was a kid I had really big plans (dreams) for the future which usually included something rather bizarre and completely impossible. But, one thing that my kid self always had was time, these amazing things were obviously going to happen to me in the future. I had to be 'grown up' in order to reap the benefits of these odd things for some reason. Now that I am pretty much grown it is depressing to realize that the time of fantasy is gone, but no certainty of success or satisfaction with my boring life has taken it's place.
Enough digression, though. Lizard Music did well in evoking the time period and the voice of the 10 year old narrator. Just starting to figure out things he likes and doesn't like, what he believes in and what is make-believe. However, unlike me, he seems to like order and responsibility and makes it his purpose to discover the meaning behind the odd events occuring around him.
I enjoyed the various characters and the random bizarre encounters of the book. It really kept on becoming more and more eccentric in the events. First it was believable, a strange man on public transit is hardly strange, but then there was the bizarre scene in the candy store. When I heard it I was at a bit of a loss for what was actually happening...is there a man hiding under the bar? Where did he go? Why does he call Victor such strange names? What kind of conspiracy is this!? In the end I can't say it all made sense, but it did come to a satisfying conclusion.