Dahl has got a lot of nerve to be going about dissing witches. Think about it--would you be brave enough insult the witches of this world? ^^
Revealing...moreDahl has got a lot of nerve to be going about dissing witches. Think about it--would you be brave enough insult the witches of this world? ^^
Revealing the secrets of these scabby, bald-headed, clawed, toeless child haters, Dahl risks his life to enlighten his young readers, and to prepare them for the inevitable onslaught of The Witches.
Witches, in Dahl's story, are vicious, dangerous and bloodthirsty creatures who hate children with unmatched fury and whose dearest desire is to wipe them all off the face of the earth. There goal is to do away with one child a week and the worst part is that they look just like ordinary women. But there are certain signs, as our unnamed, seven year-old narrator's grandmother informs us, that can help you tell a real witch from an ordinary lady. And it just so happens that the ladies of Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, staying at the same seaside hotel as our hero and his grandmother, display all the signs.
This original, quirky little book is perfect for readers of all ages. It has just the right amount of scary details to fascinate a child reader without being to creepy to give them nightmares (such as when Grandmamma tells about a little girl she knew who, after a run-in with witches, became a still figure in an oil painting that grew old and eventually faded away) and enough creative and ingenious details to hold an adult reader's interest.
Together they work together to foil the evil scheme of the head witch, and to make the world a witch-free zone.
How can you not love something of so much horror that comes off with such humor and charm?
Title The Witches Author Roald Dahl Reviewed By Purplycookie(less)
”The Alchemyst”, the first book in The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, introduced a wide-ranging group of historical figures who have...more”The Alchemyst”, the first book in The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, introduced a wide-ranging group of historical figures who have achieved immortality and are engaged in a present-day struggle for the fate of the world. This second entry, ”The Magician (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #2)” picks up exactly where the first left off.
Allied with the legendary Nicholas Flamel on the “good” side are teenage twins Sophie and Josh, who are supremely gifted but with powers that are untrained. Countering them is a new arch-villain, Niccolò Machiavelli, who, along with other figures from history and legend (Joan of Arc, the Comte de Saint-Germain, a trio of Valkyries, Nidhogg, Mars Ulthor, the spider Elder Areop-Enap, Dagon, plus legendary artifacts like the swords Excalibur and Clarent), swells the already impressive cast.
Plundering every imaginable culture of their heroes and heroines is a clever feat, sure to draw all manner of historically and mythologically-minded readers. One weakness starts to show through, however. In a six-book series such as this, each installment begins to feel like a lengthy, glorified chapter rather than its own book complete with a satisfying story arc and resolution. That said; this keeps the pace at an exciting and impeccably thought-out fantasy, well suited for those left in the lurch by the still-very-much-felt exeunt of the Harry Potter series.
This strikes just the right balance of action, fear, intensity, and hope for what is to come. The imagery of Paris and the places that exist beneath the city are creepy which adds to this story. Not frightening, but compelling. More obscure gods and mythological creatures once again reveal the author's depth of knowledge of his craft in this genre.