I'm not sure what I was expecting. More of A Series of Unfortunate Events type stuff? Maybe. And this certainly follows in that veiThe Little Bookworm
I'm not sure what I was expecting. More of A Series of Unfortunate Events type stuff? Maybe. And this certainly follows in that vein. I guess this is the precursor to that series. More on the mysterious Lemony Snicket who, I was jarringly reminded, is actually a fictional character in his own right. A few characters from ASoUE appear, a detail I appreciated. I wonder if the Bauderlaire parents will appear.
Anyway, Lemony takes an apprenticeship which I guess consists of solving mysteries with a chaperone (mentor). His chaperone is certainly a character and not the most effectual one. But she is suppose to be a means to an end. Instead though she brings him to Stain'd-by-the-Sea where they are suppose to find a statue that was stolen. But instead of asking whether something can be stolen that didn't belong to the person in the first place, he asks all the wrong questions and is lead on a crazy quest around town, meeting the types of characters you'd expect to find in a Lemony Snicket book. And like ASoUE this is a dense book in that a lot of things are happening and most of it is not explained. But if you are a Lemony Snicket fan you will be expecting that....more
An excellent finish to a great series! I am going to miss the adventures of Artemis Fowl, Holly Short, Butler and all the other great characters in thAn excellent finish to a great series! I am going to miss the adventures of Artemis Fowl, Holly Short, Butler and all the other great characters in this series. ...more
A plane full of beauty queens crash onto a island where a corporation has set up shop in a volcano in order to do an arms deFrom The Little Bookworm
A plane full of beauty queens crash onto a island where a corporation has set up shop in a volcano in order to do an arms deal with a crazy dictator.
I've been sitting on this review for a while now because I am not entirely sure where to begin with this book. It's a commentary of how women are treated in society. It's a satire on beauty pageants. It's a Survivor meets Lord of the Flies (with girls) meets Miss Teen USA. It's mostly just like nothing else. Libba Bray is the Tom Robbins of Young Adult fiction.
To say I loved it is an understatement. It is a truly enjoyable book that gave me a lot of food for thought. I enjoyed the diverse cast of characters and the treatment of the various issues that arose from transgender to race, nothing was off topic. Each girl's character was explored thoroughly and most if not all displayed tremendous character growth.
It was a fun book too. I loved the Captains Bodacious, the reality TV pirates. I loved the crazy dictator who is love with the former beauty queen turned presential hopeful and who loves Elvis and carried a stuffed lemur named General Goodtimes. I love the play on the standard shipwrecked trope mixed with the evil corporation mixed with the villian's lair being located in a volcano. I loved the footnotes and the commercial breaks and the running commentary interspersed through the book. It is a different kind of book but not one to be missed....more
The Little Bookworm Jason wakes up on a bus holding the hand of a pretty girl with no memory of who he is or how he got there. After a monster attack,The Little Bookworm Jason wakes up on a bus holding the hand of a pretty girl with no memory of who he is or how he got there. After a monster attack, Jason, Piper (the girl), and Leo (a friend) are whisked away to Camp Half Blood and there they find out about their parentage and are sent on a quest to save Hera and stop something worse than the Titans from rising from the earth.
Phew. I was afraid after The Red Pyramid that I was off of Rick Riordian. But The Lost Hero has saved me from that. Because I really enjoyed it. As much as I did the Percy Jackson series. Partly, I think, because the characters are more familiar and I don't have to learn a whole bunch of new gods or monsters or how the world works. There's something to be said for familiarity. But this is a fresh approach to the Greek gods and demigods. It centers around three new demigods, Piper, Jason, and Leo and alternates between their voices in the third person. It was a good way of getting to know all three and getting to see everything that was happening. My only problem is that sometimes there is just too much mystery. Just say it already and quit jerking me around. But that's par for the course in a Riordian book. Still I liked the book and was eager to find out what happens next. I'm curious about Annabeth and Percy and I hope the next book deals with their side of the story. The cliffhanger at the end has been eagerly awaiting the next book.
Joshua Swanson is the reader and overall he did a great job doing all three characters. His reading was a bit stilted in place and I don't know if that is his fault or the fault of the text. It just sounded unnatural in places. It wasn't anything that detracted from the story as a whole, but it was something that I noticed. I like these books on audio, in general because they are exciting and absorbing....more
The Little Bookworm Penelope Lumley has been engaged as a governess to three children, three feral children, that is. The Incorrigibles were found in tThe Little Bookworm Penelope Lumley has been engaged as a governess to three children, three feral children, that is. The Incorrigibles were found in the woods of Ashton Place and it's now Miss Lumley's job to civilize them. But there mysteries abound. Who are these children? And what is Lord Ashton hiding? And why is Old Timothy, the coachman always sulking around? So many questions and this is just the beginning.
I want to say "think A Series of Unfortunate Events mixed with a penny dreadful and The Jungle Book" And that might come close, but A Mysterious Howling is not depressing like ASoUE (one of my favorite series but really depressing if you read the whole thing at once). In fact, it's jolly good fun. Miss Lumley steps up to the plate of basically training these wolfish children and turning them into normal humans. While she can be a bit officious, she is a great deal of fun and I loved her approach to the children.
There are plenty of mysteries raised in the first book of this series. Why are there three feral children living in the woods at Ashton Place? Why did Lord Ashton keep them? What the heck is going on? I can't wait to read more because I am really glad I got this from the library. It is a delightful book that I highly recommend. ...more
The action starts off a little slow and I was getting a little tired of no one answering questions (but then I'm a Lost fan so I've been almost desensThe action starts off a little slow and I was getting a little tired of no one answering questions (but then I'm a Lost fan so I've been almost desensitized to that) but once Thomas hits the maze, it's on like Donkey Kong. The Maze Runner kept me guessing and I kept thinking that I knew what was coming up and I had like three different ideas about the ending, none of which happened. I liked that. I don't like guessing the ending before it happens. I was hoping that the second book was out so I could start on it right away but it doesn't come out til the end of the year. I won't say I was completely blown away but I wished I had gotten around to it sooner. It was a good read. The relationship between Thomas and the girl was very cool and I wonder more about his relationships between him and some of the other Gladers. I can't wait to find out more.