The final book to the series was a nice wrap up of all that had been happening in the series. This was an ending full of hope and shows the wonder of...moreThe final book to the series was a nice wrap up of all that had been happening in the series. This was an ending full of hope and shows the wonder of the human spirit and the ability to overcome moments of true darkness. With this final novel we return to Sparks and find Lina and Doon worry once again about the people and their chances of surviving the winter months. They are tired of the struggle and believe there has to be a better way to overcome the hardships they are facing. Once again the two set out to save everyone from disaster and while they bring trouble in their quest they are able to prove they are plenty capable of getting the job done. Overall the series is a nice little escape that proves to be heartwarming as it speaks of hope and of finding the happiness and goodness that is in life. Helps to make you realize that there are hardships in life that are necessary. These are what make life's easy moments so much more happier and special.(less)
This along with the first book would have to be my favorite in the series. This was removed from the series by 50 years all prior to the City of Ember...moreThis along with the first book would have to be my favorite in the series. This was removed from the series by 50 years all prior to the City of Ember and was an attempt to show some of the things that lead up to the need for Ember. Although I really expected to read of the actual events that LEAD to the City of Ember instead this book was a really a sanitized version of what may be happening in one little town that is in the grips of the threat of war. This was a bird's eye view of one town and their way of coping with what could be the end of days. I enjoyed the characters in this story a little more than the characters in the rest of the series, but too it could have been that there was a bit of a change of pace in this book and a change of scenery. I can see the need for this book, but think the placement in the series feels a little awkward as it broke up the continuation of what was happening in Sparks.(less)
While the second book did not pull me in quite the same way the first book had, this book was really good as well. It was a nice continuation of the s...moreWhile the second book did not pull me in quite the same way the first book had, this book was really good as well. It was a nice continuation of the story and really explores the trouble the people of Ember face when they become part of the city of Sparks. With this book there are more characters introduced than just the Doon and Lina. With this installment more people of Ember as well as people of Sparks become more important to the overall story. All of the characters are nice additions to the story and really round things out adding more perspective and views of things as they happen around Sparks.(less)
Wow. I can't believe I was so into this book. I really had no idea what to expect, but I was completely blown away and sucked in. The dystopian aspect...moreWow. I can't believe I was so into this book. I really had no idea what to expect, but I was completely blown away and sucked in. The dystopian aspect was a large part of what sucked me in. I love the idea of someone imagining a world different from ours and creating a whole new place. The characters are great. I loved following Lina around and seeing things through her eyes. This is the classic young children/teens taking on the world around them with little help from adults because the adults just don't see the world the same way the young people do. They attempt to get the adults involved, but are turned away and are even hunted as fugitives who are going against the way of Ember. After finishing this book I couldn't wait to start the next book and to get the whole series. I look forward to seeing just what happens to these people as they explore the new world before them. This is highly recommend especially to those who don't really get into science fiction. This is not heavy on the sci-fi but has just enough touches to get you into that world without being overwhelming.(less)
Interesting little story. Not what expected at all. I tend to expect the unexpected with Gaiman's work, and he did not disappoint here. I believe this...moreInteresting little story. Not what expected at all. I tend to expect the unexpected with Gaiman's work, and he did not disappoint here. I believe this was turned into an animation movie as well. I'm not likely to check it out, but was glad I finally got around to reading this little book.(less)
This was my first read of the Nancy Drew novels. I've been reading some of the graphic novels that are bit more updated than this series that was orig...moreThis was my first read of the Nancy Drew novels. I've been reading some of the graphic novels that are bit more updated than this series that was originally released in the 1930's and they are decent little reads. The novel format is much the same with a little more detail than the graphic novels which has to do with the different format I believe.
Either way this was a nice short read and I may continue with the series, I see there are many more books and many more different series, but I think I'll start with some other reading in between these. This could get a little boring if I were only reading strictly these books. They are junior fiction and sometimes my adult brain likes these little books that don't require much brain power, other times my brain needs something with actual substance!!(less)
This Nancy Drew book reads very much like a Scooby Doo mystery. A meddling kid that follows who she believes to be the suspect and is caught on to a c...moreThis Nancy Drew book reads very much like a Scooby Doo mystery. A meddling kid that follows who she believes to be the suspect and is caught on to a couple times by the "suspect". She apologizes because she was wrong for interfering, and is even caught up into the suspects scheme, but luckily she is able to escape the suspect thanks to her father having taught her morse code as a child. He comes back and saves her in time so that she can solve the mystery! Once again a bit of a let down in terms of the story. On to the next! (less)
This book was quite honestly a bit ridiculous and very far fetched. I understand you have to suspend your belief to even go along with a teenager who...moreThis book was quite honestly a bit ridiculous and very far fetched. I understand you have to suspend your belief to even go along with a teenager who is capable of solving crimes, but in this particular story Nancy and the gang leave the country. They travel to India to find a young woman who has befriended Nancy. The young woman works in a call center and was abducted. Somehow Nancy is going to work to find a young woman that everyone keeps telling her does not only not exist but she would do well to pretend she doesn't know of her either. Sounds like a good plan to me, not to mention the logical thing to do given you are in another country that doesn't particularly care for Americans. Especially the meddling kind. I did finish the book and of course things work out as they should. I just didn't particularly care for the plot of this one.(less)
Ok, now THIS is my favorite so far in the Nancy Drew graphic novels. I know I really enjoyed Dress Reversal and thought it was my favorite, but this n...moreOk, now THIS is my favorite so far in the Nancy Drew graphic novels. I know I really enjoyed Dress Reversal and thought it was my favorite, but this novel with its added element of nostalgia in honor of celebrating 75 years of Nancy Drew and my love of antiques and things of the past made reading this novel that much more fun!! Just like the other graphic novels Nancy does solve a mystery and there are added elements where Nancy will give insight and information concerning pieces of the case or just little random interesting factoids. This novel was no different. These factoids just interested me more given the factoids reference the 1930's!! From the sayings to the old style of dress and the complete abandonment of the modern technology, this book is perfect for the nostalgic side of me!! After reading this novel I'm really excited to start the actual first 1930's Nancy Drew mystery novel that I just picked up from the library this morning!(less)
Now I'm really glad this was not the first book in the Nancy Drew graphic novels that I started with. In all honesty if it had been I might not have c...moreNow I'm really glad this was not the first book in the Nancy Drew graphic novels that I started with. In all honesty if it had been I might not have continued and read as many as I have. This was just so incredibly cheesy!! Nancy coming face to face with a grizzly bear....George telling her to FIGHT BACK!!! A grizzly?? Really? She punches the thing in the face!! Yeah right! So unbelievable even for a graphic novel in a fictitious little world. Come on.
All that said, the story was only so so. And the blast at the end that sends Nancy shooting from the mine completely UNHARMED....even more far fetched than the run in with the bear. Another dud, but I'll keep reading hoping to find less like this!!(less)
This little book contains three short comics. The first story summary is found in the book blurb above. Cute story about a smurf being bitten by a BZZ...moreThis little book contains three short comics. The first story summary is found in the book blurb above. Cute story about a smurf being bitten by a BZZ fly which then infects the bitten smurf. The bitten smurf turns purple and jumps around yelling "GNAP!" Evidently they become contagious because the infection spreads as the bitten smurf begins to bite other smurfs. Papa Smurf attempts to find a cure, but not before nearly the entire village of smurfs have been bitten. After capturing the BZZ fly Papa Smurf is able to find a cure. As the purple smurfs close in on the village the few smurfs left attempt to fight off the purple smurfs. Unbeknownst to the others, a purple smurf paints himself blue to trick the others. As the battle ensues he begins biting the cured smurfs and healthy smurfs alike. In one swift explosion luckily all the smurfs are saved! And so ends the terror of the purple smurf!!
The second story follows one smurf in particular in his desire to fly. He is determined and tries many an idea to accomplish his goals. He wrecks havoc with the other smurfs in his quest but does eventually achieve small moments of flight. In the end he discovers a way to fly, but is unable to come back down to the ground. Realizing his dilemma he is fed bricks by his fellow smurfs. Yes bricks. This not only makes him heavy, but it effectively brings him back to the ground. The problem now being he is too heavy from eating too many bricks!! The story ends with his desire to sail....yet he finds he is too heavy for this dream!!
The final comic in the book is a cautionary tale of be careful what you wish for. One smurf is disgruntled with his neighbors as he is unable to get a good nights rest. He sets off to the forest to find peace and quiet away from his noisy fellow smurfs. He finds a nice tree stump in which to make his home. A couple nights pass and slowly but surely he finds himself unable to sleep in what he thought was peace. A dangerous storm comes up one night and he decides to head back to the village because the storm is frightful. Upon returning to the village he finds lightening has struck his home and he is very lucky indeed to have not been home. When the smurfs learn of his desire to return home Papa Smurf consoles the unhappy smurf telling him they will rebuild his home. The smurf is ecstatic and requests a new location away from his noisy neighbors. As irony would have it, the new home is built between Handy Smurf and Harmony Smurf.....loud banging on one side and beautiful music on the other....
I grew up watching the Smurfs and have always enjoyed them. This little book is perfect for moments of nostalgia as I think of my childhood. I hope to stumble upon more of these books in the future!! I've learned a few new phrases from this little book such as "smurf-tastic", "Shut your smurf!" and "Smurf-reka". I admit my favorite is "Shut your smurf!"
In case you were wondering...."smurf-reka" came with a footnote on the definition....an interjection expressing joy in a discovery, usually uttered while taking a bath. I did not read of this phrase while a smurf was in the bath tub, but that little addition to the definition is a little disturbing.....(less)