This is a beautifully illustrated story of hope and compassion. A little boy says his nightly prayer on behalf of those in need. The text is simple anThis is a beautifully illustrated story of hope and compassion. A little boy says his nightly prayer on behalf of those in need. The text is simple and straightforward, and yet touches the heart in a way that is at the same time both personal and universal. The illustrations are deep and rich, evoking the tenderest of emotions.
Though it is about prayer, there is no specific mention of religion. This is therefore accessible to those of all faiths, or even to those who simply desire a better world, a world of peace....more
What initially drew me to this book was the cover. I thought it was kind of cute. And the title was intriguing. Now having read The Magical Mind of MiWhat initially drew me to this book was the cover. I thought it was kind of cute. And the title was intriguing. Now having read The Magical Mind of Mindy Munson, I was not disappointed. Mindy is a little girl who doesn't talk, except to whisper to her twin brother, Jesse, who is sort of her spokesman for their two older siblings, Tucker and Susie. After the Munson kids lose their parents in an accident, they move to a new (old) house with their aunt. But according to Mindy, this house is already occupied by a host of invisible magical creatures.
The story's narrative is childlike and sweet. And I really started to believe in those creatures, too. But at its heart, this is about loss and healing. And more importantly it's a story about family. I enjoyed this little book immensely and kids of all ages will enjoy it, too.
R.M. Ridley is a writing force to be reckoned with, that is for certain. Tomorrow Wendell is a superbly written blend of horror and noir, reading muchR.M. Ridley is a writing force to be reckoned with, that is for certain. Tomorrow Wendell is a superbly written blend of horror and noir, reading much like Daschiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon only with plenty black magic and gore mixed in for good measure.
I found that I couldn't stop turning the pages, each scene flowed so flawlessly into the next. The descriptions are vivid, the characters completely solid, and the plot engaging. The ending was a tad of a let down, but not because of any flaw in the story or writing, but because, of course, I would have liked to have things end a bit...differently. But all in all, Tomorrow Wendell will make a worthy addition to any summer TBR list....more
This is the most challenging review I've ever had to write because I have seriously mixed feelings about WHITE SPACE. I loved Ilsa Bick's first book, This is the most challenging review I've ever had to write because I have seriously mixed feelings about WHITE SPACE. I loved Ilsa Bick's first book, ASHES, which was about an EMP turning people into zombies. It was awesome and maddening and--! (I haven't finished reading the other two books in that series yet, though.)
So when I saw that Bick had a new series coming out, I snatched it up lickety split. And the opening chapters did not disappoint. Basically, eight teens from different places and times mysteriously converge in this snowy valley in the middle of who knows where. And there is another story about a little girl whose best-selling author father uses some sort of mystical power to pull characters through a mirror into his stories.
Bick's story-telling is perfection with a capital 'P'. I didn't even care at first that I had no idea what was going on or what all the references to dark passages and the sign of sure and a bunch of other bizarre things were. The first third of the book played out like your worst nightmare, a deliciously creepy, gory, terrifying horror story even Stephen King couldn't dream up.
But then it just kept going...and going...and going...
I think about half way through I started wondering when things would start to make sense, at least a little. I kept on reading in good faith, trusting that I was in good hands and that eventually all the different story threads and bizarre references would fall into place. I didn't expect closure, per se, because Bick is known for cliffhanger endings. She loves to leave things dangling, so I was prepared for that.
What I wasn't prepared for was the 560 page trek leading me, essentially, no where. Now wait! Before you think I'm complaining or that this is a bad review - it is not!!! On the contrary. Okay. I'd be lying if I didn't say I am totally frustrated and confused, but I think this was intentional on the author's part. There is a can't-miss-it parallel to Alice in Wonderland, a very dark gruesome Alice in Wonderland. My son said it's kind of like the video game Alice: Madness where everything is twisted and convoluted and dark and violent.
In WHITE SPACE you are in the head of Emma, or are you? They are characters in a book, or are they really?
I don't think the book needed to be 560 pages long, but it never drags. Not for a moment. The horror scenes are shockingly detailed, incredibly visual and tactal. Reading this is a physical and psychological experience you won't soon forget. I think if you go into it knowing that you are embarking on a story (or stories) that is non-linear, tangled up like a big ball of twine and you are trying to coax out some logic from it all - but you can't - so don't bother, you can just sit back and enjoy the ride. Bask in Bick's unncanny turns of phrase. Savor the suspense, the detail, the horror of it all. And hope maybe Book 2 will shed a little light on what is really going on....more