Lord Blackheart is, as you might suspect from the name, an evil villain. The biggest name in supervillainy! and one day a young girl appears outside hLord Blackheart is, as you might suspect from the name, an evil villain. The biggest name in supervillainy! and one day a young girl appears outside his lair, she’s intent on being his sidekick. Nothing he can say or do can dissuade her from joining him. Although following his orders might be a little beyond her, and as for his pleas that she kill less people, well, she doesn’t really see the point in being an evil villain if you don’t live up to the description.
Nimona, the girl, is more than she appears. She can shapeshift. An invaluable ally against Tenderloin, Blackheart’s nemesis and the Institute that Blackheart is attempting to bring down.
Okay, so this graphic novel is just plain awesome. I loved it so much!
It starts out fun and light-hearted, and it stays fun, albeit with dark shadings but it has depth and heart and all manner of wonders. To say much more would be to give away the greatness that is Nimona, but if you want a taster go to www.gingerhaze.com and read the first three chapters.
Since devouring Nimona I have discovered that Stevenson is also the author of Lumberjanes a comic I have heard many many good rumblings about, so I’ll certainly be investigating that at a later stage.
But if you are looking for a comic with good v evil, with monsters and girls, and possibly girl monsters, with heroes and villains, all with humour and wonderfulness then you should check this one out.
On the verge of suicide anthropologist Andrew Bankson bumps into Nell and Fen. They too are anthropologists, and are just about to head back to Austra
On the verge of suicide anthropologist Andrew Bankson bumps into Nell and Fen. They too are anthropologists, and are just about to head back to Australia, Fen's homeland, after an expedition. Nell and Fen are a husband and wife team, although Nell is the more famous of the two. Before they met she published a very well received book and she is where the money comes from.
They are two very different people from Bankson, but he feels that he has been so isolated from white people, if only they would stay close by, things would be so different for him. So he takes them on a tour of some "unexplored" parts of New Guinea near "his" tribe, and although they are hard to please eventually they encounter a people they would like to study.
But this is not really a book about tribal customs and anthropological investigations. It is much more of a book about three people and how their lives intertwine and mingle. About love and jealousy. About relationships and power imbalances. About an insecure man and the woman he breaks.
I first heard about Euphoria on Metafilter. They've recently added books to the fanfare section of the site, and one of the first groups to be set up was the Historical Fiction Book Club, and this was the first selection.
And it sounded fascinating, a fictionalised version of an event in the life Margaret Mead (Nell). I came across Mead years ago when I read Where we once belonged (a book I really must reread, because even after all these years I can still remember it so clearly) by Sia Figiel. It tells the story of a young Samoan woman growing up, aware of Mead's study on her people and how that has affected them, so I was curious to read more fiction about Mead, and after reading Euphoria and some of the articles linked to in the Fanfare discussion she sounds like a fascinating person and one I'd like to know more about.
But I began the book knowing nothing about Mead, apart from her name really, and I don't think my reading of the book in any way suffered because of that. It probably made it easier to accept what was happening, rather than knowing any of the real details, because this is, after all, a fictionalised version. Many events are different, as are relationships and, of course, dialogue.
The book itself is beautifully told. You really get the sense of being in the humidity of New Guinea, especially as an outsider. Although I did find the switching of narrators a little off putting at first, until I grew accustomed to it and knew straight away who was narrating.
I was also a little disappointed that the book was told so much from a Western/white viewpoint. But as I read on I realised that the tribes and the anthropology and the jungle, they were all there to provide setting and isolation for these three people, they were only a minor part of the story. Which, to my mind, is problematical. The othering of brown people in order to tell a story about white people...
But apart from that I really enjoyed the book. It isn't too long, but there is plenty to it. And I thought that Fen was a great (not a good!) character (not man). He was just so charming and then so insufferable the next second. **redacted on account of spoilers: full review here : http://www.susanhatedliterature.net/2... ** I thought that Bankson was a bit of a non-entity though. I suppose part of that was everything he had gone through in his life, attempting and failing to please so many people. But his character didn't stand out the way the other two did, maybe that has to do with him being the narrator for the majority. The reader got to see the others through his eyes, but he never really looked at himself all that closely, although there were a fair few very telling moments.
All in all, I'm really glad I read this and I would recommend it to others, I hope I get around to reading a bit more about the read Margaret Mead soon.
Rosemary Harper is running away from her past. She wants a new life. A new start. So she heads into space, joining the crew of the Wayfarer, a tunnell
Rosemary Harper is running away from her past. She wants a new life. A new start. So she heads into space, joining the crew of the Wayfarer, a tunnelling ship, and its crew of mixed species and personalities. It is certainly different from what she is used to, and that is what she wants.
I loved this book. So much! I wasn't sure what to expect when I started it. I'd seen it mentioned on a few blogs, but nothing had really prompted me to put it on Mount TBR, but then I spotted it in the library when I'd forgotten to bring the book I was currently reading. So I picked it up, started reading, and loved it straight away.
It was just so much fun. It has it all, action and adventure, romance, danger and death! What more could you want.
The edition I borrowed has the UK/IRE cover. And it is a good cover. Classic sci-fi, looking at the stars and wondering what it out there. It does a good job of getting that across. But the US cover... it just fits the book so much better. I mean, it is a sort of pulpy cover, and is much more "fun". The UK cover is much more serious looking. Which isn't to say that the book is a no-brainer. There is plenty there to widen the reader's perspective, and it does raise a whole heap of issues. From AI to alien interactions, to sexuality, and whole heap more. So it is a serious book in that respect. But it is also fun and engaging and so easy to read. It just feels more like the US image is you know what I mean?
It actually felt a lot like watching Firefly, a small crew, interacting, living on the edge, trying to make their way. Although the crew are a lot more diverse than those of Serenity but if I was asked to find something to compare The long way to a small angry planet to, it would definitely be the 'verse. It has that same feel of family to it.
And those that have been around this blog for a while know that that is high praise indeed. Because I love and adore Firefly.
If you are thinking of picking this one up there is a read-along currently underway, hosted by Lisa from Over the Effing Rainbow. I'm useless at readalongs, because if I'm enjoying a book there is no way I'm going to spread out my reading over a couple of weeks. I will, however, check in on the questions and answers as they seem to be raising lots of interesting discussion.
Nettie Lonesome was found as a baby and taken in by the Lonesome family. Which is to say used by Mam & Pap Lonesome to work and work and work someNettie Lonesome was found as a baby and taken in by the Lonesome family. Which is to say used by Mam & Pap Lonesome to work and work and work some more. One night she encounters a man who wants what she doesn’t want to give. There is a struggle and the man turns out to be no man, but a monster, and suddenly Nettie is caught up in a whole other world.
But then again, maybe it has always been part of Nettie’s destiny.
This is a book I came across through twitter, it made it onto Mount TBR back in August and I pre-ordered it back then. And I’m so glad that I did. It is such a great read. Nettie, or Nat, or Rhett, whatever name is used, is a great character. Throughout the book Nettie is referred to as she, but often she refers to herself as a man. So I’m not sure exactly which pronoun to use, I think I’ll stick with female ones as that is what the author uses in online references to the character. Nettie wants to be a man in part because all her life women have been weak and powerless. Men are the ones who can take control of their own lives. In an utterly male-driven society wouldn’t you want to pretend to be somebody with at least a modicum of power rather than someone who must live at a man’s sufferance.
Because Nettie is bottom of the pile, not just because she is female. Or an orphan with no one to look out for her interests, but also because she is half black, half Native American, and in the white dominated world she has grown up in the colour of your skin counts.
Apart form all that awesomeness there is also a great story and great characters in this book. It has revenge, monsters, gun fights, Rangers, brawls and hints of romance. It’s just a great story. I look forward to reading more about Nettie as this is the first book in a proposed series....more
Once one of the most powerful Houses in Paris Silverspires is in decline. Its founder, Morningstar, is missing. Selene, his last pupil, has taken over
Once one of the most powerful Houses in Paris Silverspires is in decline. Its founder, Morningstar, is missing. Selene, his last pupil, has taken over. For years she has led the House, protected it and its dependents and schemed and plotted on its behalf. Since the end of The Great War that is all the houses do, scheme and plot and pull at one another. No body wants an outright war, the Great War destroyed too much, contaminated too much, but every one is still locked in a struggle to survive, to stay on top.
Into this atmosphere of constant political scheming comes Philippe and Isabelle. He has lived in Paris since leaving his Vietnamese homeland, he has fought for the houses, against his will. He knows what they are capable of and wants nothing to do with them. Instead he has survived out among the gangs of Paris, where might makes right. Isabelle is newly Fallen. Full of power but so vulnerable until she learns control and skill. And in a world where Fallen blood and bones can be turned into magic power boosters she needs the protection and guidance of a House.
I first came across de Bodard when I read Obsidian and Blood, a collection of her Aztec stories. And I thoroughly enjoyed them. Since then she has written many fascinating short stories and you should probably go check them out if you haven't read any already. She has a wonderful way of writing, I could read her all day long.
Unfortunately I started reading this book when I didn't have the time, and so was only able to read a chapter or so a day for a while. Once I got a bit of free time however I devoured it, and I think it is a book that I would reread. I loved the world that de Bodard has created here. It is a world without and good choices, just the least worst. All of the main characters struggle with this, and the world in which they live where survival is such a struggle. In order to survive you must seize and keep power. And being in power means that you must take that power away from someone else.
Philippe, and that is not his real Viet name, is introduced to us when he is at the bottom of the pile. Exiled from his home, with no real supports in Paris, an outsider with no power. But is he really that powerless?
In order to live Isabelle must ally herself with a House, but the Houses are inextricably linked to corruption and ruthlessness. If they had not been so in their past they would have been torn down by the others. To ally herself to that is to become a part of the power struggle and all that entails; torture, betrayal, murder and more.
Isablle and Philippe are linked, but opposed. Philippe is so utterly against the Houses he cannot really understand how anyone can support them.
It is a great way of looking at power dynamics and colonialism and racism and how they are all tied up together. Power corrupts, as we all know, the more power the more corruption... but there is also a look at how the lack of power is just as damaging. If you have no options in your fight for survival are you more open to doing the "wrong thing" because it is the only thing you can do?
I think this is the first book in a trilogy, but it can be read as a standalone novel, if you don't mind certain aspects being left open to interpretation.
Anna is adopted, a fact she’s always known, but now that she is getting older she is wondering about her “real” mam, or her nine-month mother as she rAnna is adopted, a fact she’s always known, but now that she is getting older she is wondering about her “real” mam, or her nine-month mother as she refers to her. She’s also wondering why she gets landed with all the housework, why can’t her brothers and younger sister help out. Why is she always the one bringing down their washing and tidying up after them.
And then, according to the blurb, “something terrible happens”.
Anna Who?I really enjoyed this story. I’m so glad that I gave into impulse and nabbed it. And I’m so glad that I spotted that tweet by Sarah WebbSarah Webb. (where I came across this book)
It would have been nice to read the book when I was younger, there aren’t a huge number that I can remember being set in Ireland. There was one about some girls who ran away from home and ended up in a bad situation in Dublin. And another about an actor called Buddy? Was that the name of the book too? And something about bicycle thieves…. But as I said, I was more into devouring sff at the time, of which I can’t remember any Irish authors back then. There must have been some, but not in my local library.
Anna is a great narrator, she’s so self-involved in many ways and yet so worried about taking care of everyone else in the family. And so obsessed with the notion that she doesn’t belong because she was adopted. She is smart though, and she recognises that others in the family feel like outsiders even though they weren’t adopted. She is also kind and interested in other people, and in what is going on in their lives. This is a book all about the little details in a person’s life, about growing up and dealing with all the huge dramas that being a teenager involves. You know, the ones that when you’re all grown up mean so very little, but when you are fourteen are everything.
And it was such a readable book, I’d sit down to read a few pages and before you know it I was half way through the story. Great writing, I’ll have to check out what else we have be Leach in the library’s stores as I think all her titles are Out of Print....more
Austar IV started life as a prison planet, over the generations and years it has evolved into a deeply segregated, almost feudal society. Jakkin was bAustar IV started life as a prison planet, over the generations and years it has evolved into a deeply segregated, almost feudal society. Jakkin was born free, but in order to survive his mother sold herself and her son into “bond”. Every bonder wears a bag, and when they fill this bag they will be free. They will be a master. But many bonders never make it that far. Jakkin is determined that he will fill his bag himself and he has a plan. He intends to steal a dragon egg, hatch it out, and raise it to be a champion pit fighter.
Ta-Nehisi Coates is a name that has floated around me for a while now. Often in discussions on Metafilter about racism and America and what it is to be black, or what it is to think yourself white in the US. But I've never really read his work before, so this year's Diversiverse seemed the perfect place to start. And Between the world and me just came out this year to huge amounts of praise, so I ordered it.
It is a heart-rending book.
Told, in letter form, to Coates' teenage son, it is how Coates grew up in America. It is how racism has impacted his life in so many ways. It is how racism is so embedded in American life that to pursue the "American Dream" is to condone, encourage, and collaborate with racism. It is a personal narrative and a sociological text. It is so worth reading. I quoted liberally from it on tumblr, my only problem was picking what to quote. I could have quoted the entire book [ref]this quote about slavery being one person's life not a lesson for others in particular is so important. Along side Mad Max's "We are not things" slogan should be added "We are not here to help you learn"[/ref]. And some passages I just couldn't stop reading in order to quote. Really, I'm going to repeat myself, you should read this book.
Of course not being American there is a certain amount of distance between the book and me. Also, it is a letter to a young male black teenager. I am non of those things. I am not the intended audience. It still speaks to me, so loudly.
And I cannot help but think of how Irish society is also a racist one. Okay, we don't have a huge non-Irish population, and we never enslaved entire races, but look at the Traveller population in Ireland, how is that not racism in action? And yet people will argue about personal responsibility and if they just behaved like settled people they'd be fine. Ignoring completely the fact that non of us live in a vacuum. Personal responsibility is important, but if society is biased against you then, in the grand scheme of things, you have very little choice in life.
But I'm not going to this post about me. That isn't what this book is about. This book is about African-Americans in the United States of America. And it is such a huge book that I really don't understand how Coates fitted it all into 152 pages. And it means that I will certainly be reading his Black Panther when that gets released.
If you get the chance to pick up this book, please do so and read it. If you don't get the change, then make the chance....more
Don't you just love it when you pick up a book at random thinking it looks vaguely interesting and then you devour it? That is what happened me with tDon't you just love it when you pick up a book at random thinking it looks vaguely interesting and then you devour it? That is what happened me with this book. I spotted it among the new books at the library and almost didn’t pick it up, mainly because I haven’t been into non-fiction all that much this year, and also non-fiction literary criticism can be very dry and academic and, to put it bluntly, boring.
But it was talking about the heroine’s journey in literature and sure, if I didn’t take to it, I could always toss it.
There was no need to toss it. In fact I think I might have to buy a copy for myself because it is the sort of book that I could return to, even if just for a chapter every now and then. Plus there are notes and further reading, you know, because I don’t have enough to read as is.
Jane Eyre’s Sisters is a book all about women in literature, and sometimes in real life, and in pop culture. So you have, obviously Jane Eyre mentioned herself, but we also get mentions of BSG’s Starbuck and Buffy the vampire slayer and A Game of ThronesGame of Thrones.
And there is so much in this book that struck a cord with me that I was hard-pressed not to write down everything, as it is I have a fair few quotes on my tumblr i
Bower focuses on the idea of the Aletis as the female archetype in literature. She is the wandering heroine who often sees herself as an outsider in her own home or community and so at some point she leaves home. She wanders from place to place. Often she goes to another woman, a witch or learned woman, and learns from her. When her lessons are complete, she moves on. Often she wanders. Sometimes she returns home. But always she is changed by her experiences.
Bower contrasts that with the hero’s journey. Yes, he leaves home too, but more often he is almost forced into leaving by the appearance of a mentor/wizard, whereas the Aletis chooses herself to go. A mentor looks for the hero whereas the Aletis is the one to search out the mentor and she is the one to decide to leave, unlike the hero who often loses his mentor through death, at a time when he still wants that mentor along.
The hero goes on to complete his quest, win the girl, and the kingdom. In contrast, the Aletis wins self knowledge and confidence rather than any wider recognition.
And straight away I thought about how in The Eye of the Worldthe Wheel of Time series you can see both the Aletis and the Hero begin their journey in the Emond Fielders. Male and female alike leave, but the boys are urged, the girls (Egwene and Nyneave) chose to leave. They then travel on to learn from the powerful females and again, leave of their own choosing ii whereas Rand, Perrin, and Mat are forced away from their respective mentors. Perrin is taken away from Elyas and the wolves by the Whitecloaks. Mat & Rand are taken under Thom’s wing but lose him to a Fade. And later Rand loses Moraine to the rings. iii
I’m not so sure about the ending of the journey and how it fits. But still, that certainly struck me.
I also loved how Bower talks about a woman’s right to be selfish. No one thinks it strange if a man is career driven, but for a woman to be so is almost an affront to other people. She is cold and unnatural. And not only does Bower point this out, but she also says that this is a bad thing for men as well as women. And that it is terrible for those people who are truly devoted to being parents; that devotion is not recognised because it is a role that everyone is just expected to fall into.
I could probably talk about this book forever. And I’m sure I’ll think about it as I read other books in the future. You should read it, it may be literary criticism with a sociological/feminist slant, but give it a try. It is very accessible and easy to read. Highly recommended....more
In a small town in America the teenagers run wild every full moon for three days while their parents, and everyone else locks themselves inside, safe.In a small town in America the teenagers run wild every full moon for three days while their parents, and everyone else locks themselves inside, safe. For three nights the teenagers “breach” and run and fight and fuck. Why it only happens here no one really knows, but in this town this has always happened. After a time the teenagers grow up and leave all that behind, allowing those following after to run wild themselves.
Luman has always been different to the other girls in her class. She is quiet. She is a good. She does what is expected of her. She believes that she will not breach. Her mother never did, her father tells her story as when Lumen was just a baby her mother died in a car crash. So Lumen believes that she will be as different as her mother.
And then she finds herself running naked through the night.
Lumen is the narrator of this story. Now she is married, she has a son, she is remembering growing up. She still feels like an outsider. She doesn’t understand how worried some mothers get at germs and cuts. She knows that bodies are tough, that they can take a lot of punishment and recover. But she still doesn’t really know who she is, or where she fits in society. She has yet to come to terms with herself and with her past. With her relationships with all those around her.
All her childhood she did what she was told, and even know she is fully prepared to be who others think she should be, to act as they think she should act. To be the person others expect her to be.
But every now and then something from inside her will break free and cause her do what others never expect. How is she supposed to reconcile the two Lumens?
When we were animals is a story about trying to find yourself when you don’t know where to look. About how families stifle children in their attempts to protect them, and make it so much harder to grow up. It is a coming of age story that highlights that adult fear of teenagers. Okay, so maybe these teenagers are more dangerous than regular ones, but that idea, that teenagers are capable of such darkness. And there is a lot of darkness in this novel. Violence is everywhere, but in some ways it is an innocent violence. Physically hurting people is just something that happens. But Lumen’s life is also affected by lies and misunderstandings, that lead to more lies and more uncertainty. The darkness that surrounds people and how they interact with one another. The masks people put on to go out into the world, and what those masks hide, and so, of course, what happens when those masks come off.
Obviously this book is aimed more at dog lovers than at any more general reader, so if you aren’t interested in how and why your dog, or any dog, does what it does then you won’t be too interested in what this book has to say.
However if you are looking for a scientific book then this isn’t really the one for you. It is very much a popular science book, it references plenty of studies and articles in passing, but it is an easy read, skipping from topic to topic without ever going hugely in-depth into any one area. In my opinion this is what makes this book work. It is intended for exactly that audience and it delivers.
It also branches out into the differences between how dogs and other animals react to humans, how dogs are so much more responsive because of how people and dogs have evolved to live together. And how they really really aren’t wolves in disguise, and shouldn’t be treated however you think a wolf should be treated i. Most of the research he mentioned I was vaguely familiar with as I have an interest in it. A surface interest mind, I wouldn’t be off reading scientific papers, just the pop-round up version. I did find the chapter about Skinner and behaviourism and how maybe clicker-training works because it affects the human rather than the dog a very interesting read.
All in all it is an entertaining read, providing a decent over view of where we are at the moment in relation to trying to understand dogs and their behaviour....more
Carolyn is a librarian. Or at least that is word her Father uses. That is the term she uses for herself. But what she does is not what you might thinkCarolyn is a librarian. Or at least that is word her Father uses. That is the term she uses for herself. But what she does is not what you might think when you hear the word librarian. Most librarians, after all, don't murder people as part of their work. Maybe CIA librarians? And very very few librarians that I have met also resurrect people. It's just not that common. Unless you happen to be one of Father's librarians, or students.
In the 1970s one of Father's enemies launched an attack on him. He survived, but many did not, so Father took 12 orphans into his house, to raise as his Pelapi, or librarians. Each was given a specific catalogue or area of study and set to learning all they possibly could.
But now Father is missing. The librarians can't get back into the house. Somebody has moved against Father and they need to find out who, why, and if they can stop them.
And that is all you need to know about the plot of this book. The less you know going in the better, although I would really recommend that you read it. It is a fantastic book. I pretty much devoured it in two sessions. Nom nom nom.
It covers some weird and nasty things, rape, murder, end of the world, torture. But it also has a lot of compassion in it. It is a disturbing look at how to turn good people into monsters, how revenge can drive people to horrible consequences. It is also full of humour and wonder.
Okay, so it is a book of its time and all, but still, the racism! My god! And even when it wasn't being all "killing black men isn't murder" it was alOkay, so it is a book of its time and all, but still, the racism! My god! And even when it wasn't being all "killing black men isn't murder" it was all the inherent grace and nobility of the English aristocracy. I mean, what the what!!!!!...more
The Imagine Network has decided to investigate the legend of the mermaid. They've recently discovered just how lucrative fictional-documentaries can bThe Imagine Network has decided to investigate the legend of the mermaid. They've recently discovered just how lucrative fictional-documentaries can be. So they hire a ship with its crew and a team of scientists and send them out to sea with a film crew to find out what they can find. And when they don't return, and all that is found is a ghost ship with blood stains there are a fair few people who claim it is all for publicity's sake. The crew & scientists must have been paid off, this mystery ship, adrift in the ocean, is nothing more than a teaser for their mermaid documentary.
Rolling in the deep reveals the true story behind the Atargatis.
Of at least, that's the set-up. And if you are a fan of Mira Grant's other work and have enjoyed that type of story interspersed with news reports then this is the book (novella) for you. It is short, only 122 pages, but it says exactly what it needs to say in those pages. It's a perfect monster story, the unknowable rising out of nowhere and there is nothing anyone can do to stop it. Or them. Because mermaids don't swim alone... ...more
Ove is a man who knows what is right, and what is wrong. The rules are there for a reason, and just because every body else in society seems to have sOve is a man who knows what is right, and what is wrong. The rules are there for a reason, and just because every body else in society seems to have stopped following them is no reason for him do break them. It is the right way to live. He owns a Saab. When I first started reading A Man Called Ove my biggest issue was how to pronounce Ove. O-vey, or Ov. Google is your friend, it's more Ova than anything (http://forvo.com/word/ove/) but I think I'll probably stick to my Anglo version of Ovey. I wasn't sure what to make of this book. It was a book club choice and, as is often the case with book club reads, it isn't a book that I would usually pick up. I'm so glad it was chosen though because I loved it. It reminded me of Victor Meldrew from One Foot in the Grave, although Ove is much more formidable than Victor ever could be. But he has that "grumpy old man" to him, a way of thinking about the world as though everyone else has lost their senses and if only they could see reason they'd all agree with him. It is also a lot more touching and emotional than One Foot in the Grave usually is, although it does share some of its humour, Ove is a more poignant character, because (slight slight spoiler) he is a widower. The one great love of his life recently died and he is only waiting until he can find the time to join her. Of course the best way to meet Ove is without knowing anything about him, and I've already given too much away, so I'll just say that you should read this book. It is an easy, quick read, well worth the time you'll spend with it. Of course the grumpy old man is hardly an original or fresh idea, but it is how this stereotype is described that makes this book so worthwhile. Plus the community that Ove finds himself, against his better judgement, a part of. ...more
Danny Dragonbreath is having trouble with the whole Dragonbreath aspect of his name, in other words he hasn't yet managed to breath fire. Keep thinkinDanny Dragonbreath is having trouble with the whole Dragonbreath aspect of his name, in other words he hasn't yet managed to breath fire. Keep thinking hot thoughts, think about fire, his father tells him, but that isn't much use when the school bully is teasing you about your very existence. Dragons being mythical beings and all. Added to that is the fact that you just got an F because you made up your facts for your essay on the ocean and it makes for a not great day.
Luckily Danny's mother suggests that he contact his cousin, who just happens to be a sea serpent, and that way he can learn all about the ocean. It is where cousin Edward lives after all.
I may be biased, in that I am a big Ursula Vernon/T. Kingfisher fan, but I thought that this book was just great. It is a kids book, middle-grade (whatever that means to us non-USians) level, so it isn't as dark and haunting as some of Vernon's other work. What it is though is great fun. Danny and his best friend, iguana Wendell, have adventures under the ocean and even learn a bit about deep-sea life in all its weirdness. Plus they learn a little about how to hold off a school bully.
And awesome artwork. Highly recommended when you need something light and easy to read....more