I was already familiar with the movie 'A Little Princess' (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113670/?...) which I watched as a young child myself. It had bI was already familiar with the movie 'A Little Princess' (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113670/?...) which I watched as a young child myself. It had been on my mind for some time to read the book as well, and during my latest visit to the bookstore I finally purchased it.
Having seen the movie always spoils your view of the story; or that's my experience. You tend to compare movie and book constantly, and this was no different. Except it was very HARD to compare, since the book and the movie have different storylines! That really took a while to get used to, I'll be honest.
In the book's defense, though, it was still a beautiful, touching story, and I soon adjusted my thinking to this new setting of Victorian London and all. It captured my attention from page one and I think I finished the book in three or four days. In short: I love it, but do NOT expect the same story in the movie. It feels to me as if they've taken the idea of a boarding school and a girl who lost her daddy, but created their own story for the movie. ;)
Do I recommend it? Yes I do! Though I can imagine not all children will enjoy it. I think I would not have loved the story as much as a child as I do now. But it's definitely worth a read. :)...more
My very first Doctor Who book, one of the five I've bought while I was in London. I started on it while I was in the tube on my way back to the hotelMy very first Doctor Who book, one of the five I've bought while I was in London. I started on it while I was in the tube on my way back to the hotel and boy it was a good read.
I admit that I started on this book with some doubts. The back cover gave away some hints of the Rose and Doctor being separated throughout most of the book and old enemies showing up as well, which didn't appeal to me. Yes, I still bought it and read it as the first book and... it was amazing. The characters were perfectly kept in character, but more important than that, the writing style read like a train. Perhaps because it's written for children, though at the same time that could mean a book is too dull to read.
But it was exciting, with moments of joy and laughter as well as terrifying moments that made you want to read on and on.
... In short, I finished this book in a day. I couldn't stop reading it. I read it on the tube, I read it while waiting in line to check in at the airport, I read it at the airport, while I was on the plane and I finished it back in Holland while on the train from Schiphol to Amersfoort.
I loved it. And that's all I feel like saying about this book. I'm not going to tear it apart and show what made it good, because that would just ruin this wonderful experience. I can't wait to continue with the next Doctor Who novel. ...more
I'm quite the Star Trek fan, especially for The Next Generation and Voyager. I had first bought the movie, since Star Trek novels aren't easily foundI'm quite the Star Trek fan, especially for The Next Generation and Voyager. I had first bought the movie, since Star Trek novels aren't easily found in bookstores around here, and found it a very good movie. My search for the book started soon after that.
As a book, it closely follows the movie, except that the unspoken emotions give it a whole new dimension. There are a few scenes added to it that the authors have come up with themselves or that have been removed from the book; scenes that were very entertaining, though. The best example of that is the library scene with Troi and Riker.
It's very well-written and definitely recommended to anyone who is a Star Trek fan. Especially if you are a Star Trek: The Next Generations fan. ...more
I read this book for the first time when I was ten, twelve years old. My library had a Dutch version of the book, and I absolutely loved it. I must haI read this book for the first time when I was ten, twelve years old. My library had a Dutch version of the book, and I absolutely loved it. I must have borrowed it at least five more times after that. When I was fourteen, I went looking to purchase this book, but unfortunately, it was no longer for sale anywhere, not in Dutch, not in English. I spent ten years looking for this book, and I finally found a brand new Japanese copy and a second-hand, first edition English copy. No words can express the joy I felt when I had this book finally in my hands.
For me, it's one of the best stories written about Robin Hood. There are many versions, of course, and each has its own quirks and twists to the long forgotten original story. I have seen it in movies, all adapting it to their own idea, but nothing touched me as much as this book.
It's a very well-written story that draws you in from the start. You meet Robin of Barnsdale as a young man returning home, only to find that he has been outlawed. You follow his life through the rest of the book; how he gathers his men, how he has helped lost strangers and became their best friend, how he rescued Maid Marian, and all the way up to his final hours.
I have laughed, cried and loved this book. If you can put your hands on this book, please... give it a try. It's worth it....more