I liked this. Not as much as the earlier books in the series perhaps, but I liked it. I liked seeing all the next generation children that I recogniseI liked this. Not as much as the earlier books in the series perhaps, but I liked it. I liked seeing all the next generation children that I recognise as Chalet School pupils, especially Beth and Barbara. It was also lovely to have a proper introduction to Nan.
I like the way that, on the whole, the La Rochelle books don't take the whole book to deal with the problem main character(s). They are getting themselves sorted and coming right from fairly early in the book and from there it's that they have a chance to to build on their new beginning and grow from there. It isn't a last minute reversal of character, which would annoy me I think.
Also, I can totally see why Janie and Joey become such good friends. They have much in common and personalities that would either just click (as they did) or set them at odds forever because they were so alike. I'm glad it was the former rather than the latter.
I may have to work out which book deals with Beth from here and see if the rest of her story plays out in a Chalet School book....more
This is my second "Abbey" book now and I'm finding the series charming. They are a lovely, easy read about generally nice people who aren't perfect, aThis is my second "Abbey" book now and I'm finding the series charming. They are a lovely, easy read about generally nice people who aren't perfect, and I'm pleased there are more on my shelf for me to read.
It was interesting the way the book started with Joan, then shifted mostly to Joy, before going back to Joan at the end. And as much as I like Joy, I'm looking forward to spending more time with Joan in later books.
I didn't really need another classic children's series to get hooked on (when I think about the money I've spent on Chalet school books, I don't need to do that again), but I'm not sorry really, and it's lovely to know I have a whole new group of book-friends who will happily keep this new habit fed....more
I'm rereading/reading this series because the last book comes out this week.
When I first read it, I got through the first four books and decided I wanI'm rereading/reading this series because the last book comes out this week.
When I first read it, I got through the first four books and decided I wanted to have the full story available before I kept going. I don't exactly remember why now, although I know I was engaged with the characters to the point I found the idea of reading the books without knowing it was going to turn out okay to be stressful.
This time, I shall read it ALL! :)
This book itself, is very much a set up book. It introduces us to the world, to Elspeth and a number of the other long-term main characters, and to the mission that Elspeth will work on completing through the entire series.
I loved rereading it and I've already started on the first few pages of book 2....more
Lovely to reread this one as well. It isn't as good as Children of Morrow, but it's great to have a "how they coped afterwards" kind of book as they cLovely to reread this one as well. It isn't as good as Children of Morrow, but it's great to have a "how they coped afterwards" kind of book as they can be fascinating....more
There's a lot of good stuff in here, but somehow it's overall less satisfying than the others. Mo is a good, solid character, but she's nowhere near aThere's a lot of good stuff in here, but somehow it's overall less satisfying than the others. Mo is a good, solid character, but she's nowhere near as appealing as Bob and shows some unpleasant character traits here and there, especially in regards to Bob, who readers are already well invested in. Overall, it's an interesting experiment, but I'm not sure if it works completely.
At the risk of being totally shallow, I hope we go back to Bob with the next book.
It was also interesting that she sees Bob as immature, yet he feels like the better human being, despite what he does and is becoming, and some of that "immaturity" is probably a part of that.
I'm not even sure if this makes sense, but I'm trying to express something I can't quite explain.
All the same though, it's been a great if crazy binge read. Looking back, I see I started The Atrocity Archives on 10 October, so I've read everything Laundry related, including the short stories, in less than a month. I'm quite glad it was children's books I was reading in between and I think I'll go and read another one now while my brain settles itself down.
ETA (6/11): I read some of the spoiler threads on Charles Stross's blog yesterday, including a number of comments he made in reply to other people's posts. There were two things he stressed that I knew, but perhaps hadn't taken into full account.
1. Bob is a very unreliable narrator. Mo is also an unreliable narrator. 2. Mo is progressing her way through a nervous breakdown in this book, which means her own understanding of her thought processes (and those thought processes themselves) are also unreliable.
I'm one of those primarily SFF readers who does take things fairly literally and therefore doesn't do unreliable narrators well. (In fact, if I know about one in advance and there's not another major point drawing me to the book, I am likely to pass it by in favour of something more straight forward.)
So I do feel much more favourable towards Mo taking those things into consideration. Conversely, I'm more worried about Bob as I like him a lot. Stross hinted at a Bob-grows-up book where his perception of his self and his actual self start to match up. While possibly difficult to read, it sounds like a potentially excellent book.
So I find myself much more inclined to bump the score up to an 8 and reread the book at some point (maybe before the next on comes out next year) with those points in mind.
I also acknowledge that I read the series so fast, I'm sure to have missed stuff. A reread in the future, methinks....more
This was my first Gwendoline Courtney book and I have to agree with all the people who recommended her to me, that she writes a delightful story.
I wasThis was my first Gwendoline Courtney book and I have to agree with all the people who recommended her to me, that she writes a delightful story.
I was reminded a lot of the Famous Five with this one as a group of children explore Cornish coves and headlands and investigate mysterious goings on, strange visitors and, of course, secrets passages and hidden caves. If this wasn't a precious and borrowed copy from a friend, I'd offer it to my niece, who I think would love it. I find that I rather loved it too. With six children aged from 12 to 17 to share the action, the adventure was well divided between them all and each got to lead with their strengths and not get left out.
In terms of reading children's books, I think I must be permanently around 14-15, as that's the age of characters I tend to relate to most. I didn't realise I had that response until I write now, but yes, it's definitely there. For that reason, I did particularly love Fay, who looks like a classic, ethereal and frail character from a book but who turns out to be just as strong and capable as anyone else. In fact, all the child characters are capable in their own ways - far more so that the adult villains, which I guess is a trope of children's literature but remains a fun one, even for this adult reader.
I was recommended Gwendoline Courtney by an adult book group that reads primarily older girls' fiction (something I was lured into as that impressionable 15 year old by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer's Chalet school series) and I was loaned a pile of five or six books. I am looking forward to reading more, even if this is a hijack from what I thought I'd be reading in the last part of this year. Who cares? I'm having fun.
I'm in an interesting reading space right now, switching between classic children's books and Charles Stross's mathematical/Lovecraftian Laundry novels. I'm enjoying both, and each acts as a change and balance from the other.
I have to wait until tomorrow (at the earliest) to borrow The Jennifer Morgue from the SF friend, so I don't quite know if I'll start another children's book - Girls of the Hamlet Club by Elsie J. Oxenham probably - in the meantime or do some sewing or colouring. Whatever I choose, I'm having fun with my reading, and even reading paper books. It's lots of fun and all kind of retro....more
I ended up skim reading this as it had to go back to the library. As is typical for someone with anxiety issues, I kept putting off reading it and I rI ended up skim reading this as it had to go back to the library. As is typical for someone with anxiety issues, I kept putting off reading it and I ran out of time.
However, I did check out the chapters that most apply to me, and I think there's some really good, helpful advice in here. I will either borrow it again when it's not so new and no longer has a hold list so I don't have to have it back exactly the moment it is due.
But I'll keep it's advice in mind and keep on working on that anxiety when it shows its ugly head....more
A fascinating novella that may or may not exist in the same universe as Cornell's Shadow Police series.
I did find it a little choppy in places and theA fascinating novella that may or may not exist in the same universe as Cornell's Shadow Police series.
I did find it a little choppy in places and there were spots where I felt I'd missed the point that was being made (a little to subtle for me?). Still interesting though and I'm please I've read it....more
Naasir with his story told is just as awesome as Naasir totally mysterious. It was also good that while Andromeda (aAnother great entry to the series.
Naasir with his story told is just as awesome as Naasir totally mysterious. It was also good that while Andromeda (and therefore the readers) know his secrets now, the rest of the characters don't, which is totally in keeping with his nature.
The overall story remains fascinating. What is happening with the Cascade? What is happening with Ilium? I look forward to finding out and I trust Nalini Singh to tell the story in a enjoyable and satisfying way....more
A lovely story about characters I knew I'll see again all grown up.
The first two La Rochelle books felt very like templates for Brent-Dyer's later worA lovely story about characters I knew I'll see again all grown up.
The first two La Rochelle books felt very like templates for Brent-Dyer's later work, where it was possible to create a check-list of things that appear in her books, all squashed into single books. This was the first that felt much more that it was creating its own fictional space and wasn't particularly sharing it with a collection of tropes....more
Interesting, different and enjoyable. I like the way Seanan McGuire can bring such a different voice to different stories. And Rose's voice was a pleaInteresting, different and enjoyable. I like the way Seanan McGuire can bring such a different voice to different stories. And Rose's voice was a pleasure to read.