My seven year old continues to love this series. I think it's a great series for younger readers who like fantasy stories. A slightly better reader thMy seven year old continues to love this series. I think it's a great series for younger readers who like fantasy stories. A slightly better reader than my son could read these himself. As an adult reader, these stories are merely okay. The characters remain relatively simple and good and bad clearly and completely delineated. The castle of mirrors was a cool idea, if somewhat poorly executed here. The idea of a castle that burned in a (magical?) fire such that it essentially turned to glass (mirrors, get it?) is great. But nothing much is going on there. This author has several cool ideas and images, but she's having trouble stringing plots together that showcase these ideas in a truly interesting or compelling way. Maybe it's because she's trying to keep it simple enough for younger kids, but it's making the books fall flat for the adult reader here.
Recommended for middle grade readers who like fantasy and want something a bit easier to read than Harry Potter....more
First, the narrator for the audiobook gets a huge thumbs up. This isn't an easy book to read because the book's narrator is a non-native English speakFirst, the narrator for the audiobook gets a huge thumbs up. This isn't an easy book to read because the book's narrator is a non-native English speaker and he speaks without articles and with occasionally peculiar phrasing. The narrator managed this brilliantly and it came across as being directly told. I've never heard of Lloyd James before, but it's a narrator name that I'll definitely watch for in the future.
Second, how have I managed not to read this book before now? Published in 1966, the book has aged extremely well despite featuring a self-aware computer as a main character. Heinlein manages the technology here so well that it didn't feel dated even 50 years later. So, what is it? A retelling of the American Revolution except set on the moon and a century into the future. Or a political commentary on colonialism, freedom, libertarianism, and war. Or a story about a computer.
Third, the ending. My gosh, the ending. No spoilers here - go read the book. But Heinlein really got me. He certainly knows how to get off stage. Other writers should learn from this.
I'm so glad this turned out to be available from my library as an audiobook....more
An enjoyable British mystery. I haven't read the rest of the books in this series, but P.D. James can be relied on for top notch writing and careful pAn enjoyable British mystery. I haven't read the rest of the books in this series, but P.D. James can be relied on for top notch writing and careful portrayals of her characters. Unfortunately, they are often largely dislikable characters. The book is full of arrogant, self-important men (including the Detective) and scheming blackmailing women. Still, the setting in a creepy nurse training school was excellent.
The reader for this version, Penelope Dellaporta, did a fine job with the narration. She's not a reader I'm familiar with and not someone whose work I'll go seek out, but if I found another book she narrated, I wouldn't nix it for that reason.
I'd read another book in this series if I came across it in audio. I probably wouldn't bother with the print copy....more
My four year old daughter likes these books because of the covers. The premise of turning Greek myths into a children's book and making these gods andMy four year old daughter likes these books because of the covers. The premise of turning Greek myths into a children's book and making these gods and mortal followers into relatable characters is a good one. My kids enjoy hearing the stories from Greek myths and have been told many of the Illiad tales. But overall, these books are quite silly, and even the clever premise isn't enough to make these of interest to adult readers. I liked this one much more than I liked the other book we read, Amphitrite the Bubbly. I could see recommending these to a young reader, maybe around 9 or 10 years old....more