This series was highly recommended to me by a couple of my library students several years ago. It was also recommended to me by a librarian friend. SoThis series was highly recommended to me by a couple of my library students several years ago. It was also recommended to me by a librarian friend. So this first book in the series has been on my to-read list all that time. I probably never would have actually read it if I wasn't participating in a challenge to read ten books this year that have been on my TBR the longest.
I'm glad I finally got around to reading this, and I did mostly enjoy it. But I didn't fall in love with it. I thought the ideas were very clever and may inspire some children to want to know more about Egypt and the Arabian Nights and djinn. But I could never really warm up to Nimrod - which is funny (or sad?) since the author says in the notes at the end that "Nimrod is bits of me. Pompous. A little bit." I listened to parts of this as an audiobook and I found the narrator's voice for Nimrod to be quite annoying as well. Towards the end I did find myself getting caught up in the story and really hoping that all went well for Philippa and John. I don't know if I'll rush out and read any of the sequels, but I will recommend this to library students who are looking for a really interesting fantasy. 3.5 stars....more
**spoiler alert** I've been enjoying this series a lot! In fact, it is one that I would like to reread one of these days when the entire series is com**spoiler alert** I've been enjoying this series a lot! In fact, it is one that I would like to reread one of these days when the entire series is complete. It is quite different from other fantasy series and just a bit quirky. Superior Saturday seemed like a very quick read, and I'm actually a bit upset with Garth Nix at the way he left things! How could he have left it with such a cliffhanger!? It's going to be a LONG wait for the seventh book in the series, Lord Sunday....more
I didn't expect to love this after not really getting into Woodson's After Tupac and D Foster. But this one I loved! It's such a soft, sweet, hopefulI didn't expect to love this after not really getting into Woodson's After Tupac and D Foster. But this one I loved! It's such a soft, sweet, hopeful story. Its theme, from the poem by Emily Dickinson: "Hope is the thing with feathers" fits it perfectly. I especially loved Frannie and her interactions with her family and friends. And its setting of the 1970s adds some fun touches. I highly recommend this quiet little Newbery Honor book.
I really liked what Frannie's dad said when Frannie was worried her mom might lose another baby: "You don't need to worry about what happened before. All you need to look at is what's happening now. . . And be happy about it. And if it means you only get to be happy for a month or two months or three months, so what. A month or two months or three months is a good long time."...more
This is a book I will like more in the future as I think back on it than I do right now having just finished it. The storyline was fine, but the execuThis is a book I will like more in the future as I think back on it than I do right now having just finished it. The storyline was fine, but the execution of it fell flat for me. I was never completely drawn into the story until about the last hundred pages. Most of this was due to the splitting of the storyline with Kendra on a mission at Lost Mesa in Arizona while Seth stayed at Fablehaven and had adventures there. It felt very choppy as we jumped back and forth between the two storylines. Maybe Mull should have gone with Kendra until she left Lost Mesa, then jumped back and filled us in on the events happening at the same time at Fablehaven. In fact, if I ever read this one again, that's how I'm going to read it. I think the story will flow much better that way.
There were some things I really liked about this book, though. The last 100 pages were very exciting! Also, Seth is starting to grow up and this time I was only really mad at him a couple of times. And, even though it was a very small part of the adventures at Lost Mesa, I loved the jackalopes! I don't recall ever reading any other book with jackalopes. Just fun! I’m already starting to like this book more now than I did while I was reading it! ...more