"Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane" by Suzanne Collins continues months after the first book "Gregor the Overlander" ends. Gregor takes his younger sist...more"Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane" by Suzanne Collins continues months after the first book "Gregor the Overlander" ends. Gregor takes his younger sister Boots to Central Park in New York to go sledding. In one moment of distraction Boot is kidnapped and returned to the Underland; Gregor has no choice, but to revisit the Underland. Once in the Underland he sets out on a quest to fulfill the “Prophecy of Bane”. It is only by fulfilling the prophecy that he and Boots will be able to return safely home; but the prophecy is tricky and may not appear as straight forward as the Underlanders think, Gregor denies their desires and faces the consequences of his actions.
This is a wonderful, exciting series to read. It is full of many fascinating creatures and it is action packed. The only problem I have, as I mentioned in my review of the first book, is that it is hard to believe that Gregor is only eleven years old. My daughter prefers to think of him as being about fifteen or sixteen, and I tend to think of him of being that age also when I read the books. What a great read, loads of fun. (less)
The final prophecy calls for the death of the warrior and Gregor is the warrior, so in the end will he be dead? This question and the answer causes tu...moreThe final prophecy calls for the death of the warrior and Gregor is the warrior, so in the end will he be dead? This question and the answer causes turmoil for Gregor, and his dealings with the Underland have so far been directed by the prophecies written by Sandwich, so in Gregor's mind he is to die to save the Underland.
Gregor's sister "the princess" has an important task, she must break the code that the rats are using; in breaking the code Regalia will be saved from being destroyed. Gregor's role is to kill the Bane and he is helped by all his previous acquaintances from the previous books.
This series has been wonderful to read, it invokes thinking about the value of war and about the interpretation of the way things have always been done.
Most people find the ending of this fifth book unsatisfying and lacking closure, but I love the ending. It is not a happy ever after ending, it is a realistic ending which considers all the devastation war plays on a person emotionally, physically and what war does to families. Yeah, for Suzanne Collins writing a realistic ending to a thought provoking series which contains lots of action and killing, but contains lots of consequences to those actions. (less)
"Robot Dreams" is a graphic novel that you can read from start to finish while you eat your lunch, as long as you also have dessert and eat slowly.
I l...more"Robot Dreams" is a graphic novel that you can read from start to finish while you eat your lunch, as long as you also have dessert and eat slowly.
I love the beginning where dog is lonely, so he constructs a robot from a mail order kit. This robot becomes dog’s best friend. It is a great touch to see the robot carrying the movie "Castle in the Sky" which is a nice tribute to anime and of course robot enjoys watching the robots in the movie.
Dog and his friend robot go to the beach, but robot plays in the water and once he dries off finds that he cannot move, so dog leaves him and goes home. Dog does try to rescue him, but is unsuccessful.
The book is poignant in its realistic handling of how friendships come and go, but how the memory of them does remain with us.
"Robot Dreams" will leave you pondering over its message long after you put it down and move on with your life. The art work is a delight to the eyes. A wonderful graphic novel, great for all ages, even adults will appreciate its message. (less)
Eleven year old Gregor and his sister Boots fall through a grate in the laundry room and down into the Underland world. In the Underland world there a...moreEleven year old Gregor and his sister Boots fall through a grate in the laundry room and down into the Underland world. In the Underland world there are humans, big bugs, rats, and giant spiders. There is a conflict brewing between these different groups, with the rats being the main enemy of the humans and bats, while the spiders and big bugs are neutral. War is on the horizon when Gregor and Boots enter this world.
Gregor wants no part of this conflicted world, he just wants to get home, but then he hears that his father is in the Underland world. His father had disappeared without a trace from New York City and Boots, Gregor's two year old sister has never seen him. Gregor embraces the Underland world and its prophecy about a warrior who will save the human Underlanders, so he can find his father and return home.
"Gregor the Overlander" is the first book in a series of five books written by Suzanne Collins. The world that is created is exciting and intriguing; the characters are interesting and appealing. The only thing that seems out of place is the fact that Gregor is eleven years old; he seems to be more around the age of fifteen by the way he acts and by his maturity level. I just cannot picture an eleven year old boy doing the things that Gregor does in the book. (less)
"Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods" by Suzanne Collins is the third book of five in the Underland Chronicles. Gregor is confronted with the Proph...more"Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods" by Suzanne Collins is the third book of five in the Underland Chronicles. Gregor is confronted with the Prophecy of Blood and he and Boots have to return to the Underland, but this time their mother insists on going with them. When they arrive in Regalia a plague is sweeping the Underland and the Prophecy of Blood has to be fulfilled to find the cure. Only warm-blooded creatures are affected by the plague, but the cockroaches are involved in the journey because of their loyalty to Gregor's sister Boots. The rats, bats, cockroaches, humans and a lizard form the party to hunt for the cure, but as usual the prophecy is not straight forward and can be interpreted in many ways.
This was a great read; I loved the biological warfare theme that was introduced into the book. It makes the series seem relevant with our own concerns in relation to biological warfare and the abuse of our planet and other species.
"Gregor and the Marks of Secret" is the fourth book in the Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins. Gregor and Luxa team up to find out why all the mi...more"Gregor and the Marks of Secret" is the fourth book in the Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins. Gregor and Luxa team up to find out why all the mice are disappearing, the mice are credited for saving Luxa's life and she has a bond with them and so she is determined to help them.
When the true fate of the mice is apparent, it is shocking and Gregor and Luxa are forced to make decisions that will affect Regalia and its people and all Underland creatures for generations to come.
This fourth book is not as riveting as the first three, it has the job of filling in details to bring us to the last book of the series. It is a bit of a slow read until the end of the book, when what is happening to the mice is revealed and the reader cannot help but compare it to the holocaust. (less)
What I found intriguing about this book is all the side characters. The main character Greg Heffley did not appeal to me and I found him rather dull....moreWhat I found intriguing about this book is all the side characters. The main character Greg Heffley did not appeal to me and I found him rather dull. However I loved his mother and her tactics for raising her children. Hurrah for her technique in punishing her children and there is nothing wiser than a mother that makes her children appreciate the live arts.
Greg’s best friend’s father is also a great character, always on the internet checking the rating for Greg’s latest video game he wants to play with Rowley.
Even Greg’s little brother Manny is funnier than Greg and his older brother who is into heavy metal music (which his mother likes to dance to) adds interest to the story.
Anna Sewell's "Black Beauty" was her only published book, but it brought a great awareness to people about the abuse of animals. It was published in 1...moreAnna Sewell's "Black Beauty" was her only published book, but it brought a great awareness to people about the abuse of animals. It was published in 1877 for people who worked with horses, but it has definitely been read by many others especially those who love horses.
"Black Beauty" is not an easy book to read, it takes an effort at first to get into it. Once you get the mood of the book you tend to emphasize and grow fond of all the characters and the life of the horse Black Beauty becomes important to you, so you finish the book and as a result are greatly enriched with a better understanding of horses.(less)