**spoiler alert** I pretty much forgot everything that was in this story. I mean, I guess I remembered bits and pieces as I read them, but before re-r**spoiler alert** I pretty much forgot everything that was in this story. I mean, I guess I remembered bits and pieces as I read them, but before re-reading I had forgotten it all. I guess I'd forgotten a lot about the series in general, for e.g. I totally forgot that Anvar had his own magic. I forgot all about him being a Bear dude who became a Wolf clan dude. I also forgot about the magic stuff they tend to always put on their swords if Jallarial has got the potions available. :)
I forgot that Mahnsikir ended up as he did, as an undead creature - what a nasty way to go! I forgot that Zagor was double the height of a normal man. I also totally forgot about the dragon and all the eggs they destroyed. I actually felt sorry for the dragon as they hacked away at it, 'cause I'm a bit of an animal conservationist or whatever. :) I wanted it to escape.
Basically I forgot the whole story, so it's good I re-read it. And yes, I still love it, and it's still really easy to read....more
Well, this is the last book I finished reading, and for me this was the first time I'd read it. The lady at the store told me it wasn't what you mightWell, this is the last book I finished reading, and for me this was the first time I'd read it. The lady at the store told me it wasn't what you might expect, that is it wasn't all happy go lucky, and was NOT really suitable for kids the way the Disney version of the story may be. I do believe the word she used to describe the story was "creepy"...or something along those lines.
I did find it pretty creepy, and interesting that it is seen as such a classic title in children's literature. I mean, the character of Peter is kind of a creepy one (good word!). He has no hesitation killing people, and seems to do so sometimes at the drop of a hat. Of course he always has a reason for doing so - they're a threat to him, are trying to hurt one of the other kids, etc.
Peter's the leader of the gang of lost boys, but he doesn't really seem to care about them. He doesn't really seem to care about anybody - even though he desperately wants people to hang out with him (at least until they become adults).
There are some things you never learn about Peter - what his parents were like, how he got to be the way he was, etc. It's interesting that he's so different from all the other kids, because they all grow up in the end, but he just stays the same. He's one of a kind. I guess the fact that you don't know much about him or his history just adds to the creep factor - maybe the way that he vehemently hates the very notion of ever growing up, and hates all adults, makes you wonder just how he got to be that way...and the fact that you never get any answers leaves you restless once you've finished reading this story.
It's an interesting story when you consider the time it was written and the aspects of history it touches on, i.e. American Indians, etc. But overall, I found it just a little bit disturbing, hardly a magical children's story. Spose it reminds me a little of something out of the Brothers Grimm, though it's not quite as twisted as a lot of those stories!
If I had to give this story a few stars out of 5, I wouldn't know how to judge it really. But I can assure you it gets NO pickles (reserved for erotic fiction only, people!)....more
Finished this today at lunchtime (at work) and now I can sit back in a daze of "WTF" and reflect on the weird & wonderful journey I just took.
I caFinished this today at lunchtime (at work) and now I can sit back in a daze of "WTF" and reflect on the weird & wonderful journey I just took.
I can believe without a doubt that Lewis Carroll was high on this or that substance when he wrote these stories, or at least when he came up with all the ideas. ;) On every page there was something to make me blink and go "HUH?" but it was such a fun read.
I know there's debate over whether these stories are for children or adults, but I think much like the movie "Wayne's World", these can be enjoyed by children and adults both. I'm curious what modern-day children would think of the writing style and whether they'd even understand what was being said.
For the record, I never read any "classics" in high school because I did just straight English, never English Literature. So now as an adult I'm catching up on lost opportunities of the past, because I CHOOSE to, not 'cause somebody force-fed me these titles....more
***Thank you to NetGalley for providing this free ARC copy.
I put this on the "children's literature" shelf, even though it's narrated by an adult look***Thank you to NetGalley for providing this free ARC copy.
I put this on the "children's literature" shelf, even though it's narrated by an adult looking back on his Nintento-crazed childhood. But really I think it's a book adults would love more - particularly adults who were children of the '80s, like I was.
Story: Narrator Jake is 9 years old when the first glorious grey Nintendo Entertainment System hits the market. The richest and most spoiled kid in town gets a Nintendo and all the other kids are suddenly swarming onto his front lawn, looking for new ways to suck up to him so they can have a turn on his NES. He only lets 10 kids in at a time on weekends, so the stakes are high and the competition fierce. Kids even go so far as to surrender some of their best toys just so they can go down to the basement and Nintendo-land.
All over town, kids are plotting how to get their parents to give them Nintendos for Christmas. But when disaster strikes - starting with a kid's tantrum, and leading to a falling TV and ultimately a squashed dog - the town's parents are up in arms about the evils of Nintendo. The only NES in town is no longer available for weekend tournaments, and the kids are getting desperate. The parents even go so nuts they arrange for local stores to stop stocking NESes on their shelves. All the kids in Jake's class are now kissing their dreams of owning a NES of their own goodbye. But Jake isn't giving up on his dream. A stroke of inspiration gives him a new plan for how to save the town from being Nintendoless forever.
My thoughts: I LOVED this book. As a child of the '80s, but also has someone who can apparently appreciate Kevin Jakubowski's sense of humour, I was snorting with laughter at almost every turn of a page (so to speak, as I read this on Kindle). Some parts of the book seemed a bit odd to me, like some of the dialogue used - I'm not sure that today's slang was used back in the '80s, even though I was there at the time. I guess my memory is a bit rusty by now. But there were a few occasions when I frowned over a certain choice of word that seemed more suited to the current day than to the '80s. I also found myself disappointed with the fact that Jake didn't get a NES for Christmas - even though he got something seriously awesome instead (and no, I don't mean the Lite Brite. haha). But yeah, all in all I thought this was a hilarious read and I would recommend it to anyone who a) can relate to an obsessive love/fondness for Nintendo (I myself had a Super NES, and it was still beautifully lumpy and grey), b) loves the '80s, or c) wants to enjoy a large number of laughs (it's the best medicine after all)....more