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How To Ride A Dragon's Storm by Cressida Cowell
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Mar 19, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, fun, action
Read from March 19 to 26, 2012

"How to Ride a Dragon's Storm" (How7) by Cressida Cowell is the longest adventure yet, deadline King Grimbeard's three month record. His descendant Hiccup calls on the lightning of Thor to win the sword fight atop a mast in a thunderstorm. Stoick the Vast's great great grandfather Grimbeard the Ghastly took 3 months 5 days 6 hours that to win the first Swimming Race, as last man back, the kingship of the Viking Barbaric Archipelago. Grunting chief Madguts and his voice Grimboil of the Murderous Tribe cheat on the annual race, kidnap our trio - shock of red hair Hiccup of Hooligans, tangle of blonde Camicaze of Bog-Burglars, and Hiccup's best friend, weedy spectacled Fishlegs - onto the American Dream 2, bound for the New Land. Inventive Norbert Nutjob and his Hysteric Tribe (#4) also enslave 119 Wanderers, led by Bearcub's Grandmother, who curses the expedition.

Running, chasing, fleeing simplistic sketched illustrations are integral, part of the epic. Chapter titles encapsulate perfectly, such as #12 R-R-R-RUUUUNNNNNN!!!!!! from hundreds of Polar-serpents and one ginourmous Leviathorgan. Ornate fonts and capitals suit Norse, Dragonese, and emphatic expression of emotions.

If only Hiccup can read the multi-use tick-tock compass lie-detector thingamy, why are all three children free to romp and play? If Stoick and Bertha could barely move a muscle for months in a dark cramped dungeon, wouldn't they be a tad smaller greeting their children? Disobedient little Toothless deserves the direst of punishments for repeatedly failing Hiccup. Let the dragonlet run away, find nobody else would pamper him, while generous Hiccup rewarded by a helpful new pet.

I finally understand the name of our hero. He breaks patterns, like long-standing feuds, that hold back civilization from his Vikings.
"History, you see, is like the interlocking wheels truning in a ticking =thing. Something unexpected happens, some sort of hiccup ... the wheels are jogged ... and then they se off again, beating out the time in a new pattern." p261

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03/19/2012
100.0% "I finally understand the name of our hero. He breaks patterns, like long-standing feuds, that hold back civilization from his Vikings.
"History, you see, is like the interlocking wheels truning in a ticking =thing. Something unexpected happens, some sort of hiccup ... the wheels are jogged ... and then they se off again, beating out the time in a new pattern." p261"

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