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Charlie Bone and the Time Twister by Jenny Nimmo
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Mar 17, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: youth-literature

My son and I have been listening to these books together on the way to/from school. It has been fun to share them with him and I like many of the main characters but I continue to feel that these books drag. I don't have a problem with where she eventually goes with the story, just that she takes so long in getting there. There also were some times when there were (what I considered) obvious answers to the characters predicaments that they apparently didn't think of. I don't like when characters do things that don't make sense. Skyler thinks I'm way too harsh and I probably wouldn't be so, except that if a book takes so long to get to its next plot device then I have plenty of time to analyze what the characters are doing. Now a caveat, this impatience may have everything to do with listening to these books. I tend to feel this way about any book I listen to rather than read because I have to go at a slower pace.

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message 1: by Tim (new) - rated it 4 stars

Tim Baldwin To some degree I agree. The conflicts and their solutions are way too obvious and predictable. However, I disagree that she takes too long to get to the story. The writing is quick and doesn't bog you down with too much description. However, I think that there are times when more plot development is needed. We never know exactly why Zeke wanted the dagger. Did he want to finish Henry off by using this? We also know that before Charlie is even presented with the dagger that he wouldn't pick it because we know Charlie will never forget what the Bloor's want him to do. I like the series. I just wish it would put me "on the edge of my seat".

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