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The Satanic Mill by Otfried Preußler
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I found this book enjoyable, especially reading it aloud with my family. I thought that it was fairly mature for a book found in the childrens section (though it was in the stacks, which are available to the public to browse, but a bit out of the way). There are a lot of different characters at least 16 different odd German (Wendish) names to remember, though only about five or six are really memorable. Although there is only one female character of note in the book I didn't actually find it too chauvinistic. Although the girl didn't have too much of a role it was made apparent that she was intelligent and kind and quite capable, as we see in the end of the story. I also thought that the story hit on a lot of little stories or sayings that I'd heard of before or seemed familiar. Overall I enjoyed it, and found that September and October were perfect months to read the story.
I also thought that the battle between 'good' and 'evil' were not...well Disney. There was never a point where Krabat made the choice to be a good person and to throw over the Master for everyone's sake or to join the Master to forsake everyone else. Though the Master was obviously a vile man, he wasn't without depth. In the end Krabat won out through love, not an entirely unselfish motive.
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Harris Are you going to continue reading this out loud? It is starting with a very interesting beginning.


Hollowspine I'd like to, whenever we can (at home or in the car).


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