Showing posts from February, 2008

February Books in the House

Not a lot of book buying this month, comparatively speaking.

A thrift store stop resulted in some great children's lit. including All-of-a-Kind Family Downtown, Rabbit Hill, several Newbery Honors, Moominland Midwinter, plus a couple of Josephine Tey, and Dandelion Wine by Bradbury among others.

I received a few ARCS this month: Black Ships, The Resurrectionist and The Monsters of Templeton.

Bookmooch brought me the last two Pern books I needed and Inkheart.

And another thrift store purchase included Elizabeth George, Barbara Hambly, two old Ginn Readers, some easy readers for the 7yo, Kenneth Oppel's first novel and other children's books.

45. The Glass Slipper: Charles Perrault's Tales of Times Past

The Glass Slipper: Charles Perrault's Tales of Times Past
Translated by John Bierhorst
Illustrated by Mitchell Miller

Pages: 114
Finished: Feb. 28, 2008
Reason for Reading: read aloud to my 7yo
First Published: 1981 (1697)
Genre: fairy tales
Rating: 5/5

First Sentence:

Once upon a time there lived a king and a queen who were extremely worried that they had no children, so worried it can't be described.

Comments: This is a recent translation of Perrault's Contes du temps passe published in 1697. The text has not been altered from the original except that the morals have been moved to an appendix at the back of the book. The writing is beautiful and flows as if a grand storyteller is weaving his spell over you as you read. These are wonderful tales. They are, however, not modernized, which is a relief to me but may be a concern for others. I found two instances, as noted below, where I found I needed to edit the text while reading this aloud to my 7yo. (Perrault has a habit of enjoyin…

Fairy Tale Friday

Last week we skipped fairy tales as we had something else to do for school during that time but this week we have finished the last three tales in the book.

#6. Cinderella - one of the longer tales in the book. This telling is pretty much the standard version I've always known. The only difference to me was that the ball was actually held two nights in a row. The first night Cinderella caught the eye of everyone and the second night the prince paid attention to her before she ran off at midnight. Cinderella was also called 'Cinderbottom' by her meanest stepsister and 'Cinderella' by her not-quite-so-mean sister.

#7. Rickety Topknot - This one was new to me. A queen gives birth to the most ugliest baby ever who has a little bit of hair on the top of his head. A fairy comes along and says that although he will be ugly, he will also be one of the smartest people around. Seven years later, a neighboring queen gives birth to two daughters, one is extremely ugly and the o…

44. Lucinda's Secret

Lucinda's Secret by Tony DeTerlizzi and Holly Black
The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 3

Pages: 108
Finished: Feb. 27, 2008
Reason for Reading: next in the series, read aloud to my 7yo
First Published: 2003
Genre: children, fantasy
Rating: 4/5

First Sentence:

Jared Grace took out a red shirt, turned it inside out, and put it on backward.

Comments: The story keeps progressing at breakneck speed! The book is too short and too plot driven to give a synapses without giving away any spoilers. I have to say that each book gets better and better. More secrets about Arthur and Lucinda Spiderwick are revealed and mention is made of the evil Mulgarath. These are perfect read aloud books and the 7yo is clamouring for more, as am I.

43. Darkwing

Darkwing by Kenneth Oppel
Illustrated by Keith Thompson
Prequel to the Silverwing Trilogy

Pages: 330
Finished: Feb. 26, 2008
Reason for Reading: Last book in the series. series challenge. YA challenge
First Published: 2007
Genre: YA, animal fantasy
Rating: 4.5/5

First Sentence:

The tree had never seemed so high.

Comments: The setting is the Paleocene epoch, the end of the dinosaur era and the beginning of many new forms of life. Dusk is a chiropter but he is different from others of his species. He does not have fur on his sails and he can 'see' in the dark. He soon learns that, unlike other chiropters who can only glide, he can actually fly. Dusk must face the others who in turn are amazed and disgusted. Dusk is shunned and ridiculed. But Dusk is not the only animal who is different, many other animals who were once herbivores have started to crave meat. The beasts can no longer live all together in harmony.

Having read the Silverwing trilogy I was expecting this book to be good and I wa…

42. Peter Pan

Peter Pan by Sir James M. Barrie
Illustrated by Francis D. Bedford

Pages: 267
Finished: Feb. 25, 2008
Reason for Reading: Read aloud to my 7yo. Decades challenge.
First Published: 1911
Genre: children's classic, fantasy
Rating: 2.5/5

First Sentence:

All children, except one, grow up.

Comments: This was a tough one to read aloud. I read the book, to myself, several years ago but didn't really remember it all. If I had, I don't think I would have chosen to read it aloud. The first few chapters were rather boring and very old-fashioned. Once Peter entered the picture, the story picked up and ds became interested. But then once again, the narrative would seem to just go on and on about nothing until something happened in the plot every once and a while. I found the writing very didactic, conceited and smug and just downright difficult to read out loud. I could just imagine the author chuckling at how witty he thought himself. I have to say the 7yo enjoyed this much more than I. I asked …

41. A Great Deliverance

A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George
First Lynley and Havers Mystery

Pages: 308
Finished: Feb. 24, 2008
Reason for Reading: First in a Series challenge. GRTB.
First Published: 1988
Genre: British mystery
Awards: Anthony Award, Agatha Award
Rating: 4/5

First Sentence:

It was a solecism of the very worst kind.

Comments: A very overweight 19-year-old is discovered in her family's barn along with her dead dog and her dead father who has been decapitated with an ax. Lynley is assigned to the case and he has been partnered with Havers as a last ditch effort for her to try detective work. This was an incredible mystery and brilliantly written. The story was oh-so-much more than just a mystery, it was also very much character driven. Both Lynley and Havers are very complex characters and their personal stories are a vital part of the book. I am much taken with Inspector Lynley, and Havers' character develops through the book with a revelation near the end. Very compelling reading! Th…

40. The Random House Book of Mother Goose

The Random House Book of Mother Goose
(currently published as The Arnold Lobel Book of Mother Goose)
Selected and Illustrated by Arnold Lobel

Pages: 173
Finished: Feb. 22, 2008
Reason for Reading: read aloud to my 7yo. We read a few pages every school day.
First Published: 1986
Genre: children, poetry
Rating: 5/5

Comments: Contains 306 traditional nursery rhymes. All the familiar ones are included plus many more lesser known ones. Also many of the popular rhymes have more verses than are usually included in most collections. This book must be the crowning glory of Arnold Lobel's work. Each rhyme, no matter how small, has a detailed illustration to accompany it. This book has been a pure joy to share to with my 7yo. He loves to look at it and read his favourites. This book proves that nursery rhymes are not just for toddlers and I'd recommend this for early elementary ages. This book is a keeper!

Books Read in 2004

1. Deryni Rising by Katherine Kurtz
2. Meet the Austins by Madeline L'Engle
3. The Moon by Night by Madeline L'Engle
4. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
5. Bambi by Felix Salten
6. Tempest-Tost by Robertson Davies
7. Leaven of Malice by Robertson Davies
8. A Mixture of Frailties by Robertson Davies
9, The Wizard in the Tree by Lloyd Alexander
10. The Cat Who Wished to be a Man by Lloyd Alexander
11. Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley
12. Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress
13. The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan
14. Winter of Fire by Sherryl Jordan
15. A Malady of Magicks by Craig Shaw Gardener
16. Unnatural Causes by P.D. James
17. An Unsuitable Job for Women by P.D. James
18. The Black Tower by P.D. James
19. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (re-read)
20. Eight Days of Luke by Diana Wynne Jones
21. Hexwood by Diana Wynne Jones
22. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (re-read)
23. Animal Farm by George Orwell (re-read)
24. The Mother by Pearl S. Buck
25. The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan
26. Ender'…

39. The Night Tourist

The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh

Pages: 232
Finished: Feb. 21, 2008
Reason for Reading: I found it on display at the library and was intrigued.
First Published: 2007
Genre: YA, fantasy
Rating: 4/5

First Sentence:

It was just after dusk when the accident happened.

Comments: Jack is hit by a car but fortunately he escapes with only a few cuts and bruises. However, something is not quite right and Jack finds that he sees and hears strange things. When on a trip to New York he meets a dead girl who takes him to the Underworld of New York. Here he decides to find his mother who died when he was little. The plot is based in Greek mythology and uses many elements of the Orpheus and Eurydice story. I really enjoyed this. The story line kept me guessing, I was never quite sure where it was going. The Underworld and the co-mingling of the dead with the living was very intriguing. I was also really taken with the ending, which is somewhat bittersweet but felt like the right ending. This is the author…

38. Lilttle Pear and the Rabbits

Little Pear and the Rabbits by Eleanor Frances Lattimore
Third Little Pear book

Pages: 125
Finished: Feb. 20, 2008
Reason for Reading: next in the series.
First Published: 1956
Genre: children, fiction
Rating: 4/5

First Sentence:

Little Pear was a Chinese Boy.

Comments: First, I have to say how thrilled I was when this book came in through inter library loan. I didn't have my hopes too high that it would be available and then when it did come it is the exact same cover as what I read when I was little. All the Little Pear books I read had covers similar to this and it was like holding an old friend again after all these years.

In this episodic book, Little Pear is growing older. He will soon be old enough for school but he isn't quite big enough to make the long walk each day yet. Little Pear wants to grow up but he doesn't want to go to school, he wants to be a farmer like his dad. Little Pear continues to have adventures and though not as often as the other books he still does get …

The Grizzly Bear Family Book

The Grizzly Bear Family Book by Michio Hoshino
Translated by Karen Colligan-Taylor

Pages: unpaginated
Finished: Feb. 21, 2008
Reason for Reading: read aloud to my 7yo, one of his school books.
First Published: 1992
Genre: non-fiction, picture book
Rating: 3/5

First Sentence:

Imagine meeting a grizzly bear in the wild.

Comments: Hoshinio spent almost twenty years studying and photographing grizzly bears in the wilds of Alaska. Each page of this book is covered with up-close and personal photographs of grizzly bears. In the text, the author tells the reader about his passion for grizzlies and reminisces about a few particular incidents along with imparting information about grizzlies in general. Ultimately the photographs are more appealing than the text but they are so beautiful they more than make up for the shortcomings of the writing. If you or your child are interested in grizzly bears, this book will satisfy. Unfortunately, the author was actually killed by a grizzly in 1998.

Books Read in 2005

I didn't rate books back then but I will make a brief notation beside books that were exceptional and ones I hated.

1. Transformation by Kara Dalkey (absolutely loved this trilogy)
2. Coronation Street The War Years by Daran Little & Christine Green (loved it!)
3. Coronation Street The Complete Saga by Katherine Hardy
4. Mirror of Merlin by T.A. Barron (this whole series is fabulous)
5. Into the Land of Unicorns by Bruce Coville
6. Song of the Wanderer by Bruce Coville
7. Hail Hail, the Gang's All Here by Ed McBain
8. Jigsaw by Ed McBain
9. Fuzz by Ed McBain (not too impressed with these, probably won't ever read McBain again)
10. The Isis Pedlar by Monica Hughes (anything by Monica Hughes I love!)
11. Invitation to the Game by Monica Hughes
12. Castle Tourmandyne by Monica Hughes
13. Space Trap by Monica Hughes
14. Antibodies (X-Files) by Kevin J. Anderson
15. Lost Boys by Orson Scott Card (loved it!)
16. Shadow Unicorn by Vicki Blum
17. Destruction of Illusions (Andromeda) by Keith D…

37. The Slave Dancer

The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox
Illustrations by Eros Keith

Pages: 176
Finished: Feb. 19, 2008
Reason for Reading: Newbery Project.
First Published: 1973
Genre: children, YA, historical fiction
Rating: 3/5

First Sentence:

In a hinged wooden box upon the top of which was carved a winged fish, my mother kept the tools of her trade.

Comments: Thirteen-year-old Jessie Bollier is kidnapped by sailors and taken to work upon their ship. Jessie learns that the ship is a slaver and is going to Africa to pick up slaves to take back to Cuba. Jessie's purpose on the ship is to be the 'slave dancer', he will play his flute, while the slaves are made to dance so as to keep their muscles fit. This was an okay book. The first half of the book is an intriguing look at life at sea and the characters are interesting. The second half of the book deals with the slave trade and the horrors of such are not sugar-coated and it is a compelling read. However, the writing just didn't grab me all the much. T…

36. Into the Woods

Into the Woods by Lyn Gardner
Illustrated by Mini Grey

Pages: 429
Finished: Feb. 18, 2008
Reason for Reading: It was on my tbr list. The fairy tale aspects appealed to me.
First Published: 2006
Genre: children, fantasy
Rating: 3.5/5

First Sentence:

At that moment a she-wolf slunk from behind a tree.

Comments: Aurora and Storm are left alone to look after their baby sister when their mother dies and their father leaves. With her dying breath, the mother bequests a musical pipe to Storm and tells her to use it wisely. Dr. DeWilde learns of the pipe and comes for it, forcing the children to run from him. As the children's flight progresses they learn what the Dr. is really up to and one of them is kidnapped. Now the remaining two girls must rescue their sister and stop the Doctor's evil scheme. On their journey the girls meet up with many fairy tale places and personages: the town where the Pied Piper played, a gingerbread house that enchants them, an ogress, wolves in the forest and more.…

Books Read 2006

Rhinoa has been entering some lists of books she's read in the past, before blogging, and I thought this was a wonderful idea. I have a notebook, in which I've kept lists of books read, off and on, for the last few years and thought I'd go ahead and add them to my blog in case my notebook ever gets lost and just to have everything in one place. So, I'm going to go backwards starting with 2006.

Unfortunately, this list only covers January to July. I didn't rate books back then but I will make a brief notation beside books that were exceptional and ones I hated. R/A stands for read-aloud.

Books Read in 2006 (January to July)

1. Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs
2. Good Morning, Young Lady by Ardyth Kennelly
3. Darkness Falls (X-Files) by Les Martin
4. Worf's First Adventure (TNG) by Peter David and James Fry
5. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John LeCarre (did not like at all)
6. The Book of Fours (Buffy) by Nancy Holder
7. The 20th Century Children's Book Treasury (R…

35. Triptych

Triptych by Karin Slaughter

Pages: 394
Finished: Feb. 16, 2008
Reason for Reading: I'm reading all of Karin Slaughter's work.
First Published: 2006
Genre: mystery, thriller
Rating: 4.5/5

First Sentence:

Detective Michael Ormewood listened to the football game on the radio as he drove down DeKalb Avenue toward Grady Homes.

Comments: A black prostitute is brutally raped and murder and found with her tongue removed. Detectives start to process the case when a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent is brought in to assist. Thus begins this intricately woven and masterfully crafted thriller. The characters are well-developed and the plot is intense. The narrative is not a linear one but instead is told from three different angles. We start with a 1985 newspaper clipping, then jump to the present, and then back a year to 2005. These different perspectives switch back and forth for a while until the 2005 narrative takes over and progresses through to present and continues on. I can see how thi…

34. Across the Wall

Across the Wall: A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other Stories by Garth Nix

Pages: 305
Finished: Feb. 17, 2008
First Published: 2005
Genre: short story collection
Rating: 3.5/5

Comments: This is a collection of 12 short stories and 1 novella by the author, each previously published in one format or another. The best of the collection is the title story, a novella set in the world of the Abhorsen trilogy and a direct sequel to the third book, Abhorsen. The other stories vary, some I really liked, others did nothing for me. Generally, Nix's writing is grim and dark and it is these stories that I enjoyed. The few stories that were light or humourous just did not entertain me at all. I highly recommend the reading of the title story for fans of the trilogy. The rest of the stories may be enjoyed others.

#1 - Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case - This 95-page novella starts shortly after the events of the book Abhorsen. Nicholas Sayre is recuperating in Ancelstierre at the home of …

Short Story Monday

#8. Heart's Desire - In this story we learn the reasons behind the Merlin/Nimue story of Arthurian legend. Merlin is my favourite Arthurian character and the Merlin/Nimue relationship intrigues me but this story fell flat with me. It was just overall, rather boring.

#9. Hansel's Eyes - A retelling of the Hansel and Gretel story with a modern twist. The witch entices children not with candy but with PlayStation games and systems, nor does she wish to eat the children but rather sells their parts for organ transplants. This was very good and one of my favourites.

#10. Hope Chest - This is one of the longer stories in the book and aside from the title novella, my favourite story in the book. This is set in a quasi wild west/alternate USA world. A baby is found abandoned in a small town. One family adopts her and she grows up to be a young lady. The baby was found with a large hope chest but no one has ever been able to open it. Upon the girl's 16th birthday, the chest opens fo…

33. Shadow of the Hegemon

Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card
Shadow Saga Book 2 (Enderverse Book 6)

Pages: 365
Finished: Feb. 14, 2008
Reason for Reading: next in series, series challenge, cardathon.
First Published: 2000
Genre: science fiction
Rating: 4/5

First Sentence:

Nothing looked right in Armenia when Petra Arkanian returned home.

Comments: This book starts right after Ender's Shadow, the Formic War is over and the Battle School children have been sent back to their homes on earth. Earth is in a political turmoil, however, and the children are in danger. Shortly after arriving home all the members of Ender's Dragon Army are kidnapped, except one, who escapes. Bean. Bean and Peter Wiggin turn to each other for help. Bean wants to rescue his friends, especially Petra, and Peter wants to rule the world as Hegemon.

It has been a couple of years since I read the previous books in this series and, wow, I had forgotten just how great these books are. It is like meeting up with old friends reading ab…

32. Death at the Priory

Death at the Priory: Sex, Love, and Murder in Victorian England by James Ruddick

Pages: 203
Finished: Feb. 12, 2008
Reason for Reading: No other reason than it looked interesting. I do like most things Victorian
First Published: 2001
Genre: Non Fiction, True Crime
Rating: 3.5/5

First Sentence:

On a warm April morning in 1876, the body of a young barrister named Charles Bravo was carried out of a house in Balham, south London.

Comments: Less than six months after her wedding, Florence Bravo's husband died as a result of an extremely painful poisoning. The case became a highly public one and one of Victorian England's most sensational unsolved crimes.

The book is divided into two parts. The first part describes the life of Florence Campbell Ricardo Bravo before her marriage and the details of the crime. This part was very interesting. Florence was not your typical Victorian woman. She refused to put up with her lot as an abused wife and left her first husband, she had an extra-marital aff…

Fairy Tale Friday

This week we started a new book of fairy tales. The Glass Slipper: Charles Perrault's Tales of Times Past is a recent translation of Perrault's Contes du temps passe first published in 1697. The text has not been altered from the original except that the morals have been moved to an appendix at the back of the book.

#1. The Sleeping Beauty - I can't believe I am not familiar with the original story! The version I've always known ends with Sleeping Beauty waking up and marrying the prince. There is a whole lot more to the story. Turns out the prince's mother is an ogress and like to eat children so he must keep his marriage (and subsequent children) a secret. When he becomes king, his mother is finally told, and she waits for a time when the king is away. Both ds and I loved this!

#2. Little Red Ridinghood - Again I find I'm more familiar with a later variant of this story. In Perrault's original telling, the tale ends with the wolf eating both the grandmothe…

123 Book Meme

Frogdancer has tagged me!

1. Pick up the nearest book. (Must be 123+ pages.)
2. Turn to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence, and post the next three sentences.
4 Tag 5 people.

So the nearest book is the one I'm currently reading, Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card.

"Kill me and you'll always wonder if I really sent out a message at all,"
said Petra.

"But at least I won't have to listen to your smug voice lying to me," said
Achilles. "That would almost be a consolation."

I've seen this one pretty much everywhere, so I won't tag anyone specific. If you haven't done this one yet then consider yourself tagged.

31. Wide Window

The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket
Illustrated by Brett Helquist
A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book the Third

Pages: 215
Finished: Feb. 12, 2008
Reason for Reading: next in series, series challenge, read aloud to the 7yo.
First Published: 2000
Genre: children fiction
Rating: 3/5

First Sentence:

If you didn't know about the Baudelaire orphans, and you saw them sitting on their suitcases at Damocles Dock, you might think that they were bound for an exciting adventure.

Comments: The Baudelaire orphans are sent to live with their Aunt Josephine, who lives in a house precariously built on the edge of the cliff. Aunt Josephine has a penchant for grammar and a fear of pretty much everything. Count Olaf appears in disguise and the children must convince all the grown-ups that he is after them once again. With this third book the repetitive plot is established and I'm fairly certain each future book will have the same scenario. However, there is something charming about the repetition and the ch…

30. Destiny

Destiny by Alex Archer
Rogue Angel Book 1

Pages: 346
Finished: Feb. 11, 2008
Reason for Reading: 1st in a Series challenge
First Published: 2006
Genre: action adventure, fantasy
Rating: 3.5/5

First Sentence:

Out of breath, feeling as though the hounds of Hell pursued him, Roux whipped his horse mercilessly.

Comments: Annja Creed is an archaeologist who works part-time for a TV show called Chasing History's Monsters. While on an assignment in France, tracking down information on the Beast of Gevaudan, she stumbles upon an artifact that others are also looking for. Thus begins a action packed race as Annja is chased by an ancient sect of monks, a 500 year old man and a local gangster involved with the Wild Hunt. Two things come to mind as I write this review. The first is that this is no literary work; it is plot driven and very cheesy. The second is that I really enjoyed it. Sometimes I like a little cheese. I loved the history of legends that served the basis of the story: the Beast o…

29. Up to Low

Up to Low by Brian Doyle
First book of The Low Life

Pages: 116
Finished: Feb. 9, 2008
Reason for Reading: YA Challenge
First Published: 1982
Genre: YA fiction
Awards: CLA Book of the Year
Rating: 3/5

First Sentence:

We hadn't been up to Low since my mother died two years before.

Comments: This little book is more than that it seems at first glance. Ultimately it is the story of a boy's first love and his new understanding of death. Set in the 1950's Gatineau Hills country of Quebec, the book concerns an Irish family. Told in a tall tale format, the narrative is exaggerated and over the top until it takes a more serious tone near the end. At times funny, at others profound, I enjoyed this little book and will be trying more by the author.

28. Invasion of the Blobs

Invasion of the Blobs by Paul Stewart
Illustrated by Chris Riddell
The Blobheads, book 1

Pages: 63
Finished: Feb. 8, 2008
Reason for Reading: Dh read this to the 7yo and I didn't want to miss out.
First Published: 2000
Genre: children, science fiction
Rating: 3.5/5

First Sentence:

Billy Barnes stood in the bathroom brushing his teeth.

Comments: Billy is brushing his teeth one morning when out of his toilet pop three aliens. They are looking for the Most High Emperor of the Universe and, well, he turns out to be Billy's baby brother, who's not even a year old. His parents come home just as the aliens are trying to take the baby home with them and a major ruckus ensues. This is a delightful story. Very silly, and very funny. The illustrations are just as fun as the story. This would make a perfect first chapter book for a child to read themselves.

Short Story Monday

#3. Charlie Rabbit - This was a very grim story of children in wartime. A boy and his little brother, along with his toy rabbit, are alone when their house is bombed in the middle of the night. A chilling tale.

#4. From the Lighthouse - This was a bit strange and I'm not sure I really got it. A man arrives on an island and tells the residents that he has just bought the island and is now their new owner. His guide pretends to be happy for him but has other plans in mind.
#5. The Hill - A boy rushes off to tell his great-great-grandfather that his father is selling the family property. So the old man rushes off to prevent it. Another good one.
#6. Lightning Bringer - A man comes to town wielding a terrible power. He realizes that a boy can see his power and is just like him. He tells the boy he must use his power before he loses it. There is more to the story but it would give it away to say more. I liked this one, it was pretty cool.
#7. Down to the Scum Quarter - This was a lot of f…

27. Procession of the Dead

Procession of the Dead by D.B. Shan
The City: Book 1

Pages: 312
Finished: Feb. 8, 2008
Reason for Reading: ARC review copy
First Published: March 3, 2008 (Canada & UK)
Genre: urban fantasy
Rating: 5/5

First Sentence:

I'm not allowed to quote from this review copy.

Capac Raimi arrives in the city to join his uncle's business, that of small time gangster. He quickly learns the ropes but soon finds himself brought to the attention of The Cardinal. The Cardinal is the gangster who runs the entire city and nothing happens in this city without the the knowledge or approval of The Cardinal.

Life is great for Capac; he may just be the heir that the Cardinal has been looking for. But Capac realizes all is not as he thought it was when people start to disappear and no one remembers them. It is as if they had never existed at all. Thus Capac is propelled forward trying to find these missing people, without The Cardinal's knowledge which is a very dangerous game to play, and at the …

Canadian Challenge Completed

This week I finished the Canadian Challenge. The goal was to read 13 books by Canadian authors or that take place in Canada. I did not make a starting list but rather chose books as I went along. This challenge came up just at the time I was personally committing to read more Canadian authors so it helped me to start off on the right foot. All of the authors I chose are either Canadian or have lived in Canada for a number of years. Most of the books I chose were fantasies so I didn't visit many provinces along the way. Even though I am finished this challenge my personal commitment to read more Canadian authors stands.I enjoyed every single book I read for this challenge. Some were good, some great, and a few fantastic. I've found authors I will continue reading and I really enjoyed this challenge. Hopefully, there will be a Part 2 next year.The books I read for the challenge and the province they take place in were:
1. The Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy(Quebec)
2. The Alch…

I Got an Award

Framed and Booked surprised me this week when she gave me the You Make My Day Award. This is the first award my blog and I have ever received and you really made my day. Thank you!

If you haven't read Framed and Booked before, go on over and take a look. She always has wonderful reviews and I've found many interesting books via her blog.

26. Keturah & Lord Death

Keturah & Lord Death by Martine Leavitt

Pages: 200
Finished: Feb. 6, 2008
Reason for Reading: YA Challenge, Canadian Challenge
First Published: 2006
Genre: YA, fantasy
Rating: 4/5

First Sentence:

"Keturah, tell us a story," said Naomi, "one of your tales of faerie or magic."

Keturah follows a hart into the woods and gets lost. Three days later Lord Death comes for her but Keturah is given a day of reprieve by telling Death a story. Each evening she returns and tells more of the story but a deadline does loom ahead of her, she may only escape Death if she finds her own true love.

This is a wonderful, original fairy tale. It has a dreamlike quality to it, almost ethereal. A beautifully written, dark romance, the plot slowly unfolds and comes to a shocking conclusion. This is a book that is going to keep me thinking about it for quite some time. I really enjoyed this. Highly recommended to those who enjoy dark fairy tales.

25. The Golden Hoard

The Golden Hoard: Myths and Legends of the World
by Geraldine McCaughrean
Illustrated by Bee Willey

Pages: 130
Finished: Feb. 8, 2008
Reason for Reading: Read aloud to my 7yo.
First Published: 1995
Genre: children, fairy tales, short stories
Rating: 4/5

First Sentence:

There was once a fool.

Comments: This collection of myths and legends, the first in a three-part series, has been compiled and retold by the award-winning British author and storyteller, Geraldine McCaughrean. A fine assortment of tales that include a few of the more well-known along with a wide variety of lesser known ones. These stories are beautifully written with enticing language. The tales have not been watered down for children but rather are vivid in their retelling of battles, bloodshed and romance. I read this aloud to my 7yo and he was enthralled with the tales. I did find myself editing on the fly occasionally for either content or comprehension. To read on one's own, I would recommend this for ages 10 to a…