Showing posts from October, 2009

All Hallow's Eve

Halloween or All Hallows' Eve is not a liturgical feast on the Catholic calendar, but the celebration has deep ties to the Liturgical Year. These three consecutive days — Halloween, All Saints Day and All Souls Day — illustrate the Communion of Saints. The Church Militant (those on earth, striving to get to heaven) pray for the Church Suffering (those souls in Purgatory) especially on All Souls Day and the month of November. We also rejoice and honor the Church Triumphant (the saints, canonized and uncanonized) in heaven. We also ask the Saints to intercede for us, and for the souls in Purgatory. Read more ...

195. Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 Graphic Novel

Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation by Tim Hamilton. Introduction by Ray Bradbury.

Pages: 149
Ages: 13+
Finished: Oct. 30, 2009
First Published: Jul.21, 2009
Genre: graphic novel, science fiction
Rating: 4.5/5

First sentence:

It was a pleasure to burn.

Reason for Reading: Cybils nominee

Comments: At this point I think it's fair that no summary of Fahrenheit 451 is needed. I'm a fan of the novel having read it a handful of time plus I've seen the 1966 movie a couple of times. Obviously, I was no stranger to the plot when I sat down to read the graphic adaptation. I was very pleased to find a very faithful adaptation to the novel had been rendered. It's amazing to see a novel transformed with a minimal amount of text and the addition of graphics to tell the same story. Though one hopes an adaptation will never replace the original, this is a beautiful compliment to it.

The illustrations are very interesting and match the mood of the story done in a l…

RIP IV Challenge - Completed

Another year of the RIP is over. This year we only had to commit to 4 books but I managed to double that and read 8 appropriate books. This is the challenge I, and I think everybody elese, looks forward to all year long. Hosted by Carl, it's always a great 2 months of scary, creepy reads. Here's what I managed to read this year.

RIP IV Challenge (Sept 1 - Oct. 31, 2009) (4 books)
1. Wisconsin Death Trip by Michael Lesy
2. Haunted by Barbara Haworth-Attard
3. Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay
4. The Hanging Hill by Chris Grabenstein
5. My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
6. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
7. The Child Thief by Brom
8. The Bag of Bones by Vivian French

I'm pleased with every single book I read this year!

194. Asterios Polyp

Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli

Pages: 344
Ages: 18+
Finished: Oct. 29, 2009
First Published: Jul.7, 2009
Genre: graphic novel
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:

mmm...oohh.. that's good...

Reason for Reading: Cybils nominee

Summary: The book opens with a man watching, presumably, a pornographic movie, when his building is hit by lightning and catches fire. Such is how we meet Asterios Polyp, 50 year old architect. He grabs a few trinkets and as he rushes out the door we see he has a room full of videos, each one marked with a consecutive day of the week which appear to go on for years back. Through a series of flashbacks we follow Asterios' past and present as with the cash he takes a bus to however far it will get him, ending up in a hick town where he gets a job as a mechanic and rents a room in the house of his boss.

Comments: The book is a study in self. It is hard for me to review this book critically as I have never studied philosophy and that is the main theme running through …

Three Pigs, a Cybil & Harriet Tubman

Today I have a three in one for you!

The Three Little Pigs retold by Lisa Trumbauer, illustrated by Aaron Blecha. (Jan. 2009) (33pgs) received a review copy from the publisher. - This graphic novel is label reading level 1, though I do say it is a but harder than that but nevertheless my son had no problems reading this out loud to me. The story keeps true to the traditional tale we are all familiar with with no watering down and tiny little twist at the end that is very clever. The illustrations are wonderful and creepy. You honestly have to give this book a read once you've had a look at the illustrations. Ds looked forward to reading it everyday. We have another in this Fairy Tale series and I've noticed my library has quite a few on the shelves as well, so we'll certainly be back for more of these. 5/5

192. Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon (jun. 11, 2009) (153pgs) Cybils nominee. Borrowed from my library. - Dragonbreath is a graphic novel-text hybrid. While the majority of …

191. The Year of the Flood

The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
(a parallel novel to Oryx and Crake)

Pages: 431
Ages: 18+
Finished: Oct. 27, 2009
First Published: Sept. 22, 2009
Genre: post-apocalyptic, science fiction (no matter how much the author denies it)
Rating: 3/5

First sentence:

In the early morning Toby climbs up to the rooftop to watch the sunrise.

Reason for Reading: Atwood's new book. Qualifies for the Canadian Reading Challenge. Borrowed from my library.

Summary: A plague has wiped out the majority of the world and the God's Gardeners cult had been preparing for the end-times (the Waterless Flood) all along. Two women, who were members of God's Gardeners have survived the plague. One, Ren, because she was in an isolation unit (almost like an apartment) where she was recuperating after being abused by one of the patrons in the sex club where she worked and possibly contaminated. The other, Toby, had locked herself in the beauty spa (heavily secured corporation run) she was the manager of the …

I'm a Blurb!!!!!

The latest trade paperback edition of Kenneth Oppel's Starclimber hit the stores this month. I've hinted a couple of times at a secret I've been keeping and this is it. I won a contest and came in as the first runner up! Harper Collins Canada ran the contest back in May and Kenneth Oppel himself chose the three winners. I was contacted in August but didn't want to spill the beans publicly until I'd seen the thing with my own eyes to make sure it wasn't some surreal dream. My blurb is printed on the first page when you open the book and just look at the company I'm keeping!! I also received a signed hardcover first edition as a prize (as if seeing my name and words in print wasn't "prize" enough! You can read my whole review here.

If you live in Canada, run to your nearest bookstore and buy one! Heehee!

Now I can't wait to go the author's booksigning in November!

Monday: Books in the Mail

Last week saw the arrival of two arcs and I actually bought a book as well, good excuse though as I bought it as a read aloud for school purposes. With two arcs coming in this past week, I'm very shocked to say I did not read any arcs in that time which makes the arc pile a total increase of 2 books. Well it was bound to happen sooner or later!

From Random House Canada:

Anne Rice returns to the mesmerizing storytelling that has captivated readers for more than three decades with this new novel — the first book in a new series called “Songs of the Seraphim.”

Angel Time is a dark, suspenseful novel about angels, reluctant assassins and a journey of redemption.

Toby O’Dare — a.k.a. Lucky the Fox — has fallen far from grace. He is a contract killer who carries out violence whenever and wherever he is told, a soulless soul who takes orders from someone he calls “The Right Man.” When a mysterious stranger comes into Lucky’s nightmarish world and offers him a chance to save lives rather than…

190. By the Great Horn Spoon!

By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman, illustrated by Eric von Schmidt

Pages: 193
Ages: 8+
Finished: Oct. 23, 2009
First Published: 1963
Genre: children, historical fiction, humour
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:

A sailing ship with two great sidewheels went splashing out of Boston harbor on a voyage around the Horn to San Francisco.

Reason for Reading: read aloud to my 9yo to go with our history studies.

Summary: Aunt Arabella is in imminent danger of losing her estate so Jack and the butler, Praiseworthy, leaving a note behind, stowaway on a ship to reach California where they plan to strike it rich with the other forty-niners. Thus coming home in time to save Aunt Arabella's estate. If only things worked out just as we planned them...

Comments: As historical fiction, the book's historical content is contained to life aboard a coal-fueled steamship, both above and below decks, the lifestyle of a gold miner and the drudgery of working on a gold claim with the likelihood of not findi…

A Couple of Graphic Novel Mini-Reviews

Today I have a couple of reviews of elementary/middle grade graphic novels which are Cybils nominees that I have read recently read.

#188. Perseus and Medusa by Blake A. Hoena, illustrated by Daniel Perez, 2009, 63 pgs - This retelling of the famous Greek myth is quite complete in its details including parts of the story not always included in children's versions such as the Gorgons which frequently get dropped. But I was most impressed with the inclusion of the sidestory of Perseus's return journey home including his saving of Andromeda before he returns to court with the head of Medusa. A very true retelling, keeping it suitable for children. There is a bit of violence, Medusa does get her head chopped off after all, and with that a few drops of blood are shown here and there over a few pages. Nothing I wouldn't deem suitable for an 8yo of my own. The illustrations are gorgeous! I always say this when I review a Stone Arch book but they always use top-notch artists for th…

And the Winner is ....

And the winner of The Rapture by Liz Jensen is :

Sheila (bookjourney)

Sheila's favourite post-apocalyptic books are the Left Behind series.

You can read my review of The Rapture here.

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Contest: The Rapture by Liz Jensen (Sticky)

When I received The Rapture by Liz Jensen for review I somehow ended up with two copies! The Canadian edition I had been expecting and then shortly followed by an ARC of the American edition.

I am giving away here the unread ARC of the US edition of The Rapture by Liz Jensen.

Contest will run until Oct. 22, with the winner randomly chosen and announced on Oct. 23. This contest is open to US and Canada only. Sorry, but International postage is too expensive for me.

To enter:

1) You must be a follower (over in the right bar) and let me know you are in your comment.

2) Leave your email address (if it is not in your profile.)

3) For +2 extra entries tell me your favourite apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic book.

You can read my review of the book and while it is not exactly glowing, I do think many people will enjoy the book more than I did. Here is the publisher's summary

It’s a blazing hot summer in the not-too-distant future. Thirty-five-year-old psychologist Gabrielle Fox is painfully rebuil…

186. 20 Bible Verses Every Child Should Know with 20 original Bible memory songs on full-length CD

20 Bible Verses Every Child Should Know with 20 original Bible memory songs on full-length CD illustrated by Christine Tripp, songs by Little Man Music. (text by various authors. Scripture taken from NIV)

Pages: 92 + CD
Ages: 4-10
Finished: Oct. 13, 2009
First Published: 2003
Genre: children, Bible, Christian
Rating: 5/5

First sentence:

Have you been looking for a fun, new resource to help your child learn Bible verses?

Reason for Reading: We spend time on religion every school day M-TH. This book came with our curriculum; I had not seen it before. We used it every other week.

Comments: I was not looking to use this book as a verse memorizing tool but more as a devotional and discussion starter with my son. I was impressed right away with the visual presentation and the everyday stories children could really relate to. The real test though was to listen to the CD. Would the songs be corny? I sat down and started to listed to it on my own and must say I was more than satisfied. The songs are sun…

185. Up Till Now by William Shatner

Up Till Now: The Autobiography by William Shatner with David Fisher

Pages: 342 + index
Ages: 18+
Finished: Oct. 20, 2009
First Published: May 13, 2008
Genre: memoir, actor
Rating: 5/5

First sentence:

I was going to begin my autobiography this way: Call me ... Captain James T. Kirk or Sergeant T.J. Hooker or Denny Crane Denny Crane or Twilight Zone Passenger Bob Wilson or the Big Giant Head or Henry V or the Priceline Negotiator or ... Well, that's the problem, isn't it?

Reason for Reading: I love William Shatner and there was no doubt I'd be reading his autobiography! This also qualifies for the Canadian Reading Challenge.

Comments: William Shatner's autobiography covers his entire life from growing up in Montreal, Canada to virtually the present with his thoughts on not being invited to participate in the recent new Star Trek movie. His childhood is briefly summarized though his acting ventures as a child, in high school and university and then book focuses on his career as…

184. Wonderland

Wonderland by Tommy Kovac. illustrated by Sonny Liew

Pages: 160
Ages: 13+
Finished: Oct. 18, 2009
First Published: Mar. 17, 2009
Genre: graphic novel, ya, children, fantasy
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:

Mary Ann ...

Reason for Reading: Cybils Award nominee. I've also been meaning to read this since I first heard about it.

Summary: The book is set in Wonderland sometime not too long after Alice has left. Here we meet Mary Ann, the girl whom the White Rabbit mistakes Alice for when she first arrives. We find out Mary Ann is the White Rabbit's maid and follow her through an adventurous day where she uncovers the fiendish doings of the Queen of Hearts.

Comments: While the book does have its plot running through, I found the main focus to be on the characters. Kovac explores Wonderland and its famous inhabitants such as the Queen of Hearts and the Cheshire Cat in such great detail and in a more up close and personal way than the original book provides. It is great fun watching these charac…

My First Book Signing!!

This Saturday I went to my very first book signing! I went to Chapters in "the city" to get my copy of The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan signed. She was amazing! Her author picture does not do her justice at all as she was all smiles and very pretty!

I've never done anything like this as my anxiety/panic disorder which is a common condition for people with Aspergers to also suffer from (though by no means do all). But I was determined to go. I took an anxiety pill before I went and then I worried the whole way there that when I went up to the table and said my name "Nicola" (which is not that common) that she would recognize me, as we have had a few emails back and forth when I originally published my review of her book and I mentioned I'd be going to this signing. So I was hoping she wouldn't recognize my name but kind of dreading that she probably would so anyway this is where the mind of an Aspergers person goes frantic. It&…

Monday: Books in the Mail

Some of you may have noticed (probably not) that I didn't do my Monday books post last Monday. That is because it was Thanksgiving here and I was too busy (lazy) to make time for the post. So this week's post includes 2 weeks' worth of book arrival, but alas, it is only a few books even combined. This is good though, as my reading has slowed down considerably with our visitor here and other life things happening as well.

Now the books:

Two weeks ago I received two review books:

Not long before her fiftieth birthday, Mackenzie Phillips walked into Los Angeles International Airport. She was on her way to a reunion for One Day at a Time, the hugely popular 70s sitcom on which she once starred as the lovable rebel Julie Cooper. Within minutes of entering the security checkpoint, Mackenzie was in handcuffs, arrested for possession of cocaine and heroin.

Born into rock and roll royalty, flying in Learjets to the Virgin Islands at five, making pot brownies with her father's frien…

183. Testimony by Anita Shreve

Testimony by Anita Shreve

Pages: 305
Ages: 18+
Finished: Oct. 16, 2009
First Published: Oct. 21, 2008
Genre: realistic fiction
Rating: 3.5/5

First sentence:

It was a small cassette, not much bigger than the palm of his hand, and when Mike thought about the terrible license and risk exhibited on the tape, as well as its resultant destructive power, it was as though the two-by-three plastic package had been radioactive.

Reason for Reading: I really wanted to read this book right from when it first came out but it just kept getting pushed to the bottom of the pile. The book was picked for my October Random Reading Challenge. I received a review copy from Hachette Book Group.

Summary: Avery is a small New England town and Avery Academy, the private high school, is the only prestigious thing about it. That is until the headmaster receives a sex tape of several students in a drunken orgy which someone has filmed. While that may not exactly be shocking these days, especially if it had come from the pu…

New York Times' Zalewski Critiques Today's Picture Books

I've got to say I'm right behind him on this one. I've always, more or less, stuck with the classic picture books with my children. There is nothing worse than picture books about bratty kids who act and behave in ways which are entirely unacceptable in your own home.

In today’s picture books, the kids are in charge:

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Little Bear's Friend by Else Holmelund Minarik

Little Bear's Friend by Else Holmelund Minarik, pictures by Maurice Sendak
Little Bear series, book 3

Pages: 62
Ages: 5+
Finished: Oct. 8, 2009
First Published: 1960
Genre: children's easy reader
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:

Little Bear sat in the top of a high tree.

Reason for Reading: My son read the book aloud to me as his reader.

Summary: Little Bear meets Emily for the first time; she and her parents are camping in the woods for the summer. They become friends, have adventures on their way to owl's house for his party and say goodbye at the end of the summer.

Comments: Fans of the TV show will be interested in seeing how Emily really meets Little Bear for the first time and that indeed she does have parents who are alive and well! This book more than other's in the series follows a more traditional chapter book with a fairly cohesive story rather than four separate short stories. Each is connected to, or continues on from the previous. Minarik was a brilliant story telle…

Cirque du Freak Trailer

I Can't Wait!!!!

If you haven't already, read books #1-3 to prepare for the movie.

182. Alligator Stew by Dennis Lee

Alligator Stew: Favourite Poems by Dennis Lee, illustrated by Roge

Pages: unpaginated
Ages: 5+
Finished: Oct. 3, 2009
First Published: 2005
Genre: children's poetry
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:

Alligator pie, alligator pie,
If I don't get some I think I'm gonna die.

Reason for Reading: I read poetry to my son as a regular part of our day. We read a 2 page spread at a time alternating between a book focusing on one specific poet then a collection of authors. This was our poet focus and I chose a Canadian poet to qualify for the Canadian Reading Challenge. I own this book.

Comments: A collection of some of the best and most popular poems from Dennis Lee's previously published books up to this date. Includes such favourites as Alligator Pie, Willoughby Wallaby Woo and Mulligan Stew. For those who've never had the pleasure of reading Dennis Lee's poetry, I would suggest you think along the lines of Shel Silverstein crossed with a G-rated Monty Python and add a good dose of Ca…

181. A.D. New Orleans After the Deluge

A.D. New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld

Pages: 193
Ages: 18+
Finished: Oct. 3, 2009
First Published: Aug 2009
Genre: nonfiction, graphic novel, biographical, current events, history
Rating: 3/5

First sentence:

Monday, August 22, 2005.

Reason for Reading: Cybil Awards nominee. Received from the library.

Summary: Follows the lives of seven individuals before, during and after Hurricane Katrina. Each of these people come from different walks of life giving very different experiences as they share the same devastation of a natural disaster.

Comments: The book is quite powerful, especially the beginning and middle. The coming of the storm is handled very dramatically with wordless panels and was my favourite part of the book. The story is told chronologically and flips between the seven people (5, technically as 2 are in pairs) this is a little confusing at first but once you get into the book the reader gets into the rhythm. Not all of the characters stay behind and while all cha…

180. The Bag of Bones

The Bag of Bones by Vivian French, illustrated by Ross Collins
The Second Tale from the Five Kingdoms

Pages: 248
Ages: 8+
Finished: Oct. 10, 2009
First Published: July 28, 09
Genre: children's fantasy
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:

"Wheeeeee!" The small bat did a double backflip, then a twist, and landed neatly on the branch below.

Reason for Reading: Next in the series. I received a review copy from Candlewick Press.

Summary: The evil witch Truda Hangnail, practitioner of Deep Magic (not permitted in the Five Kingdoms) comes to visit her granddaughter and takes control of the local group of witches shrinking them down to the size of rats. Loobly, one of the witch's servants, escapes and sets off to get the help of the Ancient Crones. Meanwhile, it is Queen Bluebell's 80th birthday celebration and since she has no female heirs she will be naming her future successor at the party. But Truda Hangnail has a diabolical plan to crash the party and become the Queen of the Five Ki…

179. A Pioneer Thanksgiving

A Pioneer Thanksgiving: A Story of Harvest Celebrations in 1841 by Barbara Greenwood, illustrated by Heather Collins
Pioneer Story series, book 2

Pages: 47
Ages: 7+
Finished: Oct. 8, 2009
First Published: 1999
Genre: historical fiction
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:

Sarah sat in the little bedroom off the kitchen, reading to Granny.

Reason for Reading: Next in the series and it was the week before Thanksgiving.

Summary: Follows the Robertson family as they gather together the ingredients for their meal from the wild and prepare the meal and Sarah realizes all she has to be thankful for.

Comments: While only a fraction of the size of the first book, A Pioneer Story, this book keeps to the same format with chapters of the story followed by non-fiction sections that carry factual information plus crafts and recipes. Again the crafts are simple to make though will require a gathering of 'not just laying around the house' supplies. The book again is illustrated with Heather Collins lovely sep…

The Winner Is..

And the winner of Houston, We Have a Problema by Gwendolyn Zepeda as chosen by yesterday (though I was out all day and didn't get a chance to make a post, Sorry!) is....

Book Dragon

Congratulations! Book Dragon says this one has been on her wish list so lucky you, your wish has come true! I'll be sending you an email shortly for your snail mail address.

To those who didn't win ... Stay tuned ... I'll be posting another contest in my next post today!

Contest: Houston, We Have a Problema

I am giving away a brand new trade paperback of Houston, We Have a Problema by Gwendolyn Zepeda. Contest will run until Oct. 8, with the winner randomly chosen and announced on the Oct. 9. This contest is open to US and Canada only. Sorry, but International postage is too expensive for me.

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Jessica Luna is your typical 26 year old: she has man trouble, mom trouble, and not a clue what to do with her life (though everyone else in her family seems to have plenty of suggestions!) After a lifetime of being babied by her family, Jess is incapable of trusting herself to make the right choices. So instead, she bases all of her life decisions on signs. She looks to everything for guidance, from the direction her rearv…

178. A Family Treasury: Classic Bible Stories

A Family Treasury: Classic Bible Stories retold by Lise Caldwell

Pages: 159
Ages: 7+
Finished: Oct. 7, 2009
First Published: 1998
Genre: children's bible, Christian
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Reason for Reading: We have religion as a subject every day M-TH, part of this included reading Bible stories. We read from this book every other week, the book came with our curriculum and I hadn't seen it before hand.

Comments: A retelling of the Bible through selected stories. No version of the Bible is given as a source, so one must assume it is a complete retelling. The book is from a non-denominational point of view and should be accessible to everyone, as it was to this Catholic reader. While containing a fair selection of Old Testament Stories the emphasis is on The New Testament. All the popular stories are contained and overall it is useful and edifying Bible. I will admit that at first glance I was unsure of it's use as it doe…

177. The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook

The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis

Pages: 154
Ages: 9+
Finished: Oct. 4, 2009
First Published: Sep. 1, 2009
Genre: graphic novel, children, adventure
Rating: 3/5

First sentence:

I made a working model of the Wright Brothers' Flyer for my history project!
Reason for Reading: Cybils nominee. I also read and enjoyed Davis' first children's graphic novel, Stinky.

Summary: Every day Julian Calendar is teased at school for being nerdy and smart. Then one day his family tells him they are moving and Julian is delighted; he can start all over again. His first day at the new junior high he pretends to be everything he is not but it's not that easy and he slips up in class and let's his brains show. He is secretly contacted by two fellow brainiac inventors and they become fast friends working on inventions every spare minute they have. But it's time for them to form an alliance when a dastardly scientist steals their schematics plan book and hatches…

October Random Read

As selected by my readers by poll, my October book for the Random Reading Challenge will be:

Testimony by Anita Shreve
It won by one point, running neck in neck with The Flying Troutmans the whole way. I'm happy with the results, over the two I would have picked Testimony myself as I've wanted to read one of Shreve's books for a long time, but The Flying Troutmans would have had the added bonus of counting towards the Canadian Book Challenge, as well.

Thanks to everyone who voted in my poll!

Monday: Books in the Mail

Last week brought me 3 fantastic review books! Each one I'm very eager to read. But last week only saw me reading one review copy though, meaning mt arc increased by 2 books.

What if? Why not? Could it be?When a fortuneteller's tent appears in the market square of the city of Baltese, orphan Peter Augustus Duchene knows the questions that he needs to ask: Does his sister still live? And if so, how can he find her? The fortuneteller's mysterious answer (an elephant! An elephant will lead him there!) sets off a chain of events so remarkable, so impossible, that you will hardly dare to believe it’s true.

A brilliant and chilling dystopia for a new generation in the tradition of Brave New World."'Explain to us why you wish to enter The Academy.'" Anaximander, a young Academy candidate, is put through a gruelling exam. Her special subject: the life of Adam Forde, her long-dead hero. It's late in the 21st century and the island Republic has emerged from a ru…

I Love My Prime Minister

Now nobody can say Stephen Harper doesn't have a personality. I love this, I'm such a fangrrrl! Who has the coolest leader? Canada!!!

176. Fables: Homelands

Homelands by Bill Willingham
Fables, book 6

Pages: 190
Ages: 18+
Finished: Oct. 3, 2009
First Published: 2005
Genre: graphic novel, fantasy
Rating: 5/5

First sentence:

(not included since it contains spoilers)

Reason for Reading: next in the series

Summary: This volume is a turning point in the series; many important events happen which will make the continuing story take a new turn.

Comments: This is probably the most exciting volume I've read to date. I just loved every part of it! We start off with a two issue story solely concerning Jack which is integral to his character's future. A very enjoyable story. Then we move onto the heart of this volume where for the first time the setting switches to the Homelands and we see what life is like there now. I won't go into details, but an incredible story takes place with many twists and turns and amazing reveals as we learn the truth of who the Adversary is and how and why they took over the homelands. (I made a wild guess a few bo…

Poll: Pick My October Random Read For Me

I have a handful of ARCs leftover from 2008 and I want them read by the end of this year so I thought I'd use those for my Random Reading challenge for a while but instead of using to pick the title this month I thought I'd let YOU pick which one I read. So please don't be shy and enter your vote of which of these books you think I should read next month. Poll will close on Oct. 3. Are you just surfing by on your way somewhere else? Take a sec. and add your vote too, please. All you lurkers, come on out, put in your vote too! The more votes, the more fun this will be! Voting is on my side bar.

175. The Child Thief by Brom

The Child Thief by Brom

Pages: 481
Ages: 18+
Finished: Oct. 2, 2009
First Published: Aug. 25, 2009
Genre: urban fantasy
Rating: 5/5

First sentence:

It would happen again tonight: the really bad thing.

Reason for Reading: I was very interested in a retelling of Peter Pan from an author known previously for horror books. I received a review copy from Harper Collins Canada.

Summary: This is a modern re-telling of the Peter Pan story. If you've read the original you'll know that Peter is rather an arrogant, self-centered boy and the author takes that Peter and creates a very dark urban fantasy. Amazingly, the basic plot line is very similar to the original. Peter comes to the real world to find runaway kids and steals them by tricking them into following him back to his world, Avalon. There he has created a group of children who fight against the evil Flesh-eaters who are out to destroy them and the island, headed by the fearful, Captain. Peter has his mother figure in the woman who is the …