Thursday, October 29, 2009

Flora's Dare

by Ysabeau S. Wilce

Grade: Good

Good sequel. I think I like both books better now that I've read the second one. The world is still original. I like Udo, and Flora more than before, I think. Lord Axacaya annoyed me. First when he was so attractive to Flora, and then when he turned out to be bad, which I saw coming from miles away.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

A Wizard's Dilemma

by Diane Duane

Grade: All right

Just didn't catch me. Again, no secondary character that I really liked, although Ponch, the dog, was fun, and I wouldn't mind hearing more of him. Otherwise, besides the cool place Kit and Ponch went to, nothing else interested me much. But I'll definitely read the next ones in this series.

A Wizard Abroad

by Diane Duane

Grade: All right

Not my favourite in this series. No lovely secondary characters. In fact, Ronan kind of bugged me. And it was rather unintelligable, what with all the Irish folklore. I realised part way through that there was a glossary at the back, but I didn't feel like using it. And there wasn't much Kit, and I like Kit well enough to miss him when he isn't there.

High Wizardry

by Diane Duane

Grade: Good

No secondary characters I loved as much as Fred and Ed this time. But I loved the idea of the sentient computers. And I did love her personal computer very much too. All in all, it was a pretty cool book, perhaps my favourite for plot and setting. The end was Lewis-ian, like Peralandra.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Deep Wizardry

by Diane Duane

Grade: Good

I'm going to read more because I loved Ed. And Fred from the last one. And her world can be pretty cool... But I wouldn't read the others so soon if it wasn't for Ed and Fred. At the present, I have three that I'm planning to read right away. So, come all ye Eds! Freds, ahoy!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Faerie Wars

by Herbie Brennan

Grade: Good

Yeah, good I guess. The stuff with his mother was a bit weird. I actually kind of enjoyed his family stuff more than some of the parts with Blue or Brimstone. Mr. Fogarty was cool, though. And everything was nicely original. I'll read the sequal someday. But not immediately, I don't think.

Thursday, October 8, 2009


by Neil Gaiman

Grade: Good

Good, however it wasn't as original as I'd expect from Gaiman. It reads almost like a movie script to me. It seemed to me that I'd seen many of the phrases and gestures before in movies. Maybe I'm imagining things, but it did detract from my enjoyment of the book.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Angel Isle

by Peter Dickinson

Grade: Good

Fairly similar to The Ropemaker, which is good, because Ropemaker was as good book. I think I might even like this one better. I think I liked the characters better, maybe, and the settings were more diverse. The love story was quite peculiar. I think I liked it--in fact, I did, but it was strange.
So, on to more Peter Dickinson! They're slow-ish books, but good. A bit like Jonathan Strange in the respect, for me.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

The Bromeliad Trilogy

by Terry Pratchett

Grade: Unfinished
Read: To page 82.

There was no Death or Vetinari or Vimes or Moist... I really have to be invested in the characters to read T.P., and I wasn't in this case. Plus they were fat.
But really, it was mostly because I just didn't get around to it. First year university, you know.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Witch's Business

by Diana Wynne Jones

Grade: All right

Children's book. Kids defeat evil witch. Some good Wynne Jones' unique-ness. But not enough depth.