Friday, December 18, 2009

Children of the Green Knowe

by L. M. Boston

Grade: Unfinished
Read: To page 24.

It was due at the library. And it was a bit slow. I might try again, but I might not for a while. I'd like to some day, because it seems like quite a children's classic.

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma

by Trenton Lee Stewart

Grade: All right

I enjoyed it better than the second one, but less than the first. Constance's abilities are getting pretty neat.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury

Grade: Good (Probably To Own someday)

You know, my favourite part was actually the Coda. He talks about how minorities are "burning books", in that they insist that they be changed because they don't present the minorities correctly. How completely relevent.

But the rest of the book was excellent too, though short. I'd be interested to know a good Catholic opinion on some of the philosophical ideas presented here. Most of them seem good, but some of them I wasn't totally sure about.

City of Bones

by Cassandra Clare

Grade: Unfinished
Read: To page 163.

I really should have been able to finish it. It was mostly quite engaging. But Jace, and the fact that I knew he and Clary would get together annoyed me enough that I stopped.

I even liked Jace at first! I was happy that he wasn't tall and dark, and that he looked a bit like a lion. And he was funny. But then he got too...

Ok, here's an example. He always calls Clary "little girl", and then Clary gets mad and says, "My name is Clary!" or something like that. How obvious is that?
Grrrrrrr.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Out of the Wild

by Sarah Beth Durst

Grade: All right

It was fine. I seem to remember that the first one was better, but that might only be because it was so original the first time.
But it wasn't bad. I liked the Beauty and the Beast twist. Julie's dad reminded me a lot of the prince from Enchanted.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Gullstruck Island

by Frances Hardinge

Grade: Good (To Own)

Wow. I should never doubt Frances Hardinge again. I almost gave this book back. Bad me, horrible me.
Every book is so utterly different. And the characters...gracious, but they were vivid and original and totally themselves. I liked Jimboly for being one of the creepiest people ever (NOTE: And female. Hardinge has good female characters that don't need to be all "feminist" in order to be interesting.), Hathin for being the most amazing and different lead character ever, Dance for being huge, Camber for being so like Hathin in so many ways except for the important one, Prox for being confused and faceless and having nice eyes, Arilou for being Lost and strange and not the heroine, Larsh for being utterly surprising, and the Superior for being sweet and funny and marrying his housekeeper.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Soldiers of Halla

by D. J. MacHale

Grade: All right

Two things:
One. There was a lot of philosophical and metaphysical stuff. A bit too much all stuffed into one book. It didn't quite fit with the rest of the books, plus I'm not sure how good it was.
And I didn't get the ending.

Two. I kind of wanted Mark and Courtney to get together, and of course, they didn't. Bobby and Courtney kind of did. Which was strange.