11.29.08

Sons of Empire: First Post (First Impressions)

Posted in Adults, Fiction at 1:38 am by Rosepixie

Rapunzel’s story was interesting. I really hope that the Fabletown Fables manage to get their acts together before any of the Snow Queen’s plans are enacted. And what happened to poor Flycatcher? What made him turn back into a frog? There are a lot of questions here, aren’t there?

Lifting the Sky: Third Post (Experimenting)

Posted in Childrens, Fiction at 12:13 am by Rosepixie

Blue is experimenting more with her gift now and it’s interesting. I do wonder what’s going to happen with the fawn and the wolves and everything. Why hasn’t Mr. Mac come to check on them more often? He doesn’t even know about the calves yet. I guess I’m just wondering where this is going. I’m enjoying it, but not much is happening.

11.28.08

The Horn Book LXXXIV/6: Thoughts

Posted in Magazines at 1:46 am by Rosepixie

There was a lot of great stuff in this issue of The Horn Book. I loved the piece about Tinkerbell and Wittgenstein, it was fascinating. The picture book discussion questions made me laugh. I really enjoyed the reviews, especially the holiday book reviews. I very much appreciated the articles on self-esteem books and on early-expert-reader books, too. This was a good issue.

Dragons of Summer Flame: Second Post (Unfamiliar Characters)

Posted in Adults, Fiction at 12:45 am by Rosepixie

I’m really not sure what’s going on yet and at this point I don’t actually care very much yet. I really hope that things become more interesting and start to make sense sometime soon! A familiar character or two would help with that, but those don’t seem to be forthcoming. I just hope that this gets more interesting soon, since it’s awfully boring right now!

11.25.08

Claudia and Mean Janine: More Thoughts

Posted in Childrens, Fiction at 12:59 am by Rosepixie

This was a really sweet book. The various pieces of the story all weave together really well to make one interesting and cohesive whole. I don’t remember this series dealing with anything really serious like a stroke, but clearly it did! And it did it well. I’m impressed. I really enjoyed this book.

11.24.08

Lifting the Sky: Second Post (Place)

Posted in Childrens, Fiction at 2:59 am by Rosepixie

The lights are definitely intriguing. What are they exactly and why does Blue have the ability to see and interact with them? Is the calf’s leg really healed? How? So many questions! I’m definitely enjoying the descriptions of the ranch. There’s a real sense of place to it. I’d like to get to know the characters a little better, but so far this is pretty good!

Claudia and Mean Janine: Thoughts

Posted in Childrens, Fiction at 1:10 am by Rosepixie

This is really well done. I really like how each book shifts perspective a little bit so that a different girl is telling the story. I feel really bad for Claudia. It sucks that her parents (and her sister) put so much pressure on her to excel academically and so undervalue her artistic talents. It’s interesting to see her not-so-perfect life after three books told from the point of view of girls who think she has a pretty enviable life. This series is definitely stronger as a unit than any given book is by itself. I’m glad that I’m reading it.

Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse: Thoughts

Posted in Childrens, Fiction, Picture Books at 12:23 am by Rosepixie

This was another pretty cute Skippyjon Jones story! His adventures are so energetic and so much fun to read. I think I’d enjoy these books more if Skippyjon’s adventures could have really happened, rather than always being exposed as make-believe, but they’re still fun even as they are. I hope he has many more adventures in the future!

11.23.08

Dragons of Summer Flame: First Post (First Impressions)

Posted in Adults, Fiction at 10:25 am by Rosepixie

Ok, so far I’m confused. Why are we following these knights? What’s with the weird island? Is this all important somehow? And are we going to get to familiar characters (or at least named characters) any time soon? So far I’m not especially interested. Hopefully this will get better soon!

How to Be Popular: Eighth Post (Final Thoughts)

Posted in Fiction, Teen at 9:24 am by Rosepixie

I’m glad that the other girls who Steph made friends with stayed her friends, even after Lauren kept being nasty. Not all popular girls need to be clones of each other. I’m also glad that Darlene turned out to actually be pretty smart. Pretty does not have to equal dumb. Overall I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It took a little bit of time to grow on me, but I ended up enjoying it a lot!

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