06.16.10

Peter Pan in Scarlet: First Post (First Impressions)

Posted in Childrens, Fiction at 1:27 am by Rosepixie

The quotes at the beginning of this book are fantastic and wonderfully well chosen.

“I like to be in the company of explorers.” – J. M. Barrie

“From quiet homes and first beginning,
Out to the undiscovered ends,
There’s nothing worth the wear of winning,
But laughter and the love of friends.” – Hilaire Belloc

I also think that they did a great job explaining the history of the book and getting across why the gift of the rights to Peter Pan was (and is) such a big deal in such a way that children, who aren’t generally very familiar with copyright laws, can understand.

Dragon’s Breath: Sixth Post (Final Thoughts)

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

I actually really liked the ending of this book, despite the fact that it was somewhat bittersweet. I really like that Emma inherited the role of Green Witch and stepped up to the responsibilities that came with it. I also thought that it was nice that she came to realize that she loved Eadric after getting to know him and everything. Now I am looking forward to the next book in the series!

06.15.10

Dragon’s Breath: Fifth Post (Dragons)

Posted in Childrens, Fiction at 1:17 am by Rosepixie

I like the way Baker wrote the dragons. She clearly made their point of view evident when we usually don’t get to hear that side of the knights vs. dragons story. I also really liked that Emma got a real reward for being so friendly and helpful to the dragons. Hopefully the breath she got from the sick dragon will be enough for the spell to work.

Dragon’s Breath: Fourth Post (Eadric)

Posted in Childrens, Fiction at 12:29 am by Rosepixie

Emma’s right that Eadric doesn’t worry enough. I don’t think that he needs to be such a worrywart that he doesn’t do anything, but given all the magic and danger around him, some caution seems warranted! Hopefully he’ll learn sooner rather than later.

06.13.10

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: Seventh Post (Final Thoughts)

Posted in Childrens, Fiction at 1:51 am by Rosepixie

I love this book. It has a wonderful story and fantastic illustrations. I think that Glinda’s guards are a great touch, even if Denslow’s illustrations make them look rather like majorettes. I like that each of her companions has found a home by the time Dorothy leaves as well. This has such a sweet ending that it’s hard not to love it!

City of Heroes 8: Thoughts

Posted in Comics at 12:55 am by Rosepixie

Crey Industries is an interesting “villain”. They are evil with PR who to spin them as the real heroes. Evil in plain sight! It’s an interesting idea that could be a whole set of complex stories on it’s own. It’s very Lex Luthor-like in a way. I’m enjoying reading this comic a lot. I’d forgotten how good it was and I’m sad it didn’t run longer.

06.12.10

Wizards and Witches: Thoughts

Posted in Childrens, History, Literary Studies at 12:03 am by Rosepixie

I’m not as impressed with this book as I was by the other two that I read from the series. It’s not as well organized and has some information that’s not entirely accurate. It also dates itself a lot more than the other two did. There is some interesting information, but it’s just not what I would expect it to be after having read those first two titles from this series.

06.11.10

Dragon’s Breath: Third Post (Danger)

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

Emma is very good at getting herself into very dangerous situations. I’m not sure how she and Eadric are going to manage to accomplish the sea witch’s challenge, but obviously somehow they will since I’m not even half-way through the book yet. I like Eadric. He definitely has his faults, but he’s very loyal and extremely sweet, so it’s hard not to like him!

06.10.10

Dragon’s Breath: Second Post (Questions)

Posted in Childrens, Fiction at 12:20 am by Rosepixie

What is going on with all of the retired witches? What made them abandon their homes in the first place? I mean, why did they all decide to actually go to the “swamp” in the ad? And now that they’re there, what happened? Did someone steal their power or remove their memories in order to keep them from being a threat in some way or what? It’s very strange!

06.08.10

Dragon’s Breath: First Post (First Impressions)

Posted in Childrens, Fiction at 2:33 am by Rosepixie

This book has the same amusing narrator voice that the first book had and so far shows a similar sense of humor. It’s been a while since I read the first book, so I actually appreciate the brief recap and going over of who the important characters are!

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