OZ: OZMA OF OZ
-F. Baum-children's fantasy
-272-Dorothy goes back to Oz and with the help of her old friends and Ozma and a yellow chicken, saves the Queen and children of Ev from the goblin king.
SCHOOL RUMBLE #1-5
AMERICAN NOTES & PICTURES FROM ITALY
-UNFINISHED- a travelogue from Dickens' trips to America and Italy. Boring. I got about 100 pages in and then started skimming the American Notes. By the end of that, I didn't even try to skim Pictures from Italy. Not like his fiction at all, really. But that is to be expected.
THE HARPER HALL OF PERN: DRAGONSONG
-140- a young girl from a fishing hold has great musical talent. Due to her fathers holding to the old ways, however, it is discouraged. She runs away and in the process impresses 9 firelizards. Then she is picked up by a dragon rider and taken to the Harper Hall.
THE HARPER HALL OF PERN: DRAGONSINGER
-192- Menolly's adventures in the Harper Hold. Trials to be overcome as she learns much about music and such.
THE HARPER HALL OF PERN: DRAGONDRUMS
-167-follows the adventures of Piemur, a young lad whose voice changes. His adventures as the apprentice to the Master Harper, Robinton. Ends up on the Southern Continent. These 3 novels were in the same vain as her Dragonrider trilogy. Fresh, funny with just the right amount of adventure and adversity to keep you interested without getting you depressed or sad.
LOOKING GLASS: MANXOME FOE
-J. Ringo & T. Taylor-scifi
-463-the Vorpal Blade and crew investigate a lost communications outpost. Stumble upon a new species who are being wiped out by the Dreen. Rescue them and come back to earth with the news that the Dreen will arrive within the next 10 years by spaceship. Bergstresser, aka Two-Gun, seems to be taking over as the main protaganist. No Mimi or anything. :-( Some things felt very shallow though. Like two-gun getting married. He meets a girl, talks to her for all of 4-6hrs, and when he comes back, they are planning on getting married. It just didn't seem at all plausible. I still am disappointed in this series though. The first book was JUST so good, oh well.
STARWARS: LUKE SKYWALKER AND THE SHADOWS OF MINDOR
-331-soon after the Empire has fallen. A shadowy figure returns to reunite the empire. But it turns out he has some power to transfer his consciousness and he wants to trap Luke and take him over. Overall, this was on the level of The Crystal Star. It was just not on the same level as Stover's other StarWars books and that was very disappointing. It was more like reading some melodramatic play or something.
A CHILD'S HISTORY OF ENGLAND
-UNFINISHED- Dickens writing a history of England for his son. BORING!
NOBLE DEAD: TRAITOR TO THE BLOOD
-B. & JC Hendee-fantasy
-396-Everyone goes back to Leesil's home so he can figure out what happened to his parents. He is a big ball of wussiness in my opinion. Find out a bit more about his past and some about the elves. I just wish everyone in the story would stop having such emotional hangups. Get over yourself and go do what needs to be done!
CASE CLOSED #1-4
-502- a girl grows up in a school. Becomes a governess. Falls in love with the Master and the Master with her. He is already married though, to a mad woman. Jane leaves, finds her relatives and ends up with Mr Rochester when his wife commits suicide. I can see why this is a classic. Simple but not shallow. This showed the struggle of someone who did what was right, not necessarily exactly what they wanted. And it turned out all ok in the end.
MASTER HUMPHREY'S CLOCK
-C. Dickens-short stories
-144- an old man and 3 others sit around and palaver. Basically this was a serialization between novels. It was not a story in and of itself. Not very interesting. The only thing going for it was the inclusion of Pickwick and the Weller's.
THE BOURNE IDENTITY
-535- a man wakes up, bullet riddled and with no memory. Through the next couple of months he finds out he is a special forces agent gone outside cover to draw out and destroy an international terrorist. By becoming an international terrorist. Hunted by all, helped and loved by only 1 woman, Bourne must survive to find the truth, about himself and about Carlos. Very different from the movie with Matt Damon. This has another whole layer of politics and intrigue. Global. Complicated. I liked the movie better :-) I do plan on reading the next 2 books though to get the whole story.
OZ: DOROTHY AND THE WIZARD IN OZ
-F. Baum-childrens fantasy
-256-Dorothy, her cat, a boy named Zeb and his horse get caught in an earthquake and go to the center of the earth. After many adventures they make it to the surface and go to Oz where they go home. This felt like a churned out novel. I didn't enjoy it like I have the other Oz books.
THE BELL AT SEALEY HEAD
-277- A bell is heard at sunsight every day at a town. It has rung for hundreds of years. A magician comes to find it. In the process he sets free a magical realm that was taken over by his ever so great uncle. A house that hides doorways to the other kingdom. This was more prosey than her other stuff. I really enjoyed it.
THE BOURNE SUPREMACY
-646- first, this has nothing to do with the movie. nothing. Webb's wife is kidnapped and Bourne must live again in order to save her. Everything is happening in HongKong and China. Turns out Marie was kidnapped by US forces to force Bourne to go after a rogue Mainland China guy who wants to take over HongKong and plunge the world into war. It was sickening to see how people were manipulated and used. Lots of profanity too, bleh.
THE TWELVE KINGDOMS: THE VAST SPREAD OF THE SEAS
-294- the story of En. The Taiho chooses a king. The king appears lacksadaisical and everything. A regent of the land starts up a rebellion ostensibly to make things better for the people. In truth he just wants praise. The King gets things taken care of with minimal bloodshed and the Enkai/Taiho, etc, etc, learn to trust the king. I really hope Tokyopop lasts long enough in the publishing biz to bring out all 7 novels. This was enjoyable.
OZ: THE ROAD TO OZ
-F. Baum-childrens fantasy
-261-Dorothy helps a shaggy man find a road and in the process they all end up in Oz for Ozma's birthday party.
MORE THAN ONE UNIVERSE
-554- a whole bunch of his short stories from the late 40's til the very early 80's. Recurring themes of American/Russian conflict, self-destruction on a planetary scale and the idea of man going to the stars. Depressing really.
THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM
-Unfinished-Carlos the Jackal is back and gunning for Bourne/Webb. I'd had enough about a man always on the run/hunt. Webb is now 50. Let the guy alone!
STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS: THE CESTUS DECEPTION
-457- Obi-wan goes to Cestus to stop the creation of semi-force sensitive robots. Diplomacy and fighting. A quad of clone troopers are involved too. Asajj Ventress is Dooku's representative. Having only read about her in the Legacy of the Force series, it helped me understand what went on then better. However, several references were made to previous encounters between her and Obi-wan which I'm guessing must have been comics only. That is stupid, referring to comics in a novel. Stick to other novels. Other than that, I thought this was ok, not wonderful or great, but not horrible either.
BRIDGE TO TEREBITHIA
-K. Paterson-ya fiction
-192-winner of the 1978 Newberry Award. Back in the 70's in some backwoods place. A 10 year old boy makes friends with a new girl from the city. Together they imagine Terebithia, a magic place safe from all the problems of school, home and the world. Jess's world is torn down when Leslie dies one day going to Terebithia when he doesn't. He stands back up though and continues on and introduces his younger sister to Terebithia, after building a bridge over the river. This was a very evocative book. It really showed the pain of growing up, of being a kid, the inherent unfairness that is practiced among kids and it showed the freedom available if one puts forth the effort to take it. This was a fantastic book. One sentence stood out though "It took them a long time to accept there what everyone could see by their TV's was OK anywhere else".[italics mine] It just made me realize how susceptible we humans are to having our reality defined by fiction. God spoke Truth. Satan spoke lies. Guess which we chose, and continue to choose? But this was a fantastic book. Definitely worth a hardcover buy.