Archives for category: 2019 May

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Published by Oxford University Press

NY Published: May 2019

A fun Frankenstein-esque tale. A wild adventure of escape and bravery. It reminded me a little of Stitch Head (Guy Bass), that I reviewed some time ago, I think. This has fewer illustrations (so perhaps for readers who are a little older) and revolves around our hero, trying to do something about hoard of revengeful monsters…on the way making friends and standing up for what is right.

This has some wonderful character parts too – particularly Tingle and Sherman, Brat’s original friends…

Perfect for those who are beginning to get their reading legs going – a wild rampage of a book…

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Published by Chicken House

I am so excited by this book and I have only reached page 36 out of some 376 of my proof.

I received it a little while ago – and brought it home. Did my usual thing of dropping new proofs on the piles on the stairs, when I noticed the author – Nicholas Bowling and knew there was a good one in the stack. He wrote Witchborn some time ago – also reviewed on this blog.

Last night I threw away a book which wasn’t up to scratch and grabbed the next by my bed and I can tell you, this is a good one. It already has the smell, the tantalisation of a good story well told.

You won’t be able to buy it yet – comes out at the beginning of May – but already there’s mystery and intrigue…it is set in the times of Nero (54 A.D.) and the main character seems to be a young educated slave boy…a rare circumstance in ancient Rome.

It’s going to be a good one. I’m supposed to be doing jobs – the house is a tip – but all I want to do is read…I love books like this.

I have no doubt I will add to this when completed…but for now – this will have to do…

Related imageI have now finished this – so, to continue:

Jason and the Argonauts…that golden fleece…Nero…and the burning of Roman. A book for those who enjoy the Classics – and a book for those who have little or no knowledge. A brilliant adventure set in ancient Rome – stupendous. I loved it – particularly the relationship between an ancient Britain and a small dormouse. I hope and trust that this is the start of a series. Cadmus and Tog are superb characters – there is definite potential for this to be developed… it’s brilliant.

One of the lesser ‘highlights’ of my school career was to receive the extraordinary result of 11% for a Latin exam. On reflection, I feel that this was more of a failure of the teacher concerned (she was to be honest, quite terrifying), however, that said I regret it. Not least as I now have to look up the odd Latin quote – which halts the flow of the odd book in which I find them. I always like to have notes, preferably at the bottom of the page with a translation. Sadly the proof I read of this does not include these – and it would have been good to have had them. I read it on the train – and didn’t have resource to a dictionary. Further to look up a phrase would have broken the line of the story. Perhaps, though Chicken House will provide…you can never tell when reading a proof.

Buy this – check for the notes and if not there at the bottom of the page, buy a small Latin dictionary at the same time… It is certainly worth the trouble…and small expense.

 

 

 

 

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Published by Macmillan

This volume is more than the usual animal story. A tale of war and resistance in the last war. Spies and traitors. The second world war as never described before. A story of the animals who fought against the Nazi regime – a story of bravery, treachery and friendship.

It is a story with more depth than you might expect. Illustrated by Sam Usher (the brilliant author and illustrator of Rain, Sun, Storm and Snow) which might lead you to believe it might be just a ‘twee’ story – but this is actually something much more.

Who’s to know that the French Resistance was supported by an organised flanks of animals – doing their part too.

This is something else. The illustrations add a lovely element to the book, a softness to take the darkness from the book.

It is engrossing…

 

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Published by Harper Collins –

A tale of magic. There’s lots of different sorts of magic. There’s the ‘Whizz-BANG!’ sort, and the sort that goes ‘Whooosh!’ and there’s the other sort, it seems, that’s a little less exciting, a little less dramatic. Perhaps even a little dull, if worthy. Willow Moss comes from a family with magic. Her sisters they were born with talent. They take after their mother. They have magic – proper magic. They have a talent that you can see, that you can do things with – something out of the ordinary.

Camille, Willow’s older sister, can lift things with her mind. Juniper, her eldest sister, well, her power involves being able to blow things up, including the odd person. Whereas Willow, with her brown eyes (unlike her sister’s emerald green), her talent, enables her to find things. Most things…as long as they are lost. They come to her. Not exactly exciting. On the whole she takes after their father.

Whilst her mother and sisters visit the local Travelling Fortune Fair, Willow is left behind. By rights she should be finding things that her customers (such as they are) had lost, but on turning back, she finds the queue has disappeared and one lone woman stands in their place.

‘Moreg Vaine,’ said the woman with casual nonchalance, as if declaring yourself the most feared witch in all of Starfell was an everyday occurrence. Which, to be fair, for Moreg Vaine, it probably was.’

This is the start for the search for Tuesday – the previous Tuesday has gone, disappeared. Then Willow realises she doesn’t remember what happened – her mind slips from Monday to Wednesday. You would think it wouldn’t matter. How wrong you would be.

This is glorious – wonderful. A book for everyone, especially those who don’t believe they have a talent – who aren’t anything special. Its a book about magic, finding yourself, magic, a kobold from under the bed, a granny, a dragon, a boy with visions…The book is stuffed full of delightful stuff…and adventure.

It will be published at the beginning May and I hope to be able to have Dominique Valente to come and sign copies in store sometime that month. Either way I have decided to make this one my SCBOTM for May. This is not a book to be ignored.