Friday, November 03, 2006

Not Just For Kids

Flyte: Septimus Heap: Book Two, by Angie Sage. This is the sequel to Magyk, which I read recently. It is similar to the first book in many ways, although this one did seem to go a bit faster. It wasn't the most amazing plot, but it wasn't dull, and it did have some interesting turns. Most aspects of the author's writing style seem unchanged. She does have a bad habit of using run-on sentences; this mostly seems to be because she doesn't know where to use semicolons.

Where's My Cow?: A Discworld picture book for people of all sizes, by Terry Pratchett. I must not have had enough picture books as a child, because I'm really enjoying them now. It is a fun book by itself, but fans of the author will recognize characters both in the book and people and places in the backgrounds. Even the endorsements on the back cover and the award sticker on the front are from memorable Discworld residents. The drawings are very good, not the cartoon-ish kind of pictures often used in picture books. I have a most favorite part: "And Sam Vimes thought: Why is Young Sam's nursery full of farmyard animals, anyway? Why are his books full of moo-cows and baa-lambs? He is growing up in a city. He will only see them on a plate! They go sizzle!" Like Pratchett's other books, he makes fun of us. His books about death and religion may be the best, but I'm a big fan of The Wee Free Men. A sequel to that just came in at the library and I am anxious to read it.

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