Sunday, January 13, 2008

It'll be slowly but surely from now on.

Artifacts, by Mary Anna Evans. I don't normally go in for mysteries, but this one was pretty good. I liked the characters, which is always a plus. I didn't guess the resolution before the end, but it didn't seem totally implausible and out of place when we found out who did it.

Heretic, by Bernard Cornwell. This is the last in a trio, which I have been working my way through. I still feel that, for a male author writing for a male main character, the whole writing style feels a bit girly. And the author loses points because I figured it out in the previous book, but it took his character an additional (unnecessary) 400 pages.

The Library, by Sarah Stewart. I have to read 70 books for my Materials for Youth course, and this is the first one. Good job to me for starting early! I loved the artwork in here-- watercolors, but with some harder lines. Although I like the story, I'm not sure that it's a good one for kids: nothing actually happens, the character doesn't change (grow personally or overcome her shyness), there is no real action. I like it anyway, although my over-all impression is that it's a bit sad and depressing: she does nothing with her life.

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