Monday, January 14, 2008

Assorted "s" authors

William Sleator's Dangerous Wishes was a worthy sequel to his Spirit House. Dom, the younger brother from the first book, is now 15, and the family travels to Thailand to stay while the mother does research. Dom wants to find the amulet that his sister lost so that the spirits stop causing grief for his family. He is aided by Lek, a street merchant. While the ending is improbably, the views of Thailand, especially Lek's village, are interesting, and there is nonstop action. Really enjoyed this.

I had trouble getting into Sleator's Strange Attractors. Time travel is usually something I enjoy, but this book was somewhat confusing, with the bifurcation of time. Sort of like Molly Moon's Incredible Time Travel Adventure. You bifurcate time, you need to think very hard about when and where you are in the book!

In an effort to pay attention to graphic novels, I picked up Sfar and Guibert's The Professor's Daughter. Daughter of professor in love with the mummy Imhotep IV-- should be good. Instead, it was a bit confusing and just odd. My daughter didn't like it either.

Over the past month or so I've been working on Skurzynski and Ferguson's National Park Mysteries. We only have six of them here, but they are well-done, straightforward mysteries that I enjoyed. There are a lot of survival elements in them, and the few pictures in the middle of the books showing the parks are quite fun. Only problem-- book one is falling apart!

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1 comment:

  1. I just got these national parks mysteries in my library. My principal bought them at the Nat'l Geographic sale for a GREAT price. My husband and I are on a quest to visit all the national parks (so far we've been to 35), so I think these are a great idea. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed them!