mep3 at st-andrews.ac.uk
Mon Nov 19 17:26:36 EST 2001
Eek. I read the thief after my baby brother read it in English class and
thought it was great. Doesn't she have a DWJ mention in there somewhere?
It might be in her book of short stories, but I'm pretty sure that there's
a connection. I liked The Thief a _lot_, but the sequel REALLY upset me.
I read it while sitting in a Barnes and Noble (hardback, college student,
you know how it is) and I had to skip ahead to the ending, too. And even
though it was okay, I didn't go back and read the whole thing. Like I
said, it really bothered me.
On another note--I wonder about being read to and reading styles. Hallie,
you read to your children a lot, it seems--do you think this has made them
more auditory readers, or had some other effect? I know my parents read
to me a LOT when I was little--Chronicles of Narnia, maybe a bit too
young--but when I got to be about seven I could read so much faster that
the slowness of the story made me hate being read to. I'm still not big
on it--I'm not really a books on tape person. I avoid them whenever
possible, actually. But then again when I read to people (I used to read
to my baby brother until he got to be a teenager and waaaaaaaay too cool
for me) they almost always have to remind me to slow down, and I get
distracted--my voice keep reading, but my eyes have gone ahead and read
everything they could see and then my voice forgets to keep going or
something and, well, I end up going off and reading the rest of the book
to myself. Oh, well.
If you don't think it sounds good. . . we probably don't like the kind of
music you listen to.
John McCrea of CAKE on their music
On Mon, 19 Nov 2001, Hallie O'Donovan wrote:
> Ok then, "book rave" might be more honest. :) I picked up _The
> Thief_ by Megan Whalen Turner, without ever having heard of it, just
> because it sounded interesting. Two pages in, I was sure we'd like
> it, so read it to Becca. We both really loved it, enough so that we
> had to buy the next one, _The Queen of Attolia_ in hardback, as we
> couldn't even wait until January for the pb to come out. It was only
> when I was ordering that one that I found out that _The Thief_ was a
> Newbery Honor book.
> I haven't read any books I've liked as much in ages. Really engaging
> characters, unpredictable plot, surprises, for which the hints are
> given very cleverly, (but never arrogant "I'm smarter than the
> reader" seeming cleverness). Just one warning though - TQoA is
> recommended for ages 10 and up, but is *much* more disturbing than
> TT. So much so that when Becca went off to bed after I'd read
> Chapter 3 to her (it's a shocker!), she insisted that I read the end
> to be sure it was going to be ok. Something she's never done, and
> she's read plenty of "adult books". But even having read it all
> skew-wise like that, I still read and reread it happily night after
> night. And then turned around and started _The Thief_ again. :)
> Becca says to add that she even dreamed about TQoA three nights in a
> row! Only downside is that we've nothing to read now that comes
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