Melissa at Proffitt.com
Tue Sep 16 10:12:04 EDT 2003
On Tue, 16 Sep 2003 08:29:34 -0400 (EDT), deborah wrote:
>Just finished MM.
>| American schools do nearly always have full kitchens.
>Though they aren't often called "refectory" in the US.
>It felt sort of US/English blend, to me, in the Scholastic edition. It
>also made me somewhat sad, as the Seventh Tower books did. Nix has such
>great idea, but these last two series his writing has been of a lower
>quality. He frequently used "Arthur knew instinctively" as a shortcut
>way to let us know whether somebody was a good guy or bad guy, rather
>than showing us with character development. And there was serious
>overuse of exclamation points. The story seems potentially fascinating
>-- sort of World of Darkness meets His Dark Materials. I wish he were
>writing it at top form.
What I don't like is the implication that, because this is a "younger" book,
that younger readers don't care or won't notice the difference. Myself, I
don't like training them up to imagine that adverbials are appropriate
But I haven't read _Mister Monday_ yet. It's on my shelf--got it randomly
from the library before this discussion started--but I've been busy with
other things. So I may change my mind later and have all sorts of
explanations and justifications for how it's written. I seem doomed to be
the champion of books for the unwashed masses these days.
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