[DWJ] Book recommendations
hallieod at indigo.ie
Wed Nov 8 11:48:16 EST 2006
Philip replying to Gili:
>Come to think of it, my copy of the English version (which I got simply
>to lend to people!) is somewhere out there. Hallie, is it with you at
>the moment? If it can be located, Gili, you're welcome to borrow it!
Yes, indeed it is! I was awaiting sending-on instructions - and in
fact, if Gili's trip to London is bringing her to the IBBY
conference, I could pass it on in person. (You going to be there,
>> "Speed of the Dark" by Alex Shearer instead of the excellent "The
>> Speed of the Dark" by Elizabeth Moon,
>Sorry to quibble, but if you are trying to get titles right, I think
>Moon's book (I agree it was good, but I found the ending weak) was
>actually called "The Speed of Dark" without the second "the".
>> and Ibbotson's rather flat "Star of Kazan" instead
>> of Stroud's super "Amulet of Samarkand"... that kind of thing).
>LOL! Not read Amulet of Samarkand, but I know what you mean about Star
>of Kazan! (I enjoyed it, though)
I don't. :) But I enjoyed SoK in an entirely different way from
Amulet - or most other books I've enjoyed for that matter. (And as -
almost sure - the first person to read-and-report on Amulet on the
Many of the books I've been really smitten with recently have been
non-fantasy - Hilary McKay's Casson family books (maybe not *so* much
the most recent), Jaclyn Moriarty (ditto the last and to a greater
extent), and some both non-fantasy and US-only publications. I did
very much enjoy the two Percy Jacksons (author Rick Riordan), which
are just fun. And Helen Dunmore's Ingo was very good - haven't read
the sequel yet. Kate Thompson's The New Policeman I'd recommend -
but *not* her newer one, The Fourth Horseman.
Oh, and Charlie's The Lurkers is in the shops now too!
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