[DWJ] Books to avoid
hallieod at indigo.ie
Fri Sep 7 11:55:38 EDT 2007
> >Would it do anything to share vicariously in my discovery that the
>>next - and last - Casson family book is out already? (At least over
>>This Side.) Just wandered into a bookshop and found it sitting there.
>>I thought there'd be much more of a wait before it was out.
>Seriously? I have to see about getting it. I wasn't satisfied with _Caddy
>Ever After_, and I'm eager for more. I need something to read.
Yup, seriously. I finished it rather late last night, when I should
have been asleep. I'm still trying to sort out whether I agree with
Hilary McKay that it's the best of them. (I think I linked to this
on my LJ rather than here already - it's a great interview:
http://tinyurl.com/2hycom .) I loved it, though obviously whether
that means anything about your response depends on whether the things
you found unsatisfying about Caddy were the same as the ones I did or
not... (Prolonged sleep loss = bad sentence structure.) It's a
tighter book in some ways, as it's all Rose's POV. I did miss
Indigo's voice, as I thought his sections one of the best things
about Caddy, but Rose is missing him too, and so it's right for
*this* book. And I found Rose's swings between being manipulative and
self-centred and being frighteningly selfless and understanding
deeply moving. And oh - David... Yikes.
Anyway, it ends in a way I found very satisfying indeed, and still
credible for these characters. And I may know what I think better
after I've done an LJ write-up. Or not.
>I should NEVER say that my day is dull again. Wednesday afternoon, while
>dragging my eldest through a horrible grammar lesson, I was interrupted by
>some neighbor children shouting that they'd brought us a kitten they'd
>rescued. It turned out to be two weeks old and terrified and tiny, and now
>I am involved (since these kids are the "parents" of our youngest cat and
>they were confident I could figure out what to do, ha, let's hope so) in
>what has a fifty percent chance, according to the vet, of turning out very
>badly indeed. On the plus side, he's a strong little critter and eats very
>well and purrs like crazy; unfortunately, he seems to be developing an eye
>infection, which is the biggest obstacle we have to overcome.
Poor thing! (Kitten and you and all the kids involved). But good
that he's strong and eating well and obviously happy.
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