jan_can_too (jan_can_too) wrote,

More Book Reports

Another reading contest has come to an end. This time, I win, having read 35 books and two partial books (more on that later) for a total of 11,609 pages. T.R. read 13 books for 4,370 pages, a respectable showing, but I was not willing to give him a multiplier higher than 2. T.R. blames school for his low page total.

But on to what we read. Today I’ll cover T.’s books, most of which I read as well. T.R. did some rereading: The Lightning Thief and the two Hedge Knight graphic novels. He finished the Warriors anthology, as did I. We concur that it was entertaining, but not a must-read by any stretch. T.R. particularly wanted to read the Hedge Knight story in the book, but I thought Naomi Novik’s contribution was the best of the collection.

Rick Riordan continues to enchant both of us. His latest, The Lost Hero, opens up an entirely new perspective on the events in The Lightning Thief. His plot, as always, moves quickly and he made both T.R. and me laugh out loud. In similar vein, John Flanagan’s latest, Halt’s Peril, sucked us both back into his series.

T. had to read Hunger Games for school. He did not have to read the other two books in the series for school, but found the story so compelling he had to read Catching Fire and Mockingjay as well. The books are well-written post-apocalyptic critiques of society. The premise of the first book is that the federal government keeps the states in line by holding a yearly contest in which two young people from each state compete with each other in a televised death-match with only one survivor/winner. Which is to say, some parents might find the content heavier than they would like their kids to read. We loved the books.

T. also had to read Whirligig for school. He hated it. I haven’t read it yet, so I don’t know why. For now, emphatic thumbs-down. I will report in detail next go-round because now that school is out for break, I can steal the book and read it.

While we were away, T. needed something else to read. I talked him into reading Ender’s Game. He devoured it. I thought he’d like it because of the tactics and strategy stuff. Not recommended for kids whose parents object to world-destroying violence on principle, even if the book as a whole investigates the concepts of just war and the costs of violence.

I don’t know where the book originated, but I found Skulduggery Pleasant on my to-read shelf. Based on the cover, I did not expect to enjoy it. In fact, I thought I’d start it and discard it before the end of the first chapter. Nope. It was smart, funny, and well-written. Skulduggery is a skeleton and there is a lot of action in the story, which might put off the squeamish. I found the strong female characters and the clever repartee heartening. T. wants to check out sequels.

Finally, T. read The City of Dreaming Books. I’ve written about it before. Great book. Go out and buy it and read it now.

More tomorrow.

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