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review 2017-10-18 04:37
Review: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain,Frank Conroy

I've returned to the river.



A year ago I spent a weekend on the Missouri River attending a Writers Workshop. In typical Chris Blocker fashion, I thought it prudent to read something riverish. I selected Mark Twain's Life on the Mississippi (my review). Thus a new association was born and once I decided I was returning to the river, one of my first considerations was what Mark Twain book I'd read this year.

I was hesitant to get into the Tom Sawyer/Huckleberry Finn story-arc. I had a feeling I'd be underwhelmed or offended. I was leaning toward a different selection, but at the last minute, I decided to go with a classic. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer wasn't that bad—not as bad as I imagined it could be—but it certainly didn't impress me too much. Part of the issue is that Tom Sawyer feels slightly underdeveloped—ideas are used seemingly haphazardly and are recycled throughout the story. And part of the issue is that some of the novels better moments have become cliché. I recognize that Twain was likely the originator of some of these ideas—at least he was probably the prominent figure who introduced them into the American narrative. But I've seen enough Our Gang to know that children who play pirates will find treasure, children who fake death will convince everyone, and that little boys will always win a kiss from the girl of their dreams. It's not Twain's fault that his story has been resurrected repeatedly, but the familiarity minimized any sense of wonder and adventure I might have had had I come across this book 130 years ago.

In a different time, this book may have had a much different impact on me. This is a strong story of adventure from a unique child-like perspective. Those who enjoy a little swashbuckling or hijinx will likely eat this story up like blackberry pie. (Why blackberry pie? I don't know. It just feels like something I'd expect from these characters.) With a different person, there would've been different results: I'm not one for adventure; I was never a child. It's a good, simple story, very much plot-driven, but I didn't see much else to it.

Sadly, this book didn't hold to the river like I thought it would. There are a few mentions, a few explorations, but I have the notion that Huckleberry Finn is the more river-centric of the two. Will I explore the river someday with Huck? I don't know. I probably should, but I have the same hesitance I did with Tom Sawyer. Maybe I'll leave it up to the river. If it's able to pull me back another time, I'll consider it.

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review 2017-10-17 18:55
Quick Paranormal
Out-Foxxe'd: A Rosie Peaks Crossover (Th... Out-Foxxe'd: A Rosie Peaks Crossover (The Adventures of Rosie Peaks Book 5) - Madison Sevier

Out-Foxxe'd by Madison Sevier is a fairly quick read, a perfect choice for those paranormal fans with limited time for reading.  Ms Sevier has delivered a well-written book that is fun to read.  Rosie and Markus' story is loaded with drama, humor, sizzle and lots of woo-wooish mystical type things.  I enjoyed reading Out-Foxxe'd and look forward to my next Madison Sevier book.  Out-Foxxe'd is book 5 of the Rosie Peaks Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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review 2017-09-27 23:53
Pinkie Pie
My Little Pony: Pinkie Pie and the Rockin' Ponypalooza Party! - G.M. Berrow

Least favorite pony. Somehow favorite pony book.

 

Isn't that the way it works? Hahaha

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review 2017-09-23 21:55
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Book One... Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Book One - Robert Hack,Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

I decided to read this after hearing it was going to be made into a TV show on the CW.

 

I loved the whole vibe of this. I liked that it was set in the 1960’s and the artwork matched perfectly. It had the right blend of vintage throwback and horror.

 

As for the story, I liked the darker take on Sabrina. The first couple of issues had a lot of backstory, but once it got to main plot I was hooked.

 

Overall, this was a fantastic spooky read. I cannot wait for the show.

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