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review 2020-02-10 03:36
Mister Monday
Mister Monday - Garth Nix

This book was in a box of things to be donated to good will.  The cover of the book was cool and I was curious about the story.  It turns out that actually happened twice because I'm the one that bought this book for my son.  I remember being curious about the cover when I bought it.  He said he never read it though.  At first I wasn't sure which of my sons I gave the book to but since some sort of blue drink had been dripped on the cover and not wiped away I was sure it was the younger one.  My oldest son never damaged a book except from over reading.  My younger son was not a big reader but I tried.  Anyway...


This book was interesting.  It was a bit too out there for me but I still enjoyed it.  It's kind of like there are no real rules so even in a real bind there is always a way out, even when it makes no sense.  It was odd though, some parts of it almost sounded like they could be hinting at Christianity and the Bible but never directly.  Maybe its just me?  

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review 2020-02-04 13:33
TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - The Swan's Road (The Atheling Chronicles #1) by Garth Pettersen
The Swan's Road (The Atheling Chronicles #1) - Garth Pettersen

@GoddessFish, @garpet011, #Historical #fiction, #Vikings 4 out of 5 (very good)


The Swan's Road is the first book in The Atheling Chronicles, which details the life of Harald and his father, Cnute. If you have read any Viking literature then these names will sound familiar. This story may have a basis in truth or it may be completely made up by the author. Either way, you will have a great historical novel to read.

Harald is the main character and he is travelling with his father. Excitement, adventure, love and sorrow, all wait for him as by his choices, he becomes separated from the main group.

This is full of action and adventure, in a medieval fashion. The characters grow throughout the book and behave true to themselves. I loved how it all worked out together, whilst keeping the reader on tenterhooks at the same time.

A brilliant medieval read in a series I hope to continue with. Absolutely recommended by me.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

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review 2019-10-06 16:08
On the Banks of Plum Creek - Laura Ingalls Wilder,Garth Williams

- Nous devons faire de notre mieux, Laura, et ne pas rechigner. Ce qui doit être fait est mieux fait de bon cœur.

- Charles, dit Maman, réjouissons-nous d'être en bonne santé, en sécurité, bien au chaud et avec assez de nourriture pour tout l'hiver et ne pensons pas à ce que nous n'avons pas.

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review 2019-08-29 18:01
Tolkien and the Great War, John Garth
Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth - John Garth

This isn't a complete biography of Tolkien but instead a detailed account of the careers of Tolkien and his three closest friends, collectively "the TCBSites" during WWI which goes on to discuss how the war affected Tolkien's creative output, making a convincing case that it is here, rather than in WWII we should look for the influence of real events on Lord of the Rings and other works by the most influential figure in 20th Century fantasy literature. Tolkien's childhood and school days are recounted in fair detail but his post-WWI life is treated in the most cursory fashion. This really is what the title suggests it is. The excruciatingly detailed account of WWI got me, dare I say it? - bogged down in the middle but over-all this is a good, readable book that acheives its aims. The "Postscript" looking at Tolkien's work as and in relation to other literary responses to WWI offered an interesting new perspective to me regarding Tolkien's motives, influences and aims and the descriptions of the basic principles of comparative philology added understanding of how and why language and legend were so intertwined in Tolkien's mind. Fans of Tolkien with an interest in the man, motives and influences behind the stories should read this.

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text 2019-08-14 02:23
Reading progress update: I've read 114 out of 398 pages.
Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth - John Garth

I got bogged down as soon as he started talking about Tolkien's mythos. I got enough of that from Christopher Tolkien.

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