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review 2017-06-12 01:41
Beautiful story about grief, and living while grieving
The Ice Dragon - George R.R. Martin

The fantasy elements are as fascinating and compelling as the story of a family who loses their mother, Beth, during childbirth.   Adara, Beth's youngest daughter, is cold, and distant, and born during winter.   The titular ice dragon comes each winter for Beth, getting closer and closer to her even as Adara withdraws more from the world, and especially her family. 

 

She doesn't smile or cry, and the only thing that brings her joy is her ice dragon.   Even when the 'why' of her coldness is revealed - a small secret, but one that is traumatic to her - she has been this way.   Perhaps she's always sensed the lack of her mother, and how her birth ushered in Beth's death.   (This isn't spelled out, but it doesn't have to be; it doesn't really matter in the end.   The trauma of overhearing why her father treats her differently seems vastly more important to how she grows up this way, to be honest, and that seems to be a tipping point: when she touches and starts riding the ice dragon.)

 

I don't believe this is set on Earth, but rather in a medieval type setting on a world quite similar to Earth.   It's not just the dragons, but the fact that Adara's hometown is never really placed in anything other than incredibly vague terms.   It gives the town a sense of otherworldliness when combined with the fantastical elements. 

 

Regardless, it seems a rather typical lifestyle for a medieval farmer, and I like how grounded in reality this world is without tying it down to our world or another.   It's beautiful, full of both pain and hope.  Although I kinda wanted the ending to be different at the beginning and throughout the end, in retrospect this was the perfect ending. 

 

And just a final note about the art.   First of all, I got this book for, I think, a dollar at Readercon this year, and it's a first edition with the poster by Royo on the back of the dust jacket.   Secondly see the art on the cover?   That's the same artist who does the illustrations inside.   (It's all pencil work/ink work in a blue tone, with a dark blue typeface to match, and all the illustrations are some of the most lush, gorgeous pencil/ink work I've ever seen.   Royo has been a favorite artist of mine for a while, and I think anyone who reads this book will understand why.)

 

I'm glad I finally got around to this book.   It's absolutely lovely, with sparse, but gorgeous prose, and it only took about an hour or so to read.   I think I like it more than Song of Ice and Fire, in fact!

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review 2017-06-11 18:39
So. Much. Fun!
Rocket and Groot: Keep on Truckin'! (Marvel Middle Grade Novel) - Tom Angleberger,Tom Angleberger

And this was dirty.  I don't know how intentional that was, but I ended up snickering throughout this thing. 

 

I can easily see a child reading this and not picking up on anything, but, boy, as an adult reading this...  Man, that was fun!   I did enjoy this on a level it was meant to be enjoyed: as an innocent kids book.   It was fun, and Rocket not wanting to be hugged, and just wanting to blow things up was credible.  

 

It was fun, and funny, although there's no way to do a child's book about Rocket in his current incarnation - as opposed to how he originally appeared - without bending the word, and the characters, a bit. 

 

Angleberger did an excellent job of mixing that super adult world, and making Rocket as in character as possible, while also making him kid-friendly.   (Although I wish Marvel would put out more adult novels for the adult characters, and leave the kiddie books to the child-friendly characters, to be honest.)

 

I was going to give this four stars, but, man, that layer of potentially unintentional adult humor pushed it up into five.   Short break so I don't get a huge migraine from too much sun exposure.  I came in to snack, to get some more water, and to write this review.  I'm going to stay inside long enough to read a comic or two, then probably back outside.   (See, with the beach I would have given up long ago.   The porch is nice because I have an awning that I'm considering using, and even if I don't, I step inside to all the comforts inside the house, then go out again when I want.  I'm going to porch it up as much as possible this summer!)

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-06-07 10:18
The Very Loving Caterpillar by by Sean Browne Illustrated by Doan Trang

 

 
The very loving Caterpillar is such a tender, wonderful, cute, sweet and melancholic story according to my point of view of a special caterpillar.
This one is a children's book written by Sean Browne and illustrated wonderfully well by Doan Trang.

We all know butterflies, but they become such wonderful creatures after a process called metamorphosis.
It takes time, and a radical change of look from the state of caterpillar to the one of butterfly. Yes, my dear little child it's something that you can just describe as magic. Pure magic.

Th story of our caterpillar starts peacefully in a branch of a tree where, with other friends he loved to eat the leaves of the tree for growing up, becoming strong and later for enjoying another special trip closed in a chrysalis for becoming a wonderful butterfly, but....

What happens? A change of weather alters the life of all the caterpillars and no one is anymore happy or their life.

What to do so?
The poor little caterpillar is not anymore happy or joyous like in the past. He was missing his old life, he was missing what he has been before.

He knows that a change is indispensable for helping all the others.

Closed in the chrysalis he slowly becomes a beautiful butterfly. In the while he receives a vision: the vision of his next passage: the vision of his new life. The vision of his future.

Once transformed he will help all the other to become their real self but not only: to enjoy their real life.

I found the end very melancholic because the life of a butterfly is very short and I imagined the end of the book as the passage to the other world after a short visit in this shape on Earth.

I don't know why but I read it under this aspect.

I suggest to every parents of buying this book to their children.

I can tell you I grew up in a countryside and there wasn't anything else more interesting and fascinating to me than the passage from the state of caterpillar to the one of chrysalis and later butterfly of this animal.

It will be a good start for a conversation about life, transformation, climate changes, seasons, nature, and about the life of animals.
It's spring: you can read this book to your children, bringing later them somewhere for enjoying an outdoor special event all dedicated to them where they can admire butterflies, caterpillars and other animals.

Enjoy the season!


I thank OnlineBookClub for this ebook!


Anna Maria Polidori
Source: alfemminile.blogspot.it
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url 2017-06-01 19:43
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review 2017-05-30 17:28
One Sentence Review – Donkey’s Kite by Liana Melissa Allen #LianaMelissa Allen
Donkey's Kite: A Horse Valley Adventure-Book 2 (Volume 2) - Liana-Melissa Allen,Liana-Melissa Allen

Check out this fun children’s book, Donkey Kite by Liana Melissa Allen.

I reviewed the first book in A Horse Valley Adventure, Three Little Horses and a Big Bully Donkey last Saturday.

 

Donkey's Kite (Horse Valley Adventure #2)

 

Amazon  /  Goodreads

 

MY ONE SENTENCE REVIEW

 

The Big Bully Donkey found out what it was like when the shoe is on the other foot, but sometimes ‘the hero’ will surprise you…and the message is…keep your mind open and it’s all about teamwork.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 Stars

 

GOODREADS BLURB

 

The three horses Jack, Max, Lax and their friend Donkey are back!

 

In Horse Valley it is a perfect day to go kite flying. Jack, Max, Lax, and Donkey decide to get creative by putting together their own homemade kites. However, Donkey’s kite doesn’t turn out very good. No matter how hard he tries to get it to fly, it just keeps tumbling to the ground.

 

How will poor Donkey get his kite to fly? Well, a friendly goose named Gusty is delighted to help him out.

 

In this Horse Valley Adventure, Donkey learns not to give up when all seems hopeless. They all learn a lesson about helping others and true friendship.

 

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