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review 2012-06-10 09:26
The Subtle Knife, Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition (His Dark Materials, Book 2)(Rough-cut)
The Subtle Knife - Philip Pullman,Ian Beck I am loving this series. Book 2, 'The Subtle Knife' follows Lyra and her new friend, Will, as they attempt to move between worlds, find lost loved ones, discover the meaning of 'dust' and escape from the clutches of evil. Prepare for a lot of action and adventure. 'The Subtle knife' is just as enjoyable as 'The Golden Compass'. It is fast paced and full of interesting and colourful characters. I would say it's a little complex at times and some of the concepts can be hard to grasp. Although it looks like a kid's book, I think it's more for young adults as kids and even teenagers may have difficulty understanding the scientific bits. The rest is one fun-filled, fantastical ride.
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review 2012-02-29 11:46
Coraline - Dave McKean,Neil Gaiman I was extremely excited when I saw the Coraline in graphic novel form. When the book first came out I totally fell in love with it. For a children’s book, it was completely frightening. The graphic novel does a great job of hitting the high points of the story and the illustrations are great, but I don’t think it should be used as a replacement for the original book. The illustrations that are in the book publication are even creepier than the color illustrations in the graphic novel. For example, look at this illustration of the Other Mother from the book.

If you aren’t familiar with the story at all, here is a quick summary. Coraline has just moved to a new flat with her parents. School is still a couple of weeks away so she is left to explore her surroundings including the grounds of the building and the flat itself. Her parents are extremely involved in their work and have little time for Coraline so she is left on her own a lot.

There is one door in the flat that is locked and when she asks her mother what is behind the door she is told that it leads to another flat, but the passage way has been bricked over - her mother opens the door to prove it.

Later that night, while Coraline is in bed, she hears a clicking across the floor, curious about what made the noise, she gets out of bed and creeps into the hallway. She notices the door that leads to the other flat is open. Her curiousity forces her to walk into the dark opening and what she finds is a mirror image of her own flat - including her Other Mother and Other Father.

After entering the flat next door, Coraline’s life takes a horrifying turn. She must enter a battle with the Other Mother in order to save not only her life, but the lives of several others.

This is an awesome book. You should definately read the book in addition to reading the graphic novel.
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review 2011-08-18 11:19
Mr. Monk in Outer Space
Mr. Monk in Outer Space (Mr Monk, #5) - Lee Goldberg,Angela Brazil Good stuff, which is typical for "Monk" books.
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review 2011-08-18 11:18
Star Trek: First Contact Pb (Star Trek Next Generation)
First Contact (Star Trek: The Next Generation) - J.M. Dillard A nice novelization of a good movie. Enjoyed reading the characters' thoughts, though they were a bit profane at times. It still wasn't as amazing as the "Nemesis" audiobook, though, which is a tour de force performed by the amazing Grover Gardner.
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review 2011-08-18 10:57
Coraline - Dave McKean,Neil Gaiman Read this in e-book format purchased from FictionWise [dot] com, it's a deliciously dark and spooky tale that may give some children nightmares, but those who approach this as an adventure are sure to enjoy this unusual story. Though myself being a wussy adult am not at all certain how restful my sleep will be tonight. :-) Highly recommend this - B+
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