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review 2018-03-02 16:32
Het woud is gevaarlijk
Ver voorbij het Diepe Woud (De Klif-Kronieken #1) - Paul Stewart,Chris Riddell,Jan Vangansbeke

Er gebeuren zo veel vreselijke dingen met de arme Twijg in dit boek. Eigenlijk, is het boek slechts een lijst van nare voorvallen dat met hem gebeuren in het diepe woud, nadat het pad verlaat en verdwaalt in het bos. Het tweede boek is beter, en heeft een interessanter verhaallijn met meer personages.

 

Maar nog steeds, vond ik dit eerste book in De Klif-Kronieken spannend met een meeslepend verhaal. Het was so fantasierijk - de woud-wezens, de monsters, de gedrochten. Zelfs de bomen en planten waren gevaarlijk en kleurrijk. En de zwart-wit tekeningen in de boek - zo mooi en gedetailleerd. Met deze uitstekende tekeningen komen de wezens en planten levensecht over.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-07-05 21:45
The Last of the Sky Pirates (Rook #1) (The Edge Chronicles #5)
The Last of the Sky Pirates - Paul Stewart,Chris Riddell

This review is written with a GPL 3.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at Bookstooge.booklikes.blogspot. wordpress.com & Bookstooge's Reviews on the Road Facebook Group by Bookstooge's Exalted Permission.

Title: The Last of the Sky Pirates

Series: The Edge Chronicles

Author: Chris Riddell & Paul Stewart

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Children's SFF

Pages: 386

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

50 years after Twig sailed off to find his shipmates, things have changed on the Edge. Shrykes and Guardians of the Night control the city and the glades. Stone Rot has destroyed all flying ships. The Librarians now hide in the sewers, sending out their best and brightest to make new discoveries in the Deep Forest.

Now Rook must make the journey to the Free Glades where he will learn how to survive the Deep Forest.

Along the way, he will learn skills, make friends, meet Legends and find that only those close to you can truly betray you.

 

My Thoughts:

 

I was very glad that this was not another Quint book. Being a continuation of the story from Twig's time is good. At the same time, when Rook meets Twig and hears his story, it is SAD. All the potential Good is spent on an unfulfilled search by Twig. He never got back to Riverrise, never got back to his shipmates, never got back to the Stonespeaker Girl.

 

But this was Rook's story. However, you can see the similarity between Rook now and Twig then. It doesn't bode well for Rook's future. As a children's story however, it works well. It makes the child the hero and the adult the sad figure that bad things happen to.

 

I am done with this series though. It is meant for children and what a child will pass over or not even notice, bugs the heck out of me. I don't want to read this into the ground. Part ways while we're still on speaking terms, so to speak.

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review 2016-05-03 00:17
The Curse of the Gloamglozer (Quint #1) (The Edge Chronicles #4)
The Curse of the Gloamglozer - Paul Stewart

This review is written with a GPL 3.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at Bookstooge.booklikes.blogspot. wordpress.leafmarks.com & Bookstooge's Reviews on the Road Facebook Group by Bookstooge's Exalted Permission.

Title: The Curse of the Gloamglozer

Series: The Edge Chronicles

Author: Chris Riddell & Paul Stewart

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Children's SFF

Pages: 386

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Taking a generational step back in time, we now follow Quint, Twig's father, as a young man.

The head of Sanctraphrax is obsessed, with something. No one knows with what,not even his own daughter. Quint is involved, but not even he knows what is going on.

Sanctraphrax is tearing itself apart with factions while something evil grows right in it's heart.

 

My Thoughts:

Since we already know what Quint's end is, and that the Gloamglozer goes after Twig, this was kind of anti-climactic. In fact, I am thinking of skipping the next 2 books just to bypass the Quint sub-trilogy. I am not interested enough to read about past history.

 

This series isn't that interesting. It is a filler and I'm going to treat these as such.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-03-11 23:28
Midnight Over Sanctaphrax (Twig #3) (The Edge Chronicles #3)
Midnight Over Sanctaphrax - Paul Stewart,Chris Riddell

This review is written with a GPL 3.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at Bookstooge.booklikes.blogspot. wordpress.leafmarks.com & Bookstooge's Reviews on the Road Facebook Group by Bookstooge's Exalted Permission.

Title: Midnight Over Sanctaphrax

Series: The Edge Chronicles

Author: Chris Riddell & Paul Stewart

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Children's SFF

Pages: 370

Format: Kindle

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Twig is over the Edge, looking for his father. He finds him, and finds out that a great storm of renewal is coming to the Edge and he must release the floating city of Sanctaphrax out of its way.

But Twig, along with his crew, are all blown hither and yon across the Edge, without their memories. Now Twig must mount a rescue expedition for them and try to figure out just what he forgot.

 

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this as much as the previous book. With childrens/middlegrade books it seems that things can go from one extreme to the other in terms of what I like, so I never know how I'm going to come out of these books.

 

Twig does a lot of growing [ha] in terms of becoming the kind of ship captain that will inspire loyalty from his crew. He never gives up in his search for them, even while providing us with some really fun adventures. Fun to read about, not necessarily fun to experience.

 

I am wondering if at some point the adventures will move away from Twig and onto some other character? Mainly because I've seen this [and have catalogued as such] as the Edge Chronicles while concurrently being the Twig series. With 10 books in the series, I can imagine at some point Twig becoming a minor, but famous, character. I haven't cared enough to look ahead and part of me doesn't want to know. I just want to experience the things as they come along to me.

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review 2016-01-15 01:56
Stormchaser (Twig #2) (The Edge Chronicles #2)
Stormchaser - Paul Stewart,Chris Riddell
Much more fun and less random than the previous book.
3 1/2 of 5 Battle Axes
 
 
 
Due to the Likes&Attributions bug still being rampant, I will be putting in a link to my full review over on Blogger. Once that bug is gone for a month then I'll go back to putting up my full reviews here. The latest occurrence I am aware of is January 5th, 2016
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