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review 2018-01-22 18:10
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling,Stephen Fry

I have never been a big Harry Potter fan and I haven´t even read book six and seven yet. But the audiobooks narrated by Stephen Fry might actually change this. He is a genius, at least when it comes to the narration of these books (I guess he is a genius in every other aspect as well, but lets just stick to the audiobooks for now). The way he uses his voice and how the whole audiobook is produced adds a whole new dimension to these stories. I love listening to them.

 

The Chamber of Secrets will never be my favorite Potter, though, and I can´t even say why that is. Probably because Hermione is missing for a good part of the book, I always feel there is something missing when she isn´t around. On the other hand there is Gilderoy Lockhart, who I have the slight suspicion about that he might be Reinhold Messner in disguise (Lockharts "Year with the Yeti" book made me chuckle).

 

So five blazing stars for the narration, 4 stars for the story, 4.5 stars overall.

 

I can´t wait for the Prisoner of Akzaban, my favorite Potter so far (both book and movie) and I can´t wait to start listening to it maybe today, maybe tomorrow morning.

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review 2016-10-02 19:18
File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents: Black Cat
File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents - Lemony Snicket

File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents is a collection of short mysteries that take place between the second and the third book in the series All the Wrong Questions. The series is a prequel to A Series of Unfortunate Events and is written in the same style. It's both humorous and dark; if your not a fan of A Series of Unfortunate Events, you won't enjoy this book.  As the title suggests it's a collection of 13 mysteries, including 'The Black Cat Cafe', and 26 solutions. It's set up like the Encyclopedia Brown series and it brought up a lot of good memories sitting in the library and speeding through book after book.

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review 2016-09-11 07:00
The House With a Clock in Its Walls
The House With a Clock in Its Walls - Edward Gorey,John Bellairs

10 year old Lewis has to live with his uncle Jonathan after his parents has died. What Lewis doesn´t know is that his uncle is a wizard and that something sinister is going on in the walls of their house. What is the big secret behind the constantly ticking clock behind the walls?

 

The House With a Clock in Its Walls is a charming little read and I would have loved it as a child, I have no doubt about it. It´s a spooky and mysterious adventure with great (and eccentric) characters. And I especially enjoyed that the unpopular, overweight boy, who has no friends, is the one who tries to save the day.

 

 

 

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review 2016-06-22 13:01
Moone Boy: The Fish Detective
Moone Boy: The Fish Detective - Nick V. Murphy,Chris O'Dowd

I won a free copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway.

 

I picked up this book because I was looking for something light and funny after the events of last weekend. This book fulfilled that requirement and while the humor was a little juvenile in parts, that's to be expected for a book aimed toward middle-grade aged children. What made me rate it so highly was the message in this book, which I didn't expect. With all the xenophobic rhetoric that's being thrown around it's extremely relevant and I'm glad to see acceptance of others being pushed so heavily in a book aimed toward the middle-grade crowd. I needed that after last weekend.

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review 2016-06-10 13:00
Mockingbird
Mockingbird - Kathryn Erskine

This should have been rated higher than three stars. I thought the author did a good job of describing and dealing with grief in this middle grade novel. I loved that the main character was a female aspie. Autism is under-diagnosed in women, so it was nice to see a break from the usual male character. I also think the author did a pretty decent job of portraying her character. But, and this is perhaps a little selfish and unfair, I'm tired of reading about the same character over and over again. The saying: “If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism,” is very relevant here. No two people are alike, but it seems when it comes to reading books with autistic characters everyone is portrayed the same. I went into this book, hoping to read about somebody like me, but was once again disappointed. Like I said, it is perhaps unfair to rate this book more harshly for not fulfilling my expectations, but I still couldn't get over my disappointment. I also thought the ending was wrapped up a little too nice and neat.

 

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