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text 2015-05-02 21:37
Happy 85th Birthday, Nancy Drew!


From A Mighty Girl





I'm not sure which Nancy Drew mystery was the first I read.  My own collection probably never reached more than a dozen or so, and I read a few others lent to me by my aunt.  She was born in 1929, so some of hers may have been close to first editions.  Among mine were The Witch-Tree Symbol and The Ghost of Blackwood Hall.  Aunt Shirley had The Sign of the Twisted Candles and maybe half a dozen others.  (She also had one Judy Bolton mystery, The Unfinished House, that I enjoyed maybe even more than Nancy Drew.)


It didn't occur to me until I saw this notice of the 85th anniversary on Facebook that Nancy Drew was really pretty subversive.  She was a girl who acted, rather than reacted.  She relied on her two girl friends rather than on her boyfriend, the sometimes rather smarmy Ned Nickerson.  She figured things out and she saved herself when she got in trouble, and she didn't apologize for being smart.


Hmmmm.  Maybe I absorbed more of Nancy Drew than I thought.

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review 2014-09-27 23:35
Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder by Jo Nesbø
Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder - Tara Chace,Mike Lowery,Jo Nesbo,Jo Nesbø



Have you ever: 'cut the cheese,' or 'let it rip,' experienced the 'silent but deadly,' or laughed out loud at the idiotic college ritual of 'lighting a match' to it, been prompted to 'pull my finger' or have accidentally 'stepped on a duck?'



You must have, since you are an earthly lifeform and having been a kid at least once in your lifespan, Jo Nesbø's 'Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder' Series will certainly stimulate those memories of first time discoveries and newness, of the importance of being silly and laughing about it. I recently took that road back in time buddying up with my son and his reading list. It was quite a gas!






Doctor Proctor, an aging, eccentric ( synonym for zany, wacko, crazy, mad, lunatic) professor given to spending his time alone in his laboratory: befriends eleven year old Nilly and Lisa, or at least they befriend him. Singularly, they're loners but team up for the daunting task to help Doctor Proctor figure out the most effective use for his marvelous invention, this magnanimous contribution to global natural resources - the industrial-strength 'Fart Powder.'





The drama that explodes on Canon Drive reverberates far above the fantastic level, involving a mad-cap chase through the sewer system of Oslo, where rats and Animals You Wished Never Existed like anacondas (Anna Conda) hide, to inescapable prisons and NASA. There are more serious issues at the bottom of the story than the mere gaseous exchanges of human beings: bullying, corruption, and the illegal distribution of unknown powdery substances to children are implied. 






More importantly, the hero, Nilly - diminutive in size, is a giant in integrity, intelligence and bravery. With the sharp witted dialogue fans have come to enjoy of his crime novels, Nesbø's imagination soars high with a wonderful motley set of characters in a rollicking adventure, a brief history lesson of Oslo, a bit of silliness for the young and not -so -young. This delightful children's book is not just for children, but childish adults too. If you're either of the two, you'll enjoy this. 


'Doctor Proctor Fart' Powder is the first in the series of what is surely scentsational children's reading, one I'm sure to be indulging in once in a while, with or without my kid's reading list.


(Illustrations from the Kindle version of the book)




There's a movie!

trailer Doctor Proctor



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review 2013-11-26 09:23
Artemis goes crazy!
Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex - Eoin Colfer

Wow was Orion a pain in the butt! He was annoying but at the same time I quite enjoyed the new layer it brought to the story. And I thought Artemis might go crazy sooner or later.

As always, Colfer's writing was witty, entertaining and funny. After reading almost the whole series (one to go!) in less than a month, I'm going to feel a bit sad to say goodbye to the characters I quickly fell in love with in the next book. I feel like I haven't had long enough with them!

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2013-11-25 06:36
The end of an era when for me it was just beginning
The Last Guardian - Eoin Colfer

I know that I, being as far behind as I was, read the entire Artemis Fowl series in a month and haven't been pursuing the saga over the 11 years I know most other readers have. But I was still very attached to this unlikely band of heroes and it was quite upsetting for the series to end. Still, as always, the book was wonderfully written, with Colfer's trademark wit and skill. His own genius did leave me questioning a few things (how can Opal kill her younger self?) and I truly did not expect Artemis to sacrifice himself like that, despite all his character development. All in all, a great book, a good end to the series, and a fantastic series overall. Will be getting my own copies to give to my kids in that far off future!

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