March ’09

OZ: OZMA OF OZ
-F. Baum-children’s fantasy
-272-Dorothy goes back to Oz and with the help of her old friends and Ozma and a yellow chicken, saves the Queen and children of Ev from the goblin king.

INUYASHA #3-6
-R. Takahashi-manga

SCHOOL RUMBLE #1-5
-J. Kobayashi-manga

AMERICAN NOTES & PICTURES FROM ITALY
-C. Dickens-non-fiction
-UNFINISHED- a travelogue from Dickens’ trips to America and Italy. Boring. I got about 100 pages in and then started skimming the American Notes. By the end of that, I didn’t even try to skim Pictures from Italy. Not like his fiction at all, really. But that is to be expected.

THE HARPER HALL OF PERN: DRAGONSONG
-A. McCaffrey-fantasy
-140- a young girl from a fishing hold has great musical talent. Due to her fathers holding to the old ways, however, it is discouraged. She runs away and in the process impresses 9 firelizards. Then she is picked up by a dragon rider and taken to the Harper Hall.

THE HARPER HALL OF PERN: DRAGONSINGER
-A. McCaffrey-fantasy
-192- Menolly’s adventures in the Harper Hold. Trials to be overcome as she learns much about music and such.

THE HARPER HALL OF PERN: DRAGONDRUMS
-A. McCaffrey-fantasy
-167-follows the adventures of Piemur, a young lad whose voice changes. His adventures as the apprentice to the Master Harper, Robinton. Ends up on the Southern Continent. These 3 novels were in the same vain as her Dragonrider trilogy. Fresh, funny with just the right amount of adventure and adversity to keep you interested without getting you depressed or sad.

INUYASHA #7-18
-R. Takahashi-manga

LOOKING GLASS: MANXOME FOE
-J. Ringo & T. Taylor-scifi
-463-the Vorpal Blade and crew investigate a lost communications outpost. Stumble upon a new species who are being wiped out by the Dreen. Rescue them and come back to earth with the news that the Dreen will arrive within the next 10 years by spaceship. Bergstresser, aka Two-Gun, seems to be taking over as the main protaganist. No Mimi or anything. 😦 Some things felt very shallow though. Like two-gun getting married. He meets a girl, talks to her for all of 4-6hrs, and when he comes back, they are planning on getting married. It just didn’t seem at all plausible. I still am disappointed in this series though. The first book was JUST so good, oh well.

INUYASHA #19-24
-R. Takahashi-manga

STARWARS: LUKE SKYWALKER AND THE SHADOWS OF MINDOR
-M. Stover-fantasy
-331-soon after the Empire has fallen. A shadowy figure returns to reunite the empire. But it turns out he has some power to transfer his consciousness and he wants to trap Luke and take him over. Overall, this was on the level of The Crystal Star. It was just not on the same level as Stover’s other StarWars books and that was very disappointing. It was more like reading some melodramatic play or something.

A CHILD’S HISTORY OF ENGLAND
-C. Dickens-nonfiction
-UNFINISHED- Dickens writing a history of England for his son. BORING!

NOBLE DEAD: TRAITOR TO THE BLOOD
-B. & JC Hendee-fantasy
-396-Everyone goes back to Leesil’s home so he can figure out what happened to his parents. He is a big ball of wussiness in my opinion. Find out a bit more about his past and some about the elves. I just wish everyone in the story would stop having such emotional hangups. Get over yourself and go do what needs to be done!

CASE CLOSED #1-4
-G. Aoyama-manga

JANE EYRE
-C. Bronte-classic
-502- a girl grows up in a school. Becomes a governess. Falls in love with the Master and the Master with her. He is already married though, to a mad woman. Jane leaves, finds her relatives and ends up with Mr Rochester when his wife commits suicide. I can see why this is a classic. Simple but not shallow. This showed the struggle of someone who did what was right, not necessarily exactly what they wanted. And it turned out all ok in the end.

MASTER HUMPHREY’S CLOCK
-C. Dickens-short stories
-144- an old man and 3 others sit around and palaver. Basically this was a serialization between novels. It was not a story in and of itself. Not very interesting. The only thing going for it was the inclusion of Pickwick and the Weller’s.

THE BOURNE IDENTITY
https://bookstooge.wordpress.com/2009/03/01/bourne-identity-jason-bourne-1/

 

OZ: DOROTHY AND THE WIZARD IN OZ
-F. Baum-childrens fantasy
-256-Dorothy, her cat, a boy named Zeb and his horse get caught in an earthquake and go to the center of the earth. After many adventures they make it to the surface and go to Oz where they go home. This felt like a churned out novel. I didn’t enjoy it like I have the other Oz books.

THE BELL AT SEALEY HEAD
-P. McKillip-fantasy
-277- A bell is heard at sunsight every day at a town. It has rung for hundreds of years. A magician comes to find it. In the process he sets free a magical realm that was taken over by his ever so great uncle. A house that hides doorways to the other kingdom. This was more prosey than her other stuff. I really enjoyed it.

THE BOURNE SUPREMACY
https://bookstooge.wordpress.com/2009/03/02/bourne-supremacy-jason-bourne-2/

 

THE TWELVE KINGDOMS: THE VAST SPREAD OF THE SEAS
-F. Ono-fantasy
-294- the story of En. The Taiho chooses a king. The king appears lacksadaisical and everything. A regent of the land starts up a rebellion ostensibly to make things better for the people. In truth he just wants praise. The King gets things taken care of with minimal bloodshed and the Enkai/Taiho, etc, etc, learn to trust the king. I really hope Tokyopop lasts long enough in the publishing biz to bring out all 7 novels. This was enjoyable.

REBORN! #1-2
-A. Amano-manga

OZ: THE ROAD TO OZ
-F. Baum-childrens fantasy
-261-Dorothy helps a shaggy man find a road and in the process they all end up in Oz for Ozma’s birthday party.

MORE THAN ONE UNIVERSE
-A.C. Clarke-scifi
-554- a whole bunch of his short stories from the late 40’s til the very early 80’s. Recurring themes of American/Russian conflict, self-destruction on a planetary scale and the idea of man going to the stars. Depressing really.

THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM
https://bookstooge.wordpress.com/2009/03/03/bourne-ultimatum-jason-bourne-3/

 

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS: THE CESTUS DECEPTION
-S. Barnes-fantasy
-457- Obi-wan goes to Cestus to stop the creation of semi-force sensitive robots. Diplomacy and fighting. A quad of clone troopers are involved too. Asajj Ventress is Dooku’s representative. Having only read about her in the Legacy of the Force series, it helped me understand what went on then better. However, several references were made to previous encounters between her and Obi-wan which I’m guessing must have been comics only. That is stupid, referring to comics in a novel. Stick to other novels. Other than that, I thought this was ok, not wonderful or great, but not horrible either.

BRIDGE TO TEREBITHIA
https://bookstooge.wordpress.com/2009/03/04/bridge-to-terebithia/

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