Monday, January 26, 2015
Every 144 years, a burst of energy that gives a person born in the corresponding year the power associated with of one of the animals of the zodiac is released. A rich and powerful man named Maxwell, however, is trying to claim all the zodiac powers for himself. The tour guide, whose real name is Jasmine, and one of her associates manage to stop Maxwell before he can absorb all the powers. Some of the power escapes, entering Steven and some other teens around the world.
Now Steven, Jasmine, and tech guy Carlos must travel around the world to find the newly empowered hosts before Maxwell does. As they gather together, they must learn to harness their powers and work together to have a chance at defeating Maxwell. But Maxwell is a war contractor and his minions are very well-trained.
Friday, January 23, 2015
At Drake’s Command:The adventures of Peregrine James during the second circumnavigation of the world (Volume 1) by
David Wesley Hill is a historical fiction book following the
adventures of a sailor on a voyage with the famous Francis Drake.
Peregrine James is having a bad day, he is on his way to get whipped in the public square for stealing, or rather falling for a rich man’s daughter. Craftily he offers himself to a passing commander as a sailor. The commander is none other then the famous Francis Drake, on a mission from the Queen of England herself, and decides that flogging will certainly show the character of poor Perry James.
Perry, a cook, comes aboard Drake’s ship, the Pelican, even though neither he nor anyone from the crew knows where they’re going.
At Drake’s Command:The adventures of Peregrine James during the second circumnavigation of the world (Volume 1) by David Wesley Hill is a fascinating, well written novel which I found interesting and informative. I have always had a fascination with Francis Drake, ever since I did a report on him in 5th grade. I still remember the fascination with this man who pirated for the Queen of England.
I still have my project (a slides drawn on a plastic role for an overhead viewer — a pre MS Office PowerPoint).
As I mentioned, this is a well written book with a fascinating glimpse into life aboard the s hip of Captain Drake. The author certainly seemed to have his research, but doesn’t go on monologues to prove so, he simply weaves his findings into the narrative.
Mr. Hill used his research to envision what sailors we know of might have been like, whenever he could he used the names of those who were actually on the voyage to add to the authenticity of this fictional story. The author does ask the reader to rely on too many instant aces when the protagonist is either lucky, charming or brave to pull himself out of hotspots. As a new man on the ship I could believe those occurrences once or twice (and that stretching it), but the rest of the crew would have thrown him overboard.
This is a well written, fast paced and enjoyable novel. I especially loved the chosen occupation of the protagonist, a cook, or a sea-cook, being a fan of Treasure Island I thought the homage to Long John Silver as a wink and a nod to the genre.
- 424 pages
- Publisher: Temurlone Press
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0983611726
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Standish's dyslexic brain does operate on a slightly different frequency than everyone else, that much is a given, but he's anything but slow. His hyper-vigilance gives him an extraordinarily sharp & vivid insight into the world around him.
And what a world it is.
Don't be fooled, Maggot Moon is no syrupy, coming of age story. Standish doesn't find redemption in a group of misfit friends, he doesn't grab the eye of the girl that's way out of his league, he doesn't score the winning touchdown to the cheers of his newly-converted classmates. No, there's none of that predictable claptrap in this novel. No happy endings in Zone 7.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
I totally judged this book by its cover. It features three kids in a foreign city in all-action poses. They seem to be on the trail of some bad guy and they look determined to get him. I thought to myself that it was worth a try.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
I am obliged to say that when it comes to Ares, a bunch of the flesh ends up dead in the battle of Troy, since O'Connor chose to inject The Iliad into this book as a means of focusing on Ares, the god of war. While the "facts" from The Iliad are there, rather than focusing solely on the actions of the men on the field, O'Connor focuses on the proxy battles being fought among the gods and goddesses, with an emphasis on their desires and interferences. Further, in an interesting take, O'Connor tackles "daddy issues" in this book by depicting Ares's uneasy relationship with his father, Zeus, and the relationship between Askalaphos, a son of Ares, killed in battle. Whereas Ares thinks Zeus doesn't like him much, and gets confirmation from Zeus, Askalaphos thinks Ares is indifferent to his fate, but we see Ares both mourning and enraged by his son's death in battle.
Monday, January 12, 2015
Friday, January 9, 2015
For fans of Andrew Smith's WINGER and GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE comes the latest YA novel by Adam Selzer. PLAY ME BACKWARDS is a hysterical look at the senior year of a slacker named Leon Harris.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
If you haven't read the original King Dork, you may safely continue reading this review, but I would move forward with caution. I will try to write the entire review without revealing any juicy or surprising details contained within the first volume, but I may not succeed. If I have to reveal something important, I will introduce it by shouting "SPOILER ALERT!" and jumping up and down while waving my arms. Still, you could miss it if you're reading cavalierly or if you get bored with what I'm saying and decide to skip ahead a couple of paragraphs. So be attentive, ok?
The King Dork books are narrated by Thomas Henderson who, because of the alphabetic proximity of their names, is best friends with Sam Hellerman. Thomas and Sam are in a band whose name changes rather frequently. In fact changing the band's name is whole point of being in the band as, at the outset of King Dork, neither Sam nor Thomas own instruments or know how to play the instruments they lack.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Life is a balancing act for Ashe whose parents have stayed together only because he was born. Their conflicting opinions of the state of the world in 1968 have pulled them in opposite directions. Ashe is definitely caught in the middle.
Each week Ashe's history teacher posts a number on the chalkboard. It's a number all too familiar to Ashe - the U.S. casualty total from the fighting in Vietnam. Ashe listens to news reports, watches his mother protest the war, and agrees that keeping up his grades so he can go to college and avoid the draft is the best plan. In the midst of the war abroad, the race war is being fought here at home. The events of 1968 include the Black Panther movement, the protests and assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the assassination of Bobby Kennedy.
Ashe is pulled in yet another direction when he meets Angela. Her brother is fighting in Vietnam but hasn't been heard from in months. Ashe sees the strain it puts on Angela and her family as they wait to hear if he will be reported dead, a captured POW, or MIA. He'd love to introduce Angela to his parents, but since racism is yet another divisive issue between his parents, he must keep his relationship with Angela to himself.
Author Chris Crowe uses a unique and challenging format for his tale. DEATH COMING UP THE HILL is told in narrative haiku. The spare language is precise and powerful. Readers should be sure to read the Historical and Author's Notes at the end to fully appreciate the complex challenge Crowe faced in creating this amazing work.