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It's actually the second time I read it. After so many rec's on Twop I bought it a couple years ago. I loved it!
Oh cool - thanks for looking some up! And I've never even *heard* of the Prydain series before. I had no idea that's what the Black Cauldron was from!
Ok, we raided the basement tonight. I got them to agree to start Bunnicula and then pick something else. The Captain votes for a pirate book. Sitting next to me now is a stack of: two Robin Hoods, the Swiss Family Robinson, Captains Courageous, Treasure Island, Roverandom by Tolkien, Superfudge (my all time favorite as a kid), Kidnapped, English Fairy Tales, the Secret Garden, the Borrowers, and the BFG. That should keep us busy for a while. Of course they're still hung up on Eragon, but I think it's just because they love the covers. I need to find a children's book with dragons I guess.
We've listened to the Stephen Fry audio for Philospher's Stone but none of the rest of the Harry Potters. I think that would be fun, too. Definitely like the ideas of Alice or Oz. I pulled out the Borrowers and Secret Garden but I suspect the covers are too girly to pique his interest. I'm going to suggest Treasure Island and Captain's Courageous for classics.
It was so much fun! Of course the Captain wanted to go straight into LotR but I told him we had to wait a while. I suggested Bunnicula next. But no. He wanted Eragon. Wow. There is *quite a bit* of a difference in the writing quality going from Tolkien to teenager. And I actually liked Eragon!
Fast enough meaning you read faster than the audio? Or meaning it takes for frickin EVER to get the next one out of the library? Apparently I'm far from the only one listening to the Dresden Files. There are barely any copies in my library and they all have wait lists. Grrr.
I've never been an audio books person either. But I do have a long car commute these days so I figured I'd give 'em a try!
I wasn't sure what to make of Marsters at first but I've come to really like his narration. He acts out Harry's dialogue and I love his Bob voice. I think I'll definitely keep up the "reread" via audio.
Oh I'm RE-reading Dresden! I've been through the entire series (yes short stories and novellas too) and decided that with the events of the last couple, I should go back and see how much stuff is seeded in from the beginning. I'm doing the audio books this time, which is interesting since I can absorb the story in a different way -- and James Marsters is the reader!
That does happen to me periodically. It seemed to be worse a couple months back and has improved recently. I can't tell if it's my browser or if it's their server/a site-traffic bandwidth issue. I think it's poor site design to have those light-boxes instead of actual pop-ups. I know that's the current rage in web design but they seem pretty prone to bugs.
I have not noticed a problem, but that doesn't mean it's not problematic. Perhaps it's the high traffic on a holiday weekend?
A former co-worker of mine recommended it to me and I really enjoyed it. I agree that it seems extremely modern for when it was written. It's kind of cool that such a small weird book has stayed relevant over the years. I'm surprised they've never made a movie of it to be honest.
Three Men in a Boat was so funny!
I see you've read the Rachel Morgan books by Kim Harrison. I've been wondering if they were worth reading. What was your opinion of the series?
I feel like I'm "so over" vampires but I'll for sure keep the Kim Harrison in mind for when I inevitably return. I'm really thoroughly enjoying Seanan McGuire's October Daye series. It's all fae, and all different kinds. Takes place in San Francisco, good mysteries to solve, great supporting characters; I'm hooked. :)I'm so glad to see you liked Matched! I had the next one out from the library but didn't get to it in time so I had to re-request. There's a rather long wait...
I do love the supporting characters in the Dresden world. For sure. And it was great for them to get a chance to really stand out in Ghost Story since for the most part Harry himself wasn't really *there*.You know, as I read the series, Summer Knight was my least favorite. I nearly quit the series after that. But thinking back, it was absolutely PIVOTAL to the rest. I mean, nothing could have happened if that book hadn't been there. I really need to revisit it and see if I can put my finger on why I didn't care for it initially.Oh and let me know what you think of that Kim Harrison series. I've been curious about it.
I really like the way that Butcher's writing has improved over time, especially with regards to his Dresden Series. I think Ghost Story was a necessary pause in the action that allows Harry to absorb and process all the things that he's done and the choices that he's made. It was necessary for Harry to reflect, and having done that, I'm looking forward to the rest of his magical shenanigans, especially with regard to hunting down the Big Bad that appears to be growing on the horizon. (Ghost Story also prompted me to start re-reading the series from the beginning, and it's been great to notice tidbits and hints that were in place for this Big Bad almost from the beginning.)I thought Harry asking Molly for that favor was really awful of him. He's always been so protective of her Sensitivity that subjecting her to that horror was quite cruel. I'm devastated by the emptiness that seems to infuse all of Murphy's interactions, and I kind of blame Dresden for that too. (I admit I'm looking forward to these two women in particular kicking Dresden's butt when he finally shows up again in the flesh.)Most of Harry's denouements leave me wrung out (what with all the fighting and power draining that usually happens) but Ghost Story just left me anxiously jittery about what comes next. I can't wait to see where Butcher takes it next. And I sent an email to you with the "more detail" you requested. You may want to snag a cup of tea before starting because I get a little long-winded!
I really liked Ghost Story a lot. I agree with you on both the sadness of Molly and that the later books are so much better than the earlier ones. I've been reading the graphic novelizations of the first books as they come out and they just seem so simple in comparison! But the world building kept growing and that's impressive, you know?Also, I'm *still* not done with GoT. I pick it up and read a couple hundred pages and then put it down when I get near to A Part That's Harsh. I'm right before The Chapter With Ned so, you know, I'll probably just push through to the end once I get over that hump. Heh.
I'm with Peachy - let us know what you thought of Ghost Story!(Also, what's with the "undefined" book? I have one in my Plan To Read list, too. Odd.)
The new Dresden was a little bit different than the usual style but I really enjoyed it! Let me know what you think when you get it!