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  1. Ah, that's not modern technology, that's proper alphabetization! You never list things under A or The. Or you shouldn't, but people will do it.
  2. I had to count as well now and I've read 45. (Like Flingo, many due to being a children's librarian) <heads off to sulk cos Flingo has read more books>
  3. Oh no! Bad enough that I couldn't go... Now you have Inkdeath. <turns green> Heh. Don't say a word!! And at least i will still have it to look forward to when you are done. Any news on the film? Websites still give the release date as 2009 but the tie-in edition is published late October and I've seen it mentioned elsewhere as a Christmas release. I hope so. That would be lovely. It's been a very long wait!
  4. Sorry, elliejcox - it was you. I went back to look. I have a brain like a sieve.
  5. Personally, my favourite of Diana Wynne Jones's many excellent fantasies - a modern retelling of the ballads of Tam Lin and Thomas the Rhymer set in an all too recognisable world. Because someone (so sorry - have already forgotten who... ) wanted to talk about the ending and that just can't be done briefly! It took me a long, long time and a lot of reading before I finally got the hang of it. It is strange, but strange in a good way. (I refuse to accept criticism of this book... Well, all right, obviously I will have to, as someone's bound to hate it, but bear in mind that I r
  6. Yes, those three aren't adventure stories, although if someone had come via The Great Ghost Rescue, Which Witch, et al they'd be surprised. I like the Star of Kazan best out of the three of them, but I actually still prefer the two mentioned above and The Haunting of Hiram C Hopgood, which introduces her love of the Amazon, despite being set in a haunted Scottish castle. These three are more like her adult romances, some of which are being repackaged for teens. I've enjoyed reading them, but they are almost a guilty pleasure (just because they always seem to be about radiantly good chara
  7. I don't think I can even give a sensible review of this book! I loved it so much, but then I read the Arthur trilogy which I thought were so good and so very well written. I loved the 'snapshots' into the past of The Seeing Stone. The emotional side deepened over the three novels and then, of course came Gatty's Tale. I'd say Gatty had more than a small role in the original trilogy. To have read all four and come to the ending of that one was just a wonderful reading journey. Definitely the way round to do it, because the ending is just perfect - and all the more welcome after 4 books of
  8. I think this needs to be its own thread - if we get into the ending of Fire and Hemlock, we'll be here all year!
  9. I have. I'm not sure I can answer the question without ruining the book, though, because the main reason for disliking or liking this particular book hinges on a vital plot point. Personally, I'm not happy with it (said happening) & I'm not entirely sure about the rest of it, but I was enjoying it until then. I'm afraid that really is the best I can do. You'd better read it and then we can talk!
  10. My sister keeps asking me about this one, as she knows the author. Glad you think it's good! I might be able to risk reading it without annoying her now.
  11. Yes, I really liked it, too. What slightly disappointed me was the father's problem was treated so much more seriously in the film - in the book there's a lot more humour in it. But I do think that they did a good job. And, as I said, I think I'm fast becoming a fan of Romola Garai - she's been excellent in a lot of things. (Hi!)
  12. A crossover from pre-crossover days! Certainly a book that's a just-read during the teens. And the opening sentence is one of my favourites. ("I write this sitting in the kitchen sink..." What did people think of the film version? (I wasn't sure about how they made some things a little more serious and conventional than the book, but Romola Garai was very good as Cassandra. Mind you, she's usually one to watch whatever she's in).
  13. Oh, brilliant! It is, isn't it? I've read it I don't know how many times & only recently read an internet article about the key to it being a T S Eliot poem that opened up new ways of looking at it...
  14. Now somebody wants it at the library - I'll have to take it back now! Sometimes I get so unmotivated about reading it's terrible!
  15. Yes, Northern Lights was far and away my favourite and I'm not sure I always actually liked the other two, but I have to say some of the sequences particularly in The Amber Spyglass are almost breath-taking - the release of souls from Hell & the journey there stick in my mind. Mind you, I remember a 12 year old boy voting for this (TAS) as his favourite book for some poll we were doing and his reason (as he wrote) was "Because it's so easy to read." I'd recently struggled through it myself and I was startled, to say the least. It all depends, doesn't it?
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