Dec. 14th, 2009 12:32 pm
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84. Scorpia by Anthony Horowitz
I read the first several books of the Alex Rider series long enough ago that it took a bit for me to remember the previous novels. And by the time I'd caught up, I was completely absorbed in the plot of Scorpia. A friend had warned me about the very end and even though I was happy she did, I did not expect what happened. That being said, the book did a very nice job building up to the point. I am disappointed that Alex Pettyfer is too old for more movies in this series, he is a perfect Alex Rider and I would have liked to see this one on screen.

85. Ark Angel by Anthony Horowitz
While not the best of the series, Ark Angel introduced us to another side of Alex. In previous novels, he'd spent time around boys his own age (even in Scorpia), but it was interesting to see how he interacted with a spoiled rich kid who clearly only wanted to love, not unlike Alex himself. I found this book a little slow going, but the build up to the end was fascinating. And of course, what happened at the end was so ridiculous that it could only happen to Alex.

86. Snakehead by Anthony Horowitz
I was really excited about this book and, aside from the romance thrown in at the very end, I completely loved it. I found it fascinating how much emotional trauma Horowitz put Alex through, just in order to learn about his father. As if the events in Scorpia weren't enough to break the poor boy, surely Snakehead would have. But, because it's Alex Rider, he pulls through. Also, I am surprisingly impressed with Horowitz's grasp on continuity. I'm looking forward to the next (final?) novel in the series.

86 / 100 books. 86% read!


Oct. 13th, 2008 01:48 pm
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121. Eagle Strike by Anthony Horowitz
While the Alex Rider series isn't for everyone, I do enjoy reading it quite a bit. Horowitz writes well enough to keep me engaged -- and the plot tends to be interesting enough that I want to know what happens next. What makes Eagle Strike different compared to the previous novels is the fact that Alex ends up alienating a lot of people (as well as hurting people he cares about). There are a couple of scenes that are profound moments for Alex that caught me by surprise, a couple of them come right near the end of the story. I liked the character development of Alex, he's likable (as usual, but even more so as the book goes on). But biggest issues with this story basically happen in the beginning. While much of the plot in the Alex Rider novels tends to be unbelievable, there's a bit too much of that in the first part of Eagle Strike. But once you get over that, the story gets back on track.

122. Prince of Tennis, Volume 6 by Takeshi Konomi
As always, these books are a joy to read, even if I haven't read one recently. I think this is mostly because they're low on plot and high on action. It translates well (literally) to the tv, and I enjoy watching the show almost as much as I enjoy reading it. Plus, the drawings are fantastic -- and as a fan of tennis, there's no way I wouldn't enjoy this.

123. Chalice by Robin McKinley
When I was younger I read a lot of Robin McKinely. But then I grew up, discovered science fiction and basically gave up fantasy because I just didn't have time for all the sword fighting and dragons and you get the idea. But after reading McKinley's book Sunshine, I thought I'd give this book a chance. And I'm extremely glad I did. It's fantastic, well written, and completely engrossing. I throughly enjoyed reading it.

123 / 150 words. 82% done!


Sep. 9th, 2008 10:19 am
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107. Warriors of the Deep by Johnny Byrne (read by Peter Davison)
My memories of this are a little fuzzy because I listened to it over two weeks instead of straight through. I did enjoy it, though and Peter Davison is a great reader. The story focuses on the Fifth Doctor and two of his companions: Tegan Jovanka and Vislor Turlough. I don't remember Turlough from the series, but I do remember Tegan. The story takes place on Earth and underwater. It's a good story, well-plotted with a couple of interesting twists.

108. Skeleton Key by Anthony Horowitz
Let me just state up front that I am totally in love with the Alex Rider series. In this book, Alex gets mixed up with a Chinese gang at Wimbledon e(he's put up to it by an MI6 employee and he's trying to be helpful) and in order to escape from the Chinese gang members, he's set on vacation. Except it's not a vacation at all and he ends up getting mixed up in some dangerous business (of course). What's fun about this novel is that it brings up stuff we learned about in the movie (his friendship with Sabina, for example). I can't wait to read the next one!

109. Around the World in 80 Rounds by David Wood
I just finished this extraordinary book and it was fantastic. Like, it was completely brilliant. David Wood is a writer/stand up comedian and obsessed with golf. One day, while sitting in his apartment in Seattle, he decides that he wants to play golf in as many places as possible. Only he wants them to be obscure and out of the way -- and ends up decided to sell everything and go. He starts in South America at the southern most golf club in the world, the Ushauia Golf Club and ends in Tromsø Golf Park, the northern most. It's a great travel book and Wood is a fantastic and fun writer. Even if you don't care about golf, I highly recommend this book.

109 / 120 new reads. 91% read!


Sep. 4th, 2008 07:57 pm
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103. Point Blank by Anthony Horowitz
The second book in Horowitz's Alex Rider series. I throughly enjoyed the story. Alex, a young, though reluctant, spy for MI6 is asked to pretend to be Alex Friend, son of the owner of the Friend Grocery Stories (football teams, and so on) in order to attend Point Blanc, an exclusive school for boys who have been kicked out of all other schools. MI6 thinks something fishy is going on, due to the deaths of two fathers of former students at the school. It's a mildly amusing premise, but Horowitz does an excellent job drawing you into the story. I can't wait to read more Alex Rider books.

104. Infoquake by David Louis Edelman
This is Edelman's first book, and it's the first book in his Jump 225 series. The story is interesting and focuses on expanding our ideas of virtual reality (and eventually multi reality). It's a cyberpunk book in a lot of ways, reminiscent of some Gibson works, but it's not nearly as good. I did enjoy the book, though the ending was unsatisfactory due to the fact that it's a trilogy. One of Edelman's strong points is his character development. Even though I disliked the main character, Natch, I was able to hope for him (and his team) to succeed. His team was even better, a mix of different types of people that had moderately well developed backgrounds and were, even with all their faults, likable. The one thing I didn't like was how, about a third of the way through the book, Edelman changed perspectives to give us Natch's history. It was interesting and important, but it came out of the blue and was kind of a shock. Otherwise, the book held together well and I'll eventually read the remaining two books whenever they are published.

105. Stormbreaker: The Graphic Novel by Anthony Horowitz
I actually read this book either last month or in July, but somehow it escaped review and I never added it to Library Thing. Anyway, this is basically just the movie (which I've seen) in graphic novel format. The art is exceptional and does a good job telling the story. It's not as interesting as the book and certain things are changed (which you don't realize if you've never read the book(s)). Overly I enjoyed it and would read others.

106. Point Blank: The Graphic Novel by Anthony Horowitz
Unlike the graphic novel for Storm Breaker, there's no movie for this to be based on (though I read that Horowitz has been working on a movie script). This was a let down, but I'm not sure if it's because I'd just read Point Blank or because it wasn't very good. The drawings were just as detailed and engrossing as Stormbreaker, but there was something a bit off with this book. I think next time I'll wait a bit before reading the graphic novel version of the book.

106 / 120 new reads. 88% read!


Aug. 19th, 2008 10:40 am
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93. The Creature from the Pit by David Fisher (read by Tom Baker)
This was a throughly enjoyable audiobook. Tom Baker has yet to disappoint as a reader and, for me, his doctor is by far the most amusing. This story was a bit scary, as it was supposed to be, but a lot of fun. The Doctor and Romana end up on a rather odd island, only to get captured by some rather ruthless people. K9 also makes several appearances, much to my joy. I look forward to listening to more audiobooks read by Baker.

94. Pest Control by Peter Anghelides (read by David Tennant)
I really liked this, mostly because I was so caught up in the story that I forgot it was David Tennant who reading it. Amusingly, he was obviously using his natural accent, and changing it for Donna and the Doctor's parts. The audiobook also did a fantastic job of portraying Donna's character as she is on the TV show. I know [livejournal.com profile] fiveforsilver thought it was a bit predictable, but I rather liked it.

95. Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
This was a cute book, better than the graphic novel (and with less romance). The book, which the movie was based on (and the graphic novel was based on the movie), was well written and engaging. It wasn't the best thing I've read, but by no means was it the worst. I think it's a good book aimed at that hard age for boys, the teens. It's smart enough that kids won't feel stupid, but clever enough that they'll admire Alex Rider and what he does.

95 / 120 reads. 79% new reads!


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