28 April 2007

Reads & Listens, April 2007

Reads:

Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron
Yes, the terrible scrotum book. Turned out to be very sweet and with a fine message at the end.

Indiscretion by Jude Morgan
Highly entertaining, but it reads as if Morgan cobbled all of Austen's best bits together.

The Chronicle's of Faerie: The Hunter's Moon by O.R. Melling
It was a very interesting read, true, but neither the story for the characters seemed believable or complete. Like fairy glamor, it looks pretty but it rings hollow?

The Lost Colony, Book One: The Snodgrass Conspiracy by Grady Klein
Eh. Too much going on without enough (or any) reasons given and I had some difficulty figuring out which panel to read when.

Kampung Boy by Lat
Follows the early years of a Muslim Malaysian boy living in a village (kampung) where traditional life is on the verge of disappearing. Illustrative style is quite attractive and the story is compelling.

Chickenhare: House of Klaus by Chris Grine
Chickenhare (a rabbit with the feet and feathers of a chicken) and his Bearded Box Turtle friend, Abe, are held prisoner by Klaus, a very bad man who has a terrible habit of stuffing his pets so they will never leave him ... this is a rather gruesome little graphic novel with not a lot of development (characters or plot).

Billy Hazelnuts by Tony Millionaire
Bizarre. Grotesque. Oddly charming.

Listens:

Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder (read by Cherry Jones)
As a child, I adored the Little House books and, as an adult, I was thrilled to find them in audio format. Jones does an admirable job bringing the characters to life and her accent, which I first thought was too broad and Ozark-y, seemed perfectly suited to the content. Little Town was one of my favorite books in the series and this reading did nothing to change that. Can't wait to listen to Hard Winter.

The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis (read by Patrick Stewart)
One of my favorite Narnia books and handled so well by Stewart. I'm still not very keen on his Aslan, but he did everyone else so well. I particularly liked his use of regional accents.

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (read by Josephine Bailey)
This is one of my favorite books and Bailey does such a good job with it. I also really enjoyed listening to Bray discuss the writing on this novel in the bonus portion of the last CD. I can't wait to listen to Rebel Angels.

The Worst Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson (read by Elaine Stritch)
Extremely amusing.