Monday, June 11, 2007

Belated May 2007 Book Reviews (with some June on the side)

The Door Within: The start of a great trilogy. However, this one is the worst of the three, and it gets better throughout the series.

The Rise of the Wyrm Lord: The middle volume of the Door Within Trilogy. While it is much better than the first, it still is not quite to the level of

The Final Storm: The conclusion of the trilogy.The best writing, the best story, and it may even have you crying a bit at the end.

Nightrise: The third book in Anthony Horowitz's Gatekeepers series is better than the others, building up to two climaxes, one in the far distant past. I'm ready for the fourth volume, City of the Dead.

The Pilgrims of Rayne: The eighth PENDRAGON book is the best of the lot (and the longest), but start at the beginning if you want to know what's actually going on.

Gregor and the Code of Claw: Starting where Marks of Secret left off, the fifth Underland Chronicles novel is the greatest of them all.

More Horowitz Horror: Yet another new book by Anthony Horowitz. The companion book to his Horowitz Horror, this is better in many ways. And the ending is pure Horowitz.

Charlie Bone and the Beast: Charlie Bone is back in his sixth novel by Jenny Nimmo, and it's one of the best, leaving readers right where they want to be-- waiting for the inevitable sequel.

Skulduggery Pleasant: This may turn out to be the next big fantasy-- you know, Harry Potter and all that. It deserves to.

The Secret Life of Bees: I was told to read this book. In the back of my head, there was some measure of enjoyment I had throughout, but I just wasn't satisfied.

The Historian: This novel didn't fully realize its own potential, a sad, yet common, problem nowadays. Still... it was worth it.

The Gunslinger: The first in the Dark Tower series. The shortest, too. And, you know what? I'm hooked.

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