Chu’s First Day at School by Neil Gaiman & Adam Rex
Reviewed by Haley, age 3
Not in any particular order.
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|1. Captain Frederick Wentworth
Persuasion by Jane Austen
|2. Derek Stone
Bibliophile Mystery Series by Kate Carlisle
|3. Hercule Poirot
Poirot Mysteries by Agatha Christie
|4. Étienne St. Clair
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
|5. Carter Maguire
Vision in White by Nora Roberts
|6. Augustus Waters
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
|7. Percy Jackson
Percy Jackson & the Olympians series &
The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan
|8. Sirius Black
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
|9. Will Parry
His Dark Material series by Philip Pullman
|10. Max Watson
The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
|11. Jeremy Laidley
Rather series by C.A. Belmond
|12. George Knightley
Emma by Jane Austen
|13. Dickon Sowerby
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
|14. Dr. John Dolittle
The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
|15. Tristran Thorn
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
I have to remember that I shouldn’t read Neil Gaiman right before I go to bed. His darkly, beautiful prose is vivid enough to invade my dreams with eerie illusions. Trigger Warning is a collection of short stories and poems. While the collection doesn’t have a noticeably common thread, it does feel like the entries go together. The tone of the book is consistent and the writing is impeccable as you would come to expect from Neil Gaiman. I particularly enjoyed “Nothing O’Clock,” a story in the Doctor Who universe, and “The Sleeper and the Spindle,” a very interesting take on the Snow White and Sleeping Beauty fairytales. I whole-heartedly recommend Trigger Warning and Neil Gaiman in general as everything I have read has been expertly written and wonderfully creative.
So my friend, Dori (an occasional guest reviewer on this blog), suggested that we both read a book and have a mini book club which was a genius idea. She selected “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” for our first endeavor. Here are some of our thoughts.
Review: Reading this book felt like stepping into a dream; a dream which got progressively stranger and scarier. In fact, for about two-thirds of the book, I didn’t know whether the whole thing was going to turn out to be inside the narrator’s head. Now, don’t get me wrong, it was captivating and beautifully written like I’ve come to expect from Mr. Gaiman and yet, haunting. Mr. Gaiman’s prose was ominous, romantic and real all at the same time. Dori called it “visceral” and I have to agree. Additionally, we both agreed that we wanted to know more about the fantastical and mythological world that Mr. Gaiman created. We discussed how hard it is to classify this book because it had an unusual mixture of mythology, loss of innocence, fantasy and authenticity. Parts of this book were disturbing and kinda effed up but neither of us could put it down. I’d have to say overall, it was dark but also thought-provoking and well executed.
In honor of the first day of summer, enjoy a list of some great beach reads!
15 Reads for a Summer Day at the Beach (in no particular order)