Hola Readers. How are you all? Are you ready to hear about a book I read while on vacation? Good, the book is Prospero's Children by Jan Siegel. I picked this book up at the used book store 'cause the cover was cool and it totally looked like a great vacation book and I WAS RIGHT!!!! Why was I right (I mean besides the obvious I am always right)? I'll tell you, but first, as always SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!
The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis. There is a scene in that book where the two children encounter an ancient world filled with frozen nobles of increasingly greedy and evil countenance, culminating in Jadis, a witch queen who destroyed her world for power. The parallel of these scenes was unexpected and kind of cool. The best part may be the ending. I know I know, I usually HATE endings, but this author tied it right back to the beginning in the most clever and believable fashion, making me very very happy. The few things that I was not so keen on. I found the writing to be a bit uneven, some times when describing something, or a character gets introspective, the writing got over flowery and pretentious. I felt when the author just told the story instead of trying to author it up, that the book flowed much better. It was almost like she was trying to write in an overly lyrical, esoteric style, and then would forget to use her pretentious words and just tell a good story. Some of the "magic" and such were not well explained, and Fern got a bit angsty on occasion, but overall I really enjoyed it. I am totally stoked when my random picks turn out so well and it was the perfect book to read in the middle of the ocean. I give this book 7 out of 10 house goblins and recommend it to anybody with an interest in Atlantis, mermaids, magic or time travel that actually works. Happy Reading Everybody!