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The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus #2 - Large Print) by Rick Riordan
The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus #2 - Large Print)

chorne, January 4, 2012

Excellent read! The book flowed fantastically and Riordan really has improved his writing skill since the days of "The Lightning Thief." I was not able to put the book down for the entire time I was reading. The book has some obvious challenges, being the 2nd of 5 books, however Riordan stands to the challenge well and does a good job by allowing this adventure to be (mostly) stand alone, while fleshing out character's and plot for subsequent books. Our new characters, Hazel and Frank are amusing narrators who are fully capable of bring in new perspectives to the 7 Demigod team.

My main complaint is that this book clearly does follow Riordan's typically outline (get quest, work under time constraint, travel the world/USA, get into trouble along the way, save the day) and, after reading the Percy Jackson Series and the Kane Chronicles, this can get a little repetitive. Despite this predictability, I still find Riordan's writings incredibly entertaining and it is always exciting to learn which geographical locations and Greek/Roman gods he will bring in next.

I am excited to say that the series as a whole looks like it is headed for an excellent conclusion. When Riordan started this series I was initially worried that the series could only be an underdeveloped disappointment. However, upon finishing the second book I have become optimistic about the series. The characters and series plot is growing to be well developed, original, and interesting.

As a warning to any readers: the book has a very frustrating cliffhanger! I was very disappointed when I realized I had just finished the book.
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Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey by Bob Mccabe
Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey

chorne, January 4, 2012

Having watched all of the movies after reading all of the books, it's a daunting task to be able to compare what's on the big screen to what was originally written. Obviously only so much detail can be covered in the movies, and they do the best that they can. This book takes you behind the scenes to see exactly how everything falls into place in front of the camera.

What we see while watching the movies pales in comparison to everything that takes place to simply capture that short scene. It's pretty amazing what the actors go through. This book is no substitute for the movies, or the books themselves. But it is a great supplement to fill in the small pieces for any Harry Potter fan.

Beware, this book is huge. You can spend hours reading and barely skim the surface. For the price it is a great value considering the sheer amount of information contained within. This book is a must for any Harry Potter fan.
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By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept: A Novel of Forgiveness (P.S.) by Paulo Coelho
By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept: A Novel of Forgiveness (P.S.)

chorne, August 11, 2011

Stunning book. I am not a normal reader of such metaphysical works but was caught by the title and curiosity. The book's author impecibly reveals his views of life and love and their true value and meaning. It was a pleasure to read about two lost loves from childhood who reunite as adults in search of "love" in their life. Not your typical love story. My favorite line is on page 148;"Break the glass, please - and free us from all these damned rules, from needing to find an explanation for everything, from doing only what others approve of." That sums up the meaning of the story. Love has no rules, requires no ones approval,is a precious gift and to experience that "magic moment" some people will wait a lifetime for.
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The Year We Left Home by Jean Thompson
The Year We Left Home

chorne, May 16, 2011

An extremely intriguing tale of a family in the small town of Granada, Iowa during thirty years of their lives. It's a fine story with much humor, striking details and pity for some of the characters.

The tale starts in 1973 at the wedding of the oldest daughter in the Erickson clan. As they all are celebrating this event the troubles that will plague the family for three decades is beginning. The bride, Anita wants to marry a local guy and raise a family in the town she grew up in. The next child in line, Ryan, watches his sister marry and is already planning his escape from the town he has grown to despise. At the wedding, Ryan runs into his cousin, Chip, who is a Vietnam veteran. A very mixed up individual who is about to show Ryan the attraction and the dangers of freedom. There is another son, Blake, still in school and not altogether interested in anything at the moment. Last, but definitely not least, the youngest daughter, Torrie, also dreaming of putting the hometown in her rear view mirror as she speeds out of town. Unfortunately, the path she chooses will lead to tragedy that will alter many plans. I didn't mention Mom and Dad. These are regular folks that work hard and take care of their family as best they can.

This story moves from 1973 to 2003, from the farms of Iowa to Chicago and a short time in Italy. It takes us through the horror of the Vietnam War, the crisis facing the farms and the economic highs and lows when there were many foreclosures on homes in the midwest when the large farms had to shut down. This wonderful story follows the Erickson family through thick and thin, wealth and poverty, victories and failures as they work their way through life with all it's ups and downs and try to find a place for themselves in a changing world.

This novel was a real page turner and there is so much the reader will recognize in their own lives and will commiserate with this family. The "Pursuit of Happiness" takes on a whole new meaning. The author gives us a three decade long epic of an ordinary American family who lived their lives quietly and hopefully and went through all the trials and tribulations that face us all on a daily basis.
I was very impressed with this book and recommend it to all readers.
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Twenty 10-minute Plays for Teens by Kristen Dabrowski
Twenty 10-minute Plays for Teens

chorne, May 13, 2011

When I read Kristen Dabrowski's Twenty 10-Minute Plays for Teens it made me wish I was a teenager again.

The writing is extremely witty and as every good actor knows, you need to have a character that goes on a journey, a character that changes through the course of the play. Some playwrights find this a hard graft when they have an hour and a half to prove their point, so it amazes me that Kristen Dabrowski can do this in ten minutes.

Teens won't be disappointed.
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