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Book #78
Book Title: Shadowmancer
Author: G.P. Taylor
Genre: Fiction
# of pages: 275
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: B+
Short description/summary of the book: (taken from amazon.com): An apocalyptic battle between good and evil is vigorously, violentlyfought in British author G.P. Taylor's suspenseful, action-packedfantasy. The story, set in the 1700s on the Yorkshire coastline,revolves around Vicar Obadiah Demurral, a corrupt-but-inept,dead-conjuring "shadowmancer" who desires to control the universe byoverthrowing God, or Riathamus. When two hard-luck near-orphans,(13-year-old Thomas Barrick, a bitter enemy of Demurral, and histroubled friend Kate Coglund) band together with a young African stranger named Raphah, they spend the rest of the book trying to stopthe wicked Vicar as if their very souls are at stake...they are. Alongthe way, the three youths meet an enormous cast of friends and foes,some agents of Riathamus, others of Satan (Pyratheon), and some godless(but not for long) smugglers like Jacob Crane.

Readers who love fanciful storybook characters will find mermaidlikeSeloth, smelly hobs, leg-dragging servants, goodhearted whores, andbenevolent boggles. Age-old superstitions abound, though old magic andwitchcraft are clearly denounced here as the work of the devil. Indeed,the author, an English vicar himself, tells a very Christian story andhis often deliciously dramatic adventure lapses into stiffly presentedglowing-halo Touched by an Angel moments(readers will be lured into the Enchanted Forest, but tricked into Sunday school). Nonetheless, Shadowmancer,the first of a series, is a pageturner bursting with magic and myth,and will appeal to fantasy lovers who don't mind the Bible mixed inwith their boggles.

My Thoughts: This was a different kind of fantasy novel! It was Christian-based, which I was pleasantly surprised by! The only problem was that the characters did not seem to be developed very well. Overall though, it was a very enjoyable read.

Book #79
Book Title: The Notebook
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Genre: Fiction
# of pages: 256
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: C
Short description/summary of the book: (taken from amazon.com): "Somewhere," muses Noah Calhoun, while sitting on his porch in themoonight, "there were people making love." Anyway, head elsewhere forGreat Literature, but if you're in the market to get your heartstringsplucked, look no further. The Notebook,a Southern-fried story of love-lost-and-found-again, revolves around asingle time-honored romantic dilemma: will beautiful Allison Nelsonstay with Mr. Respectability (to whom she happens to be engaged), orwill she hook up with Noah, the romantic rascal she left so many yearsago? We're not telling, but you have two guesses and the first onedoesn't count. Decades later, after Allison develops Alzheimer's, herbeau uses "the notebook" to read her the story of the great love she'splumb forgot. The Notebook--film rights already sold, thank youvery much--is a little glazed doughnut of a book: sticky- sweet,satisfying, not much nourishment. But who cares? Take an extra vitaminand indulge.

My Thoughts: I usually REALLY like Sparks' novels, but this one was just too sappy even for me! The writing style was great, but it just didn't live up to what I expected it to be.

Currently reading: Ireland by Frank Delaney

X-posted to my book community, book_it_2006 and a whole lot of other places! ;P


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 18th, 2006 05:01 am (UTC)
Have you read A Walk to Remember!!?!? THAT book makes me bawl my eyes out!!! But i love every second of it! ;-) The book was soooooo much better than the movie!!! *sigh*

Dec. 18th, 2006 11:02 pm (UTC)
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I bawled like a baby!!! I HATED the movie though!
Dec. 19th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
Dude watch this it's SO ADORABLE
Dec. 19th, 2006 01:57 am (UTC)
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