Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

This was a book about Bod Owens, a boy being raised in a graveyard.
This book jumps around a couple years each chapter, so that took a few chapters to figure out. Second, this book was strange with commas. Another thing that bugged me was in one chapter he's just naming things like: the 33rd President of the United States or The Emperor of China. Meaningless things. They should be names, sometimes that bugs me.
At the end, I might add, the book got so much better. It was sad, and exciting, all at the same time! That is something not many writers can do.

***

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt

This book is about Jethro Creighton who is a boy at the time of the Civil War. It's pretty self-explanitory.

At the beginning of the book I found it somewhat interesting, then when there are about two years left in the book, it's just paragraphs of what's happening. I found the end very boring. Before that I found it interesting. It was a little less that Marooned (***) but more than Hatchet (*) so I had to go with this:

**

It is the first two-starred book I have given-mostly because if I don't like the book sometimes I can't finish it-it was good up until the end, with an interesting twist in the beginning.