Sunday, July 31, 2016

Review: Dealing with Dragons

Dealing with Dragons Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this book so much I have written an entire musical about it - with Patricia C. Wrede's permission. (Song, lyrics, script, and piano accompaniments)

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Review: Raymie Nightingale

Raymie Nightingale Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I know I am an outlier here, but Kate DiCamillo just isn't my style of writing. That said, if you do like her style, this book is well written and touching. And, yes, she probably is a great writer. Why don't I love her writing? For me, there is a sing-songy quality to the writing. It is almost as though she is singing a song to you saying, look at this extremely good writing and this lovely story I am writing for you? Aren't the metaphors perfect? Look how realistic all this dialog is, yet it is just edgy enough to be fresh and new. And all of these quirky characters, aren't they all fascinating? Don't you just want to keep reading about such interesting people? Keep reading? We are glad to have you here.

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