Posts Tagged ‘friendship’

30th November
2008
written by Steph
Having read the book, I get the croquet.... what I don't get is why all the images on the cover are so pixelated!

I get the croquet, but not why all the cover images are so pixelated!

This is a book that I picked up on a whim at McKay’s because it was only $2 and I knew it was by the author better known as Lemony Snicket. I essentially knew absolutely nothing else about it, because rather than a synopsis or a blurb about the book on the back cover, it instead had faux tongue-in-cheek “study questions” (much like those you’d find at the end of a story or piece in a high-school/grade school reader) and praise for the novel from other writers and newspapers. In this case, I felt the type of story The Basic Eight turned out to be really benefited from being shrouded in mystery, because in a way, it was a mystery. (more…)
23rd November
2008
written by Steph
"The Mysterious Benedict Society" by Trenton Lee StewartI posted a while back that I had embarked on reading The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco… only, the thing is, I have failed miserably at reading it. I took it with me when I went out of town, figuring that all of the flights and traveling would provide me ample opportunity to read it. When Tony’s flight was delayed from Nashville to Baltimore, I polished off about 150 pages while waiting for him at the airport. This experience was quite painful and left me wanting to stab out my eyes, because for every enjoyable mystery bit that advanced the main plotline, there would be about 25 pages of turgid, dense philosophical or historical (sometimes both) musings that had the most soporific of effects on me. Needless to say, I began trawling the little Borders shop (surprisingly well-stocked for an airport bookstore) looking for new reading material. And that is where I stumbled upon The Mysterious Benedict Society. I was intrigued by the comparison to Harry Potter (then again, I’ve been burned by such allusions before – ahem, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. One day I’ll make it past the first 30 pages!), and the price of $7 wasn’t bad either. Pair this with a 30% off coupon we got at the in-store café later in the week, and I was sold. Or rather, the book was, but you see what I’m getting at here. (more…)