16 July 2009

Over Sea, Under Stone and BTT for 7/16

I tore through Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper last night after work. As this story was exactly like what i loved as a kid i can't believe i didn't read it then. After all, it had been out for 17 years when i was 10.

It's a pretty decent standard kids adventure story. Three kids, Simon, Jane and Barney Drew, are staying with their parents (a painter and a doctor) with their Great Uncle Merry in an old house in Cornwall, England. They find a map, along with an old manuscript, one rainy day as they are exploring the old house (after they have to move a big wardrobe to find a secret door lol). After a strange break in, they decide to show the map to their uncle. He translates the manuscript for them and the kids realize they've found a map to the Grail of King Arthur! Unfortunately, some shady characters realize this as well and the kids have to race to figure out the map and clues before something terrible happens.

I really liked the interactions between the kids. They felt very real. The main portion of my childhood i had 2 younger brothers, 2 and 4 years younger than me (my youngest brother came around when i was 12 and then a sister when i started college) so we played a lot together. When we got along we had great adventures, Indiana Jones/treasure hunting being one of our favorite games. Nice to see that is a universal desire for children!

I give this one a 5. I'll be starting the next book as soon as i can get a couple of books i've started finished.

Other opinions: Joy's Blog, Read_Warbler, Once Upon a Bookshelf, Fiddle-de-dee's Not English (wonderful title for a blog!), Bogorman.

Also the BTT question. Since i didn't take any pictures last week I'll post some now.

Follow-up to last week’s question:

Do you keep all your unread books together, like books in a waiting room? Or are they scattered throughout your shelves, mingling like party-goers waiting for the host to come along?



I have mine all over. I have a wide windowsill, so a good many unreads are on that. Sorry so dark!

Here's some boxes too! The one closest to the camera is all unread, the other two have unreads mixed in with books i've read...but most i haven't :(.

and in my living room i've got my only real bookshelf. The second shelf under the top one has a handful of unread books as well.

Whew. and i didn't even empty the boxes out! I also have a dozen or so on my desk that i forgot to snap. Mainly read. And i usually have a couple i'm reading next to the couch and in my school bag. And what about my list on Dailylit? I guess those aren't books i own so that doesn't count right? ack!

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