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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Crescent Beach State Park, Cape Elizabeth, ME

The Dream Thieves - Maggie Stiefvater

I am liking this series so much more than the Shiver books, which was my original intro to this author.   In fact, I’d say that Shiver is probably not like the rest of her work, because I’ve liked everything else I’ve read of hers so much more than that book would have lead me to believe I could.

In the last book, we found out that Ronan Lynch could bring things out of his dreams – this book explores that really means.     There’s side action to further the plot to find Owen Glendower, but this book is really all about Ronan.      And Ronan is really screwed up.     I think that’s what I’m liking so much about this series – it’s YA, but it’s not a perfect little romance between some girl and some supernatural creature.    Instead, there’s a cast of really complicated, and flawed characters.      This book  introduced a hit man named Mister Gray, who I really hopes stays on, because his presence is definitely keeping the interesting characters coming.

And that’s all I’ll say about that.     Half the fun of this series is seeing what’s going to happen next, because I really don’t know.

Amphigorey - Edward Gorey

This book is a collection of shorter works that Gorey had done over the years – if you like his work (which is slightly macabre, and definitely all kinds of wrong), it’s worth a read.    

There are a couple different alphabet stories that are completely not meant for children, but are so much fun to read as if they are.    That pretty much sets the tone for the other works in the book.  The nice thing is they’re all rather short, so you could use this as a good intro to Gorey’s work.

The Sanctuary Sparrow - Ellis Peters

This Brother Cadfael book kicks off with a young juggler, hired to perform at the wedding of the local goldsmith’s son, being chased into the Abbey in front of a mob accusing him of having killed the goldsmith.   Lilliwin’s a slight young man, who does not look like a murder, so Brother Cadfael is on the case.

What unfolds is a really sad story – the goldsmiths’ family, though wealthy, has always been rather parsimonious, and that past is what causes the real murder of this book (the goldsmith was just hit over the head, and makes a recovery).

This ends up being probably the most tragic of these books (at least so far).     It’s also probably one of the most true to its time – this murder makes perfect sense within the family structures of the 12th century.    It’s a really good story – the kind that makes you think for a while when you’re done, and have put it down.