Archive for June 3rd, 2007

This post is about the book I finished and one I am beginning..

But before I do that, I wanted to mention something…  I don’t know if it’s actually REAL or not, but I had a comment left on a post I did about another book I had read called Here, There Be Dragons by James A Owen.  It seems that either the author, or someone “claiming” to be him left a comment on my meager blog!  In the comment he says: I’ve heard the sequel to HERE, THERE BE DRAGONS is supposed to be better…   At least, I think the characterizations are stronger!

..and its signed: James A Owen (the author).  I’d love to think it‘s really him, but I can’t for the life of me think of why a busy man (writing his second book to Here There Be Dragons) would or could find my lowly blog.  (I don’t even use Tags)  But, I will say for a few moments it made me smile!

Of course before I tuned into the self doubt, I decided to google his name and came up with a website.  Which is very nice indeed, and talks about his present book and the sequel, Search for the Red Dragon, due out in January.

However, I didn’t need his comment (if it is him) to already have the second book on a list to watch for it’s release.

So… if it was you Mr Owen.. I thank you for stopping by.  I love my books, and any contact with their authors is indeed special.  I hope someday Mr James A Owen happens to be doing a signing somewhere near.. I’d certainly grab my copy of Here, There Be Dragons to get it autographed!

Ok.. so that was my bit of wonderment… I will always wonder now if it was him!  Now.. about the book I just read..

I have to admit… part of why I bought Hatching Magic was the cover artummm, and the title. 

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 256 pages

ISBN-10: 0689834004

The review of it read as if I’d enjoy the story.  (In this friendly little fantasy, three different seekers pursue a lost dragon. And this isn’t just any dragon–her name is Wycca, and she’s a wyvern, the most catlike of the species.) And I guess I did.

Although its aimed for grades 4-7, I found something that drove me nuts while reading it and wondered if the kids would have the same problem. 

You know how if you have a group of characters and they are divided into, let’s say, three different places. (one in the city… one in the country… one in a house)  Well… as she wrote I’d be reading about Wycca. A new paragraph began and until I read 2 or 3 lines I didn’t realize she was now talking about someone else ..that was someWHERE else!  She did this often and I even thought I had a handle on it when… bang!  I’d get mad that I didn’t realize she once again changed who was doing what without any notice.  You know.. like “meanwhile….”  or “back at the apartment….”… or even begin the paragraph with the name of the other! grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.. It was rather annoying.

Also I found this book.. ummm, slow?… until the very end of course. (naturally!)

I have been reading many YA books and this one didn’t hold up as well as the others.  I wouldn’t say it bad!.. just not as enjoyable to me (but then it wasn’t intended for the Elderly!) ; which isn‘t to say it wouldn’t be more enjoyable to others. 

However.. I do have the second book which follows called: The Dragon of Never-Was.  Once again the art work and title caught me, so I purchased them at the same time with the intention of a continued read without waiting for a book to come in the mail. 

(Illustrations by Omar Rayyan)

  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
    Hardcover: 320 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0689855710 
  • I do have to admit that good cover art and a good title will always grab my attention…

    … ’till next time….

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