Cubbyhole Beneath The Stairs

The Journal Of A Very Lazy Reader Who Yearns To Read More

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Centaur Aisle (Xanth - 4) by Piers Anthony



Centaur Aisle by Piers Anthony





CENTAUR AISLE
(Xanth - 4)

AUTHOR: PIERS ANTHONY

ISBN: 0-345-35246-7

COVER ART BY MICHAEL WHELAN



The magic of Xanth was useless
in Mundania - until Dor tried honesty!



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INTO DARKEST MUNDANIA
Dor was having troubles growing up to the be the next Magician-King of the magic Land of Xanth. He wanted no part of running the Kingdom. But now Good King Trent was leaving on a trade mission to non-magical Mundania, home of such weird beasts as horses and bears, so Dor had to take over as King for a week.

A week passes. No Trent. Then three weeks. King Trent still hadn't returned. Surely, something terrible had happened; he was apparently held captive in some foul dungeon, unable to escape. Dor was left with the burden of ruling - and with Irene, who was entirely willing to be his Queen.

His only hope was to enter Mundania and free King Trent. But how could it be done without the powers of magic? Nevertheless, he started forth bravely - together with Irene, a golem, a centaur, and a young ogre - heading for the far south of Xanth.

The entrance to Mundania, of course, lay to the north.


My Opinion Is...
A book of homonyms. Gotta love it.

This book takes place four years after Castle Roogna. Again, Dor is the main character. King Trent decides to head to Mundania to a certain period in time so that a trade route can be established. When King Trent and Queen Iris doesn't return, Dor and cast are forced to head to Centaur Isle before they head off to Mundania - and even that wasn't easy!
Parts of the book slowed down but it was a good read.

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Castle Roogna by Piers Anthony



Castle Roogna by Piers Anthony





CASTLE ROOGNA
(Xanth - 3)

AUTHOR: PIERS ANTHONY

ISBN: 0-345-35048-0

COVER ART BY DARREL K. SWEET




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ONCE UPON A PAST
Millie had been a ghost for 800 years. But now, restored by the magic of Xanth, she was again a maddeningly desirable woman. She could have had any man she wanted... except the one she did want, Jonathan the zombie. To grant Millie her desire, and to prove his right to rule Xanth in the future, young Magician Dor embarked on a quest for the elixir which would restore Jonathan to full life.
But the potion could be found only in the past... so, through a magic tapestry, to the past he went, taking over the body of a barbarian warrior. The first person he encountered there was Jumper, a giant spider - a nightmare monster, but a staunch friend and much-needed ally in peril-haunted, ancient Xanth.

Then Dor met Millie - 800 years younger, but just as lovely. And he realized that, in his new body, he was no longer twelve years old...

My Opinion Is...
Castle Roogna is the third book in the Xanth series. It focuses on Dor, 12 year old son of Bink and Chameleon, who is sent off into the past due to a mission by King Trent.

Right away, I loved Jumper. One may think the giant spider is a weird companion but Jumper has been extremely helpful - mostly because he's an adult. That's what Dor struggles with a lot - trying to understand what it is to be mature. He learns a lot from Jumper.

I also thought it was neat to know about King Roogna of Castle Roogna as well as Magician Murphy. The Zombie Master was also pretty neat. I definitely enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading Centaur Aisle.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Myth Directions - Hit or Myth - by Robert Asprin



Myth Directions and Hit or Myth by Robert Asprin





MYTH DIRECTIONS

and

HIT OR MYTH

AUTHOR: ROBERT ASPRIN

ISBN: 0-441-00943-3

COVER ART BY WALTER VELEZ


It's not a mythtake!
It's two classic books in one!







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MYTH DIRECTIONS
The beautiful Tanda wants the Trophy, easily the ugliest object Skeeve has ever seen in any dimension. But what Tanda wants, Tanda gets. And it will take more than luck for Skeeve to fulfill this mythguided desire...

HIT OR MYTH
King Rodrick takes a powder, leaving Skeeve in his place to marry his homicidal fiancee and face the Mob's fairy godfather - who makes him an offer he can't refuse...

My Opinion Is...
I enjoyed them both. As usual, Skeeve, Aahz, and Co. get into more tangles and it takes brains and magik to get themselves out!

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Friday, March 6, 2009

Great Illustrated Classics



Great Illustrated Classics




GREAT ILLUSTRATED CLASSICS

The following books are in my collection:

A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain
Anne of Green Gables - L. M. Montgomery
Around the World in 80 Days - Jules Verne
Black Beauty - Anna Sewell
The Call of the Wild - Jack London
Captains Courageous - Rudyard Kipling
Christmas Bedtime Stories
David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
Kidnapped - Robert Louis Stevenson
King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table - Howard Pyle
Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
Moby Dick - Herman Melville
The Mutiny on Board HMS Bounty - William Bligh
Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
The Prince and the Pauper - Mark Twain
The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane
Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe
STORIES FROM THE BIBLE: Old and New Testament
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson
The Swiss Family Robinson - Johann Wyss
Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
The Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum




I found my rather dusty old collection of Great Illustrated Classics books. I remember reading them ages ago but the sad thing is, I don't have a clue what any of the books were about. Vaguely if at all! I remember trying to collect every single one I could find. Most of them came from K-B Toys in the early 90's.


To my surprise, there's around seventy of these books now! Eesh. I believe my books will be given to my nephew one day when he's old enough. I'll have to do some serious cleaning up before I give these books away.


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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Dragonquest (The Dragonriders of Pern) by Anne McCaffrey



DRAGONQUEST: The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey





THE DRAGONRIDERS OF PERN

AUTHOR: ANNE MCCAFFREY

ISBN: 0-345-34024-8

JACKET ILLUSTRATION BY RON DILG






JACKET:

DRAGONQUEST. Most Pernese are grateful to dragonkind for keeping Holds and Craftshalls safe. But some, resenting their obligations to the weyrs, have begun to complain about the privileged status of dragonriders.

When a few ambitious Lords decide that dragonmen should go to the Red Star - using their beasts' teleportation ability - in order to destroy the Threads at their source, F'nor, brother of F'lar, is intrigued. But his brown dragon needs a detailed image of a place in order to go there... and the images F'nor picks up - from an unexpected source - are terrifying!

My Opinion Is...
This is for the second book, Dragonquest.

My first opinion was that the book was merely being continued for the sake of continuing it. It's about seven years later, people fall into routine with the old timers set in their isolated ways while the people of Benden Weyr are struggling to make the old timers realize that a lot has changed in 400 years.

The introduction of the fire lizards was pretty neat but I think that's the only interesting thing I liked. The other stuff was a bit boring. I wouldn't say I struggled through the book but it was just... Eh. So-so.

I believe I'll take a break from this book and read another book. I don't want to putter out through the White Dragon.

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