Monday, December 29, 2008

Fables -- Volumes 1 and 2

I picked up Volume 1 after reading ABC is looking at turning this graphic series into a television series. The premise is very intriguing. All the characters you remember from childhood -- Snow White, Jack of Jack and the Beanstalk fame, the Big Bad Wolf -- are living in the United States having been driven from their homelands by The Adversary. I assume the story of the Adversary will remain an overarching one if the entire series. Meanwhile each volume deals with certain discreet incidents. There are 11 volumes so far, and I've read the first 2 and have 3 back at home. I'm looking forward to catching up with The Fables.

Chasing Vermeer

A kid's book. I read it to see if I thought it was appropriate for my 9-year-old son. I concluded he's not ready for it. I did not love the political correctness of the main characters. And maybe my mind just doesn't work like these kids. I still don't understand pentominos. I think I also might have enjoyed it more had I not read other Vermeer related fiction. Maybe it's a good book for a kid who doesn't feel he quite fits in, but in 3rd grade everyone is still friends, so I'll hold off on introducing it into our family reading.

The Survivors of the Chancellor

Maybe I should have tried to read it upside down like Regina. It took me months to read this short book. The chapters are only 2-4 pages, and I'd manage one a day or so. But in the end it picked up. Not much LOST content though. A good red herring to place on the Freighter, but little else.