Saturday, September 18, 2010

The 39 Clues Series

The 39 Clues Book 1:The Maze of Bones
Book 1: "The Maze of Bones" by Rick Riordan, skilled writer of The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series

The 39 Clues Book 2: One False Note
Book 2: "One False Note" by Gordon Korman, author of the captivating ISLAND series

The 39 Clues Book 3: The Sword Thief
Book 3: "The Sword Thief" by Peter Lerangis

The 39 Clues Book 4: Beyond the Grave
Book 4:  "Beyond the Grave" by Jude Watson

The 39 Clues Book 5: The Black Circle
Book 5: "The Black Circle" by Patrick Carman

The 39 Clues Book 6: In Too Deep
Book 6: "In Too Deep" by Jude Watson

The 39 Clues Book 7: The Viper's Nest
Book 7: "The Viper's Nest" by Peter Lerangis

The 39 Clues Book 8: The Emperor's Code
Book 8: "The Emperor's Code" by Gordon Korman

The 39 Clues, Book 9: Storm Warning
Book 9: "Storm Warning" by Linda Sue Park, author of "A Single Shard"

The 39 Clues, Book 10: Into the Gauntlet
Book 10: "Into the Gauntlet" by Margaret Peterson Haddix(Coming out: Sep. 28, 2010)

There are also two companion books to the 39 Clues series, one of which, "The Black Book of Buried Secrets" is to be released October 26, 2010.

The 39 Clues: The Black Book of Buried Secrets-"The Black Book of Buried Secrets"


The film is "in development" along with thousands of others, and is to be released in 2011. There isn't much information out there, as far as I can find, but if you happen to know of any news/rumors about the film adaptation, feel free to comment.

Read the series? Have strong feelings for it(positive or negative)? Comment but please do not include spoiler-content.



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Friday, September 17, 2010

What I Didn't Like About Esther Friesner's Story about Helen of Sparta(Nobody's Princess and Nobody's Prize)

With all due respect to the author and her books, I didn't like numerous aspects of Nobody's Princess and Nobody's Prize.

1. Very unsatisfying. I do admit, Esther Friesner did bring in several interesting characters but she didn't give us enough of them. Like Herakle's nephew, and Jason, and how 'bout Herakle himself? What happens to them? It just doesn't seem right-why did she cut their stories there???
 Fine, Helen's the main character, but  minor characters are important as well and often make as much a difference to the reader's experience as does the main character. If the author makes a sequel to Nobody's Prize, the only reason I'm going to read it is to learn more about the minor characters.

2. Weak novel, no direction. It seeemed like the author had a very weak plot, if any, besides having the main character travel to different cities and places, representing the ideal strong-minded woman as she makes friends and enemies who have strong feelings for her for no genuine reason.

3. Inappropriate. It had seriously wrong stuff in there-I was shocked. I mean, some books you expect to have language or something less than appropriate...but this is a simple story about a girl going off on adventures to earn her freedom-and then they bring in concepts that I rarely read about in distinctly teen books. And how and when they implement the concepts is rather amateur, in my opinion. How many times they brought in the concepts...honestly, I find that a very unskillful way to keep a story going.


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Nobody's Prize by Esther Friesner

Was awful. A very huge disappointment, even more so than its prequel. I had thought about reading Esther Friesner's other book, Sphinx's Princess, but now I'm not going to.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Nobody's Princess by Esther Friesner

Well...I know we said we'd start reading the Demonata series in August...but someone forgot to pick up their book at their library and so now we must patiently wait until she gets it.

In the meantime...

Well...I recently read a book called Nobody's Princess by Esther Friesner. I know many people enjoyed the book, and it wasn't terrible, but there was something about it that I didn't like very much.

Nobody's Princess

The book's about a strong-minded girl living in Sparta and how she questions what usually isn't questioned as she grows up in a royal family set for the destiny of the future queen of Sparta. It isn't bad, and I suppose I might read the next one, Nobody's Prize...Other books by Esther Friesner include: Sphinx's Princess and its sequel Sphinx's Queen, which is due to be released September 28th.