The Sea of Trolls

by Nancy Farmertrolls

This was on a list entitled something like “Fantasy books every 6th-grader should read.” It was one of the few I hadn’t read (as a 6th-grader or otherwise), and one of the books on my list that was available at the library. Thanks to the Bwun’s voracious appetite, I was able to start reading Saturday and finish today.

The first 100 pages were miserably predictable and therefore boring. But I kept reading, because if I got through The Eye of the World, I’m convinced that I can finish almost anything. Eventually the story did becoming intriguing, although I disliked the protagonist and his twelve-year-old mind. Annoying.

The ending was sappy and bleh, despite a plot twist I ought to have picked up on and missed. I have no intention of reading the sequel (or the third book, if there is one). But at least I can cross it off my list!

Now 5% complete with my 2009 goal of reading 100 books.

Krondor the Betrayal

by Raymond E. Feistkrondor

After finishing The Dangerous Book for Boys, the only English book left in our house that I hadn’t read was Krondor the Betrayal. When the Romgi and I were in high school, he let me borrow the Riftwar Saga; this book is part of the Riftwar Legacy. According to both the Romgi and Wikipedia, it was written after¬†Feist helped create the computer game of the same name. So, yes, this book is based on a game.

I confess that the story was thoroughly tedious for the first hundred pages or so. I didn’t want to read the book at all, but I had to read something. And I noticed for the first time that while Feist tends to have very interesting plots, his writing could use a little help. The more I read, in fact, the more I became convinced that he’s actually a rather mediocre author.

But, finally, I got to a point in the book where I was involved in the story, and actually felt like continuing on.

Now that it’s been about two months since I finished reading, I have no idea what the book was about. So I’m going to rate this one as altogether meh.

The Dangerous Book for Boys

by Con Igguden & Hal Iggudendangerous

This was actually one of my Christmas presents to the Romgi. We’ve skimmed through it before but I thought with the Bwun coming it would be handy to have our own copy.

The book makes me wish I’d had a more adventurous childhood, or that I’d known the Romgi when we were kids and I could have explored the creek with him. It’s a great instruction manual and guide for being an awesome little boy, so I have great hopes of the Bwun growing up well. Maybe we’ll even end up back east for a few years and he can roam around the countryside at our summer home (ha!).

Definitely recommended; if you don’t have boys, try The Daring Book for Girls.