This story, by the author of Aliens Ate My Homework and I Left My Sneakers in Dimension X, started its life in an elementary school classroom, where the authors half-mad, hunchbacked brother Igor made an appearance every Halloween. The classroom tradition evolved into a storybook which finally got published, so the rest of the world can fall in love with Igor and gasp with amazement, horror, and laughter at the antics of the goblins.
The sixth of twenty completed novels about a 19th-century Royal Navy captain named Jack Aubrey and his faithful ships surgeon, Stephen Maturin, is unusual in many ways. For example, in this book Aubrey is never in command of anything larger than a rowboat. As OBrian explains in the preface, the book dramatizes actual events in naval history, inserting his fictional characters into the action. Yet even though they don’t displace any of the real people who took part in these eventsfor example, Aubrey commands none of the ships that fight in the books two thrilling battle scenesOBrians characters make this story very much their own.
The book that started not one but two celebrated series of science fiction novels started, in turn, as a story in Analog Magazine, which my father used to get when I was a kid, so it was always lying around. First published in 1977, it is eerily predictive of some developments such as e-mail and the internet…but mostly, it is a far-out fantasy that inhabits its own unique, somewhat futuristic world.
In the near future, a place called Satellite City has become the urban nightmare du jour. Everything, including the steering of individual cars, is controlled by a privately-owned satellite hanging low in the sky over town. City police, private police, and armed-and- dangerous squads of lawyers patrol the city, and no-sponsor orphans like Cosmo Hill are locked up in a maximum security institute for parentally challenged boys where they earn their keep as guinea pigs to test all kinds of products, from music videos to health-and-beauty aids. Cosmo knows that he has a slim chance of living to adulthood, and if he does, he will be sold to a labor prison on trumped-up charges. He has three choices: be adopted, die, or escape. Its too late for door number one, so that really only leaves two…
Fifth in the series of historical novels that started with Master and Commander, this book continues the adventures of the big, jolly Royal Navy Captain Jack Aubrey and his small, melancholy friend and ships surgeon, Stephen Maturin. And though the mission in this book is an enormous test of Jacks seamanship, leadership, and heroism, it ismore than the previous books in the seriesreally Stephens adventure, for the most part.
This is the fourth novel of the twenty-book series about the Napoleonic-era exploits of British naval captain Lucky Jack Aubrey and his friend, surgeon, and intelligence officer, Stephen Maturin. Or rather, as one reader wrote to me, it is the fourth part of one huge, wandering novel in twenty parts.
The boy is a small skinny orphan with messy brown hair and green eyes. His parents were killed by a snake when he was a small child. Since then he has lived with a disagreeable guardian. And he is about to learn that wizardry is real.
The Newbery-Medal winning author of many novel-length books of fantasy, for youth and adults, as well as fairy tale novelizations like Spindles End, has struck again with this collection of four fairy tales elaborated with warmth, sensitivity, and compelling characters, and interesting new twists. In The Stolen Princess, we learn what happens in the last kingdom before the borders of Fairyland (or Faerie Land), where newborn boys sometimes disappear from their cradles, and the most beautiful girls vanish on their seventeenth birthdays, and now the only princess in that kingdom seems doomed to vanish like all the others, never to return. What will her parents and their adoring subjects do? What happens when the borders of reality are challenged?
The author of the acclaimed fantasy novels Running with the Demon and A Knight of the Word, as well as the best-selling Shannara series, is one of the authors most often recommended by your feedback. I have been hesitant to follow this recommendation, for two main reasons. First, it sounds like hes already popular enough without my help. And second, he has written a lot of thickish books and, believe it or not, Im a slow reader. I was afraid that once I got hooked on Brooks, I wouldnt be able to read anything else for about 2 months. And that would be such a drag when Im already in the middle of a months-long commitment to Patrick OBrians novels. But I decided to sample just one of his books, in between OBrians, and to read the rest of the series some other time. So I chose this book, the first in the (shorter) Magic Kingdom of Landover series.
Ah-hah! said the frog. He hopped toward me, his eyes never leaving my face. Im delighted to hear that you like me! In that case, would you be so kind as to do me the eensy-weensiest little favor?