Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Book Haul - Ende, Juster, Mack, Dellamonica

The top two are classics I had to have, especially to get ready to enjoy when my son's old enough to spend more than three seconds on a page. They're available on Kindle, but eBooks just don't do justice to books filled with illustrations.

The bottom two are for review although both are sequels and I don't have the beginning. However, my interest has definitely been piqued with regard to the A.M. Dellamonica series.

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende - Either his name is a pseudonym or he planned that from the beginning. Loved the movie and it's high time I give the book a go.
When it was published more than a decade ago, this special story within a story captured the hearts and imaginations of millions of readers worldwide. A lonely boy named Bastian is drawn into a beautiful but doomed world. Only Bastian can save this enchanted place of dragons, giants, monsters, and mysteries . . . but will he have to stay there forever? This beautifully repackaged hardcover classic will lure even more readers into its wondrous world.

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster - This is just a classic that I've been meaning to read for ages. Again, the cartoon is amazing, I'm sure the book's just as good.
For Milo, everything's a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only because he's got nothing better to do. But on the other side, things seem different. Milo visits the island of Conclusions (you get there by jumping), learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, and even embarks on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason! Somewhere along the way, Milo realizes something astonishing. Life is far from dull. In fact, it's exciting beyond his wildest dreams...

Star Trek: Vanguard: Storming Heaven (Vanguard #8) by David Mack - This Vanguard series just looks cool. Each cover has tons of action and I really need to get into a Star Trek book some day.

Vanguard is under siege. Surrounded by enemies, Admiral Nogura sends the scout ship Sagittarius to find an ancient weapon that might be the Federation’s only hope of stopping the alien threat known as the Shedai . . . Qo’noS is wracked by scandal. Councillor Gorkon fights to expose a Romulan plot to corrupt members of the Klingon High Council, only to learn the hard way that crusaders have few allies, and even fewer friends . . . Tholia teeters on the brink of madness. To prevent Starfleet from wielding theShedai’s power as its own, the Tholians deploy an armada with one mission: Kill the Shedai—by destroying Vanguard.

Blue Magic by A.M. Dellamonica - Like I said above, this book/series really intrigues me. Really should get my hands on the first book, Indigo Springs.
The sequel to Indigo Springs, “A psychologically astute, highly original debut—complex, eerie, and utterly believable.”  —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

This powerful sequel to the A.M. Dellamonica's Sunburst Award–winning contemporary fantasy Indigo Springs starts in the small town in Oregon where Astrid Lethewood discovered an underground river of blue liquid—Vitagua—that is pure magic. Everything it touches is changed. The secret is out—and the world will never be the same. Astrid’s best friend, Sahara, has been corrupted by the blue magic, and now leads a cult that seeks to rule the world. Astrid, on the other hand, tries to heal the world.

Conflicting ambitions, star-crossed lovers, and those who fear and hate magic combine in a terrible conflagration, pitting friend against friend, magic against magic, and the power of nations against a small band of zealots, with the fate of the world at stake.

Blue Magic is a powerful story of private lives changed by earthshaking events that will ensnare readers in its poignant tale of a world touched by magic and plagued by its consequences.


  1. Oh wow The Phantom Tollbooth!! I fell in love with that when we read it at school :) I'll have to give it a re-read, thanks for reminding me!

  2. You're welcome, I've been dying to read it. :)


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