I'm getting pretty behind in the book posts. I only read 6 book in the month of July. It's a good mix of different types of fiction so I wasn't bored or anything. Some of these books were big fat ones and that slows a guy down. That and all the TV that keeps popping up from the library and NetFlix.
Chronicles Of The Imaginarium Chronicles 4 The Shadow Dragons by James A Owen has the three main characters, John Tolkien, Charles Williams and CS "Jack" Lewis, return to the Archipelago of Dreams. It's 1942 and there's a war on in their world. The stones of the Keep of Time are falling and that's a problem for the Cartographer who lives at the top of the desintegrating tower. The Imperial Cartological Society is collecting the stones and doors to rebuild the Keep at the request of the Shadow King. The trio return to Tamerlane House which was built by Edgar Allan Poe in the Nameless Isles of the Archipelago. There they plan their fight with the ICS but they are betrayed by Rudyard Kipling and Daniel Defoe and things don't go so well. Owen doesn't seem to mind killing off characters. Lucky for our guys Richard Burton, Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini defect from the ICS. They are joined by an assortment of other characters and they have a rousing adventure in place and time. There's betrayal and death at every turn. I'm still getting a pretty good read out the stories but I've started getting the series from the library. I'm not thinking I would want to read all the series over again. I'm still not a fan of Owen's art that illustrates the cover and the inside of hte book.
The Immortals by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell wraps up the huge Edge series. It's about 500 years after the last book and the world has changed a fair bit. We meet Nate, a miner, and follow him around as he has his adventure. It's a good size story with great writing, lots of characters and plenty of interesting drawings. It kept me hooked right up to the end but I have a fondness for anything that these two British guys write and draw. So far everything I've read has been top notch. I'd highly recommend the whole series and all of their other books.
The Adventures Of Binkle And Flip and Shuffle The Shoemaker by Enid Blyton are a couple of collections of the short pieces. The Binkle and Flip stories were originally published in 1925 and the Shuffle stories were published in the 1949 collection Rubbalong Tales. They're cute stories with a bit of a moral lesson. I have the more modern covers but I really enjoy the originals. The Enid Blyton Society website has a lot of the book covers, as well as plenty of info on Blyton and her writing. I rarely go out searching for her books but occasionally they turn up at Half Price Books. They seem to get British remainders and bring them here to the US. Blyton's books aren't much available here normally. There are a ton of them on the ABEbooks site. I really must put the Adventure series back on the stack to re-read.
Fablehaven 5 Keys To The Demon Prison by Brandon Mull has Kendra, Seth and their family and friends fighting the evil society that want to open the demon prison. That would let out all the demons and pretty much wreck the world. What a bunch of dicks, huh. There's all sorts of characters and magical critters in the story. Some of them help our heroes and some don't. All in all a fairly good read but not one that I'm going to keep and re-read. I just don't like that Seth kid much. His sister is nice. One of the gals at TwinLUG says he next series is okay. I might put it on the library queue some time but it's not going up there until it's all finished. I'd rather wait and read the whole series than wait between books.
Gilded Latten Bones by Glen Cook has Garrett figuring out who attacked his pal Morely Dotes. Is it the same persons that attack Garrett's girlfriend Tinnie Tate? Maybe. You won't know unless you read the book. I read through it pretty quickly but wasn't really crazy about it. Mostly Garrett spends the book complaining about being old and I get enough of that at home. There's the usual gang of charactrers but I less of them than I might like. This book came out November 2010 and there was another in July of this year. I have that to read now and will get to it next month. I'd still recommend the series but I found that the early books have more interesting plots and secondary characters.