Only 8 books this month, luckily I got a good start at the beginning of the year, I seem to be slowing down a bit. I'll have the same number in November and in December I am only up to 5 titles so far.
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire by JK Rowling is the 4th book in that series about that kid who's a wizard. Maybe you heard of them? In this book Harry gets tossed into a magical tournament that nearly kills him. I don't have either of those books. The one on the left is the British adult cover and the one on the right is the Ukraine cover. That country had some nice covers on their editions.
Freddy And The Pied Piper by Walter R Brooks is the 13th book of the Freddy series and it was first published in 1946. Freddy figures out a solution to the town's mouse problem. He collects protection money from the citizens and bribes the mice to leave town. As you can see by the cover he puts on a good show. Freddy's pal Mr Boomschmidt is in financial trouble again and he gets a hand from the farm animals. Leo the Lion has been captured by a lady with a pet shop. Freddy organizes a rescue. There's a nice sequence where Jerry the Rhino gets to plow through the bad guy's house, twice. They stole some money from the animals so it's only fair the animals get some revenge. There's a good bit of fun and laughter along the way. The endpapers show the big race. Lots of different critters competing. It's fun.
For Biddle's Sake by Gail Carson Levine is another of her fractured fairy tales. There are two short fun stories in this tiny 112 page collection. Both are entertaining and breeze right along with lots of jokes and funny situations. Well worth a read and like the rest of the series going on the shelf to re-read.
Fred And Anthony Escape From The Netherworld by Esile Arevamirp with Elise Primavera is a short heavily illustrated bit of fluff about two lazy boys that encounter ghosts and monsters. It's part of a series. I didn't read any of the rest and don't think I'll bother with them. This was ok but nothing great. the illustrations are fair to good. It was on clearance for 50 cents and I had a 20% off coupon so it cost me 43 cents and took less minutes than that to read. Not a keeper.
Freddy The Magician by Walter R Brooks has Freddy get into a fight with Senor Zingo. Freddy learns how to do magic and his amateur shows don't sit well with the evil prestidigitator from the Boomschmidt circus. You know who's going to get the better of that fight, huh. It does get pretty ugly when Freddy and Zingo start fighting. That Mr. Zingo is a crooked guy and his rabbit is a little weasel. Nothing against real weasels. Jinx's sister Minx returns and she's still a jerk. Freddy helps the local hotel owner and his problems with Senor Zingo. All ends well for the critters once again. Book 14 was first published in 1947.
Syren by Angie Sage is the fifth book in the Septimus Heap series and it was as good as the previous novels. It pretty much picks up where the last one left off. Septimus gets stuck on an island with Jenna and a badly hurt dragon. Other's converge on the same island and death and madness ensue. There are all the usual characters and some new ones. There's an evil plot ot take over the Castle and some bad men need to be destroyed. I have been enjoying the series so far and plan to try to make it through the seven books Sage has planned, at least 7 so far. The writing is good and the characters interesting and sad at the same time. It's a hard world they live in with some bright spots. Septimus has grown quite a bit since he learned of his magical fate. It's worth it to journey along with him.
Dead Beat by Jim Butcher is another of the Dresdin novels. I have mixed feeling about them and grew tired of the character before I finished the books I had bought. Luckily for me the were bought with the large pile of credit from the nudie magazines I had gotten from the partner of a late friend. This book was about the same and some people will like it more than me. I did like the part where he magics up the skeleton of a T-Rex and rides that around the city of Chicago. He's fighting some really bad guys who are once again going to destroy the earth. It's something that seems to happen each book. Get's kind of lame after the fourth or fifth time. I liked the tv version of the guy but that just wasn't that great a series.
Feddy Goes Camping by Walter R Brooks has Freddy helping out Mr. Camphor once again. He's the rich guy who owns a big estate on a lake. The lakeside resort hotel Mr. Camphor's aunts usually stay at is closed because of ghosts. They've come to stay with Mr. Camphor and that's not much fun. Some bad guy, named Mr. Eha, is trying to get the hotel for himself. He's a bum full of dirty tricks. Freddy has to help the poor owner regain her resort and get the aunts out of Mr Camphor's place. They go camping with Freddy in disguise. You can see that he has a nice coonskin cap. Poor racoon, huh. The rats are back and working with the villian, Mr. Eha. There's the usual animal antics and a good story to surround them. You usually don't see cows in canoes that often, do you.