Loves~Golden~Eyed~Boys! wrote:I'm reading Tony Hillerman's Skinwalkers right now for my novel class. I'm not that enthusiastic about it, it's (for anyone who hasn't read it) mainly about witches and Indian culture
Ha, ha. My dad is a big Tony Hillerman fan and I read all the books he had written by him when I lived at home. He used to do a lot of work on the Navajo Indian reservation, which is why he loved the books so much. I thought Hillerman wrote a great story.
I have recently discovered Robin McKinley. I know there was a lot of discussion of her previously written books earlier in this thread. I pretty much agree with the general consensus that McKinley is generally an amazing writer. My top three of her books were The Hero and the Crown, Beauty,
and The Blue Sword
(in that order). I liked them as much as the Twilight Series. (And I even read them after reading TW, NM, and EC). I recommend them to everyone.
SM mentions her new book Dragonhaven
on her website, so I just read that one too. It reminded me a lot of McKinley's vampire novel Sunshine
. Of all her books, I disliked Dragonhaven
the most. I had a hard time getting past the grammar of the main character. I interact with a lot of 15 year olds, and none of them say "like" as much as he does in the book. The POV killed the story for me. What action there was in the book was excellent, but the large majority of the story is rambling, psychoanalytical babbling.
Another question if anyone is still reading: would you recommend Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials Trilogy for a 13 yo boy?
I am looking for a set of books to buy my nephew for Christmas. I have heard really good and really terrible things about these books. I want something that would be a positive thing in his life, and he said he really wants to read these books, but I haven't read the series myself yet. I would love any input.