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16 June 2008 @ 02:44 pm
good and graphic  

I have not read any of the Pendragon books. However, when the GN edition showed up in a mailing from Simon and Schuster recently, I decided to give one a try. I thoroughly enjoyed this story of a reluctant hero who journeys through portals (flumes) into other territories and other times. When Bobby is pressed into service (no pun intended) by his uncle, he demands to be returned to his own world, one that is not inhabited by snarling quigs and demented leaders who want nothing more than chaos and war to reign so that they might gain control over people and wealth. However, Bobby will be one of the travelers, one of a handful of people in whom the fate of the entire world rests.

I appreciate that Bobby is a reluctant and all-too-human character. I liked the story-within-a-story format as well and think this GN version will make the switches between Bobby's two worlds easier for the less able reader. The black and white illustrations work well with this story and help to accentuate the overall mood and tone. Some of the original material by author MacHale has been changed in this format. That is aptly explained in an opening letter from the author.

Update on Scout who will celebrate his first birthday soon. He has grown into his ears and almost into his feet. He still fetches (his favorite is to bring me his bright yellow stuffed mouse and wait for me to fling it into another room) and can catch balls of wadded paper with amazing accuracy. If you have never seen a cat sit and watch a ball descend so he can catch it in his paws...Here is Scout bringing me his little bowl of treats (he picks it up and carries it to us if we forget to give him the snacks when he is hungry).

Current Mood: creativecreative
ext_75623 on June 17th, 2008 11:29 am (UTC)
Fetching cats
I thought my cat, 3-year-old Callie (short for Caldecott), was the only fetching cat! She LOVES to fetch - throw one of her little mouse toys and she retrieves it and drops it at your feet. She'll go forever - until I get tired of it and move on.
Happy Birthday to Scout.
latteyalatteya on June 17th, 2008 01:17 pm (UTC)
what a cool cat! must have some dog genes in him....