Monday, June 15, 2009


No this blog entry is not about the publishing phenomenon Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Although there is an interesting coincidence here in that we watched the movie version of that book this weekend for our family movie night. Perhaps someday I'll read the book; if so I'll be the last in my family to do so which has got to be some kind of a first.

No, this blog entry is about Twilight (Warriors, the New Prophecy, Book 5). I completed it in fairly short order this weekend, mostly on Sunday when I was letting my back recuperate after helping move some friends into their new apartment on Saturday. I surely did need the downtime! Anyway, this book is the 5th of this second series of books about a large group of anthropomorphic cats living in the wild, divided into four clans, and experiencing the harsh realities of life. This book in my mind is a bit of a filler before the 6th and final book of this series. It serves to nail down the lives of the clans in their new home and to come to grips with the new, necessary politics of how the clans will deal with each other. Most of the subplots deal with individual issues among the more prominant members of Thunderclan, including two cats from different clans torn between their love for each other and their duties to their clans. Sort of a Romeo and Juliet situation. Two other young cats continue their digression away from love only to realize in the end they truly do love each other. Lots of soap opera like mini plots here. The obligatory action this go round deals with an invasion of badgers that are after their homeland once again, having been chased off when the clans first moved in a couple of books ago.

These books, in general are very good books for younger teenagers, say 10-15. This particular book is a bit week on plot in my opinion but does a good job of delving into the more emotional aspects of the upheaval that all the cats have recently experienced. I have a lot of confidence that book number 6 will be the climax I have come to expect from this series. Judging from that one I will decide if I will read the the third set of 6 books, already published.

Just before beginning this book I, of course, read another short story In Stephen King's Skeleton Crew collection. "Mrs.Todd's Shortcut" was a bit difficult for me to follow for some reason but it does serve to demonstrate King's versatility. This is not a straight out horror story but a very subtle one. Mrs Todd is obsessed with finding shortcuts on roads in Maine, always wanting to cut time off her trips. The story is told by Homer who at first admire's Mrs. Todd's hobby but grows more and more concerned as she discovers short cuts that aren't even there...and grows younger as she finds more shortcuts. Even Homer gets sucked into the phenomenon and compares finding a shortcut to folding a map, kind of like transversing a wormhole except it appears they go into another world on their way through. "Odd" is the word that came to mind when I read this one but I like "odd" so I continue to enjoy these stories.

Next up is a mystery novel but also by Stephen King: The Colorado Kid is a part of the Hard Boiled Detective imprint.

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Top 10 Books in no particular order (Well Known Authors)

  • "The Stand" by Stephen King
  • "Kane and Able" by Jeffrey Archer
  • "The Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara
  • "The Dark Elf Trilogy" by RA Salvatore
  • "Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss
  • "River God" by Wilbur Smith
  • "Mortalis" by RA Salvatore
  • "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card
  • "Centennial" by James A Michener
  • "The Repairman Jack" series by F. Paul Wilson

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  • "Prairie" by Anna Lee Waldo
  • "The Wild Blue" by W. Boyne & S Thompson
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