Book Report: Agatha H. and the Airship City by Phil and Kaja Foglio

IMG_4131I love the Foglios’ Girl Genius series and have avidly followed the comic online for nearly ten years. This novelization is a great companion to the first three volumes. It includes interesting new backstory for some of the characters and the setting!

Unfortunately, I do have to say that the backstory often came at the expense of the novel’s pacing. Stopping the action for two pages to give the personal histories of everyone who just walked into the room is…an inelegant method of exposition. I don’t think it is unfair of me to say that so far the Foglios are better graphic novelists than novelists.

I do recommend this book to fans of Girl Genius. And I recommend Girl Genius to every sci-fi and fantasy reader ages 11 and up. If you have never heard of it, head on over to girlgenius.net for some awesome Adventure! Romance! and Mad Science!

Happy Yarning.

Book Report: The Islands of Chaldea by Diana Wynne Jones, Completed by Ursula Jones

IMG_4106Entertaining, with her usual quirkiness and strong matriarchal figures, but not my favorite of Diana Wynne Jones’s books.

The plot seemed more simplistic than her other stories, especially toward the end. I felt there were several twists and turns that it could have taken and didn’t. But then, we might not have gotten this story at all, so who’s to complain?

A good read for girls 8 and up.