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Air Disaster Volume 1 by by Macarthur Job and Matthew Tesch
Astonishing Splashes of Colour by Clare Morrall
A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar
Big Work Machines by Patricia Relf
The Blue Day Book by Bradley Trevor Greive
Dame Edna Everage by John Lahr
A Day in the Jungle by Pat Patterson
The Dead Zone by Stephen King
Divided by a Common Language by Christopher Davies
Follow the Zookeeper by Patricia Relf
The Golden Fury by Marian Castle
Hide-and-Seek Duck by Cyndy Szekeres
Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle
How Things Grow by Nancy Buss
I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven
I Spy Mystery by Jean Marzollo
Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime by Barbara Park
The Kraken Wakes by John Wyndham
Marine Aquariums by Warren E. Burgess
Melanie Mouse's Moving Day by Cyndy Szekeres
Morris and Boris at the Circus by B. Wiseman
My Very First Book of Shapes by Eric Carle
One Fine Day by James Marshall
A Parrot in the Pepper Tree by Chris Stewart
So You Want to be a Wizard by Diane Duane
Storage by Jennifer Lisle
Tiger with Wings by Barbara Esbensen
Trains by Byron Barton
Uncle Elephant by Arnold Lobel

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Comments for So You Want to be a Wizard

So You Want to be a WizardSo You Want to be a Wizard: 11/07/06

New York City, especially Manhattan island, is a popular place for paranormal activity in fiction. There are often times gates to other universes (think of the two in the Ghost Busters movies) and in So You Want to Be a Wizard, there is a gate to a very strange alternate New York. Two novice wizards, Kit and Nita, travel to this alternate New York while innocently trying to recover Nita's lost pen. Can they get home and save the world at the same time?

While the book is a fairy typical young teen discovers magic is real type of story, I quickly found myself sucked into it. I liked how easily the wizardry fit into the modern world without a separation of societies into muggles and wizards as in the Harry Potter books. Wizardry in Duane's books can be a serious occupation or a hobby or somewhere in between.

My one complaint with the book (though this is more a complaint with book two) is the amount of time Duane spends on describing the Speech, a universal language that all wizards and all things in the universe can speak except apparently human adults who have forgotten how to speak it. I like the concept of a universal form of communication but Duane's endless descriptions of how it works and how wonderful it is often time stalls the plot.

Fortunately there is enough humor and horror to keep the plot moving. On the humor side, there is Fred, an eager white hole who is excellent at making diversions for Kit and Nita. On the horror side there are the living vehicles (cars, trains, helicopters, and elevators) who are bent on killing each other and eating anything that gets in their way; I will never look at hydrants the same way again!

Here is my BookCrossing Review:

After having struggled to read the second book, Deep Wizardry, I was surprised at how quickly I was sucked into this story. I'm a sucker for paranormal high jinx and horror in cities such as New York. Throw in a parallel universe and killer sentient automobiles, and a dragon living in an abandoned subway station -- it's my kind of fantasy!

Making Plans:

It's 51 weeks until Halloween and Sean is planning next year's costume. He wants to be a purple pikmin. Every morning he reminds me to take his measurements on his 5th birthday so I can start sewing his costume. If by August he still wants to be a pikmin, it will be the most difficult sewing project I will have ever attempted.

Then I have to wonder what to dress Harriet as. If she is walking well I could dress her in Sean's old kitten costume. Or maybe she'll be a pikmin too.

 


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