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Book Number:3

Number Of Pages:326

Book Title:The Subtle Knife

Author:Philip Pullman

Summary:In this book, Lyra and her new friend Will find a window to another world in which the adults are gone and the children run wild.

 

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Book Number: 7

Number Of Pages: 270

Book Title: The Barney Mysteries #3: The Ring O' Bells Mystery

Author: Enid Blyton

Summary: When Diana, Roger, and Snubby, fall sick with a touch of flu, they are sent to Ring O' Bells, a quaint little place, with a quite interesting bit of history. As the children make a rapid recovery, their old circus friend, Barney, turns up, and that's when they find that Ring O' Bells village has more than it meets the eye.

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Review: -

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Book Number: 4

Number Of Pages: 458

Book Title: A Rising Thunder

Author: David Weber

Summary: The conflict between the Solarian League and the Star Empire of Manticore completes its prologue with the attack of Massimo Filareta against Manticore-A.

Rating: 3

Review: While I find the Honor Harrington world fascinating, it seems like the main books in the series are straying further and further from the idea of Honor as the main character. This may be proper, given that her personal trajectory has placed her in situation which makes it hard to truly grow her character in an engaging manner. However, no single character or group of characters has clearly taken her place as the central figure of the series. There is little sense of grounding in a world filled with various figures, some major, others minor, and sweeping political and naval movements. In addition, certain parts of Weber's prose have grown repetitive. The term "in sorrow than in anger" was used frequently enough that its appearance began to grate. However, while the series is no longer engaging me as much as it once did, I will almost certainly pick up the next book, in the hopes that it will return to the heights I once enjoyed.

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Book Number: 3

Number Of Pages: 359

Book Title: Ender in Exile

Author: Orson Scott Card

Summary: In Ender in Exile the author goes back and describes the first years in Awdrew Wiggin's long journey through time, space, and discovery. As Ender lands on the first colony world he is widely accepted but what will he find on this far off world?

Rating: -

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Book Number: 8

Number Of Pages: 274

Book Title: The Barney Mysteries #4: The Rubadub Mystery

Author: Enid Blyton

Summary: The cousins are delighted when their old circus friend, Barney, gets in touch and comes to meet them when they go off to stay at a holiday inn by the sea. However, things get mysterious when strange rumblings occur at the nearby secret submarine bay. What could possibly be going on? Can the four friends find the real saboteur?

Rating: -

Review: -

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Book Number: 5

Number Of Pages: 269

Book Title: Rojiura no Banka

Author: Sakaki Ichirou

Summary: As the Skid is destroyed, Natalie desperately teleports Pacifica free of the base in order to save her life. However, the teleport goes wrong and Pacifica loses her memory, only to be found by a young man who takes her in. Shannon wanders the capital city, which is engulfed in the flames of a quiet revolution, searching for his sister.

Rating: 4

Review: The threads of the series are inevitably woven towards their conclusion. The theme of this book was "the thing which a warrior fights for", drawn via the points of view of Fuule, Leopold, Shannon, and Christopher. The theme was adequately executed, but I'm still disappointed that the books are so little about Pacifica -- she's almost the perfect example of a damsel in distress, more of an object than an actual character.

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Edit: A list of FAQ has been added to the first post. If you think that there is any other question that should be there, feel free to suggest it.

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Book Number: 2

Number Of Pages: 328

Book Title: Den store boken om norrøne guder

Author: Tor Åge Bringsværd

Summary: It's a book about Norse mythology. Gods and their doings.

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Book Number: 2

Number Of Pages: 256

Book Title: Stormbreaker

Author: Anthony Horowitz

Summary: Alex Rider finds out that his uncle -the man he's been living with- is a spy when he's killed and Alex is recruited by MI6 to finish the man's last mission.

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Book Number: 9

Number Of Pages: 214

Book Title: The Barney Mysteries #5: The Rat-A-Tat Mystery

Author: Enid Blyton

Summary: When the four friends go off together on a holiday to stay at a cosy, old house during the winter, they all look forward to a whole lot of fun. However, strange things begin to happen. Who was knocking at the door and disappeared when the children go to check? Is the old legend of Rat-A-Tat house really true?

Rating: -

Review: -

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Could you sign me up, please?

It's a really good challenge to motivate myself. *rrrawrrr books books books*

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Book Number: 10

Number Of Pages: 154

Book Title: The Adventurous Four #3: Trapped!

Author: Enid Blyton

Summary: What was supposed to be a peaceful and fun picnic, turns into a most exciting and mysterious adventure for Pippa, Zoe, Tom, and Andy. Why are papers flying about all over the place on that small, isolated island?

Rating: -

Review: -

 

 

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Book Number: 6

Number Of Pages: 279

Book Title: Hangyakusha-tachi no Polyphony

Author: Sakaki Ichirou

Summary: Pacifica, Winnia and Leopold are captured by the rebel army on their way to Grendel. The rebellion successful, the new leaders summon Shannon and Cz to negotiate for rule of the world, using Pacifica as a bargaining chip. However, their arrogance convinces Steyr that it is time to push the reset button, destroying human civilization and having them restart from barbarism. The final battle for control of the Sealed World has begun!

Rating: 4

Review: -

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Book Number:4

Number Of Pages:162

Book Title:Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Author:Roald Dahl

Summary:Charlie is from a poor family who barely has enough food to live. Will a magical contest from the mysterious Willie Wonka's factory change his and his families' lives?

 

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Book Number: 7

Number Of Pages: 295

Book Title: Ten ni Hibiku Oratorio

Author: Sakaki Ichirou

Summary: It is just a few more days until Pacifica's 16th birthday, and of the four Peacemakers, only two are left. However, a strange girl haunts Pacifica and an unexpected betrayal may finally put an end to the Scrapped Princess.

Rating: 4

Review: A reasonably satisfying conclusion to the series.

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Book Number: 3

Number Of Pages: 243

Book Title: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Author: Neil Gaiman

Summary: When the narrator was young, a family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it. Ancient creatures were stirred up, and the ones he has to rely on to put it all right again are three women on a farm at the end of the lane.

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Book Number: 3

Number Of Pages: 254

Book Title: Patterns of Culture

Author: Ruth Benedict

Summary: One of the great classics of Anthropological literature. Written in 1934, this book shows how custom and tradition shape our behaviour. Technically a re-read, but it had been years since I read the book, so it was like reading it for the first time.

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Book Number:4

Number Of Pages:151

Book Title:The Incredible Journey

Author:Sheila Burnford

Summary:Two dogs and a cat, named Luath, Bodger, and Tao, cross the wilderness of northern Ontario, to get back to their beloved home. Along the way, they face starvation and many other life-threatening dangers, but they stand up to it all side by side.

 

A question: I've been checking over the rules more closely, and I believe I've been making a mistake in thinking I had to list books I read before this challenge began, and then again after the challenge started, as re-reads. Do re-reads only refer to books we re-read during this challenge? If so, apologies for my inability to read. :-)

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Book Number: 8

Number Of Pages: 442

Book Title: Incarceron

Author: Catherine Fisher

Summary: Finn, a prisoner trapped inside of a massive prison named Incarceron, dreams of escape. Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, is obsessed with prying into her father's secrets, escaping her arranged marriage, and finding the truth behind the death of her first betrothed.

Rating: -

Review: -

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Book Number: 4

Number Of Pages: 208

Book Title: Red Kayak

Author: Priscilla Cummings

Summary: When a red kayak sinks in the river Brady does all he can to help but was the sinking really an accident?

Rating: -

Review: -

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I really need to remember to post here after I finish a book...

 

Book Number: 2

Number Of Pages: 170

Book Title: Fevered Souls

Author: S.K. Falls

Summary: A collection of paranormal romance novellas about the human Cara and her romance with the demon Dax.

Rating: 3/5

Review: link

 

Book Number: 3

Number Of Pages: 324

Book Title: Adam Crescent and the Rise of the Razorwolf

Author: Adrian Eves

Summary: A young boy discovers he is a being of magic in a world where magic isn't supposed to exist. Together, with his friends, he travels to another kingdom in search of his destiny.

Rating: 3/5

Review: link

 

Book Number: 4

Number Of Pages: 252

Book Title: Rise from Darkness

Author: Ciara Knight

Summary: Gaby is rescued by a fallen angel, who quickly becomes more than just her rescuer, only to have even more demons chase after her as a result.

Rating: 3/5

Review: link

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Book Number: 11

Number Of Pages: 170

Book Title: The Young Adventurers #1: The Riddle of Holiday House

Author: Enid Blyton

Summary: Nick and Katie go off to a holiday inn by the beach and they discover that there certainly is a lot to explore. But when they see a strange light at the top room of the old house, things begin to get mysterious...

Rating: -

Review: -

 

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Book Number: 5

Number Of Pages: 432

Book Title: Independence!

Author: Dana Fuller Ross

Summary: A novel about the first wagon train to Oregon in the late 1830s. Capturing the first leg of the journey, from eastern Long Island to Independence, Missouri, it follows the lives of the men and women making the journey across the continent and the difficulties they face, including sabotage and attacks instigated by Russian and British agents under orders to prevent the United States from settling the Oregon Territory.

 

Book Number: 6

Number Of Pages: 382

Book Title: Nebraska!

Author: Dana Fuller Ross

Summary: The journey west continues through the Great Plains, where the pioneers face danger from various Indian tribes as well as wildlife, weather and attacks by Russian and British agents. The US government sends an army officer to join the train and act as a counterintelligence agent. Along the way, people of vastly differing backgrounds must learn to work together to survive their first winter in the wilderness.

 

Book Number: 7

Number Of Pages: 355

Book Title: Wyoming!

Author: Dana Fuller Ross

Summary: The wagon train moves into the Wyoming mountains in time for winter, where the pioneers face the threat of starvation, more Indian attacks instigated by the Russians and British, and a deadly epidemic.

 

Book Number: 8

Number Of Pages: 369

Book Title: Oregon!

Author: Dana Fuller Ross

Summary: The pioneers reach the Columbia River, where the British have built Fort Vancouver alongside the Hudson’s Bay Company trading post. The British commander is hostile, but the Hudson’s Bay factor is welcoming. They begin to build their homes, and the US sends troops to build a fort of their own under the command of the officer who’d been with the wagon train. The British commander makes a last-ditch effort to force the Americans out, supplying weapons to a warlike Indian tribe, only to be relieved of command when the British government finally realizes that the US is indeed willing to go to war for the territory if necessary.

 

Book Number: 9

Number Of Pages: 356

Book Title: Texas!

Author: Dana Fuller Ross

Summary: With Oregon settled and stable, the US government turns its attention to bringing the Republic of Texas into the union. One band of Oregon volunteers travels through Mexican territory from California to the Gulf Coast to establish a shipyard and navy for the new republic, while the US offers gifts of weapons, gunpowder, and ammunition in preparation for the war that everyone knows will happen with Mexico as soon as Texas becomes a state.

 

Book Number: 10

Number Of Pages: 195

Book Title: The Priest

Author: Francine Rivers

Summary: Christian fiction. A fictional look at the life of the Biblical Aaron, brother to Moses and one of the leaders in bringing the Israelites out of Egypt.

 

Book Number: 11

Number Of Pages: 130

Book Title: Unveiled

Author: Francine Rivers

Summary:Christian fiction. A fictional look at the life of the Biblical Tamar, eventually wed to Judah son of Jacob.

 

Book Number: 12

Number Of Pages: 127

Book Title: Unashamed

Author: Francine Rivers

Summary: Christian fiction. A fictional look at the Bible story of Rahab, a prostitute of Jericho who believed in the God of the Israelites and who aided the spies sent by Joshua before his army laid siege to the city.

 

Book Number: 13

Number Of Pages: 144

Book Title: Unshaken

Author: Francine Rivers

Summary: Christian fiction. A fictional look at the Bible story of Ruth, a Moabite woman who pledged to follow the ways of her Israelite mother-in-law Naomi, no matter how difficult the task might be.

 

Book Number: 14

Number Of Pages: 284

Book Title: Sarah’s Choice

Author: Wanda E. Brunstetter

Summary: Christian fiction. Since the death of her husband in an accident, Sarah has taken over tending the lock on the Lehigh Canal in Walnutport, PA. Although she’d like to get away from the canal, she has three small children to support and no real options that she can see. Elias, a kind man who just took over his late grandfather’s canal boat, quickly loses his heart to the widow and her children. He and his sister spend time with them whenever they get the chance. Sarah refuses his suit, though, not wanting to marry a boatman. Unfortunately, Elias thinks her refusal stems from her inability to see past a large and ugly birthmark on his face, and starts to avoid her whenever his boat passes through. But thanks to his sister’s prodding and the timely finding of a letter left by his grandfather, he rethinks his actions and sells the boat before returning to Walnutport once more.

 

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Book Number: 3

Number Of Pages: 383

Book Title: Survivor

Author: Dean Koonitz

Summary: Joe Carpenter, who has lost his family in a desastrous plane crash, dicovers the truth behind that crash and learns that someone has survived.He also finds a truth concerning live and death itself.

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