Jun. 2nd, 2011

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Mio, My SonMio, My Son by Astrid Lindgren

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One of my all-time favourite books. I liked the Pippi Longstocking stories, but this is by far my best loved Astrid Lindgren novel.

If you like books for young adults and fairytales and/or fantasy, I can recommend this highly. I think the world she builds in this is beautiful and I still remember parts of this book vividly, although it has been a very long time since I read it.
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Quarter Share (Solar Clipper Trader Tales)Quarter Share by Nathan Lowell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book and I already bought and downloaded Half Share, the second book in the series.

Short, fast paced, light reading. Call the hero Ishmael, really! And his middle name is Horatio. The author had me at the hero's names. I read all the Horation Hornblower novels as a teenager and loved them to pieces. I have re-read them many times over the years and still think they are among the best adventure novels I have ever read.

This books sticks to the feel of those books (minus the Napoleonic wars) and transplants the seafaring folk into space. But space is only a background setting for the actual plot here -- the life and coming of age of a young man on a ship, how he settles into his new life of duty and faces the challenges he's being confronted with.

The various main characters are charming and vivid, the humour is light hearted and all in all it's a feel-good book that I found hard to put down.


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