read_warbler (read_warbler) wrote,

Abhorsen - Garth Nix

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Abhorsen is the last in the Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix. I'm sad to have finished these because I've enjoyed them rather a lot. I couldn't help comparing them to the Philip Pullman Dark Materials trilogy. I'm one of the few people who didn't care for Pullman's books; I thought them vastly over-rated and a cop-out, so it was pleasant to find that this series was anything but. Nix chose his female main characters and allowed them to be just that, 'main characters'. No male characters brought in to overshadow the girls... plenty of men around, yes, but not superceding the women. It is so refreshing. He has another series out which I forget the name of but which have days of the week in the title. I gather they're also good so I'll try to read those in 2007.

I'm already working out a reading plan for next year. Why, I've no idea... possibly because there are so many books I keep telling myself I *must* get around to that I wondered if I listed a few it might actually spur me on to read the things! We'll see.

I haven't got a current read. I started Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came by M.C. Beaton, which was a 'surprise' Christmas book from the library. When I unwrapped it I was quite pleased as it sounded good but the writing is so appallingly juvenile that I can't be bothered to carry on with it. Shame. I felt that a nice bit of crime writing wouldn't go amiss. And so - I've no idea what I'm going to read next. Ho hum.
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