Book Review: Gregor and the Code of the Claw by Suzanne Collins


AuthorSuzanne Collins
TitleGregor and the Code of the Claw
Publication Info: [New York] : Listening Library, 2008.
ISBN: 9780739364895
Summary/Review:
The final volume of The Underland Chronicles completes the fascinating and well-written series.  While at heart a war story, it finds its protagonist Gregor grappling with ethical dilemmas, mortality, and fate.  And if you’re like me and thought the prophecies of Sandwich were too overbearing in the earlier novels, it was a relief to see what Ripred and Gregor make of the final prophecy.  The Underland Chronicles are a worthy addition to fantasy literature and something readers of all ages should enjoy.
Rating: ****

Book Review: Fables 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers by Bill Willingham


AuthorBill Willingham
TitleFables 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers
Publication Info: New York : DC Comics, c2012.
ISBN: 9781401202224
Summary/Review:

The Fables series returns to a full story arc in this collection as the Fables’ sanctuary in New York is invaded by forces of the Adversary.  I liked this one better than the other compilations thus far as the characters are developing and growing on me, and this story was well-constructed.  Even the villains, while derivative of Agent Smith in The Matrix, were a clever and interesting conceit.

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Rating: ***

Book Review: Gregor and the Marks of Secret by Suzanne Collins


AuthorSuzanne Collins
TitleGregor and the Marks of Secret
Publication Info: New York : Listening Library, 2008.
ISBN: 9780739364857
Summary/Review:
The Underland Chronicles continues its compelling story.  This one is set apart from its predecessors as it doesn’t follow a quest.  Instead it finds Gregor and his family in everyday interaction with the Underland, only falling into adventure to solve mysteries that crop up eventually leading to war between the Underland humans and the rats.  The story continues to grow dark with imagery reminiscent of the Nazi Holocaust and the killing fields of Pol Pot.  This book is also essentially a two-parter leading right into the final book Gregor and the Code of the Claw.
Rating: ****

Book Review: Fables 3: Storybook Love by Bill Willingham


AuthorBill Willingham
TitleFables 3: Storybook Love
Publication Info: New York : DC Comics, c2012.
ISBN: 9781401202569
Summary/Review:
The third volume of the Fables series collects unrelated short stories – some better than others – loosely themed around love.  The last story about the Lilliputian men escaping to our world and the adventure to bring back women to their community is my favorite.

Rating: **