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Today I will be reviewing Tintin, by the artist and author, Herge. This one of the first graphic novels i read, and it was a great one to start on. The story, (or stories, as there are multiple issues) focuses on a young reporter, Tintin, solving  mysteries with his dog, Snowy.

On the last cover of the series, we see the dog, Snowy, and from left to right, Tintin, Professor Calculus, and Captain Haddock running away from an unseen force.

On the last cover of the series, we see the dog, Snowy, and from left to right, Tintin, Professor Calculus, and Captain Haddock running away from an unseen force.

The series The Adventures of Tintin are usually focused on Tintin solving various mysteries. Sometimes these mysteries span issues, other times they are contained in a single issue. Midway in the series, we are also introduced to two characters: Professor Calculus, a hard-of-hearing genius, and Captain Haddock, a good-at-heart captain with a drinking problem. Together they go to solve anything, from trivial mysteries, like finding a jewel, to vitally assisting a revolution over a merciless dictator.

I love this series. There is not much depth to the story, like Maus, or Lord of the Rings, but it is one of the most fun books I have ever read.  Every single character is likable, including the villains. The art is amazing. The characters looks are simple, elegant, and you can tell what s/he is feeling. The background, by contrast, is amazingly detailed. If not for the simple colors popular at the time this comic was made, it would have looked incredibly real. In fact, it does so already. The mysteries are dark, complex, and do have some basis on reality. The solutions always make sense, but they are unexpected. People might wonder why I’m not giving this a 10 out of 10. I would, except for the fact that there was some racism in the book. Sometimes, especially in early issues, it was blatantly obvious. However, like I said, every character was likable, so the series still remained popular. Still, it left a stain on the book that was hard to remove. Other than that, this series was wonderful.

This book is great for all ages, especially those looking for a book on a lazy sunday.

This book gets a 9 out of 10

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Before I begin my review, I just want to say sorry for not posting any reviews for a few months. School has kept me very, very busy. Thanks to Sophie and to all my other fans for keeping posted. I should be doing daily reviews from now on. Today I am going to review Half Magic, written by Edward Eager. It is not one of the better books that I have read, but it is okay, and my rating might be influenced by personal tastes.

 

 

On the cover are the four kids, witnessing the power of half magic.

On the cover are the four kids, witnessing the power of half magic.

       Half Magic is the story of when four kids, Mark, Katherine, Jane, and Martha find a magic coin that grants wishes, but with just one catch. It only grants half of your wish. For example, if you were at a horrible party and wished you were home, you would find yourself halfway home. This book talks about the adventures of a wish for Mark, Katherine, Jane, and Martha, and the children’s mother. Unfortunately, that’s it.

     This book isn’t really that bad. The characters are developed okay, and idea is creative. The descriptions are good enough, and has a pretty good ending. Ordinarly, this book would recieve a 7 out of 10. However, there is just so much potential for this book. For example, instead of just doing a few adequate short stories, the author could have done one story about one wish gone wrong and make it a grand adventure. Even with the same style of writing, it would have been better for this kind of story. But unfortunately, it is only shows short stories. That is the reason Half Magic is getting a Half Rating.

Half Magic gets a 5 out of 10

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Today I am reviewing The City of Ember, written by Jeanne DuPrau. It is the story of a civilization that is completely surrounded by darkness, which is only kept at bay with light bulbs. It is also the story of two amazing children, Lina and Doon.

 

On the cover is a lightbulb, the only thing keeping Ember alive.

On the cover is a lightbulb, the only thing keeping Ember alive.

 

The City of Ember has been living prosperously for over two hundred years. But when Lina and Doon, two unlikely friends, trade jobs after they were assigned, they soon discover that The City of Ember is running out of resources and power. The blackouts are becoming more frequent, and everyone is fearing of the day that the blackout will become permanent and everyone will be in the dark forever. When Lina finds an ancient note hinting for escape from the City, Lina and Doon must decipher the note before it is too late.

 

The City of Ember is an okay book. It has a good setup, and has a pretty nice imagination. However, the settings and descriptions could use some work, and the plot doesn’t get good until the last few pages. This book is okay for your bedside, but there are better books that are like this. The Giver is an example of that.

 

P.S There is a movie of this coming out on October 10, 2008

 

I rate this book a 5 out of 10

 

I rate this

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