The Mage and the Magpie

A nice little fantasy with interesting characters and some great description.  I thoroughly enjoyed it up until close to the end.  Then I got a bit weirded out by the bizarre religious rituals and the suggestion that thirteen is old enough to be a mother–of any kind.

Still, a fun read, that traditional fantasy lovers would probably like.


The Bad Beginning

This is the start of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, and I get why the series has become so popular.  This light hearted romp through some of life’s thornier problems has well-drawn characters; fast-moving and believable (if not quite realistic) adventure; and a personable (if patronizing) narrator of the first waters.  Mr. Snicket, clearly a character himself, might not be the kind of person I’d want to live with, but he’s exactly the kind of person I want telling me stories.

Which is what he’s done in this delightful little book.  I’ll have to see if K likes it.  It may not be deep, but it’s a step up from Glitter Beach.