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  1. Alexander, Lloyd — The Black Cauldron
  2. Anthony, Piers — Letters to Jenny
  3. Cooper, Susan — Over Sea, Under Stone

I'll spare you my usual criticisms of YA fiction. After all, it's not like I don't know this is YA fiction; I'm not expecting the complexity of Greene, the subtlety of Maugham, the richness of Steinbeck. So what if there was no real invention, no surprises, nothing I couldn't see coming a mile away? I'm not the intended audience!

It was a quick, easy read, and the situations the characters found themselves in were entertaining. Yes, I rolled my eyes a few times at how problems were too neatly resolved or certain things explained, but that comes with the territory. I enjoyed it. I still intend to read the others in the sequence; I just need to stick something a little less fluffy in there first.

I'm two-thirds of the way through Close Range: Wyoming Stories and am thinking of starting Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? next. I'm starting to doubt I'll get to 20 books before I leave, though, seeing as there is so much I have to do in the next month and a half.


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Jan. 16th, 2006 06:55 am (UTC)
technically it's middle-grade, not YA fiction (YA is aimed at 13+ readers)
Just as with the Prydain chronicles, the first Dark is Rising book doesn't really give you an idea how good the rest of the series is. I'm one of the few who thinks OSUS *is* a very good book, but your opinion falls with the majority.

If The Dark is Rising doesn't blow OSUS out of the water for you -- most likely even more than Black Cauldron blew away Book of 3 -- I'll eat my hat. It's... well, it's certainly not FLUFFY.
Jan. 16th, 2006 07:10 am (UTC)
Re: technically it's middle-grade, not YA fiction (YA is aimed at 13+ readers)
I didn't realize there were such distinctions in literature. I just assumed YA referred to a wide range of kids books. (Anyhow, isn't 13 middle-grade? My middle school was 7th through 9th grades, ages 12 through 15.)
Jan. 16th, 2006 07:22 am (UTC)
The boundaries aren't set in stone, of course, but kids who have hit adolescence are usually considered young adults... middle grade ranges from about 7-12, early readers say 5-7, picturebooks for 2-5, and board books for 0-2. The only time these distinctions serve any purpose whatsoever is when you are working in a bookstore and somebody comes in and says "I need a book for my 8-year-old daughter." You don't know anythiing about the kid, so those guidelines are all you've got to go on. Other than that, they are basically meaningless.
Jan. 17th, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC)
Androids is well worth a read--just don't expect BladeRunner. *Very* different storylines, though the tone is comparable.
Jan. 17th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
It's been so long since I saw Bladerunner that I have absolutely no expectations.
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