Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

What Next?

After Harry Potter ended, I was left with a slightly empty feeling. What next? What will be the next literary craze to which my family will latch itself? And then I read Leepike Ridge.

I'm ashamed to say that I was somewhat surprised. Yes I loved Right Behind and Supergeddon, and yes I love Nathan Wilson's articles in Credenda. But I just didn't know how his writing style would translate into an original book-length venture. I should have known better.

Leepike Ridge is a wonderful story, perfectly paced with a good balance between tension and levity. But the things that really make the book great are the characters that Nathan has given us. Tom, the determined protagonist, quirky Reg, and Tom's strong mother Elizabeth along with a host of deliciously unsavory and emminently dislikable villains make Leepike Ridge a delightful read.

And now that I've found out that N.D. Wilson has a set of 3 books being published by Random House soon, I have a hunch that the world will soon be dealing with the next J.K. Rowling. 100 Cupboards comes out the day after Christmas, and I fully plan on availing myself of whatever Christmas gift money I have to buy it right away.


Erica said…
ooh, does sound like fun! now i must find it..