Wednesday, 14 August 2013

The Rescuers

The Rescuers is a charming tale of three mice who sent by the prisoners aid society journey to the Black Castle in order to free a Norwegian poet held captive there. Their mission is full of danger and it takes all the courage they have to face the Persian cat and to attempt to free a prisoner from the dungeons. It has never been managed before how will three tiny mice manage?

I enjoyed the Rescuers loads especially the fact that these mice are tiny and insignificant why should they be able to rescue a human prisoner? They are small so they are not noticed and can get were humans can/t but how is that going to get a human out of the dungeons. I like the idea of non ideal heroes because it gives you good encouragement and helps you to realise no matter what size or who you are if you work hard you will succeed.

The Rescuers has also been made into a film which although totally different from the book is good in its own right.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Nancy Drew Series by Carolyn Keene

Nancy Drew is a teenage detective who will not let any question rest unanswered. Along with the occasional help of her friends she strives to gain the truth even if it means potential danger or death.
When a little girl named Judy bangs her head on a rock Nancy's first adventure begins The Secret of the Old Clock, can she discover the truth?

Carolyn Keen is the author of the Nancy Drew series and The Dana Girls . With the success of  The Nancy Drew novels Carolyn Keen also wrote The Nancy Drew Spinoff, River Heights and the Nancy Drew Notebooks.

Personally I find Nancy a perfect character of the book as she is brave, strong and determined all good character traits for a detective and also a personality you can look up too and sympathise with.

Monday, 12 August 2013

The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff

'Off the Shelf' - Eagle of the Ninth - 11th March 2015
The Eagle of the Ninth is a historical novel about the Romans in Britain. Rosemary Sutcliff links fact with fiction making a engaging tale describing the life of Marcus, a newly recruited soldier. Along with his faithful partner Esca he strives to find out what became of the Ninth Eagle.

I really enjoy the mystery of this book and the 'normalness' nothing subnormal happens no one has powers or special abilities they survive in ways that people do today completing their mission with brain and will power not force. Rosemary Sutcliff also adds a slight romance to the story subtly enough to ignore but there to make the life of Marcus seem more real.

Marcus is very easy to sympathise with as although somewhat stern from his soldier career he has a warm heart and a sturdy character which shows through his dealings with other people of different status. I like this quality in Marcus as sometimes it is hard to sympathise with characters who are not humble or forgiving.

Rosemary Sutcliff has also written a range of other books including The Silver Branch and The Lantern Bearers both of which slightly link to The Eagle of the Ninth but can be read as standalone books as well.