[Netflix] Book Tag

Time for another book tag, this time it’s coming to us from Book Loving Nut, and it’s the Netflix Book Tag, which I thought was quite appropriate for this blog! So without further ado here are the prompts:

Recently Watched: The book you most recently read:

I actually just recently finished a series of writing books from Tyler Wagner, his Author’s Unite series. The last book in that series was Next Steps for Authors.

Top Picks: A book recommended to you based on another book you’ve read:

Well, if we go with the previous answer, Tyler Wagner references his book called Conference Crushing heavily in his writing series. However I will most likely not be reading that one. I do have more Jodi Picoult books recommended to me by my co-workers that I will be reading!

Recently Added: The book you most recently bought:

I could go on again about Tyler Wagner, but since I’ve already covered that I’ll go with the next most recent purchase and that was V. C. Andrews’ Landry series from a local thrift store.

Popular on Netflix: One book that you have and one book that you haven’t read that everyone has been talking about:

Well, my co-workers are still talking about Jodi Picoult, a book on the death penalty that they would like me to read, does that count? I have read The Shack which has been made into a movie was a big deal around my work place for awhile.

Comedies: A funny book:

Anything by Sir Terry Pratchett, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Dramas: A character that is a total drama king or queen:

No specific character, but any female character that suffers from “all the males want me”, total drama queen.

Cartoons: a book with cartoons on the cover:

Again, anything by Sir Terry Pratchett. I love his Discworld series.

Watch again: a book or series you want to read again:

I have reread The Unicorn Chronicles several times already, plan to reread The Oz Series by L. Frank Baum again, and want to reread the Second Sons Trilogy.

Documentaries: a non-fiction book that you would recommend to everyone:

Why Does He Do That? by Lundy Bancroft

Action & Adventure: an action packed book:

James Patterson’s books certainly are action packed. I also like Tana French’s books are good for this too.

New releases: A new release or soon-to-be-released book that you’re excited about:

I do not follow new releases that well. I’m not even sure I know of any coming out as I don’t really have a series I follow closely.

 

And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed this book tag and I tag everyone who would like to do it themselves! And as always…

 

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Series Review: Oz Series by L. Frank Baum

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If you’ve been following me, you’ll know that I finally finished reading all 15 of L. Frank Baum’s Oz series. Yes, there are 14 books that continue the story of Dorothy and her friends in the land of Oz. You can read them all as ebooks separately for free (or get the Kindle collection for 99 cents).  Or (as above) you can scour Barnes & Nobles for the three collective books. Now, onto some reviews (this gets long so be warned!).

The First Five Novels:

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Book One) is the story we all know and love, thanks to the classic movie made in 1939. Its still one of my favorites, and introduces all the major characters. The movie follows the book pretty closely, so if you’ve never read the book but have seen the movie, you’ll be able to follow along without any problems.

In The Marvelous Land of Oz (Book Two) we meet some new characters that reappear throughout the series, most notably the Sawhorse and Jack Pumpkinhead. It’s another adventure through Munchkinland against Mombi, but more notable is General Jinjur and her all female army. We also finally meet the dethrowned leader of Oz, but in a most peculiar manner (this is a reason this is my second favorite Oz book).

Ozma of Oz is the third book, where we come upon the Nome King for the first time. Unfortunately he makes trouble for many citizens in Oz and does so reoccurringly for quite a few more books.

Book four, Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, is a bit of a filler book. The author wanted to write a book for his fans and so included many of their suggestions in this book. Its a new adventure for Dorothy and the Wizard, they meet many new characters, but none of them return in any of the next books.

In The Road to Oz (Book Five) we meet more new characters as Dorothy travels through more of Oz. The Shaggy Man, Button Bright, and Polychrome (another favorite) are introduced, and all of them return in future books. We also have a return to Baum’s original writing style.

Novels Six Through Ten:

In The Emerald City of Oz (Book Six) Dorothy brings both her Aunt and Uncle over into Oz, where they can live there happily ever after. Dorothy always finds trouble and ends up lost, while the Nome King returns to wreck some havoc on the citizen of Oz. I liked that Dorothy finally brought her relatives to live with her, and that is an important plot point in the series.

Book Seven: The Patchwork Girl of Oz (Book Seven) obviously introduces us to a new character, but Ojo is the star character(?). However, the Patchwork Girl and another new character (the Glass Cat) are the ones who return for another adventure. By this point, Baum is introducing new characters in each book, forgetting some along the way, something I don’t care for.

More friends arrive in Book Eight, Tik-Tok of Oz, and the return of the Shaggy Man who wishes to rescue his brother from, you know who, the Nome King. At least Dorothy and Ozma have a new playmate from Oklahoma (Betsy Bobbin, who returns in further books).

The Scarecrow of Oz (Book Nine) helps newly arrived friends from another Baum series, which makes this book a crossover (though I’ve never read that series). I’ve never read that series, but it makes this book very similar to Book Seven, and Book Four, and maybe some others.

I have a blog post review of Book Ten: Rinkitink in Oz , so I won’t go over it too much here, but it’s almost a stand alone book in this series.

Novels Eleven Through Fifteen:

I have blog post reviews of the last five novels, so I’ll sum this all up quickly. In Book Eleven Ozma is kidnapped and everyone (nearly) comes to her rescue, in  Book Tweleve, the Tin Woodman finally remembers his Munchkin sweetheart, Book Thirteen is Ozma’s party and final end to the Nome King, and in Book Fourteen Dorothy is kidnapped and then rescued. Book Fifteen is a short story collection that fills in some holes from the series. Below are links to reviews I’ve already done:

Overall Thoughts:

Most of you will be quite happy just to read the first book and leave it as such. After all the first book is the most popular having been made into movies on several occasions (The Wizard of Oz, The Wiz, Tin Man, etc) and therefore the most well known.

Some will want to know what happened next, and boy, is there a next. Fourteen books of next even. If you are a serious Oz fan that you might not be disappointed, but do be aware that the books repeat storylines, have enough characters that you’ll need a chart to keep track of them all (hey, there’s a thought), and become a bit predictable and anticlimactic after awhile.

Having said all that, I’ll probably read through this series again (and make that chart!).

Little Wizard Stories by L. Frank Baum

Little Wizard Stories of Oz (Oz Series)Little Wizard Stories of Oz by L. Frank Baum
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Different book representatives put this book as either #15 in the series, or #7.5. Either way the 6 short stories in this book do not have a place in the events of the full story books. My collection of Oz stories has this book as #15, so it’s the last book in my series.

The six short stories are all less than 10 pages long and my copy has a lot of pictures as well. So these would almost be flash fiction stories. Each story follows a different set of characters through a mini adventure in Oz.

The Cowardly Lion and Hungry Tiger get tired of being docile, Dorothy and Toto go exploring, Tik-Tok has a run-in with the Nome King, Ozma and the Wizard check on their subjects, Jack Pumpkinhead and the Saw-Horse go on a rescue mission, and Scarecrow and Tin Woodman have an accident.

They’re quick, they’re cute, and I liked reading them.

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Barnes & Noble Black Friday Sale

I’m late posting this, but you all seem to like my book hauls, so here it is anyway!

I was at Barnes & Noble the Saturday after Black Friday, but the sale was continuing over the weekend so I got some good deals anyway! One of the deals I’m sure you’ll figure out is that the B&N Classics were half off, and they have so many good titles.

You’re also probably wondering why I bought an Oz book when I’ve already read all the eBooks. Well, I actually already had the first two books, and finally found the third one, so I had to complete my set. At any rate, I’m excited about all of my purchases!

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A Wrinkle In Time Trilogy by Madeleine L’Engle

Fifty years ago, Madeleine L’Engle introduced the world to A Wrinkle in Time and the wonderful and unforgettable characters Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe. Now their first three adventures are together in one volume. In the Newbery Award winner A Wrinkle in Time, the children learn that Mr. Murry has been captured by the Dark Thing, and they must time travel to Camazotz to save him. In A Wind in the Door, Meg, Calvin and Mr. Jenkins (their grade school principal) must travel inside C.W. and battle to save Charles’s life—as well as the balance of the universe. And in A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Meg’s brother Charles Wallace has twenty-four hours to stop the tragedy of nuclear war from occurring. Read the iconic novels that continue to inspire millions of fans around the world.This edition of the first three novels in the Wrinkle in Time series is a distinguished new addition to Barnes & Noble’s Collectible Editions classics. Each volume features an elegant bonded-leather binding, distinctive gilt edging, decorative endpapers, and a colorful satin-ribbon bookmark. Collectible and durable, these volumes should be the cornerstones of every home library.

 

The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice

In 1976, nearly 80 years after Bram Stoker published Dracula, Anne Rice’s bestselling first novel, Interview with the Vampire, breathed new life into the vampire myth.

Now, in one chilling volume, here are the first three classic novels of The Vampire Chronicles; Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, and Queen of the Damned.

All amazing stories in themselves, together this huge volume presents a classic work bound together into one attractively designed edition.

Pocket Book of Poetry  by Various

The sixty poems selected for Pocket Book of Poetry span more than four centuries and some rank among the greatest works of literature in the English language. Many are popular favorites and several represent the best works written by their authors, among them William Shakespeare’s sonnets, Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan,” John Keats’ “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” William Butler Yeats’ “The Second Coming,” and Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken.”

Although some of these poems share themes and verse forms, each is a unique work unto itself. All suggest a world much greater than can be encompassed in their words, and the way in which they transport the reader to that realm is a large part of the pleasure that they offer.

Pocket Book of Poetry is one of Barnes & Noble’s Collectible Editions classics. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world’s greatest authors in an exquisitely designed bonded-leather binding, with distinctive gilt edging.

Where the Sidewalk Ends/Everything On It: Poems and Drawings by Shel Silverstein

Where the Sidewalk Ends/Every Thing On It brings together two masterful collections of poems and drawing by Shel Silverstein that are at once outrageously funny and profound.

In Where the Sideswalk Ends, you’ll discover that where the sidewalk ends Shel Silverstein’s world begins. You’ll meet a by who turns into a TV set, and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sara Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out. It is a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist.

Every Thing On It is a book with . . .well, everything on it. It’s an amazing collection of never-before-published poems and drawings from Shel Silverstein. You will say Hi-ho for the toilet troll, get tongue-tied with Stick-a-Tongue-Out-Sid, play a highly unusual horn, and experience the joys of growing down.

Where the Sidewalk Ends/Every Thing On It is one of Barnes & Noble’s Collectible Editions classics. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world’s greatest authors in an exquisitely designed bonded-leather binding, with distinctive gilt edging and a silk-ribbon bookmark. Decorative, durable, and collectible, these books offer hours of pleasure to readers young and old and are an indispensable cornerstone for every home library.

The Magic of Oz: Books Eleven Through Fifteen of the Oz Series by L. Frank Baum

The third collection in the Fall River Press Oz series, featuring Books 11 through 15 of the legendary Oz novels by L. Frank Baum, illustrated by John R. Neill. Contains the entire text of the Oz books: 11. the Lost Princess of Oz, 12. the Tin Woodman of Oz, 13. the Magic of Oz, 14. Glinda of Oz, 15. Little Wizard Stories of Oz. This volume comprises the last of the canonical Oz books written by the original Oz author, L. Frank Baum, collected into a single hardcover edition.

Did you find any Black Friday deals? What was your favorite purchase?

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The Magic of Oz by L. Frank Baum

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My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Another mix of old and new characters, but as we’re getting to the end of the series, the new characters are sort of shuffled off onto others for safe-keeping.

We meet a new person a Hyup by the name of Kiki Aru who knows the magic word for transformations. He is somehow manipulated by our old nemesis Ruggedo, the former Nome King. Of course this leads to nothing but trouble, while Dorothy and friends are trying to prepare for Ozma’s birthday feast.

With the help of some neglected old friends everything is brought to rights, and Ozma’s party is the best ever. Ruggedo is finally taken care of in a way where he won’t cause anymore trouble, and Kiki is sent off to become a normal boy living in Oz.

It’s an interesting story and we meet many new beasts and wonderful things in the Land of Oz, but the Oz books all have a similar plot: A group sets out on a journey and a different group has to go rescue them. Somehow it still works.

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Glinda of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Glinda of Oz (Oz, #14)Glinda of Oz by L. Frank Baum

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Our friends learn of two new groups of peoples who are bent on fighting each other. As Ozma wants all her subjects to be happy and healthy she must stop this fight. Taking Dorothy with her they set out to do just that, but become trapped under water.

So it’s up to Glinda the Good to gather together a rescue party and set out to find them. Many old friends return, including Uncle Henry, whom we haven’t seen since Dorothy’s arrival in Oz some books ago. Together they manage to rescue the girls, and set the peoples to rights once again.

As we’ve know come to the end of the original Oz books, I must say they are a genuine delight and any child should be lucky to read or be read one of these fantastical stories. Baum keeps them all moving with either new creatures or new troubles to contend with, and interweaving gentle lessons for his audience.

A worthwhile goal is read all of these wonderful books of Oz.

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The Tin Woodman of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The Tin Woodman of Oz (Oz, #12)The Tin Woodman of Oz by L. Frank Baum

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

From a modern point of view, I’m very glad that the main characters, The Tin Woodsman or The Tin Soldier, did not get their way in the end.

Ok so, the basic plot is that Nick Chopper, the Tin Woodsman, has been reminded of his former sweetheart, and vows to fulfill his promise to marry her even though he cannot love her. Together with the Scarecrow and Woot the Wanderer they set about trying to find Nimmie Amee, the munchkin sweetheart.

And of course nothing goes as planned and we run into new characters and old characters alike until at last they reach Nimmie Amee’s new home, where they find that she has already chosen a husband, so neither of her potential suitors has to fulfill their promises.

As this is not a modern book, I was afraid that Nimmie Amee’s wishes would never be heard and that she would be forced into a decision, however the author provided an alternate ending that I was very pleased with.

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