A dud. They have to happen sometimes

The Black Stallion and the Lost City by Steven Farley

I picked up this book years ago after the series was withdrawn from the library I was working in at the time. The library usually couldn’t keep serial horse fiction on the shelves they were so popular, so I was surprised this one was withdrawn. Until I read it, and then it made sense.

This book wasn’t really bad, it just wasn’t really anything. The story starts with the Black and Alex, his rider, in Greece filming a movie about Alexander the Great. Shooting is disrupted one day so the Black, Alex and a friend go out on a ride, come across a beautiful white mare and end up following her into a mythical┬ácity were people drink magical water that keeps them young and healthy for a very long time, and spoiler alert, at the end of their lives are fed to the sacred fleshing eating horses from Greek Mythology.

The story is fine I suppose but unoriginal. The writing style is flat and uninteresting. The characters are generally characterless and the mystery of the city is ruined by the flap on the cover, so as a reader it’s just a matter of time before the story unfolds. It’s not even bad enough to real blog critically about.

There is no chance of me recommending this book. I’m not sorry I read it, even though it took forever because there was no narrative drive, I’m just probably never going to think of it ever again.

Last movie I watched:

X-men Apocalypse I think? If so, it was way better than I thought it would be.

Last TV episode I watched:

The Fosters. It’s a great show. I love it. They might be getting a little extreme about creating enough drama for this to go on as long as it has, but I love it anyway.

 

 

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Cleopatra in Space!

Cleopatra in Space Book One: Target Practice by Mike Maihack

This incredibly fun little graphic novel for kids is just lovely. Despite having a female lead, it would be a great read for boys, if you can convince them to read. Well, any good book is a great read for boys, regardless of the gender of the main character obviously, but parents and kids tend to reject this radical notion for reasons. That I don’t know. Because that seems silly to me.

Not the point.

Cleopatra, legendary future queen of Egypt isn’t particularly thrilled with the life of a monarch, and would rather be running around shooting things with her slingshot. Until she’s teleported to another planet where everyone things she’s going to be the legendary leader they’ve been waiting for and depending on her incredible skills with a blaster to save them all. And Cleo? She’s always late for class, on any planet.

This graphic novel is fun, fast paced and well illustrated. Cleo is a really likably heroine, and her supporting cast, including her potential new friends and her mysterious cat mentor are great additions. There’s nothing shocking original about an unhappy princess changing her destiny, a reluctant hero or a prophesied saviour who isn’t sure they want to be, but it’s well worth the read anyway. Strongly recommend to kids who are looking for a solid graphic novel series to devour.

Last movie I watched: X-Men Apocalypse. I heard it was awful, went in with very low expectations and actually enjoyed it. So there.

Last TV episode I watched: Stranger Things. Seriously creepy show guys. Great. No regrets, but seriously creepy.