The Kaiser’s Web

I finished listening to The Kaiser’s Web by Steve Berry. It is the sixteenth book of the Cotton Malone book series.

Big Warning: There is some violence.

In this book. Cotton finds himself in the middle of German politics. A woman who gives someone information to one of the German candidates for Chancellor is poisoned. The person who is responsible for the death is the other candidate. That candidate wants to bait the other to find documents that would make the other one look bad and he would win. Only he didn’t count on an old woman to keep her word and Cotton finds out the truth and the truth actually makes both candidates look bad. In the end, the race for chancellor is put on hold after the truth comes to light. It was a sad ending, but a good ending.

I loved this book. Back to Narnia, I’m reading next The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis.

Prince Caspian

I finished reading Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis. It is the fourth (second) book in the Narnia book series. Yes there was a movie based on the book. I had seen it and re-watched it.

Warning: there is some violence.

In this book, The children (Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy) are waiting on the train to go to school. They are wondering when they are sent back to Narnia, then suddenly they are no longer waiting in the train station. They are back in Narnia. But it is much different than what they knew. The creatures were in hiding because of a terrible king. The king had took in his nephew who is supposed to be next in line to the throne. The nephew really doesn’t want to be king, but he wants the old stories of Narnia. His tutor tells him the stories. Then the king has a son. The king then wants his nephew killed. The tutor tells him to run and he meets some of the talking creatures of Narnia. Susan’s horn is found and Prince Caspian has blown which brings the children to Narnia. Aslan and the children take down the king and his followers. The children go back home.

There were a few differences between the book and the movie:

  1. The White Witch doesn’t have a hold on the boys in the book. She doesn’t show up in the book. The woman who was going bring her back is killed.
  2. Susan and Prince Caspian don’t fall in love in the book.
  3. Susan and Lucy go off with Aslan (in the movie it is just Lucy). The book tells what they do.

I loved this book. Now I’m going to read The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis. It is the fifth (third) book of the Narnia book series.

Tess on the Road

I finished read Tess on the Road by Rachel Hartman. She has written other books about Tess’ half sister which I do want to read.

Big Warning: there is some sad parts.

In this book, a girl named Tess goes on a road journey. Lol She was supposed to be first to get married since she is the oldest twin. But she “disgraces” her family so her twin sister gets married instead. Tess is very outspoken and is unlike other girls. Her parents decide that she would be better in convent. But she runs away. On the way, she finds a childhood friend that she lost touch with for a few years. This childhood friend is a small dragon. They are on a mission to find the World Serpents that the small dragon told her about. Also on her journey she decides it is best for her to dress a man. She finds work easily and builds up muscle which helps her free a woman from a terrible priest. She also falls in love with a disabled man. Her twin sister wants her home, but she decides to set sail to find the World Serpents instead.

I loved this book. Back to my journey in Narnia, Prince Caspian is next.

The Horse and His Boy

I finished reading The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis. It is the third (according to some it is the fifth book) book of the Narnia book series.

Big Warning: there is a little bit of violence.

In this book, a boy named Shasta learns is to be sold off to another man. He would be treated badly as slave so he decides to run away. He steals a horse which is actually a talking horse from Narnia. The horse trains the boy how to ride a horse properly and set to go to Narnia. On the way, they meet a girl who is running away too. She also has a talking horse from Narnia. She was running away because she was been forced to marry an older man. So the four head to Narnia. On the way, they get separated. Shasta mistaken to be a prince. The real prince looks like him. Shasta escapes and meets up with the girl and the two horses. The girl finds out a plot to kill everyone in Narnia. So they decided to stop the plot from happening. And they do. Shasta learns he and the prince he met is actually his twin brother. The horses do make it to Narnia.

I loved this book. I’m taking a little intermission to read Tess on the Road by Rachel Hartman. It is YA fantasy book. I will be reading Prince Caspian after it.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

I finished reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. It is the second (first according to some people) book of the Narnia book series. There is a movie based on the book. Yes, I have seen the movie with Chris. I also re-watched the movie because I couldn’t remember some of it. I also had seen some of a BBC/PBS show many years ago of the book.

Warning: there is some violence.

In this book, Four children (Lucy, Susan, Edmund, and Peter) are sent off to a professor’s house during war time. The Professor is Digory from The Magician’s Nephew. Lucy finds a wardrobe in a room of the professor’s house while playing hide and seek. The wardrobe is made of the tree that came from Narnia. Lucy sneaks in the wardrobe and goes in Narnia. She meets a Faun who tells her about the witch and things about Narnia. To escape the witch, Lucy goes back through the wardrobe. She tells her siblings, but they don’t believe her until Edmund goes in the wardrobe with her. He is tricked by the witch. Edmund lies about Narnia, but Peter and Susan find out that Narnia is real. They meet Aslan and they have battle with the witch. The witch is killed by Aslan and the children become kings and queens of Narnia. The grow older and they find the lamp post and the way back to the wardrobe. But when they go back through the wardrobe, they are back as children and no time as passed. They learn they can’t go back to Narnia the same way they did, but they can go back to Narnia.

I loved this book. Now I’m reading The Horse and His Boy by: C.S. Lewis. It is the third (fifth according to some people) book of the Narnia book series.

The Magician’s Nephew

I finished reading The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis. This is the first book of the Narnia book series. They are seven books. Yes, I have seen the movies.

Warning: there is talk of violence.

In this book, Polly meets Digory who moved in his uncle’s house. They become friends and they make up games together. One game though lands them into Digory’s uncle’s study. His uncle has been dibbling with magic and he made magic rings that take you supposedly into other worlds. His uncle tricks them into using the rings. They come into a wood which connects all the worlds. Instead of going home, they go into gloomy world. Digory unleashes an evil witch. They accidently bring her into our world which leads to trouble. They decide to send her back home, but they land into a unknown world which is brought to life by a lion. Digory makes a plea to the lion about having a fruit to make his mother better. She is very sick. The lion agrees to do that. He sends them on a quest to get a fruit from a walled garden (Eden). The lion gives Digory the fruit and he gives it to his mother. Before they leave Narnia, the lion tells them to bury the magical rings. They do and when the tree falls, Digory makes the wood into a wardrobe.

I loved this book. Now I’m reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. It is the second book of the book series.

The Testaments

I finished reading The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. It is the sequel of The Handmaid’s Tale. It will be a Hulu show after the fourth season of The Handmaid’s Tale. Right now I’m watching the third season of The Handmaid’s tale via dvd which I bought last year. I will be getting the fourth season on dvd when it comes available.

Warning: there is hints of rape and some violence.

This book is set fifteen years later after the first book. It is about Aunt Lydia, Agnes (June’s girl) and Baby Nicole (June’s girl who was smuggled to Canada.) It doesn’t say June was the mother, but I really believe she was. Aunt Lydia wants the end of Gilead. So she collects evidence to bring it down. Aunt Lydia uses the half sisters to take the info to Canada. They meet their mother in Canada.

I loved this book. Now I’m reading The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis. It the first book (according to some people) of the Narnia book series.

The Hobbit

I finished reading The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. It is the first book (or prequel) of the Middle Earth book series. I did see all three movies that were based on the book.

Big Warning: there is a lot of violence.

In the book, Gandalf The Gray goes to visit Bilbo. He tells him that he wants him to go on an adventure with him. Bilbo doesn’t want to go. Gandalf makes sure he goes by putting a secret sign on his door. Then 13 dwarves arrive with the hope that Bilbo will go with them on the adventure. The adventure is to take back their homeland and gold from the dragon. Bilbo doesn’t want to at first and then he agrees to go. On their journey, Bilbo finds the One Ring and has a riddle game with Gollum. Then when they do make it to the dragon, they end up releasing the dragon on Lake Town. Bard does kill the dragon. Bilbo does find and takes the Arkenstone.

Note: I don’t like the dwarves. Thorin says he is king, but he doesn’t act like it in the book. Bilbo is the one in charge when they get to the mountain.

The differences between the three movies and the book:

  1. Bilbo finds the ring on the ground and Gollum isn’t around him when he finds it in the book.
  2. There is no love interest between the elf and the dwarf in the book. Kili doesn’t get hurt.
  3. Bard doesn’t help them into Lake Town. They are still in the barrels when they make it to Lake Town.
  4. Like I said Thorin doesn’t take charge when they in the mountain in the book.
  5. Bard is leader of the archers before he kills the dragon.
  6. The orcs don’t chase them in the book. 

I did like this book. I’m listening next to The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. I’m waiting on The Silmarillion by J.R.R Tolkien. It’s on hold.

The Return of the King

I finished reading The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien. It is the last book of the Lord of The rings book series. Yes, I did watch the movie.

Big Warning: there is lots of violence (of course because it’s a war) and some sad parts.

Since most people have either read or seen the movies, here’s a short summery:
After the group defeat Saruman, one of the hobbits gets pulled to look into the magical ball. Gandalf gets worried so he decided to take that hobbit somewhere safe for the time being. During their stay there, the steward becomes crazy (because he has a magic ball too) and tries to himself and son (who is hurt from battle). Gandalf takes over in the battle. Meanwhile the other hobbit becomes a squire to a king. When they join in the battle, the hobbit wants to join too. But he is turned down until the king daughter brings him into battle. Aragon decides to journey into the path of death to get the undead to help in the battle. They do and the battle is won. Aragon also challenges Sauron by saying he is the king. Then Sam does find Frodo and he helps him up the mountain to throw the ring into the fire. But Gollum fights for the ring. Gollum and the ring fall in the fire. Everyone is reunited again. Aragon accepts the crown and they go visit their friends one last time on the journey back to the Shire.

Differences between book and movie:
1. Gollum doesn’t pit Frodo against Sam.
2. They go back to see their friends near the end of the book.

I liked this book. I’m reading next The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.

The Two Towers

I finished reading The Two Towers by J.R. R. Tolkien. It is the second (third if you count The Hobbit as the first) book in the Lord of The Rings book series. There is a movie based on the book and yes, I have seen it.

Big Warning: there is some violence.

Since most people have either read the books series or seen the movie, here’s a short summary.

The ring company is broken. The journey is three parts. The captured hobbits, the hunter tracking them, and the ring bearer. The captured hobbits escapes into a forest with talking and walking trees. The hunters tracking them lose them until Gandalf shows up. He was grey and now white. Gandalf tells them about where the escaped hobbits went to. They end up saving a kingdom with Gandalf’s help. The escaped hobbits become part of a war with the trees and Saruman. Then they found out Gandalf is now back. The ring bearer and his friend has help with Gollum to make it to Mondor.

Here’s differences between book and movie:

  1. One big difference is in the movie, the escaped hobbits has to talk the trees into starting the war. In the book, they don’t, Treebeard and the trees decided on their own to go to war.
  2. There is no love story. Aragon doesn’t mention his age in the book.
  3. Gandalf doesn’t know how Saruman is talking to the enemy in the book until he finds the ball. In the movie he already knew.
  4. Some of the events are messed up in the movie.
  5. Aragon isn’t the one hurt in the attack in the book. In the book it is the dwarf who gets hurt.

I liked this book. Now I’m reading The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien.