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 Post subject: Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2010 12:17 pm 
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I don't know if anyone would be interested in this series (or has read them, maybe? :D), but I fell in love with it. I haven't recommended books on here before, so this may be messy. Bear with me. :)

The main stuff:
"Meet Gregor, a kid from New York City, who falls out of his laundry room into a fantastical subterranean world called the Underland. Accompanied by his toddler sister, Boots, he encounters giant talking creatures-- cockroaches, bats, spiders and rats--and an unusual society of humans. And they’re all expecting him...(Scholastic Press, 2003)" (This is a teaser for the first book. I took it from the author's website so I wouldn't have to try to summarize. Hah! :D )

Good points:
-An easy read, if hard to put down. :)
-The characters are lovable. (Mostly.) And they develop!
-The world's pretty well developed, too, in my opinion.
-...Er... there are a lot more good points, but I'm not sure how much I can say without giving too much away. :) But there's a nice balance, I think, between the lightness and weight of the story.

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These books are meant for a slightly younger age group - I think I saw a website that said 9-13 - but I fell in love with them. Actually, they were recommended to me by my nephew, who is younger than me and very much a boy, and plus the books were written mainly for kids who live in the city, which is not me. :D So I was a little skeptical, but I figured, if nothing else, I could support the fact that my nephew reads. So I read the books, and was hooked.

Titles of the books:
Gregor the Overlander
Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane
Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods
Gregor and the Marks of Secret
Gregor and the Code of Claw

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 Post subject: Re: Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 5:29 pm 
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Thanks for the tip, Cara. I will see if my library has them. It's gone online now, so it's a lot easier. I was hooked at he fell out of his laundry room into a fantastic... lol

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 Post subject: Re: Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 7:17 pm 
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Caranfinand wrote:
These books are meant for a slightly younger age group - I think I saw a website that said 9-13 - but I fell in love with them.


The Harry Potter books were written for young folk too, Cara, and look how they turned out :) Just because a publisher says that a book is for a certain age group, with the exception of porn, does not mean that the age group is the only ones who will enjoy them :) I personally still love to read all age group books :)

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 9:17 pm 
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Yup, when I sold a couple of copies of Witchcanery to our regional library, the form asked me what age group it was for. I asked Susan, the librarian of our local library what she recommended. She asked me what the age group was. I said from 13 to 80.

She laughed, then recommended that I put it in young adult because the young people were more inclined to read fantasy than the rest of the readers in Esterhazy. True. I am amazed that I have sold as many copies of Witchcanery and Birth of a Unicorn locally as I have.

So, at that point it became a matter of expediency. The average age in Esterhazy is around 50. That should tell you something...not that 50-year-olds don't read fantasy, but Esterhazy is filled with an older generation who worked hard as farmers all their lives and retired to town when they grew older. They are interested in facts and factual stories for the most part (a lot of romance too :P), but not so much fantasy. Leave it to me to settle in the only province/town in Canada that is not interested in fantasy. But the kids still like a rip-snorting fantasy :)

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That's very true. :D I think I'll always enjoy books for young people, too. I just wanted to point out the "recommended" age range so someone didn't pick it up and go "Oh. It's for kids." :D Not that you guys would. But... you know... people. :shock:

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I was hooked at he fell out of his laundry room into a fantastic... lol


As I recall... so was I. :D

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Just an addendum, here. For Christmas, my lovely wife got me a Kindle. Excellent item! While browsing the kindle store on Amazon, I came across these books, free for a limited time! So, on this recommendation, I downloaded the bunch. I am SO glad I did! This is an excellent series!

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Holy Crap! My wonderful husband got me a Kindle for Christmas! *high five*

And yep, this forum is the first place I browsed ;)

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