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International Customers If you are located outside the U. The High-Rise Private Eyes 2: Year of the Griffin by Diana Wynne Jones. Behind the Curtain by Peter Abrahams. Year Year I think I can wait a while before The Interrupted Tale. Jun 16, Stephanie rated it liked it Shelves: I'm not sure who it was who described this series as "Jane Eyre meets Lemony Snicket," but it is definitely true and makes for an entertaining mix.
In the series' third installment, Penelope and the Incorrigibles spend their time on the Ashton estate, chasing ostriches through the woods, meeting gigantic wolves, staging a seance, and thwarting the greedy plans of Admiral Faucet. Penelope's wit and "pluck" are as pronounced as ever as she negotiates her own changes into adulthood while conceding s I'm not sure who it was who described this series as "Jane Eyre meets Lemony Snicket," but it is definitely true and makes for an entertaining mix.
Along the way, Penelope discovers more details about the Incorrigibles' formative years in the forest. However, there were two things that I didn't love about this book: The books are super charming, that's why I like them, and it seems like she's drawing that part out sooooo sloooowly. I hope there will be another one out soon because I really want to solve this whole mystery and these books are strangely addictive. BUT, some likable characters from the previous book make an appearance, and there is a pretty funny seance, so all is forgiven. I will of course look forward to the fourth part next year, but I hope it returns more to the adventure of the curse and Penelope's connection to the children more than the evils of rampant capitalist ventures. Things become much more interesting than watching sparrows and finches when as ostrich appears at Ashton Place.
Penelope's wit and "pluck" are as pronounced as ever as she negotiates her own changes into adulthood while conceding some of the control to the children who are far more comfortable in the woods than she is while they hunt for the missing ostrich. As with the other stories, Wood's characterization of Penelope and the children through Penelope's observations, their interactions with the new characters, and Penelope's usual commentary while just trying to find some time to read a good book, is as spot-on as in the previous books.
The word choice in particular of Penelope's voice just begs to be read in an English accent. Penelope continues to rapidly make strides with the children while we slowly make strides with the overall mysteries of the series. As far as the story so far however, this book didn't catch my attention the way the first two did. There are a number of digressions to amuse younger readers about grammar and elks for instance, but the gags go on too long in the story.
They are funny the first couple of times in context, but I didn't enjoy the elk joke popping up at every opportunity.
I also think there isn't enough happening in this book to move the story along. The whole thing felt like a digression from the main branch of the story, and while it shows how the Incorrigibles have improved, this could also have been accomplished with a few key scenes rather than the whole book. Not enough of the puzzle pieces come together to make this book as polished and fast-paced as Wood's other works.
I will of course look forward to the fourth part next year, but I hope it returns more to the adventure of the curse and Penelope's connection to the children more than the evils of rampant capitalist ventures. Aug 31, Jodi rated it it was ok Shelves: When I picked up the first of these books, I found it charming, witty, and utterly enjoyable. The second was the same, but it was darker than its predecessor. I was really disappointed with the direction taken in this third installment. A seance, however much a fiasco, is conducted and an elderly, mysterious medium takes a central role in the book, looked to as the only hope for a solution to the various dilemmas of the characters.
I understand that in the setting and time period of these books When I picked up the first of these books, I found it charming, witty, and utterly enjoyable. I understand that in the setting and time period of these books fortune-telling, seances, and other dabbling into the occult were games, festivities, and curiosities of popular interest to the people of the time. They supposed it was all innocent albeit spooky fun, not realizing to what and to whom they were really making themselves vulnerable.
Obviously, this is still prevalent today, but I think some of us have a better understanding now as to who we are really dealing with in these "harmless" amusements. As a Christian, I have to caution that, while seemingly innocent and harmless, stuff like this running like a dark thread through a charming, lovely book series that is otherwise so enjoyable, should not be taken lightly.
It's an easy job to make something sinister look harmless and attractive, and even easier to believe that it IS harmless; not realizing the danger of this point of view and the pervading darkness it disguises. The occult has no place in a Christian's life, no matter how small the part, how brief the encounter. I admit it's taken me weeks of mulling over this book and a thought-provoking, cautionary sermon about playing with the dark side to help me come to this conclusion about the book.
I wanted to like it, I really did, but my conscience warns me and I comply.
It's not worth it. Dec 21, colleen the convivial curmudgeon rated it really liked it Shelves: Penelope is growing up a bit, and developing as a character, which is wonderful. I hate series in which the main characters don't seem to ever really age. The children, also, are becoming less and less wolfish, and more civilized, as they spend more and more time with Penny - though, of course, they still retain some of their animal qualities, especially when they go into the wood 3.
The children, also, are becoming less and less wolfish, and more civilized, as they spend more and more time with Penny - though, of course, they still retain some of their animal qualities, especially when they go into the woods and we meet an important part of their young lives. The story is engaging, entertaining and even a little bit spooky - in a fun kind of way. We get to see characters from the last book again, and learn more about characters we thought we knew.
We even, perhaps, get some tantalizing possibilities into the truth about Penelope's lost parents, though not much on the children's, though, of course, I believe view spoiler [they're related. The educational tidbits and asides are amusing and, well, informative, but they get piled on rather heavily at times. Ditto with Penelope's moping and circular ponderings about her parents. And we don't necessarily need to be reminded that Penny is a Swanburne Girl quite so often. All-in-all, though, I enjoy this quirky, light-hearted little series and I do believe this may have been my favorite of the series so far.
I look forward to continuing it, and hope the characters continue to develop. I also hope that, eventually, we'll get some answers, or at least less enigmatic clues, as to the overarching mysteries, because endlessly drawing it out would not be a good thing. I felt like I hit the jackpot when I saw the audio version of this book at the library one day.
I was ready for a new audio and had completely forgotten that the third book in this fantastic series was out! I just love the narrator Katherine Kellgren and was excited to see what sort of adventures the Incorrigibles would have in this novel. I was hoping for more answers as to what was going on with our dear main character Penelope, but sadly, I will have to wait lo First Impression: I was hoping for more answers as to what was going on with our dear main character Penelope, but sadly, I will have to wait longer! I want to know what this novel is building up to.
Instead I found another hilarious yet serious adventure featuring an ostrich, the mother of Fredrick Ashton, and a wolf mother. Of course this adventure leads us to more questions and few answers as I begin to question Lord Fredrick's monthly problem, a cave that seems to accommodate humans not wolves, and the mysterious death of Lord Fredrick's father. One might think that I would be furious at all the questions, but I'm only further intrigued.
I love the mystery behind everything going on in this series and I cannot wait to get to the bottom of it. Also, the love story is starting to peak a little as Penelope spends more time with the young gentleman she met in London. I love a story that pulls you in all sorts of curious directions and I cannot wait to see how it all wraps up! If you have not picked up this series, you must! It is well-written and will definitely get you thinking about what may actually be going on in the curious lives of the Incorrigibles and Penelope herself.
View all 3 comments. Dec 17, Tracey rated it really liked it Shelves: I'll admit, I started this series basically because I adore Ms. Kellgren's narrations, and the description of the first book in the series piqued my interest. However, it's turning into quite an enjoyable series, with several overarching mysteries What has happened to Miss Lumley's parents? Why must she keep her hair dyed?
Just what mysterious ailment does Lord Ashton suffer from? The admiral's racing ostrich, Bertha, gets loose, and the Incorrigible children are enlisted to assist in the search, as their previous residency in said woods and tracking skills are quite germane to the task. Along the way, Miss Lumley comes face to muzzle with Mama Woof, is involved in a seance to determine the late? Lord Ashton Sr's wishes, and finds herself not-quite-pining for Simon Harley-Dickinson, the nice young man she met in London during the events of the previous book.
The Incorrigibles, Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia, are back with their plucky governess, Penelope Lumley, for another adventure. Many questions were left dangling in the 2nd installment, and even more questions are uncovered in this book, with few answers. Back in the Ashton country estate, the children see an ostrich running around the country side and find out that it belongs to the beau of the Widow Ashton.
The Admiral enlists the children to help him hunt down the beast, which he plans t The Incorrigibles, Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia, are back with their plucky governess, Penelope Lumley, for another adventure. The Admiral enlists the children to help him hunt down the beast, which he plans to use for ostrich racing. The children succeed and are reunited with their Mama Woof in the process. In other happenings, the Widow Ashton will not marry the Admiral until she has heard from her late husband, Edward, so Miss Lumley brings her crush Simon and psychic Madame Insesco to the country for a seance, which goes astray.
Readers will be asking themselves: Where are Penelope's parents?
How were the children cared for in the cave? What happened to Edwards Ashton? Who is Judge Quinzy? Are the children and Miss Lumley connected somehow? Why does Fredrick hide every full moon? Okay, we all know the answer to that question, but how does it affect the story? I'm starting to think that this series either needs to be published more quickly or start addressing some of these questions, otherwise readers will age out of these books and never return for the answers Jun 04, Ms.
Yingling rated it liked it. Penelope Lumley and her charges are back. In this installment, Lord Frederick's mother finally comes to visit her son at Ashton Place, where she could not bear to return after the death of her husband. She has with her a new beau, Admiral Faucet who not only wants to marry her, but wants to set up an ostrich facility at the manor! Admiral Faucet is intrigued by the chi Penelope Lumley and her charges are back.
Admiral Faucet is intrigued by the children and thinks that showing them off might be even more lucrative than ostrich breeding or racing. Penelope tries to keep up with the children's education, overcome her fear of the woods, and find out the secrets about her own parentage as well as that of the children. Another installment is surely due, since many questions are left unanswered. The beautiful prose and English country house setting is great fun. These books require a certain mood, which I was not in when I read this. As a result, I found myself getting slightly annoyed with the tone at times.
I am opposed to book-burning of any kind. I really love the way Wood uses puns and introduces inside jokes into the story that readers can look out for along the way. I especially appreciated the pangs with which Penelope experiences the awareness that comes with growing up and replacing childish tastes with more grown-up ones. Her emotions as Wood portrays them seem real and familiar to me. The plot is convoluted and the reveals parceled out with maddening slowness, but my kids and I still find these books a pleasure to listen to.
Oh, and that reminds me: She is absolutely fantastic. I read the date of release for the fourth bookDecember and didn't realize it was December 17, , so the fourth book's been out for nearly a year. We now have it from the library, so my smoldering interest didn't get much of a challenge.
Jan 11, Jasmine rated it really liked it Shelves: I adore this series, and I loved a lot about this book, but not as much as the first two. Lumley LUMAWOO is just as charming as before, and the kids are even more fun -- they have three very distinct personalities, and the relationships between the four of them are fantastic. And I loved a lot of the story of this book, the way that it advanced some of the larger story, and finding out more about the kids' origins. However, there were two things that I didn't love about this book: That got boring and annoying fast.
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