Kit was looking over at the Earth. Thank you very much! I really wish you people would come up with something else to say! Dairine opened her mouth to say something, and then completely forgot what, as Sker'ret began to eat. He ate the glass. He ate the cans. He ate the asparagus, and the peas, and the canned tomatoes, and every other foodstuff that had fallen on the floor. He slurped up every bit of liquid.
And when he was done, he looked around him, and with his foreclaws, he picked up the torn-off cupboard door, which he had carefully set aside while dealing with the canned goods. And the details of that meaning are sometimes going to be impossible for any created being to fathom I keep expecting you to just appear out of nothing in the living room, as usual. Whereas you two are They would send someone with whom I have so much history.
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She was shaking herself all over, struggling to stand stright again. I may be weak and doomed soon to die, but I will die as an I , not just one more nameless scarp of shell to be thrown out into the sucking mud! No matter how little a time it lasts, I will be what all these are" -she looked around at Kit and Ponch and Nita and the others-"selves unto themselves and being what matters to each other! Such a life, even a breath's worth of it, is better than anything you've ever given me!
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I will be the Aeon of Light, the Power that made a different choice from yours. I will be the Star that did not fall, no matter how little a time the light lasts! He hates it when people call me on his phone. Hey, I need to take some more time off school. Oh, just enough to save the universe. Might be a few weeks.
But no more than a few months, because everything that exists may be destroyed by then Oh , Ponch said. He held out an arm. You mean we should tell her that being hot on Ronan is actually being hot on both a cranky Celto-Goth hottie and a senior Power-That-Is who spent most of the last ten years on earth wearing a macaw costume? There is a high probability that the smothered reaction will interact unfavorably with the matter in the immediate vicinity.
You have to send the stupid ones back so they can get it right the next time. Ponch on squirrel chasing. Nita and Memeki exchanged a glance. Bear with me while I ask one of these nice people for a spell or something to destroy you with. Would you destroy Kit for me, please? Will I ever be able to look myself in the eye again? He reached down in among some of the plants, pushed broad green leaves aside, and sighed. It was a slug. He shook his head and tossed it off to one side, into another leafy bed. These are my strawberries" - fling - "over here!
Nita restrained herself, but wasn't quite ready to stop teasing Tom yet. Doitsu eyed Nita from under the water. If you're going to be an oracular, you've got standards to maintain. So get out there and make me not want to spit in your eye. Nita shook her head. I suggest you read this book! View all 18 comments. Dec 12, Carol. Why yes, yes I do.
Based on the title, I expected something rather light and possibly silly. Somehow I missed this one when I was younger, which is too bad. An enthusiastic review from a friend thanks, Allie! Just a title, or an author's name, would be enough to summon up happy images. Strange creatures like phoenixes and psammeads, moving under smoking London daylight of a hundred years before As she is running away, she darts into the library for safety and finds herself walking through the children's section, greeting books like old friends.
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One jumps out at her: So You Want to Be a Wizard? Perhaps it can help keep her safe from bullying? The wizard's book is divided into sections, and the read book follows those guidelines. In short order, she meets another bullied kid, Kat, and starts working with him to retrieve a pen stolen from Nita in her latest attack. There's a lot to like here; a male and female lead that aren't involved in a romantic relationship, Kat's Latino heritage, parents that are supportive but mildly inept, astrophysics, mild fart humor, and kids saving the world.
I thought the meta-themes of responsibility, compassion and choices well done. Added bonus for talking to trees and a view spoiler [dragon with mild dementia hide spoiler ]. I loved the affection for libraries and books so evident in the first chapter. I thought the dialogue had an organic feel. What isn't to like is that Duane seems to still have some period sexism going on, generally possibly explained by the fact that Kat discovers his book sooner, except that it still felt There's also a lot of extraneous writing where a paragraph literally takes up a page and a half, particularly at the end battle.
Plot development is a bit disjointed; I think even as a youth, it would have seemed odd to me to draw my sand in the line over an astronaut pen, but maybe not. The skill level of the two young wizards grows exponentially; they literally prepare for the big adventure by reading thirty chapters in one night. Because a lot of times Nita and Kat use Wizard Speech, the dialogue markers are in parenthesis, which may be confusing to less sophisticated readers.
On the balance, however, good completely outweighs the bad. I bet I would have loved it when I was younger, and I can absolutely see giving the sequel a try. Three and a half stars, rounding up at the request of Young carol. See also mark monday's review: View all 14 comments. Jan 21, Kewpie rated it it was amazing. This is sort of an American, dark and urban version of Harry Potter. While browsing shelves at the library, Nita discovers a book with the title "So You Want to Be a Wizard" She takes it as a joke, but it turns out to be the real deal.
The spells work and she actually is learning to be a wizard. It turns out that this is the way wizards are trained. Their textbooks seek out those with the talent. Nita soon finds another wizard named Kit and they go on a really twisted and somewhat scary adventure This is sort of an American, dark and urban version of Harry Potter. Nita soon finds another wizard named Kit and they go on a really twisted and somewhat scary adventure to a very dark and creepy world.
While on the surface, you might think it sounds a lot like Harry Potter, but it isn't. The book has a totally different tone and many people who like HP books don't like this one. I liked it though. It's a totally different "world" with totally different magic and it feels more like a comic book than anything else. View all 6 comments. Nov 01, Tamora Pierce rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The perfect fantasy novel--there you are in the library, and you pick up one particular book.
I love Kit and Nita as they struggle with being sloppy and working around their parents as young wizards! I'd almost forgotten how much I love this book! In fact, I love it so much that I almost couldn't read it again. At first, I would read a couple of pages and have to put the book down because I'd get all teary and junk.
Not because it's sad although it does have its moments , but because I would remember how much the story touched me the first time I read it. And it still does. There are so many things in this book that, even as an adult, I can relate to: I cannot even begin to count how many times, or how intensely, I've wished throughout my life for something to come along and turn my world upside down, set me off on some crazy ass adventure and make everything new and exciting.
And reading about an introverted, socially awkward, oft-misunderstood geek who stumbles across a mysterious book and suddenly finds herself immersed in a world or two of wizardry and wonder and some terror and heartache allows me to live my fantasy vicariously through a younger, fictional, sort-of alter ego. Another thing I absolutely adore about this book--and the Young Wizards series in general--is that Diane Duane never assumes that the readers her target audience being kids roughly, I'd say, won't "get it" just because they're young.
She doesn't dumb anything down, doesn't shy away from using or making up big words, and she doesn't water down her prose into that succinct but ineloquent simplicity sometimes found in young adult novels. Yet she's managed to weave a tale that is not only beautiful and sometimes lyrical in its elegance I truly loved how she described the trees talking in leafrustle and fireflicker , but also accessible. Duane also deserves kudos for creating one of the most original characters ever.
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I mean, in what other book are you going to find a freaking white hole as a central character? And, oh, how I adore Fred. A little gamma radiation will ruin your whole day, it seems. Not I, my friends, not I. Did I mention that I adore this book? And if you're looking for a fast-paced, action-packed, strangely reaffirming adventure to sink your teeth into, or if you're trying to find something to fill the gaping wound The magic and wizardry content in this book was just too strange. It's totally possible to write about things that are different from what we experience in this world, but to write them in a way that you understand what's going on.
In this book, though she uses analogies that don't help make things any clearer. When I stopped reading, for example, the 2 young wizards are creating a thing to plug a hole in a thing to keep out a grey cloud that they somehow know wants to eat them clearly I couldn The magic and wizardry content in this book was just too strange. When I stopped reading, for example, the 2 young wizards are creating a thing to plug a hole in a thing to keep out a grey cloud that they somehow know wants to eat them clearly I couldn't tell what was going on.
The analogy she used to explain what the situation was like, paraphrased: View all 8 comments. When the young readers in my acquaintance complain that there aren't more Harry Potter books to read, I like to suggest this series. I usually start the campaign with a few questions to get them interested. I also fell that the way Ms. Duane portrays courage, friendship, trust and sacrifice in these books teaches a positive lesson to the young readers in an entertaining and almost subliminal way.
Jul 07, Sesana rated it really liked it Shelves: Reading this book, I wished I could time travel. I would hand this book to my younger self, when I was Nita's age. Because much as I liked this book as an adult, I know that if I'd first read this in middle school, I would have loved it. It is a good book, a very good book. I take nothing away from Duane, because I think she hit every mark nearly perfectly. And I did enjoy reading it, even if I'm not hooked.
Her system of magic is interesting, basically talking the world into doing what you want Reading this book, I wished I could time travel. Her system of magic is interesting, basically talking the world into doing what you want it to do. It sounds simple and intuitive, but deep enough to take years, or a lifetime, to truly master. And yet, I know that everything I liked about this book I would have loved if I'd read it at age twelve, and much that I was apathetic towards I would have liked. Some books should just hit you at the right time of your life, or miss their chance to really take hold.
Nov 21, Adam rated it it was ok Recommends it for: People from the 's, Trash Fantasy lovers, young kids with nothing else to read,. Recommended to Adam by: I started reading this book for the first time when I was grade 8 and I couldn't really get into it. I've finally figured out why.
I'm reading it again because it was in my house and I needed something to read, and the dialogue feels forced and VERY dated. It's almost a condescending mockery of how kids talk. The ideas in it are really interesting, but they're described by thirteen year-olds who talk like little kids, instead of adults, so the magic is being sucked out of An I started reading this book for the first time when I was grade 8 and I couldn't really get into it. And then just to completely throw the reader, the other characters all talk like incredibly wise people, and 'Fred's' language seems pretty advanced.
There are passages where Nita describes Entropy, which at least at my school wasn't tackled until the 11th grade, but she's supposed to be My initial impression is that the novel can't decide what age demographic it wants to aim at, and it's all over the place. Oh and Carl and Tom don't seem like just room mates. Like, really, really, really, slow. I'm not even sure how Duane pulled that off because there is so much action in the second half that it could have filled up three novels worth of climaxes.
There were a couple of moments where I had to go back and reread passages, because the characters suddenly had an intense knowledge of magic for no reason Well It really took me out of the experience. Also, younger wizards are stronger than older wizards? That would mean that as time progresses the wizard would get weaker, which is not only ridiculous, but makes no sense.
The more you practice something, the better you get. How could you possibly be good at something you've never done before, and then not improve through practice? How frustrating would that be?! It's a cheap plot device.
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It means that as the book series progresses The majority of the second half of the book feels like Nita whining for Kit to save her, and he does. Perytons, which were supposed to be horrifying creatures of blah blah blah, were bland and anything but menacing. Nita is virtually useless, except to calm down Fred, who's almost as useless, though occasionally he'll fart and scare the bad guys.
At least Fred's good for a laugh! Nita freaks out one moment, then immediately pulls herself together enough to comfort Fred Fred is the ONLY redeeming character in this book, and even that statement is a stretch. If you really want to experience magic, check out Harry Potter or the Bartimaeus trilogy. And saying "This book is older than Harry Potter!
Instead it's the other way around. Seriously Nita, Kit, you did all that to get a pen back?! View all 4 comments. It's a children's book, they said. It's like Harry Potter but in America, they said. You'll have a good time, they said. There was a time when this book was about a girl, Nita, getting bullied at school and having her pen stolen - and this was the happy fun times. This book becomes so much more when she hides in a library and finds a book about wizardry. A book that materialized there just for her to discover.
She soon finds another young wizard, Kit, who is also being bullied because of his accent and his brown skin. They befriend each other and start learning magic together, and then horrible and wonderful things start to happen. I don't know if JK Rowlings read this series before writing her own, but there are some elements that are similar in both. Aside from the obvious magic there is a one-who-must-not-be-named, dragons, time travel, and two protagonists who just don't fit in and they're in school together. But that's where the similarities end.
The magic here is rooted in the principles of science, the wizards are charged with slowing the destruction of the universe all of them , and Nita and Kit have to deal with all this while going to school, dealing with bullies and hiding this from their families. Oh, and there's a white hole named Fred, and that's the least absurd thing that happens in this book. There are Advisories, older wizards who are past their "freelancing" years and now advise younger wizards while going about ordinary lives.
Potential wizards can choose for themselves if they want to take on the mantle of wizard - and they can put it aside again if they no longer feel up to the task. Duane borrows from fantasy, horror, science fiction and mythology to create her world. There are a couple of hiccups along the way, but for the most part the world-building is amazing here, and the prose is breathtaking.
Nita and Kit and Fred are fully developed characters and get to go on their own personal journeys. They're friends and equals, despite being a year apart Nita's older , different genders and different races. None of that stuff matters to them. What matters is that they have each other's backs, they encourage each other, and they both have strengths they can utilize as they fight the Destroyer - who eats stars out of spite. I was fully immersed as the action started to pick up, and then I didn't want to put it down, even when Duane punched a whole in my chest, tore out my heart and proceeded to squeeze it before my eyes.
This is such a cool and amazing world Duane has created here in just one book. I don't know how I missed this series growing up, but I'm glad I'm reading it now. There is a lot of nuance here I'm sure I would've missed as a kid, and it would be hard to fully appreciate this world without picking up on that stuff. What they get, though, doesn't look much like a solution. Kit and Nita suddenly find themselves dealing with a "white hole" named Fred, who's arrived on Earth with an urgent message regarding the mystical Book of Night with Moon.
The Book is missing It's not long before the search for the bright Book leads Nita and Kit to a deadly alternate Manhattan, where they encounter man-eating helicopters, vicious packs of killer cabs, and the terrible wolflike perytons that attack them at every turn. Despite the danger, Kit and Nita are determined to rescue the Book of Night with Moon from the lair of the dragon who presently possesses it. But can they keep the Book out of the clutches of the Lone Power, the ancient darkness cast out long ago from the heart of the worlds?
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