A Classical Weekend

Stayed at my sister for the weekend…
So many books on the shelves. And on the couch. And on the floor around the couch. And in a large canvas bag for library trips.

The Steerswoman (The Steerswoman, #1)The Steerswoman
by Rosemary Kirstein

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Read this book ages and ages ago, and was afraid to reread in case the Suck Fairy visited: it’s still a great book!

Basically: Steerswomen ask questions, and answer any question put to them. They store their log-books at the archive, and they know a whole lot. Someone found, stuck in a tree, a shiny new blue… gemstone? shiny rock? human-made thingy? Rowan the Steerswoman has found a question with no answer. There are more blue thingys, scattered around in an arch, as if a giant threw them.

Looking for the answer almost gets Rowan murdered, so the obvious thing to do is travel to the Archive and ask the others for advice.

Wizards, dragons, sailing ships, figuring out what’s going on before the hero – great fun!
Now I need to read the whole series. Because who knew there was a series, before the internet came out?

The Trumpet of the SwanThe Trumpet of the Swan
by E.B. White

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What happens when a trumpeter swan is mute? His daddy steals a trumpet so that young Louis can communicate with other swans. Only, Lois knows daddy swan is ashamed of being a thief, so he hatches a plan: Learn to write, get a job, pay back the music store owner, impress his swan girlfriend, Serena, and make baby swans.

The main human character is a boy who likes summer vacation in Canada, where he sits very quietly and watches the wildlife at the swamp. No cell phone, not even a camera even though they existed in 1970. Then he goes back to school. More on school later.

Daddy Swan loves the sound of his voice, never use one word when you can use a paragraph or two. Mommy Swan is very sensible, amused at her hubby’s ego, and not above taking him down a notch – but they love each other.

In this story, swans can’t talk to people, but they do seem to understand English. Lois needs to communicate, so he goes to school (!) with his human friend, who takes him to first grade. Writing CAT with chalk in his mouth is easy. Writing CATASTROPHE is also easy, just take it one letter at a a time. Whenever Lois gets a job, shenanigans ensue.

Lois accumulates chalk and a mini chalkboard, a bugle, a medal for saving human life, a money bag, and lots of experience. He eventually gets the girl.

Loved the book. This one is even better than Charlotte’s Web by the same author, I don’t know why it isn’t more famous.

The View from SaturdayThe View from Saturday
by E.L. Konigsburg

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Read this a long time ago. It still has that slightly loopy timeline, and such different personalities. Love it!

The Kings of Clonmel (Ranger's Apprentice, #8)The Kings of Clonmel
by John Flanagan

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I picked this up because my nephew left it on table. I had started to read one Ranger’s Apprentice before, and couldn’t finish it. I read about 1/4, and the adventure was pretty boring, the characters were flat, and the love interest was cardboard.
Best scene – when young Will’s adventure in previous books had been turned into a training exercise for his own apprentices, and he had to explain to them that they couldn’t use his solution because they didn’t have those resources available.


“the problems stay the same, but the solutions keep changing” – Lois McMaster Bujold

Pinkalicious: The Royal Tea PartyPinkalicious: The Royal Tea Party by Victoria Kann

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tea party! with a brother? but brothers are boys… Peter has an idea or two, will those ideas ruin the tea party?

Froggy's Worst PlaydateFroggy’s Worst Playdate
by Jonathan London

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Was this a good book? My niece wanted three readings over the weekend, so I guess it is!

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