A Note:


I once told myself: IF I am accepted into grad school, this blog would no longer be updated. As it turns out, in April, I received news of my acceptance for the Fall 2013 semester, where I will attain a Master's degree of Science in Nutrition.

Running a blog, as many of you may already know, is a demanding side job once the excitement wears off. And once I fell out of the blogging community's loop (have you SEEN how many blogs there are now? Wow!), it was like the kiss of death. Despite my best efforts, I couldn't get into a blogging routine once this happened due to the disconnect I felt from the community.

So I took a break. I struggled with the loss and with missing my blog. And then I realized I didn't have to run Book Faery to still be a book reviewer; I could read my books and post reviews online. I'm still a book review blogger, just not in the traditional sense.

I'll still be online. You can chat with me on Twitter, where I'll be posting links to my reviews and talking books. I'll also be posting links to nutrition articles. And if you'd like to connect with me where I guarantee I will post reviews, just add me as a friend on Goodreads.

So that's all, folks! It's been a fun and amazing journey, and I thank you all for listening to my thoughts about books. I hope we all can keep in touch elsewhere :)


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Mini Review: Tales of King Arthur by Rick Riordan

Twelve of the best-known tales of King Arthur and his knights, retold from Malory's "Morte d'Arthur" and other medieval sources.
My Rating:

This book is a collection of well-known stories set in Britain that follow Arthur from his birth to death. The illustrations are somewhat choppy and rough, though this serves to reinforce the writing style and the time in which these stories were based upon. There is some character development within the book, though the characters generally appear to be set in their ways. After committing a grave error, most knights repent for their wrongs.

A general theme of the book is chivalry and the importance of maintaining one’s honor; due to Gwendolyn and Lancelot’s lack of honor for their king, the entire round table eventually falls.

The author uses repetition during battle – a constant factor within this book – to grant familiarity and predictability for young readers. The style of writing is also brief, and, as was mentioned earlier, choppy.

Not my cup of tea. The writing was somewhat bland, and the pictures did not capture my interest. As for the stories themselves... they were simplified versions of the tales that I read in my college classes (and I prefer the college texts to this). This book is nice if one would like to read a simplified version of these tales in order to learn a bit more about Arthur and his knights.

Recommended for children: 9+


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