Wildwood Imperium & Happy Weekend

Happy Friday, dear readers!  How is the weather where you are?  It is warm this morning, but apparently, cold, wet, and potentially freezing stuff is moving in.  It's supposed to be worse in the state capital of Topeka, where Big Sis and I are headed after school.  It's Kansas Silent Film Festival time!  After missing last year's festival due to the Great Blizzard of Oz, we are gung-ho to make it to Topeka tonight.  I'll watch the weather while we're there tomorrow.  I'm hoping hoping hoping the weather will allow us to stay through the final film tomorrow, which is Chaplin's Modern Times.  Mr. B and I saw it on the big screen before, and the truth is, we own it, but I want to watch my silent film buddy's face when she sees it for the first time on a big screen.

So...  I finished a book!

Wildwood Imperium, the third book in the Wildwood Chronicles trilogy,
by Colin Meloy, illustrated by Carson Ellis.   Balzer + Bray, 2014.

I finally completed the final book, Wildwood Imperium, in the Wildwood Chronicles trilogy by Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis.  The books have an incredibly complex plot, with lots of subplots weaving in and out, and trying to sum up anything feels...  arduous.  So I'm not going to do it.  (Am I not the worst book reviewer EVER???)  You can read my post about the second book, Under Wildwood, here.  Watch the videos, perhaps.

I wish I would have taken the time to re-read the first two books.  As much as I loved the second book, I admit to feeling a bit lost at times here, trying to remember details that I seemed to have forgotten. The Chapeaux Noirs are a lot of fun.  The illustrations are still wonderful.  The ending felt a bit rushed to me.

Here, I'll let the author and illustrator talk a bit.

I recommend the series.  I am recommending the series to you right now.  If you haven't read the first two books yet, then perfect.  Now is the time.  All three books are out.  You can read them, one right after the other, and avoid the confusion that haunted me for the first third of this book, as I tried to remember all the details.  After all, it had been over a year since I read the second  book.  I'm getting old, I think.  My memory doesn't work as well as it used to.

Much like my beloved Fairyland books, these are children's books for grown-ups.  I am convinced of that. Don't get me wrong, when I feel the girls are ready, I will thrust them into their hands.

[Okay, one more side-note:  Little Sis has a stomach bug, and I didn't much sleep last night.  I'm full of excuses, right?  As well as half-formed thoughts and barely-expressed opinions.  Please, first-time readers, don't judge me on this one post, okay?]

Next up on my nightstand is an actual grown-up book, The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman.  I started it last night, and I am already sucked in.  I'm a big fan of vintage Alice Hoffman, and the reviews for this one have been overwhelmingly positive.  After that, I have Hollow City, the sequel to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, that strange teen novel based around old found photographs, by Ransom Riggs.  Now it has been over two years since I read that one, so I do believe I may have to re-read it first, in order to avoid an embarrassing lack of review, such as the one above.  HA!

And so, my dears, a Merry Weekend to You!  Happy Reading!

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  1. you had me at "children's books for grownups"!!!! i've been meaning to read these books since the first one came out. i'm going to take your advice and seize the day!

    1. Now is the time! Seriously, I really should have re-read the second one, at least. ;)

  2. Childrens books for grown ups are the best ones I think.

    I love the bear at the table scene.

    1. I agree. And Esben the Bear is a pretty cool character, although we see more of him in the second book. :)

  3. I love Ransom Riggs's Peculiar Children series. Thank you for posting images for this book because I love the illustrations.

    1. Fabulous, right? I also love the Riggs books. The second one was better than the first, and I'm very excited for the next one!


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