Book #30! I hit my goal! *and there was much rejoicing*
I nabbed this book via PaperbackSwap. I was interested in what Lloyd Alexander could do with a female protagonist after reading pieces of his more “boy-oriented” Pyrdain and Westmark series. What I got was a hardback in near perfect condition and really lovely tale. There are maybe one too many narrative coincidences, maybe one too many tales told by one character about other characters, but I forgive that, as I often do with this kind of book. None of the characters are particularly detailed, but our protagonist, Lidi, is determined and a little stubborn, and there’s enough romance that, well, *I* would have liked it as 10 year old. Maybe in a year or two I’ll give this book to Hailey for Christmas. Style-wise, I envy the simplicity of Alexander’s writing. I just don’t know how to get there myself…
I might as well do my 2007 book summary, since it’s very unlikely that I’ll finish another book before Monday.
Books read: 30
Distinct authors: 25
Authors new to me: 13
Male to Female: 14:11
“Young adult”: 6
I have stats for 20 books via Amazon.com’s text stats.
Averages per book:
F-K Index: 6.5
% of complex words: 8.25
Syllables per word: 1.4
Words per sentence: 12.9
Favorites of 2007: It’s between The Rope Trick and Robert Bloch’s American Gothic. How’s that for a pairing.