Friday, July 20, 2007


50. Erec Rex: The Dragon's Eye by Kaza Kingsley
This book was pretty good, but struck me a lot as a kinda Harry Potter rip off. Basically a kid realizes there is a magical world living below (near, and above)our own. He was possibly taken from this world as a child. He gets back into it, help saves it, but as it is the first book in a series all the mysteries are not explained. I am going to look for the rest of the books as they come out as I want to know what happens, but I thought this was just mediocre.

51. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling
52. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling
After I saw the Order of the Phoenix movie I re-read these books in preparation for book 7. woo! Book 7! Anyway, I love Order of the Phoenix, it is one of my favorites. And even reading it right after seeing the movie didn't make me angry about things the movie changed. I do not love book 6 as much. I mean any Harry Potter is better than no Harry Potter, but I felt like a lot was added into this book that was not alluded to before, which kinda disappointed me. I am interested to see how much book 7 will refer back to older books, and how much with just go back to book 6.

53. After Dark by Haruki Murakami
Murakami's newest book, which was kind of strange like all his other books. I liked it, but it didn't have some of the quirky qualities I like in his other books. Still good, though.


Erin said...

I have been pretty disappointed in a lot of the young adult fantastic fiction that has come out recently. It seems like it's all feeding out of the Harry Potter trough and just isn't very good.

I'm all for the young 'uns getting hooked on fantastic fiction, though. JK Rowling is unknowingly fueling my plot to become a rich and famous author of feminist fantasy in a few decades when I get tired of academia.

Also, holy crap! I just went on a Patricia McKillip kick, and she is awesome.H

Kaza Kingsley said...

Hey Laurie!
I'm glad you read Erec Rex: The Dragon's Eye. I wish you loved it, but it seems old Harry Potter's getting in the way...
It's funny, I'm getting compared by the media to JK, although really the books are so totally different, once you get beyond there being a boy in a magical world! Erec is on a quest to be king, has a loving family, and is not learning magic at all, no school, etc.
I am glad that you said you will read book 2, The Monsters of Otherness, which is now out. This book is even less like HP - I hope you let me know what you think of this one when you read it!
You can email me through my web site:
Kaza Kingsley
Author of the Erec Rex series

Laurie said...

I'm excited to have an author commenting on my blog! I will read the next book (if the library has it) and post what I think.

Kaza Kingsley, said...

Cool, Laurie!
I look forward to hear what you think about Erec Rex: The Monsters of Otherness.
(Surprise! I'm still here!)

BTW, you can let me know directly or ask questions to me through my website at