Hoang Anh Anh itibaren Shanomo, Nijerya
I LOVE this book, which I first read in a linguistics course in college. Babies and language are RAD. This book is neither too geared towards parents nor too scientific, so if doesn't matter if you have kids or you don't, or if you even like children at all.
This is a great little fantasy book. Thanks to Wendy and Rose for recommending it. My son loved it, and it was also a good read-aloud for me and my husband. The elements and plot aren't unique--orphan boy takes up with Gandalf-type wizard, finds that he has magical talent and saves the city. But the way Prineas puts it all together is refreshing and quite good. Well drawn, appealing characters. Benet is delightful. I found Con's self-confidence unusual, but effective. I really like Prineas' voice--very good descriptions, brisk pacing, some humor, "keen gleam" touches. It was pretty clear from the beginning who the bad guys were, so there wasn't much mystery, but the author still generated tension well. Several times I expected something to happen which didn't. So Prineas' smaller plot twists sometimes surprised me, but they worked. She creates an interesting world. She mentions misery eels, for instance, but never fully explains them. I want to learn more about Locus stones, other nodes, and Con's unusual ideas about the nature of Magic. Lots of room for a sequel. The only thing that didn't work for me was the use of the word "minions." Finally, I think it's cool that Prineas lives and works just "down the road" from me in Iowa City. Maybe she'll do a reading here sometime!