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2 hours ago, Hayley said:

:giggle2: I have no idea how old you are but I doubt that you are really old. I would quite like my age to be measured by reading time though, it sounds so much nicer.

 

I definitely think it should be in there, to make the voice identifiably Abigail, like you say. I think it is generally really accurate too. I have a teenage niece and a nephew who's the same age Abigail is meant to be and they definitely do use most of the same slang. There's just very occasional moments (and I actually think there's a lot less in this one than the other short story from Abigail) when it distracts me slightly and I think '... are you sure that's how that word would be used?' or 'does this sound more like what an adult thinks a teen should sound like, than what an actual teen sounds like?'. There was one in particular that really stood out for me as weird context for a word but I can't remember what it was now. 

It's not a huge problem though, it didn't stop me from enjoying the book. It's just a little niggling thing that stops me getting totally engrossed in the story like I can with Peter Grant as narrator (although I also totally agree that Tobias sounded so much like Peter you could probably have interchanged them). 

  

 

Being really old, I have no idea what a teenager sounds like these days, but I thought Ben did a convincing job (well, convincing enough for me, anyway).

 

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21 hours ago, Raven said:

 

Being really old, I have no idea what a teenager sounds like these days, but I thought Ben did a convincing job (well, convincing enough for me, anyway).

Would you like to borrow one? They talk a LOT, you'd pick it up in no time :giggle2:. I do seriously think he did a good job of it though. Most of the time it was perfect. Just occasionally didn't feel quite natural to me.

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39 minutes ago, Hayley said:

 

Would you like to borrow one? 

 

 

Are they likely to do the washing up?

 

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1 hour ago, Raven said:

 

Are they likely to do the washing up?

 

Sadly, no. Very likely to create it though. 

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14 hours ago, Hayley said:

 

Sadly, no. Very likely to create it though. 

 

 

It's a pass, then.

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On 20/04/2021 at 1:58 PM, Raven said:

It's a pass, then.

Understandable!

 

Last Wednesday I had a call to say could someone collect my niece because she'd been kicked out of school. We don't really have an appropriate emote for how I feel about that... maybe a combination of :o:wacko::wibbly: ? Not fun. 

 

What was fun, when I eventually got round to it, was finishing the second Septimus Heap book...

 

Flyte by Angie Sage

4/5 - I really enjoyed it 

 

I could basically repeat my last review because I loved this book for the same reasons but this did have the bonus of exploring more of the world. You really do get a sense of the geography of this fictional place and I think there's a lot to be said for that. There is a map at the beginning but I don't feel the need to refer to it to remember the layout (although maybe I would if I wasn't reading the books back-to-back). These are just good, well-written, traditional-style fantasy books. 

 

Now I have the dilemma of wanting to read tonight but having no idea what I want to read. I don't usually have an entire series at one time, so it feels a bit weird to just keep reading the Septimus Heap books! They are good though...

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On 17/04/2021 at 5:33 PM, Hayley said:

 

 

What Abigail Did That Summer by Ben Aaronovitch

4.5/5 - Again, really, really enjoyed it!

Gosh, I did read you review weeks ago, and I thought mentioning the spoiler alert, though obviously I didn’t. I loved WADTS, and the only irritation for me were the footnotes. They weren’t that helpful, for me. I have absolutely no idea how young people live, let alone how they chatter! But I hope the Aaronovitch writes more novels about Abigail as the main character. 🙂

 

I had missed the connects in the spoiler alert, though I should have! *facepalm*

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43 minutes ago, Marie H said:

the only irritation for me were the footnotes. They weren’t that helpful, for me.

I hadn't really thought about them but I can't remember there being much of point to them either. Maybe just to let us know who's meant to be reading Abigail's account?

 

51 minutes ago, Marie H said:

But I hope the Aaronovitch writes more novels about Abigail as the main character. 🙂

Me too! I love Abigail's connection with the foxes and the fact that she can get into situations the older characters wouldn't.

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1 hour ago, Marie H said:

 

I loved WADTS, and the only irritation for me were the footnotes. They weren’t that helpful, for me.

 

 

10 minutes ago, Hayley said:

 

I hadn't really thought about them but I can't remember there being much of point to them either. Maybe just to let us know who's meant to be reading Abigail's account?

 

 

I believe that the novels and the novellas are now being presented as accounts of events in the past as written up by their authors at the time (not sure when this started, might have been Foxglove Summer, but it has been going on for a few books now). 

 

As far as I can make out, they appear to be a plot device to explain any slang terms used for US readers and are presented in the books as footnotes from Postmartin to Agent Reynolds.

 

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20 hours ago, Raven said:

As far as I can make out, they appear to be a plot device to explain any slang terms used for US readers and are presented in the books as footnotes from Postmartin to Agent Reynolds.

 

Yeah, some of the footnotes in the novellas pre-Abigail we’re definitely for the US market.
 

Though I think that RoL, as a whole, would be very difficult for US readers to follow all the very Britishness of the books. :dunno:

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2 hours ago, Marie H said:

 

Though I think that RoL, as a whole, would be very difficult for US readers to follow all the very Britishness of the books. :dunno:

 

 

Not to be jingoistic, but I suspect there are a lot of American readers who would like that!

 

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On 05/05/2021 at 7:49 PM, Raven said:

I believe that the novels and the novellas are now being presented as accounts of events in the past as written up by their authors at the time (not sure when this started, might have been Foxglove Summer, but it has been going on for a few books now). 

 

As far as I can make out, they appear to be a plot device to explain any slang terms used for US readers and are presented in the books as footnotes from Postmartin to Agent Reynolds.

Oh, they were from Postmartin! That makes sense, I remember wondering who the footnotes were being written by but I sort of forgot about it by the time I wrote my review. 

 

I like the idea that these accounts suggest something happening in the future of the main series where different organisations are sharing information about magic. Maybe it's a hint for something to come as well as a convenient way to explain slang terms? That could be overthinking it though. It's been a long day :lol:.

 

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