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SA Partridge

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A few favourites of 2008

Young adult books are fun. I don’t see reading them as a chore, rather an essential part of what I love doing.

Here are my top five for this year.

Please bear in mind that a lot of these were not necessarily published in 2008, but my reading list is pretty scary so I might only have got to them this year. Yes, it’s that bad.

twilight.jpgTwilight by Stephenie Meyer

I just finished reading this book in time for Twilight fever to hit the world. It’s simply gorgeous. The love affair between a young girl and a hundred year old vampire is beautifully told and I couldn’t put it down. I think I read it in about four hours or something silly like that. Other than a small plot hole and the inevitable teenage melodrama it really is wonderful.

graveyard.jpgThe Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Another favourite. This spooky tale about a boy named Nobody was highly enjoyable, especially the unexpected twist about the Man Jack. I have an entire pile of unread Gaiman’s at home, not to mention the Sandman graphic novels, but I made space for this one after reading an introduction to it in M is for Magic and got very excited. It didn’t disappoint.

mariah.jpgMariah Mundi and the Midas Box by G.P Taylor

I confess that I picked up this book knowing nothing about the series or the author and it turned out to be a stunning read that kept me entertained on many a cold morning’s bus journey. Mariah Mundi’s parents have disappeared and he is sold to the service industry. This is awful in itself but it doesn’t end there. The boy finds himself in a wallop of an adventure involving kidnappers, smugglers, a sailor, a kraken and all manner of ridiculous things. It’s great.

magic.jpgM is for Magic by Neil Gaiman

Another Gaiman that made the list. This is a collection of short stories ranging from scary, macabre to just plain sweet – like the above mentioned intro to The Graveyard Book. There are some gems in this book which is an excellent addition to anyone who is a collector of Gaiman, like myself.

simon.jpgSimon Dark by Steve Niles and Scott Hampton

Simon Dark is a DC Graphic Novel character that is punted as Gotham City’s other protector. He’s like a raggedy-andy type anti-hero that helps people that are in trouble in exchange for small change. The difference between Simon Dark and Batman? People actually like him. The artwork was done by the same guys that did 30 Days of Night – incidentally another one of my favourite graphic novels.

That’s all folks. Come back next year for more.


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    December 23rd, 2008 @16:13 #

    Thanks, Sally. I like YA novels too, but my tastes are a bit more sedate than yours -- I like Garth Nix, esp the Sabriel series.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Sally</a>
    December 23rd, 2008 @16:19 #

    I read those aaaaaaages ago Helen. There's a new called Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen due out in 2010.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Alex Smith</a>
    Alex Smith
    December 23rd, 2008 @22:31 #

    Never heard of it, but I love the look of Simon Dark-- from the small picture I can see, he reminds me a little (appearance-wise) of Edward Scissorhands. Perhaps it's just the pale skin... Tim Burton...oh my that reminds me of a book of poetry by Tim Burton lurking somewhere on my, found it: The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy. This one is is my favourite, it has a picture of skinny stick boy and a long-lashed match...
    Stick Boy liked Match Girl,
    he liked her a lot.
    He liked her cute figure,
    he thought she was hot.
    But could a flame ever burn
    for a match and a stick?
    It did quite literally;
    he burned up pretty quick.


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