Sunday, August 19, 2007

Life After Harry Potter.

A Review by MyDen
So you have finished the last Harry Potter book. Suffering from withdrawal symptoms? Re-reading the entire series and reluctant to return to the mundane Muggle world? Well, no need for further and unnecessary suffering, as here are other new fantasy titles vying to be Harry's heir.

The Black Book Of Secrets by F.E. Higgins
This book received a lot of attention and comparisons to Harry Potter when it was released last year and with it's healthy appetite for gory descriptions, reminds one of another beloved British writer, Roald Dahl. The protagonist is a street urchin, Ludlow Fitch, raised by his drunken parents to be a pickpocket, who managed to run away when Ma and Pa try to sell his teeth. He is taken under the wing of an ecentric and unusual "secrets" pawnbroker who accepts junk and secrets from the impoverished townfolk. Thus begins an intriguing blend of adventure, fantasy and historical fiction. Higgins creates a fascinating novel peopled with colorful characters and imbued with clever plot twists. The reader’s interest is sustained throughout the book, and the novel’s climax is both excellent and surprising. With Higgins planning the story over 3 or 4 books, expect a sizeable readership for this engrossing series. The Black Book Of Secrets is available here.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
A mix of fantasy and old-fashioned romance, this book has already spawned two sequels with a fourth book coming out next year. It was such a hit in the United States that an accidental early shipment of the third book about a week before it's release date resulted in online fan sites voluntarily shutting down to prevent spoilers. The book stars 17 year-old Isabella Swan, who moves to a new high school and meets the handsome Edward Cullen. His mysterious ways eventually leads her to discover that he is a reformed vampire who substitutes animal blood for human blood. The series is driven by the complications of love between a vampire and a human. Meyer has achieved quite a feat by making this scenario completely human and believable. She begins with a familiar premise (the new kid in school) and lulls us into thinking that this will be just another young adult novel. Meyer's writing lifts this wonderful novel beyond the limitations of the horror genre to a place among the best of young adult fiction.
Available here :
New Moon (Twilight Book 2)
Eclipse (Twilight Book 3)