Category: Authors P-T (By Surname)

Francoise Sagan – Bonjour Tristesse [REVIEW]

Title: Bonjour Tristesse

Author: Francoise Sagan

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 112

Rating: 4/5

This book was beautifully written and quite a lot of fun, even though it’s one of those that really just deals with life, rather than anything exotic or unusual. What’s perhaps most interesting of all is that Sagan was only eighteen when she wrote it.

Given that it’s such a short read with so much packed into it, you’d be crazy to pass this one up. There’s a reason why it’s held up as a must-read book, and I’m super glad that I found it going cheap at a charity book exchange.

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Ruth Plumly Thompson – Jack Pumpkinhead of Oz [REVIEW]

Title: Jack Pumpkinhead of Oz

Author: Ruth Plumly Thompson

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 228

Rating: 3/5

Okay, so by this point, I feel as though Ruth Plumly Thompson is running out of ideas, although to be fair to her, I think she lasted longer than L. Frank Baum did. And to be even fairer to her, running out of ideas is basically one of the key themes of the Oz series, anyway.

Still, this book was okay, if you don’t mind having more of the same. I mean, we’re talking about a book that’s so derivative of what’s come before that I got a quarter of the way through it and had to check Goodreads to make sure that I wasn’t accidentally re-reading it.

The good news is that there are a lot of fun gags here, as well as some cracking wordplay, and we’re starting to get to a point at which I actually think that Thompson is doing a better job with the series than Baum did.

And while I didn’t start reading the Oz books until I was an adult and wasn’t a particular fan of the movie as a kid, there’s a quality to this that makes me nostalgic. It’s happened with the other Oz books, but this is where I’ve felt it the most.

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