OK, so the series started over 20 years ago, somehow I managed to miss it. We only have two books available to us here, numbers 5 & 7. Since 5 sounds based around the central character's mom's death I decided to start with this one. The story is great, and the reader is great. Youthful wizards which may sound a little like Harry Potter, but it isn't. And there is a lot of humor. I really love the characters, both the central and new to volume characters. So much that I've gone back and bought the first 3 books. I'm hoping 4 & 6 will become available here before I have to do something drastic like buying them also. Even my 14 (almost 15) year old non reader loves these.
I wouldn't say that this is my type of book, I tend towards mysteries and sci-fi/fantasy. Well, maybe it fits under fantasy, since New York is another world. I haven't a clue about what life there is really like. So I can't explain why I really loved this story. The character is loveable. The story isn't believable though it could be true word for word as far as I know. It would be an excellent story to listen too when you're feeling low. Some of the men are jerks: the too-good-to-be-true men. Some of the men are just nice. And of course there's her mother, always going on about how she should just fall in love with "the Little Earl". "Mum" is in love with all things British, married an Englishman who turned out not to be rich or titled but she loved him anyway. Still, for her daughter, starting at the age of 6, she has wanted the son of the Earl Next Door ("He's just your age." "But I'm only 5 and a half"). Our heroine has never even met him, but whenever she mentions a man she's interested in to her mother it's alway "I think Little Earl is coming home this weekend, why don't you come back and meet him." Just for fun reading at it's best.
This is really funny, but I expect I'll have to listen to it several times to get even half the jokes. If would help to have a forum where people could tell about the jokes they got. For instance, one of her superiors is a phoney. His name is Braxton Hicks. Her father was in the chrono-guard, he can bop around inside time and is making changes, and/or trying to fix changes that the French have made. A standard question when he drops in on his daughter (time stops for everyone around her) is "How did Wellington die?" Based on her answer he does off to do whatever it is that he does. The Chrimean war is continuing, Russia is ruled by a Czar... Perhaps most important, people are more concerned about who wrote Shakespeare's plays than who won the World Cup. I give it lots of points for strange.
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