lunes, 16 de enero de 2017

MercatorNet: Fans clamor for new series

MercatorNet: Fans clamor for new series

Fans clamor for new series

Fans clamor for new series

This book is amazing on a number of levels.
Jane Fagan | Jan 16 2017 | comment 
Shadows of the Masterby Emily Rodda
written for ages 9-12 | highly recommended
published in 2015 | Kane Miller | 165 pages

Fans of the Deltora Quest books were excited when this novel was published - after all, Deltora Quest got many into reading who otherwise would not have glanced at a book. The Star of Deltora series takes place a few decades after Deltora Quest.
This book is amazing on a number of levels. Many readers report having found a "familiarity" with various themes in the story.
To tap into the emotions and thoughts of readers like this demonstrates that Emily Rodda is nothing short of a brilliant author.
Items to be traded like a rare cobalt blue candlestick, an old character from ‘before the siege’ who is secretly collecting old lanterns and a young girl who must prove herself despite her family’s misgivings - these are all elements of the plot.
The story goes that rather than have inheritance determine her ship’s future, an old woman captain advertises a competition to find the best traders in the land. The winners will become apprentices aboard the Star.
In a series of tests, Britta must prove she has the character, skills and knowledge to take her place on the ship as an apprentice trader. Like her father, she has trading in her blood and is determined and ambitious, but Britta must cope with the criticism of her family as well as unfair advantages given to her competitors. A shameful family secret also stands in her way and is an obstacle she must overcome.
Britta is thrown into jail and has to deal with several ghostly characters along the way, adding drama to the story.
“Waifs” or shadows beckon and call to her. The waifs are never evil; they are frightening, but helpful to Britta when she is in need. When there is a death in the story, it is never malicious or with evil intent, though the story experiences some relief at the harmful character’s passing.
For young readers who need encouragement, I would recommend persistence. By mid-story, this story becomes fascinating. In true Emily Rodda style, a storyteller’s feast awaits the reader.
Like many others, I admire Emily Rodda’s characters because they struggle against difficult backgrounds or tragic circumstances. Evil characters do not thrive and good always wins out in the end with Emily Rodda's stories.
I enjoyed the story very much and look forward to reading more in the series.
A former children's librarian, Jane Fagan is currently a full-time wife and mother of two.


Today's theme is euthanasia. In Australia, it is a hot topic with one state, Victoria, seriously considering legalisation later in the year. Writing from Sydney, Debra Vermeer warns Australians that euthanasia is a runaway train. Everywhere that it has been legalised, it expands far beyond what its supporters originally predicted.
In Canada, for instance, bioethicists are already mooting the possibility of combining euthanasia with organ donation. What an horrific prospect for the disabled. 

Michael Cook 

Experts warn Australians against following overseas experience with euthanasia
By Debra Vermeer
When doctors are authorised to kill their patients, fundamental social values undergo a tectonic shift
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The fake news that sealed the fate of Antony and Cleopatra
By Eve MacDonald
The scandal of the century sank Antony's hopes of becoming ruler of the Roman world -- but it probably wasn't true.
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Canadian bioethicists call for organ donor euthanasia
By Michael Cook
Of all ideas about assisted dying, this must be the worst
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These eight US states have shrunk in 2016
By Shannon Roberts
U.S. population growth is at an 80 year low.
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Fans clamor for new series
By Jane Fagan
This book is amazing on a number of levels.
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Doctor Zhivago at 60: a spiritual masterpiece
By Francis Phillips
The personal and the political combine in Pasternak's compelling novel of revolutionary and Soviet Russia.
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‘Israel is not the problem’ - a Christian voice on the UN’s anti-settlement stance
By Shadi Khalloul
The UN Security Council move is 'bad for Christians, Muslims and Jews'.
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The treachery of divorce
By Luma Simms
It looks to be a way out of our misery, but bitterness never fails to follow.
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The myth of romantic love may be ruining your health
By Susanne Vosmer
Searching for it on the internet only increases love-sickness.
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A nine-year-old boy is spreading a ‘contagion of mass delusion’
By Walt Heyer
What 'feels right' isn't always right.
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