Brian, His Granddad & the Cup of Ages (Paperback Version)

by P. J. Taylor | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 1780034229 Global Overview for this book
Registered by foxy737 of Westgate on Sea, Kent United Kingdom on 7/20/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by foxy737 from Westgate on Sea, Kent United Kingdom on Wednesday, February 13, 2013
When eleven-year-old Brian Pankhurst has to stay with his grandparents, he's not exactly enthusiastic. He barely knows them, after all, and they're a little strange. They're stranger than he realises, in fact. Very soon after he arrives at their ancient house, Brian starts to feel that something isn't right. Why has someone sent his granddad a completely blank letter? Why don't people who go in to the local bookshop ever seem to come out again? What does his granddad mean when he says Brian's father wasn't really an accountant? Then Brian wakes in the middle of the night and finds he's going to have to adjust to three things very quickly: magic is real, monsters are real, and he and his family are in terrible danger

Journal Entry 2 by foxy737 at Westgate on Sea, Kent United Kingdom on Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Definitely a book I have enjoyed if I can read a book in a few days with two small children then that is the same as when someone else may say they read in one sitting!!!!

I loved the way the author was descriptive so much so that the whole story was brought to life; even someone without any imagination could picture this story as it was brought to life in the way that it was written. It is a magical fantasy that is well worth reading and that I hope will have much more to come in the future.

This book is aimed at children / young adults but as a full grown adult I will predict this is going to be another book like Harry Potter that ends up being read as much by adults as it is by teenagers.

I have another copy of this in my permanent collection as it is a Kindle copy I am unable to share but I purchased a paperback version that I plan to share in a bookring since it has been a while since I have done one.

The rest of this review could be considered a spoiler so read with caution if you have not yet read the book........

I have to agree with some other reviewers that there were times it made me think of Harry Potter but in fairness to the author I think most good fantasy magical themed books where there is a good versus evil magical battle theme will for the foreseeable future be compared to Harry Potter after all we have had ten years of Mr Potter and many of us are trying desperately to fill a void that has left us with.

I recall one reviewer commenting on the characters being picked for political correctness I am assuming their reference was to a mixture of races and levels of disabilities amongst the character descriptions but in all the descriptions of magical beings both human and otherwise I felt the mix of main characters was a nice blend that worked well in the storyline.

I would easily have given this 10 stars up until the final battle where I am afraid I felt a bit let down after such a great descriptive story throughout after that I feel it all felt a bit rushed and closed down trying to leave loose ends to follow up on in the sequel.

That said I would still recommend and intend to look out for follow up story which I hope continues with the original descriptive narrative style that we found through most of this book and that felt far more magical to read.

Journal Entry 3 by foxy737 at Westgate on Sea, Kent United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 19, 2013
This is all labelled up and ready to go off on bookring journey
This is the order it will be going in which I will edit as needed to add extras
I hope you all enjoy this as much as I did

Running order for this bookring is
Minesayn (in USA) shipping preference Canada/USA
AlterEgoZoe (in USA) shipping preference USA
TinaJean (in USA) ship anywhere
hnance27 (in USA) ship USA <-------Chased up and Currently here (though unjournalled)
Azuki (in USA) shipping preference Canada/USA
Josierivers (in USA) ship anywhere
Goldenwattle (in Australia) ship ???
Alexiapapa (in Greece) ship Greece/Europe
Margih (in Finland) ship Finland / Europe
Appelsiini (in Finland) shipping preference Europe
Silvia-pco (in Portugal) ship Europe

Then back to me in the UK

Journal Entry 4 by foxy737 at a fellow bookcrosser, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Released 6 yrs ago (2/19/2013 UTC) at a fellow bookcrosser, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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Posted off today to first on the list for bookring, heading overseas to Canada
Happy reading x

Journal Entry 5 by carelaisa at Québec, Québec Canada on Monday, February 25, 2013
Got the book today.

Looking forward to read it - I'm currently reading something else but will get to it in the coming days!

Thanks for sharing the book with us foxy737 :)

Journal Entry 6 by carelaisa at Québec, Québec Canada on Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Finally got around to read it and journal it!

The basis of the story is very similar to the one of Harry Potter – magic, a parent missing – yet it’s different in a way that the main’s character’s relatives are aware of magic. It is well paced, in terms of the storyline, but it does take a while to get into it. Still, it was entertaining and quite “hooking” – another book that I had a hard time to put down once I started reading it. To read it you liked/loved the Harry Potter series!

I already have the address of the next bcer, so it'll go in the mail this week!

EDIT: the book is now travelling to the next bcer, as of March 22nd!

Journal Entry 7 by wingminesaynwing at Huron, Ohio USA on Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Received in the mail today (thanks Carelaisa for sending it to me and thanks foxy737 for including me in the ring); will read and get it passed on as soon as possible (I have three ring/ray books right now).

Journal Entry 8 by wingminesaynwing at Huron, Ohio USA on Thursday, April 25, 2013
This is the fanciful tale of an eleven-year-old, Brian Pankhurst, who learns that monsters are real and not everything he thought about his parents and grandparents is true. His adventures begin when he moves with his granddad and grandma, and they don't end until he discovers a world of magic and the power of friendships to overcome evil. Will there be a sequel to answer lingering questions?
It did seem like there were a great many parallels between this novel and the Harry Potter novels in my opinion.

Journal Entry 9 by wingminesaynwing at Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania USA on Thursday, April 25, 2013

Released 5 yrs ago (4/25/2013 UTC) at Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania USA

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Sent via media mail to the next person on the list. Should arrive in a few days as it is not far from here to there. Safe travels, little book. Hope you enjoy the read.

Journal Entry 10 by AlterEgoZoe at Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania USA on Wednesday, May 01, 2013
received today. thanks and will read asap.

Journal Entry 11 by AlterEgoZoe at Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania USA on Thursday, May 23, 2013
Got to the part about Violet/the tavern and I can't finish it, after several attempts. Contacting the next participant.

Journal Entry 12 by foxy737 at Westgate on Sea, Kent United Kingdom on Saturday, May 25, 2013
Azuki asked to be moved down as already has 2 rings please note change to shipping order, thanks x

Journal Entry 13 by AlterEgoZoe at Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania USA on Saturday, May 25, 2013
I wanted to make an update je, but it took me a while to figure out foxy made an update about azuki and listed it travelling (the book is still in my possession).

Anyway, as per azuki's request I'll pm tinajean and mail asap.

Journal Entry 14 by AlterEgoZoe at Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania USA on Saturday, June 01, 2013

Released 5 yrs ago (6/1/2013 UTC) at Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania USA

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Mailed to TinaJean today.

ETA: TinaJean is in Oklahoma-so with the recent weather, it might take a while to get to her.

Journal Entry 15 by TinaJean at Talala, Oklahoma USA on Saturday, June 15, 2013
I received this yesterday from AlterEgoZoe. It has apparently been sitting in my mail carrier's car for a little while. I will be starting on it tonight. I'm so excited!! :)

Journal Entry 16 by TinaJean at Talala, Oklahoma USA on Sunday, July 07, 2013
I thought this was a very well written book. Very descriptive. Like others, I noticed a lot of parallels to the Harry Potter series. While I tried my hardest not to think of Harry Potter while reading this, I found myself saying that's not what (insert Harry Potter character) would do. Still, I think it's a good read & I'll be getting a copy for my nephew to read too.

I'm contacting the next person on the list & will get this sent out ASAP.

Journal Entry 17 by TinaJean at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, July 18, 2013

Released 5 yrs ago (7/17/2013 UTC) at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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After several trips to the store, I finally remembered to buy an envelope. The book is now off to hnance27. Hope you enjoy the book! :)

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