Szerzői archívumok: Donczo Boglarka

Kenneth Grahame: The Wind in the Willows (first published in 1908) British writer Kenneth Grahame was born in Scotland, but spent most of his childhood in England with his grandmother. He went to school in Oxford, but unfortunately could not go to university for financial reasons, so he ended up becoming a banking officer at the Bank of England. As Milne writes, it is strange how a man who writes such fragile and beautiful things can have anything to do with something as factual and prosaic as a bank. But the bank might also have found it interesting what a responsible official had to do with such an intangible thing as beauty. Some of his books have been published before, but his most famous work is The Wind in the Willows, published in 1908, which has such supporters as Milne, the author of Winnie the Pooh, and Theodore Roosevelt, the…

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Trenton Lee Stewart: The Mysterious Benedict Society (Little, Brown and Company 2007) Reynie Muldoon is monotonously living his not-so-fun life at the Stonetown Orphanage, where (unfortunately) he is the smartest child. His only friend is the teacher assigned to him, Miss Perumal, who, even if she cannot teach him anything new, at least understands and supports him. She is the one who sees a newspaper article that will change Reynie’s life. In this, talented children are offered a special opportunity. Reynie uses his wisdom to complete the trials. He’s not the only one who manages to pass the challenges: Sticky memorizes everything he’s ever seen, wild Kate is afraid of nothing, and Constance… well, she’s Conscance. The sender of the advertisement, Mr. Benedict, entrusts them with a dangerous mission that will require all their knowledge. The story is a classic children’s book: good and evil, and saving the world, which…

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Rukmini Iyer: The Roasting Tin (SquarePeg 2017) Everyone has come across a recipe that said it would be easy to make the dish, but it was actually difficult. Or that there wasn’t enough time to cook or that the food was burnt. However, this is not the case with this book. I tried it and the recipes really work. They are simple, both the meat and the side dish are prepared at the same time, and while they are baking, we can do other things. The author tried to make the ingredients interchangeable, so if, for example, we don’t like pepper, we can choose another side dish that cooks in the same amount of time and replace the one we don’t like. The eight chapters are separated based on the eight types of dishes, and within the chapters the dishes are listed in ascending order of cooking time. We can…

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Robin Stevens: Jolly Foul Play (Puffin Books 2016) Robin Stevens: The Body in the Blitz (Puffin Books 2023) The main characters of Robin Stevens’ series are Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong, who attend DeepDean School for Girls. In addition to their studies, they are the two members of the Wells and Wong Detective Agency, which sheds light on the mysterious cases occurring at the school. After the previous minor cases, they were ‘lucky’ to investigate real murders. The books do not have to be read in order, because although previous investigations are mentioned, they do not reveal anything about their solutions. This story begins in early November 1935. In the new academic year, DeepDean wants to introduce a new tradition: fireworks on Guy Fawkes’ night. However, things don’t go well this time either, because after the fireworks, the student leader, who had been terrorizing everyone until then, is found dead.…

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Agatha Christie: Sinister Spring (HarperCollins Publishers 2023) In addition to her 66 novels, Agatha Christie also published 14 volumes of short stories during her lifetime, which provided plentiful material for her thematic short story collections, which have been published in English by HarperCollins Publishing and in Hungarian by Helikon Kiadó since 2020. Since she wrote a story for each season and holiday, it was easy to group them for the new series. It is interesting, however, that the Christmas Crimes short story collection published by Európa Kiadó in 2019 is unique because it is a domestic grouping and was published in Hungarian only. This was re-published for Christmas 2022 with the same cover style as the new series. This collection contains mysterious stories with a spring atmosphere or set in spring. It was published in England in 2023 and this year we were finally able to read it in Hungarian…

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Cerrie Burnell: Swifter than Starlight (Puffin Books 2023) Wild Rose, the girl who was raised by wolves, and Aurelia, the cursed princess, fled Silverthorn with the forest folk and all who feared the Queen. They set up camp in the forest of another kingdom, and since then their camp has welcomed everyone who has been ostracized by society for some perceived or real fault. Seven years have passed like this. Lilac also ran away from her evil stepmother and left her sister Clover behind. Hester is Aurelia’s sister, who finally got her lost sister back and found a new friend in the camp. Their fate is intertwined with the future of the kingdoms, when the relative peace ends with the disappearance of the prince. The story is again a new interpretation of European folk tales and Grimm’s tales, in which the classic fairy tale elements – the forest, the crumbs…

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Lauren St. John: Dead Man’s Cove (Orion Children’s Book 2010) I first came across Lauren St. John’s writings in the Winter Magic short story collection, where her story was my favorite and I decided to read more from her. The author grew up on a game reserve farm in Zimbabwe. The experience had a great impact on her, which is reflected in her works, such as the White Giraffe and in her involvement in the work of the Born Free Foundation. Her mystery series were also published, starring detectives Laura Marlin and Kat Wolffe. I read the first part of Laura’s adventures. Laura Marlin has an interesting name and she is also an interesting person. She lives in an orphanage, but she still likes it better than her possible foster parents. However, one day her uncle (her mother’s brother) finds her and takes her in. Laura has always dreamed of…

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Ash Harrier: The Deadly Daylight (Pantera Press 2022) Alice England lives with her father, who runs a funeral home. Alice often helps him prepare the bodies for the funerals. She does not find this strange or scary, as it is a tribute to the deceased’s life and part of the final farewell. Death is natural for Alice not only because she lived her whole life among funerals, but also because her own twin was a stillborn. However, one of the deaths has a greater impact on her because she knew the deceased and suspects that the circumstances of his death are not as clear as the police think. Alice has a lot in common with Violet, who is allergic to sunlight: they both are ‘creatures of the night’, pushed to the edge by their classmates, now they find each other and investigate the mystery together. The story may seem scary…

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Paloma Corredor. The history of comics* (originally published by Editoral LIBSA, Madrid in 2020 under the title El Cómic) Nowadays, we consume a lot of image-based content on the Internet, so it’s no wonder that comics are also very popular. Storytelling in pictures is as old as humanity itself: even prehistoric people expressed their thoughts with cave drawings. The immediate predecessor of the comics/graphic novel genre was the political caricature published first time in 1830, and then the comics reached their first glory days at the beginning of the 20th century. Geographically, it can be divided into American, European, Latin American and Japanese comics. According to their genre, they can be about superheroes, science-fiction, comedy-satirical, war, fantasy, criminal or historical. They can be addressed to adults or children. Tarzan, Dick Tracy and Flash Gordon were the first representatives of the genre in the United States. They were followed by Superman,…

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Since 1996, AbeBooks has provided a place for independent sellers to sell their new and used books and for buyers looking for rarities. In addition to first editions and dedicated copies, you can also find magazines, photos, maps and letters on the site. The millions of books and other items come from sellers from more than 50 countries. It is a subsidiary of Amazon since 2008 and it has several international sites. At the site, I read about the most expensive sales of 2023, from which I highlight the books that I am familiar with. A first edition of Harry Potter sold for £70,000. In 1997, Bloomsbury published only 500 copies, of which 200 were for promotional purposes and 300 were for libraries. One of the latter ones was this book from the Edinburgh Public Library being sold here last year. A total of 27 people borrowed the book before…

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