The Captain’s Log – the empty grave (Jonathan Stroud)

Ahoy there me mateys!  Reach fer yer grog!  Day five with book five of the Lockwood & Co. series done.  Challenge Completed!  I give meself a pat on me back!  Arrr!  As usual if ye haven’t read the first book in this series, the screaming staircase, then ye might want to skip this post and go read the first book.  Worth the read.  No spoilers ahead but if ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . .

So this bleary-eyed but happy Captain managed to read all of the books of the series in one week by the skin of me teeth.  The last book cannot be dealt with in any major way due to crazy spoilers but I will share me overall impressions with ye.

So while book four continues to be me favourite, this book was a highly pleasing conclusion to the series.  There were a couple of major plot points that I did not expect in any fashion and I LOVED them.  The good guys win which is always nice but there were some unintended consequences to the win which I also loved.  I am hard pressed to pick a favorite character at this point.  Lucy was the narrator throughout and it was excellent seeing things through her somewhat persnickety personality.  Flo, George, Kipps, really the whole gang, were lovely to read about.  I am so very glad that this series was brought to me attention and that I experienced it.  Especially during Spooktober!  I think no matter what be yer age, there is something to enjoy in following the adventures of Lockwood & Company.  Do it!

Now some general thoughts of reading a five book series in a condensed timeframe:

  1. I haven’t done this in so long that I now realize that I am not likely to repeat the exercise anytime soon.  While I may occasionally still do a 3 bells segment, in general I really do prefer some time in between the books of a series.
  2. Reading five books in five days does tax me brain slightly.  In between fighting off sharks, burying treasure, and sailing the high seas (i.e me real life), every spare moment was spent readin’.  While that is always fun, the pace did mean that other things like shut-eye and grub sometimes got forgotten.  Me stummy is still grumblin’.  I need some victuals.  Three books in five days is slightly more palatable.
  3. So many unfinished series.  Other members of me crew have been discussing this one recently and writing this Log post sent me a ponderin’ this question as well.  The answer – I have no real idea.  I don’t know how many series I have unfinished or even which ones I want to finish.  I can, however, more easily recall some series that I want to start.  So at some point in the near future I may be making meself a more concrete list.

So now it be on to the next great adventure.  I have no idea what port I will plunder next . . .

I normally put a blurb here but the blurb is soooo very spoilery that I shall not this time.  So there!

To visit the author’s website go to:

Jonathan Stroud – Author

To buy the book go to:

the empty grave – Book

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

Previous Log Entries for this Author

the screaming staircase (Captain’s Log – Young Adult Fantasy e-Arc)

the whispering skull (Captain’s Log – Young Adult Fantasy)

the hollow boy (Captain’s Log – Young Adult Fantasy)

the creeping shadow (Captain’s Log – Young Adult Fantasy)

5 thoughts on “The Captain’s Log – the empty grave (Jonathan Stroud)

  1. Bravo Cap’n!!!!!
    * clapping *

    I have to admit, I didn’t think you could do it. However, for your sake, as you were saying, I hope you don’t do this again for a long time, if ever.

    Have some grog on me 🙂

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