Frowning for Crin-blanc (The wild white Stallion). I suppose it is hard to retrofit a good book from what is a very visual film and what may have been a very visually beautiful art house type film make a pretty bleak children’s book. At least it was short but the French passion for Elegant variation means I know more French words for marshy ground than I will ever need again.
On the plus side I feel very happy to have completed this time despite struggling with a couple. I feel I am beginning to get beyond revisiting childhood reads. Most I enjoyed and I am a bit torn over Star read. I think it has to be my one reread, We couldn’t leave Dinah, which is an excellent children’s book made all the more impressive by the time it was written when the future was very uncertain and yet is quite sophisticated in showing that an enemy general for horrific regime can be a doting grandfather and that the choices that have to be made are far from easy.
However, I am so glad I have discovered the Woodbury books through Pony Club trek. They are really well done and have corrected my impression that Josephine’s later work was weaker - wasn’t wowed by theMoor books I have read so far. I love them and wish she had written more.
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Well done in finishing Ginslinger. I found Crin Blanc (though I read the English language version - my French isn't that good!) pretty bleak and depressing for a children's story too, although I must say it was a first class translation from French.
Darkhorse - forgot to ask did you pick a Star Read?
I'm waiting for my final 2 books to arrive before I can complete the challenge. Hoping to finish, if not quite by the end of September, not long after. If anyone else is worried they may not finish by the end of Sept 'deadline' then don't worry as it's not exactly set in stone. I'd rather you finished a few days later than thinking you had failed the challenge.
If anyone would like a rosette then feel free to pm me your address. There may be a delay getting the rosettes out (mainly because I have to buy more envelopes) but don't worry I will send everyone's out. Unlike last year I can't guarantee that everyone will get a horsey card but everyone will get a card.
If you sent me your address last year then I will have it just let me know either by pm or here if it's the same. If you have moved please tell me your new one. If for some reason you don't feel comfortable giving out your address/dont want a rosette again let me know here (this is to make sure that I don't forget you!). If I have received your pm then I will reply.
Finally if anyone is under the age of 16 please ask your parents/guardians permission if it's ok to give your address out (don't want irate parents!).
Is Crin-Blanc the one starring Mark Lester? Egads, that one is as traumatizing as The Red Pony. Bleak. Hopeless.
ETA:. Oh, no, it looks like Crin Blanc is different but perhaps equally as soul sapping as Run Wild, Run Free??
What was supposed to be so enlightening and inspiring about these untamed boys and untamed horses coming together and paying the ultimate price?
I haven’t seen or read those and am not sureI want to. Have mental image of cliched French intellectuals smoking gauloise and discussing existentialism and freedom but as a child friendly tale it sucks. There is a place for exposing children to the harshness of life and a time for protecting them but don’t pin a magic island on a brutally bleak ending. Meh
Ok the rosettes got sent today for those whose addresesses I have got.
Inland ones got sent second class overseas ones went airmail. Please lmk if you have received them and/or you want to see proof of posting.
THANKS very much Garej, my lovely rosette arrived today - nice surprise after coming home from the dentist - I chickened out of treatment as I have lost my nerve with dentists totally after a couple of nasty experiences, I am just going to only eating food that doesn't need chewing!!
PS re the Run Wild Run Free book, I can never remember whether it was the book of the film or vice versa - but if you think the book is bad - you should see the film! Think 'Hound of th e Baskervilles' made with the local trekking centre!!
Well done in finishing Garej. Yes I would love a rosette please if you have time to post it. My address is the same as last year.
Sorry to hear about your Dad Trixiepony. My dad had kidney stones a few years back which he said were very painful, I think gallstones are similar. Hope he gets better and feels better soon!
Well I'm hoping to finish off by the end of the week. I'm about two thirds through Dinah which I am really enjoying. I'm also trying to fit in a book of short ghostly pony stories which I am reviewing.
Thank you all, it got even worse the pain so he is now in the city hospital and thay say it’s a combination of a sist on or in his liver and a hernia, so mum and I drove over to my brothers house so we are a little closer and can travel there easily.
Thanks Claire, probably for the best! I will try again at some point but keep getting side tracked, i've just read the first animal ark 'adult' book as it was a freebie and a couple of Kim Ablon Witneys, also freebies, when i should have tackled that instead!
Star read is hard, i love the Eventers Trilogy and Black loch but as they were not new reads i'll give it to Look before you leap, despite the ending with A filly for Melinda and headed for the win right up there too.
I would LOVE a rosette - it would cheer me up no end, Many Thanks
Claire - can I have a fairly indefinite extension? some pretty harsh stuff going on in my life at the mo. I will read the last two books just not sure when
My star book is "Leopard" which was lovely
"The importance of being a good horsemaster should be impressed on every mounted soldier. He should be taught to look upon his horse as his best friend, to study it, to take a pride in its appearance and to look after its wants before his own"
fizz: Is it too late to read the Francis book and watch the film?
Aug 17, 2017 22:08:46 GMT 1
fizz: My show went well, good to have being painting again
Aug 17, 2017 22:09:07 GMT 1
Claire: Glad the show went well, wish I could paint! Yes, join in with the film and book any time you want.
Aug 20, 2017 0:08:05 GMT 1
cally: I need to make $ to emigrate. I can write non fiction, but fiction has me stumped.
Oct 14, 2017 11:52:49 GMT 1
cally: I need to make $ to emigrate, buy a rural property in the Yorkshire Dales area, start an animal rescue sanctuary and a service to take animals in to see the elderly, sick, disabled etc.
Oct 14, 2017 11:54:33 GMT 1
cally: Oh I see how this works now- don't press the return button, eejit. How do I start to write a pony book having read hundreds, and not accidentally or intentionally accidentally 'borrow' ideas?
Oct 14, 2017 11:56:41 GMT 1
Claire: Hi Cally! What great ambitions!!
Oct 14, 2017 20:59:09 GMT 1
cally: My lap top stuffed so am trying to get all my stuff over to slow crap I pad so had to go through log in thing and change password so I hope I come up as me. So this is a test!
Oct 24, 2017 5:27:39 GMT 1
Claire: Yep Cally it's you alright!!
Oct 26, 2017 22:30:22 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all, just to say have put my 2 Christmas 'Pumble' stories in the Christmas 2017 in case anyone fancies a re-read.
Dec 24, 2017 13:48:15 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all apologies for not being around the last few days. Have been away travelling with no intyernet
Mar 8, 2018 13:53:52 GMT 1
Claire: Or even internet lol
Mar 8, 2018 13:54:08 GMT 1
brumby: Hi Claire, what has happened to the Pony Mad book Lovers Website??
Mar 18, 2018 8:23:22 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all sorry the website has been down due to technical problems with web host. All back up and running now!
Mar 22, 2018 19:19:12 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all the offical Reading Challenge thread is now up and running!
Jun 12, 2018 18:08:13 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all just to say have added a few Autumn/Halloween themed quizzes for you
Oct 9, 2018 15:02:48 GMT 1
Claire: Yet more Pooboards problems - sorry it is not letting anyone post as a guest at the moment - will contact them and try and sort it out.
Nov 4, 2018 12:50:07 GMT 1
aud: Can anyone tell me if they know of a Pony book that has a story line with A nesting Pair of Osprey Birds(thats as well as Ponies)i have been told it is either Alisons Island Adventure by Sheila Stewart or one of the Jinney books by patricha Leitch.
Dec 10, 2018 19:03:28 GMT 1
tali: One of the Jinny books has a sub story line of egg stealing so may be the one you are thinking of. It is one of the books that features the character Claire Burnley.
Dec 24, 2018 12:54:11 GMT 1
ginslinger: It is one of the early Jinny books. I only read the first few and I found the storyline upsetting.
Jan 4, 2019 19:17:50 GMT 1