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Having loved the original trilogy so much, I had some misgivings about seeing The Bourne Legacy, with Jeremy Renner picking up where Matt Damon left off. Not quite–one of the neatest things about this movie is that for its largest part it takes place at the same time as The Bourne Ultimatum, the last of the Damon movies. I’m trying to think of children’s books (or any books) that do the same–Farmer Boy? The Bully of Barkham Street? The Alexandria Quartet?

In other series news, I’m just about done with A Discovery of Witches, encouraged by Elissa’s post. It was great beach and back porch reading, at its best reminding me of Katherine Neville’s deliriously over-the-top The Eight but with a better sense of humor. Or a more efficient Possession. (I loved how quickly Deborah Harkness dispatched the menstruation question that Stephenie Meyer never quite answered in Twilight.) But I may have to wait a while to try the sequel as the Labor Day weekend stack is already piling up with the new Denise Mina and a non-Brunetti by Donna Leon.

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. Roger, I’ve now seen The Bourne Legacy twice. And blogged about it. Twice. And I own the first three; I’m addicted to those movies! Got a big kick out of the “science” that’s introduced into the Bourne universe with this most recent entry. And Rachel Weisz is a great addition, I think!

    Happy reading.

  2. Roger Sutton Roger Sutton says:

    Me too, Kristin–last Christmas I “gave Richard” the trilogy on blu-ray. After seeing the new one we talked about how Rachel Weisz is great no matter the part, and she plays all sorts.

    Have you read the Ludlum books? I’ve never been able to get into them, which is a shame because, wow, all that Bourne.

  3. I call that some very generous gift giving.

    I’ve never even held a Ludlum book in my hands, but I suppose I’ll have to try at some point, because yes, all that Bourne. I’ve heard they’re very different from the movies, which is actually what’s kept me from trying them, because the movies are just exactly what I love. The combination of the zippy music plus the wonderful performances plus those clever chase and escape sequences where the hero keeps having to come up with instant solutions to impossible problems and we never know if the immigration official is looking at the traveler funny because he has indigestion or because HE RECOGNIZES AN INTERNATIONAL BLACK OPS CRIMINAL TRYING TO SNEAK INTO HIS NATION… I can’t get enough of it.

  4. All About Sam takes place at the same time as a bunch of the Anastasia Krupnik books. She does it so very cleverly, it’s hard to believe it wasn’t planned all along.

  5. The first third of Son is a good example of a novel taking place concurrently with another, and I think that’s largely why that part of the book is so compelling: it tells us more about what was happening in the often mysterious Giver. And I’m amused to glance up and see Wendy’s comment about a very different Lois Lowry series; apparently, LL is good at this!

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