Amandine Janin Janin itibaren Cheervanuppalapadu, Andhra Pradesh 523180, Hindistan
Hm. On the Far Side of the Mountain continues Sam's adventures from the first book, only with an added sister named Alice who is an interesting character, to say the least. At first it seemed as if the book was messy in direction--first there was the confiscation of Frightful, and suddenly the book switches gears to Alice heading off by herself with a pet pig (yes, a pet pig), and Sam's subsequent tracking down of Alice. While I liked the book well enough (or as well as I can like the Mountain books given some of my problems with them), there is quite a difference between the first and the second. While the first book was about Sam surviving and living his life mostly by himself, the second book is choke full of characters (new and returning), and it seems that more and more of modern life is creeping up on Sam though he may not like it. It's not necessary bad, but it's different, and the lack of Frightful is very apparent. 3 stars.