The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two (Fairyland, #3)
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The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two (Fairyland #3)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  916 ratings  ·  234 reviews
“One of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century.”—TIME Magazine, on the Fairyland series

September misses Fairyland and her friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. She longs to leave the routines of home, and embark on a new adventure. Little does she know that this time, she will be spirited away to the moon,...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Feiwel & Friends
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I love Catherynne M Valente's writing, and recommend her to others only second to my beloved Diana Wynne Jones. My first introduction to her was the first book in the Fairyland series, which grabbed hold of me such that I was ecstatic to see the prequel short and overjoyed that a second book came out. I only just today learned that this is to be a five book series, and I had this one, the third, on Kindle pre-order the moment I learned of it. I have talked up her Orphan's Tales series beyond all...more
Megan Baxter
I love these books. I've said it before, and if there are more to come, I'll damn well say it again. I love these books. These are books I'd be so happy to read to children, and I would barely be able to suppress my glee to see what stories they'd come up with themselves, prompted by these inventive and whimsical tales. September, every time she goes to Fairyland, steals my heart.

Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You ca...more

Just because it's imaginary doesn't mean it isn't real


this is September, a.k.a. The Girl Who Captured My Heart and Took It On A Marvellous Ride to Fairyland ...

... for the third time. Repeat offender this cutie, but I don't mind. On the contrary, I hope she makes plans for many more wacky, bittersweet, tenderly wistful returns to the land where Imagination runs free and where she can follow the imperatives of her Criminal heart.

That's right, you heard me! The denizens of Fairyland have dubb...more
Oct 14, 2013 David rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Yetis on the Moon, girls who drive Model As
Let it be known that I love, love, love Catherynne Valente's Fairyland books. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making was one of those books that I think justifies an author's entire career all by itself — its language, its heart, its ability to seize grown-up hearts as readily as it speaks to those of children. It's a book that makes me wish I had children so I could read it to them.

Do not speak against TGWCFIASOHOM. I will defriend you. (Kidding. Maybe.)

That was the...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
This was a lovely third book to the Fairyland series, where September has struggled to return to Fairyland and is wondering if you can ever really go back. The characters left behind in Fairyland have struggled too, missing her and loving her. Life apart is not always easy.

September meets a few versions of Saturday and starts to question whether she gets choices in her life, and between that and the nostalgia of childhood and facing being a grownup and what that means for her fairy land and fair...more
Vanessa Fox
Also not quite as good as the first, although better than the second, since it reunites the characters that the first book put so much work into investing us in.

And I did highlight some things. For instance:

"That's your first hint that something's alive. It says no... No is the heart of thinking."


"At the bottom of philosophy something very true and very desperate whispers: Everyone is hungry all the time. Everyone is starving. Everyone wants so much.. Everyone is hungry and not only for foo...more
Feb 27, 2014 Dylan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
Catherynne M.otherfucking Valente, man... I swear to the Big Cheese there is a magical know-all genius toad living inside her head or something--there must be!--because there is no way someone with a human brain could write this many extremely different yet equally amazing things!
Ms. Library
Anyone who has been around me knows how I feel about the fairyland books; I think they are wonderful and that Valente can WRITE. The first two were some of my favorite children's books ever written, but this one just solidifies Fairyland as my second favorite series of all time (behind LOTR, of course). The writing in this is absolutely breathtaking, and I can't wait for Valente's next offering. Whereas the previous books were beautifully written and extraordinary adventures, this one felt so mu...more
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
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"Just because it's imaginary doesn't mean it isn't real."

In The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two, September fears that now that she is 14 years old that she is much too old to be able to travel to Fairyland. Her fears become unwarranted as one afternoon she suddenly finds herself leaving her ordinary world once again. She’s joined again with her dear friends Saturday and A through L but instead of journeying to Fairyland, s...more
Sonja Arlow
I have adored this series from the start, with its whimsical and highly imaginative storyline very reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland however this installment was very slow to start as it only really picked up at the 40% mark.

The writing, still beautiful in places, seemed to have become OTT with overly descriptive pages with no room for a plot line to develop. It almost seemed as if the author was trying to hard to show off her vivid imagination.

The storyline:
September has grown up, and is wor...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Those who know me well are aware that I’m not generally one to give praise lightly. While I read a lot of books I think are fantastic and authors who I believe have talent, not every voice or novel is one that makes a lasting impression or will likely impact future fiction. So please take me seriously when I say that I do believe Catherynne M. Valente is one of the most gifted authors writing today. Fifty years into the future, I want her Fairyland series to be a classic, read in place of or alo...more
4.5 stars

By the third book in a series, reviews sort of become a weird amalgamation of fangirling over the wonderfulness of the author and world and picking at little details that seem small-minded to someone who isn't familiar with the series.

All that aside, if you've read the first few books in this series, you will love this one, as it combines Valente's fantastical imagination and wisdom once again in a book that while marketed as a middle-grade read really has the philosophical depth to ser...more
Come lovers of language and beauty and the magic of Fairyland, on another of September's adventures. Once again we being in Omaha, waiting for Fairyland to collect her.
"Being prepared meant standing at the ready any moment, should Fairyland come for her - and this was how she conceived of it in her deepest heart: a whole world drifting ever closer in a beautiful chariot of air and light and ocean, a whole world coming to collect her" (p.11)

Once more, we dive into a Fairy quest with September and...more
Well, September. You *have* grown up, haven't you? I'm glad you still have a ways to go, though. You and Saturday and Ell have plenty left to learn.

This trip to Fairyland, September is introduced to the magicks of time, and money, and seeming. And she finds herself asking a question that is pretty familiar to most of us (no matter how Grown Up we are): what is Fate, really, anyway?

She also learns that Tools Have Rights, and more importantly, people should never be used as Tools, no matter how...more
Alan Phelps
This book is not, objectively, a five star book. It has severe pacing issues, a generally irrelevant overarching plot, and relies so much on exposition at times that I felt like I was in lecture. So, why do I give it five stars anyway? Because I've grown attached to this series, to its characters. I'm not here to review books objectively. I don't think people can do that. I mean, they can look at a book and say "This didn't do as it should have done by the literary laws set forth in creative wri...more
This is the third book in the The Girl Who series by Valente. I absolutely loved the previous two books in this series (and I love Valente’s writing in general). This book was better than the second book and I really enjoyed the creativity and wonderful imagery throughout. There are rumored to be at least two more books in this series due out in 2014 and 2015.

September misses her friends from Fairyland but is trying to make the best of her time at home with her mother and father. But then when s...more
Genevieve Scheele
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3.5 stars

I’ve been a big fan of Catherynne Valente’s first two FAIRYLAND books, each one full of more imagination than the entire oeuvre of some fantasy authors, to say nothing of the lushly vivid and starkly original language, the wry self-aware humor, and the sharp insights into the joys and pangs of growing up. And all of that returns in the third installment, The Girl Who Soared Over Fairylandand Cut the Moon in Two. But these elements didn’t quite gel in the same manner for me in this one a...more
Once again Valente succeeds here in sharing the wise and wonderful adventures of September. Another year has passed and September, now fourteen, is beginning to grow up even more. And as every day passes without a return to Fairyland, she begins to feel nervous that there may be an age limit to her adventures. Simultaneously, September struggles with a topic that first came up in The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There - her destined job. At long last, she forces her way bac...more
Nathan Dehoff
I read the first two books in this series last year, and quite enjoyed them. This one continues the series when September returns to Fairyland in the company of an argumentative Blue Wind and a Model A Ford, and journeys to the Moon. Not only does the Fairyland Moon include several population centers, including a city growing on the shell of a giant whelk and a town devoted to photography, but it’s apparently under siege by a giant yeti named Ciderskin. Valente plays on the idea of pictures of y...more
I guess I am a jerk for giving this book such a low rating since it is highly rated by others. And I also didn't finish it which hardly ever happens. I slog through if I need to, but I just couldn't with this book. First of all, it is book three in a series and I didn't know it but it quickly became apparent as I had a hard time figuring out references from previous books. Second, the writing is beautiful and very poetic but in my humble opinion, it is too flowery for kids to get into. There wer...more
While not as good as the first book, this third installment in the the Fairyland series is still enjoyable and thought provoking. Like much great children's literature, it deals with what does it mean to grow up and the anxiety around that. The author has a great imagination and the book is full of scenes of weird, fantastic places. This adds a lot to the book but also sometimes is too heavy and overpowering. I was surprised by the ending, which always speaks well of a book, I think.
Azalea Camille  de Guzman
Perfection in a children's book-

“So it is written - but so, too, it is crossed out. You can write it over again. You can make notes in the margins. You can cut out the whole page. You can, and you must, edit and rewrite and reshape and pull out the wrong parts like bones and find just the thing and you can forever, forever, write more and more and more, thicker and longer and clearer. Living is a paragraph, constantly rewritten. It is Grown-Up Magic. Children are heartless; their parents hold th...more
Crystal Puckett
What can I say about this book that I haven't said already about the previous two? It was fantastic and I loved everything about it, except the Blue Wind, who I am fairly sure I was not supposed to like, so that's ok. It started out slow, mostly lectures and speeches for a good part of the book, but I so enjoy Valente's writing that I didn't really mind that, and found all of those lectures and speeches thought-provoking. I do feel like maybe editing dropped the ball with this book, because at o...more
Book Angel Emma
Review by Shelly

Finally the third book in the Fairyland series is here and I for one could not wait to dive in. As soon as you see the beautiful cover you know you are in for another colourful ride and Catherynne Valente does not disappoint.
September has waited her year and is itching to get back to Fairyland and find her friends. However, her 14th birthday comes and goes and September is worried that she has grown too old to ever go back. How lucky for the reader then that the tricky Blue Wind...more
Courtney Joshua
The plot was straggling at times but the book was still highly fascinating, clever, and enjoyable.
I love these books so, so much! The third Fairyland adventure gave me ALL THE EMOTIONS.
If you want to read my gushing, squeeful review, go to SFF Book Review and join me in longing for the next volume in the series.
Perfect. Amazing. Perfect and amazing.

Family is a transitive property.

(Been keeping this a secret to surprise a friend, finally get to post it, be grateful I'm not flailing all over the place freaking out about how very, very good this is)
Just like the two books that came before it, The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two is sometimes delightful, often confusing, and always very strange.

And this one takes longer to start than the first two. For the first two stories, you had a general idea of what September was going to do from the very beginning. This time, September ends up in Fairyland without any real goal at all. She shows up, ends up at the base of the highway to the moon, and goes up it. It takes her mor...more
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Catherynne M. Valente was born on Cinco de Mayo, 1979 in Seattle, WA, but grew up in in the wheatgrass paradise of Northern California. She graduated from high school at age 15, going on to UC San Diego and Edinburgh University, receiving her B.A. in Classics with an emphasis in Ancient Greek Linguistics. She then drifted away from her M.A. program and into a long residence in the concrete and cam...more
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