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Strange Evil

3.3  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Book by Jane Gaskell
Mass Market, 238 pages
Published July 1st 1979 by Pocket Books (first published 1957)
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This is a strange and imaginative book about an Earth woman from London who is sort-of abducted by cousins from another world. She is taken to a fairyland full of satyrs and giants and faerie-like humans, and finds herself caught in the middle of a war between those who live inside the magical mountain that is the source of the faerie beings' immortality, and those who have been exiled to the outside.

This book was written by the author when she was fourteen. They decided to publish it on the str
Heather *live on coffee & flowers*
This book was full of awesome ideas, but also rambling descriptions that added nothing to the story. The MC had no importance to the plot whatsoever and wasn't that interesting anyway. The rest of the characters left much to be desired. The ending was bizarre and the whole thing just felt unfinished.

Obviously this book didn't impress me. Yet I am really impressed this was written when the author was only fourteen. I really loved The Shiny Narrow Grin, so I'm looking forward to reading more of Ga
Aug 12, 2013 Rhea marked it as probably-not
"The book was written when Gaskell was 14, and though it suffers from all the flaws her youth would lead you to expect, it is a staggering achievement. A fraught fairyland full of sexuality, and containing the most extraordinary baddy in fiction." - China Miéville

Dec 19, 2015 Hesper added it
Shelves: fantasy
The evil isn't just strange; it's cracktacular.

Worth the read for that alone, but I'm not going to rate it—the author was fourteen when she wrote it.
Oct 05, 2015 Jeffzhef rated it liked it
Shelves: mine
I read it because of China Mieville's recommendation, of course, and I, like Hesper on here, can confirm it is recommendable, especially for its villain, who hit me by some surprise.

As Jane Gaskell was 14 when she wrote the book, there are issues of pacing. And I wondered if the repetition of words within a paragraph or two was due to the lack of an editor, or a conscious stylistic choice. I went with conscious choice about half way through the novel.

This book is rather easy to find as an inex
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Gaskell was born Jane Gaskell Denvil on 7 July 1941, in Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, England (previously in the county of Lancashire). She is the great grandniece of the Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell. Her first novel, Strange Evil, was written when she was 14-years-old (published two years later, in 1957). In 1963 Gaskell married truck driver Gerald Lynch; and in 1965 their daughter, Lucy Em ...more
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