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Strange things are happening on the remote and snowbound archipelago of St. Hauda’s Land. Magical winged creatures flit around the icy bogland, albino animals hide themselves in the snow-glazed woods, and Ida Maclaird is slowly turning into glass. Ida is an outsider in these parts who has only visited the islands once before. Yet during that one fateful visit the glass tra ...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Atlantic Books (first published April 23rd 2009)
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Sparrow
Jun 04, 2010 Sparrow rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Casey Shaw
Recommended to Sparrow by: Kay Bailey
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There is no particular type of person so easy to make fun of as the teen or twenty-something man who takes himself really seriously. And yet, despite Ali Shaw basically falling into that category, imao, I don’t want to make fun of this book. I knew this guy, a while back, who was an emo musician surfer, and he was also so handsome that people apparently didn’t tell him he was wrong very often. This one time, when I first met him, he told me that Bright Eyes was the new Bob Dylan. That ended up r ...more
AtenRa
I have contradicting feelings about The Girl With The Glass Feet.There were times when I absolutely loved it and times that I was sure I was not gonna be able to finish it.
Let me elaborate:

The book describes how a girl named Ida, is slowly turning into glass because of white monster that she saw in a bog(?? That's all I know,believe me!)and it somehow "cursed" her.Ida, meets Midas, a very shy and introverted guy-daddy issues-who falls in love with her and tries to save her.The other characters,b
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Laura
I want to like it. Fault - too often the characters are unrealistic. There are several moments where I didn't believe in the characters. Falling in love is a facing life action - not a facing death action. It felt like the main plot worked against itself without any of the characters acknowledging this. Also - at times I was confused by the characters. The absolute magic of the book is interesting - but there is a forced sense of poetry that conflicts with just telling me a story. The glass feet ...more
Erica (daydreamer)
Warning: this review is long and gushing because I love the book so

The Girl with Glass Feet is a beautiful, achingly romantic tale, full of breathless wonder and untold promises. It captured my heart, and I became a part of the story, part of the enchantment. And I loved it, oh so dearly. This book is like a fairytale, a poetically beautiful fairytale. Yet it’s more reminiscent of the original fairytales, with the flow of the writing and the very detailed descriptions. Ali Shaw, though, is moder
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Jo
4 ¾ Stars.*

“I should take a photo.”
“No. Just remember it, and us in it.”
He swallowed.
She smiled. Here was rightness of place and time.”


There isn’t much I can say about this book that other people haven’t said in the other comments here.
This book is absolutely breath taking: it’s perfectly executed, immaculately paced and I fell in love with every single character**- flaws and all.
The world that Shaw creates is so lush and full of vivid colour and texture that if someone had run into my room pr
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Melinda Salisbury
Oh but I did not want this book to end. I didn't want to get to the end as I knew it would break my heart. And it did, but in a good way.

Let me tell you about this wonderful book.

Ida Maclaird visited St. Hauda's land a year ago and met a strange man. Henry Fuwa accidentally told her about the moth-winged cattle and she'd heard of the beast whose glance could turn anything it fell on pure white. And so when she remembers him mentioning the glass people in the bog, she knows when the tips of her
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karen
Apr 02, 2013 karen marked it as reviewed-for-fun  ·  review of another edition
Robin Romm
The hybrid form of the book—fairy tale, myth, psychological realism and fantasy—impresses. But Shaw's most delightful offerings are the vivid details he provides to make the magical real…The end of the book, saturated with color and emotion, is risky and brave like the message it imparts. Only a heart of glass would be unmoved.
—The New York Times


you rang, NY times?
Uci
"...kau tidak pernah ingin tahu...ke mana perginya perasaan?"

Jika diminta menceritakan isi buku ini, rasanya saya hanya bisa menjawab bahwa Gadis dengan Kaki dari Kaca adalah sebuah dongeng yang indah tentang perasaan dan isi hati manusia. Mungkin tubuh yang berubah menjadi kaca atau makhluk-makhluk aneh bersayap yang ditemukan di Kepulauan St. Hauda's Land adalah metafora yang digunakan penulis dan hanya dia yang benar-benar memahami maknanya. Karena sampai seribu tahun dari sekarang pun mungki
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Allison
Dec 28, 2009 Allison rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone! But especially lovers of magical-realism and a world almost-but-not-quite like our own.
I loved, loved, loved this book. I had been spending a lot of time in YA fantasy and figured it was about time I made my way back into the adult literary world. This seemed like the perfect book to help me find my way. I've developed quite a soft spot for magical realism, and I think that this story vindicates my favoritism from that "genre."

Ida discovers that - tendon by tendon, vein by vein - she is slowly turning to glass. It begins with a splinter-sized piece on the sole of her foot and slo
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Melissa
This book frustrated me. I wanted to like it, but the characters were just boring. I didn't care about any of them. Midas was pathetic and Ida was obnoxious. I couldn't believe the romance between these two, it felt false. Perhaps this book would have been a little better if we found out why Ida was turning into glass. What was with the winged bull moths and the animals turning white? Nothing was even remotely explained. And Midas never found out about his father! So frustrating. I also had an i ...more
Megan Baxter
It has the feel of a fairy tale crossed with a hint of horror. Creepiness lurked around the edges of the story, never overt, never overdone. I suppose the best fairy tales have that as well - the original ones can have an ominous edge.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.

In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook
RNOCEAN
An inventive and richly visual novel about young lovers on a quest to find a cure for a magical ailment, perfect for readers of Alice Hoffman
Strange things are happening on the remote and snowbound archipelago of St. Hauda’s Land. Unusual winged creatures flit around the icy bogland, albino animals hide themselves in the snow-glazed woods, and Ida Maclaird is slowly turning into glass. Ida is an outsider in these parts, a mainlander who has visited the islands only once before. Yet during that o
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Maria
Este é um daqueles livros que eu não sabia se iria gostar ou não porque não tinha lido nada (opiniões, criticas...) sobre ele. Já o tinha visto a algum tempo na Bertrand, mas como não tinha a certeza se o queria mesmo ou não não arrisquei. Mas, com a promoção da Bertrand, encontrei-o a 7,50 euros e decidi comprá-lo.

Tenho a dizer que é um dos meus livros favoritos. Não tem muitas personagens, não tem uma história muito densa, nem grandes intrigas e mistérios. Mas tem magia, uma grande magia que e
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Rachael
I did not enjoy this book.

The blurb and the cover drew me in, the promise of albino animals and glowing jellyfish and a girl slowly turning to glass. I am not a fan of romantic fiction, not in any sense at all, and so this was a novel that was never going to be for me, and did not realise how much of this was going to be based on the romances of every character introduced when I picked it up.

Overall, it feels so flat. I found myself unable to connect with any of the characters or to really care
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Alexandra Gold
The Book
The Girl with Glass Feet is a beautiful story and a great concept and I liked the monochromatic scenery that was described. The fantastic elements make this book unique and intriguing and overall a captivating like a beautiful dream. But even beautiful dreams are not perfect!

The Plot
This is where the beautiful dream fall apart for me! This book is composed mostly from fractured chapters and thus the plot gets confusing! The ending of the book even reminded me of that last scene from Tit
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Liviu
The premise of this novel is quite arresting: after a short visit on her mother's birthplace, the Northern Archipelago of St. Hauda's Land, where strange people live and even stranger things happen, young Ida Maclaird's feet have transformed into glass and moreover, the "glass infection" in her body is slowly spreading. From a chance conversation with secluded island naturalist Henry Fuwa, she believes her strange illness is peculiar to St. Hauda's Lands so she must go back if she has any hope o ...more
Alex
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Chanel11
I am rather confused as to whether I liked this book or not. I guess I should start with what I liked:

The writing was lovely, very picturesque and descriptive.
The idea of the story was interesting.

Now on to what I didn't like:

The way the story unfolded fell short for me. Not only that, I had to push myself to keep reading, as much as I wanted to find out what happened in the story, it felt like I was being 'blocked' somehow from doing it. Whilst it was nice and all to read chapters about each ch
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Catherine Lovelace
Entrancing

At first I was a bit skeptical. I picked it up because of its fairytalesque title but then reading the description on the inside cover I gre afraid that I had picked up some boy-meets-girl in the lonely gray landscape of some random small town island. The kind where 'their love for each other melts the winter's chill'. But I was very very happy to find that it is probably the exact opposite of that kind of book. Yes there is a man who meets a woman on some island in winter. But the boo
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Beth
On the surface, this is the unusual story of a girl who finds herself living with a disease that is slowly turning her body to glass. But it ends up being much more. As Ida searches for a cure for her condition, the strangers she meets become a part of her story. It’s a story of broken people trying to live and love despite the scars of their pasts -- and the wounds which may be in their futures.

This book is beautifully written, in prose that shifts back and forth between fairy-tale enchantment
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Joe Dempsey
When I read the synopsis of this book, I was intrigued to say the least. The idea of the central female character slowly turning to glass, and the central male being a photographer immediately seemed to imply an interesting subtext to be explored, all with an air of a classic fairytale. The book certainly exploits its 'fairytale' positioning, with elements of (seemingly) fantastical Scandinavian folklore woven through the tale. Jellyfish explode into light when they die, and creatures roam the w ...more
Karen morsecode
I was really pleased when I was offered an advanced reader copy of Ali Shaw's debut novel. I was intrigued by the synopsis. It seemed like just the kind of book I enjoy most.

The Girl with Glass Feet is the story of Midas Crook, a young man who uses his camera to shield him from the world, and Ida Maclaird, the titular character (and if there is a single protagonist it is Midas not Ida). The novel is also very much concerned with its setting, the strange, snowbound archipelago of St. Hauda's Lan
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Blair
Occasionally I find that a particular book, for no obvious reason, keeps popping up everywhere - in my Amazon recommendations, in mentions on friends' blogs, in magazines' books-of-the-year lists - until I end up feeling like I almost HAVE to read it. The Girl with Glass Feet is one such book. Based on the premise (a love story, set on a somewhat fantastical fictional archipelago, about the relationship between Midas, a shy photographer, and Ida, a girl who is slowly turning into glass) I wasn't ...more
Michelle
An amazing idea, gorgeous prose... and a completely boring middle. This book would have fared better as a short story. There is so much to love about this book (i. e. the descriptiveness) but that is exactly what weighs this book down. I read the first couple chapters, got bored out of my mind, and skipped to the end. And the sad part is, I don't feel like I missed anything by skipping the middle. The end is where the best stuff is. All my skipping around could have been avoided by making this n ...more
Allison
How someone can be verbose without saying anything takes talent.
Manda
I cannot believe how much time I wasted reading this book. I wouldn’t have minded if I had actually enjoyed the book, but I didn’t enjoy the book whatsoever.
A girl slowly turning into glass sounded so imaginative, original and interesting. I agree that it was imaginative and original but it certainly wasn’t interesting, at least not for me. The characters annoyed me, well Midas did as he appeared the most and Ida? Well I didn’t really develop a connection with her at all so I didn’t care wheth
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Suzanne
I just love the concept of this book! A girl that turns into glass? Amazing! I can hardly wait to read this one!



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I just finished this book today, and I have a lot to say about it!

First of all, the great things:

Ali Shaw writes amazing and beautiful descriptions. When it comes to describing the world he is writing about, he doesn't miss a speck on a leaf. As a reader, you can breathe in the air h
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Luz Balthasaar
Ng... kepaksa banget 2 bintang. Padahal saia ingin ngasih lebih. Ingin banget >_<

Judulnya keren. Premisnya menarik. Cewek yang berubah jadi kaca, dan usaha dia serta seorang cowok super introvert yang naksir dia untuk mencari obatnya! Nice. Dua hal itu cukup untuk bikin saia langsung sambar buku ini dari rak Paperclip Kota Kasablanka.

Karakter, saia ga terlalu masalah. Saia suka cara penulis menunjukkan flashback-flashback karakter dan memberikan kisah-kisah (cinta masa lalu) mereka (yang k
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Rita
Ali Shaw, livreiro e colaborador na Biblioteca de Bodleian em Oxford, lançou em 2010 a sua obra de estreia “A Rapariga dos Pés de Vidro”, que recebeu no mesmo ano o prémio Desmon Elliot Prize 2010.

Nesta obra somos apresentados ao casal Midas e Ida, que se conhecem no misterioso arquipélago de Santo Hauda. Midas Crook, um amante entusiástico de fotografia, que trabalha como florista na loja de um grande amigo seu, é um jovem tímido e reservado, que tem dificuldade em dar-se a conhecer aos outros.
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Tori
Right. So you know how you aren't supposed to judge a book by it's cover? Well, I usually equate that to, "the cover is ugly, I won't read it." Well, this cover was AMAZING, but the book kinda blew it. I mean, I loved the whole idea. Mini-wingy buffalo things and glass people, but it lacked... something. I don't know, maybe the story was too sad or confusing for a simpleton like me, but it just didn't suck me in. I did read about half of it, but then I was like *drool* and I had to bring it back ...more
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