A cleverly written throughly engaging retelling of one of the Great Bard's works. I enjoyed seeing the author's interpretation and reimagining of TheA cleverly written throughly engaging retelling of one of the Great Bard's works. I enjoyed seeing the author's interpretation and reimagining of The Winter's Tale. It was interesting how she brought the story into the modern age and still kept the timeless quality of the morals of the story. She wove the essence of the classics, even giving the story a touch of the feel of a Greek Tragedy, with the modern world.
She made the story new but still recognizable and there was a sense of playfulness in her naming of some of the characters and her more direct references to Shakespeare and other classics.
I had mixed feelings about the way she incessantly interwove certain themes throughout the story, particularly relating to time, with direct references to the books title that are reoccurring. In some aspects it was interesting seeing what she was doing, but at moments it felt like she was hitting the reader over the head with it.
Perhaps because of the fact that it is a retelling of Shakespeare I found the story had an almost fairy tale like feel. While nearly everything in the book could potentially happen the story did feel entirely grounded in reality.
A captivating book that in a way read as a grown-up, feminist version of Huck Finn with echoes of Cormac McCarthy and Jack London. There was a starkneA captivating book that in a way read as a grown-up, feminist version of Huck Finn with echoes of Cormac McCarthy and Jack London. There was a starkness to the writing which really reflected the setting of the book. I also really enjoyed the authors unique take on a post-apocalyptic situation. She gave the story a sense of timeliness by creating a very Wild West feel. In addition I really appreciated the way she revolved the story around strong female characters in a genre which usually as men and boys as the main focus.
A twistidly delightful morbidly quirky book which offered a poignant critique of todays society, specifically the culture oh L.A. and Hollywood and thA twistidly delightful morbidly quirky book which offered a poignant critique of todays society, specifically the culture oh L.A. and Hollywood and the obsession so many have with the lives and particularly deaths of celeberties. One of my favorite quotes in the book was a statement about how today we need to classify everything and make everything part of a list. This is so very true.
One of the things I loved about this book was its sense of timelessness. There is nothing to solidly pinpoint the time frame of the story, sure there are modern references and heavy 90s influences but the story could take place anywhere between the 90s to present day. Beyond that there are many references to the golden days of Hollywood so in a way the book spans generations.
As this book is classified as a young adult book I commend the author for openly dealing with some very heavy subjects and subjects that many would consider controversial for young readers.
Granted this book is not for the squeamish or faint of heart. It is gruesome and has some pretty detailed descriptions of the grotesque and deals frankly with disturbing subjects. But I love how honestly and openly the writer treats death, no hiding from it or keeping it in hushed corners.
It is gritty, raw and real but the story still had a macabre charm. ...more