There is a great part of me that wants to rate this book five stars for the writing, but I did struggle getting into it, and whenever I put the book dThere is a great part of me that wants to rate this book five stars for the writing, but I did struggle getting into it, and whenever I put the book down I would find it to be yet a struggle to get into it again. The writing of "Tender Morsels" by Margo Lanagan is, however, beautiful and capturing. The longer I sat down with the book, the more the story grew on me, but I could not read it in one setting from front cover to cover.
“Now you are in the true world, and a great deal more is required of you. Here you must befriend real wolves, and lure real birds down from the sky. Here you must endure real people around you, and we are not uniformly kind; we are damaged and impulsive, each in our own way. It is harder. It is not safe. But it is what you were born to.”
The story itself is rather long and switches perspective several times starting out with Liga as a child, who is molested by her own insensitive father several times. Whenever he impregnates her he makes her drink a mixture in order for her to miscarriage, however, she ends up with two daughters and decides to run off with them to hide in the woods. A bear ends up in the cottages just like in the fairy tale of "Blood Red, Snow White" which the story is based on. The reader does not only get to see things from the perspective of Liga, the mother, but also from a first person narrator with the bear.
“The earth’s lungs, coated in green ooze and thaw, breathed out blossom-scent and sour rot and fungus-must, wet and warm and aware, where before the air had been cold and blind, remote as the moon.”
A lovely story of two sides, right and wrong, love and horror, light and dark unfolds slowly with its familiar warmness from the famous fairy tale by The Grimm Brothers which the author manages to add her own touch to in the most lovely and gruesome way. It was a bumpy ride, but it sure had a great deal of loving moments which I shall treasure for a very long time. ...more
Divided in three sections, Blood Red, Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick tells the story of several stories which combined marks a very interesting perspecDivided in three sections, Blood Red, Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick tells the story of several stories which combined marks a very interesting perspective on how every single event is a result of another, and will result in another event and so forth.
There never was a story that was happy through and through.
The first section is told as a bitter sweet fairy tale involving a family of a grandparent and two children, starving in the Russian woods, only living on the fairy tales the old man feeds them. The outcome of the sad fairy tale is linked to the historical events of the fall of the Russian Tsar combining both fiction and facts. The second part of the story focuses on the author of the fairy tale, his personal story, and how he come up with the fairy tale by travelling to Russia where he becomes a spy. The third part is about a love story between the author and narrator and a Russian woman he meets and flees with in order to have their love bloom.
He had learned something already in the course of his journey. If you carried a closed wooden box, people want to know what is in it.
These three stories provide a magnificent though on how everything is related to one another, is by the beautiful and yet simple writing which is filled with great cleverness. I absolutely enjoy this telling as I have a soft spot of anything Russian. I did, however, find Sedgwick's authorial voice of Arthur Ransome a bit tiresome at several points as I knew nothing of him before I picked this up. Even so, Marcus Sedgwick manages to teach a lot to those who are ignorant about Ransome, and also provide every reader a great tale with an important thought that should not be overlooked. ...more
Since the INK trilogy I've been a huge fan of the author, Cornelia Funke's, work, so I thought this book would be easy peasy to fall in love with, likSince the INK trilogy I've been a huge fan of the author, Cornelia Funke's, work, so I thought this book would be easy peasy to fall in love with, like I did with the INK trilogy, only I did not fall in love with Reckless
The book has such a great potential; it has a lot of retelling elements such has Sleeping Beauty and magical creatures such as dwarfs and faeries. The universe behind the mirror was a brilliant idea, but unfortunately I did not find the universe appealing at all. To me it was too devided; magical creatures vs. the real life people living in the sweet-old-fashioned village.
As I already said, the book has got great potential, but there's something about the writing style (I read it in Danish, unfortunately)that was all wrong, also Jacob was way too annoying to get a long with.
So what do I do know and should you read the book at all, you might wondering. Yes. I do recommend Reckless but only because of the great adventure and realling elements, because these parts are absolutely great. ...more
Whenever a book is filled with princesses and princes, magical kingdoms, vivid characters and skilful writing I always end up feeling sad and overcomeWhenever a book is filled with princesses and princes, magical kingdoms, vivid characters and skilful writing I always end up feeling sad and overcome with joy when the book is finished. I got that feeling from reading "Goose Girl" by Shannon Hale and now again when rereading it.
“Its important to know stories. I felt the earth shift to make a place for you when you were born, and I came to tell you stories while you are young. And like me, you were born with a word on your tongue.”
When I first read this novel it swallowed me completely; I could not sense the world around me as I was simply not there any more. I was I Bayern with Ani and her geese. Rereading it again I felt the same absorbing feeling as I did the first time I read it three years ago. The book is long for its simple plot, but the writing takes it to the skies and makes one beg for more when the last word has been read. I think this feeling can best be described with one of Shannon Hale's own quotes from the book:
“She closed the book and put her cheek against it. There was still an odor of a library on it, of dust, leather, binding glue, and old paper, one book carrying the smell of hundreds.” ...more