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The Game by Diana Wynne Jones
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May 28, 2010

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bookshelves: youngadult, 2010read
Recommended to Susan by: Helen
Recommended for: fans of greek mythology, fantasy
Read from May 25 to 26, 2010 , read count: 1

Sometimes I like Diana Wynne Jones, sometimes I don't. I have a feeling it has something to do with the depth of the fantasy world portrayed in the particular book. For example, Fire & Hemlock is one of my favorite novels ever and I consider it to be light on the fantasy, more magic realism than anything. This one was too heavy on the fantasy for me. Many of the scenes, especially all the traveling on "strands" was very difficult for me to picture, and I found it a bit boring. There was also a whole lot of backstory for such a slim volume. While I admire the attempt to weave Greek mythology into the story, I found it a bit heavy-handed and not quite successful, especially when she proceeded to explain how it all connected at the very end. Also, the book simply wasn't long enough to delve into this alternate world. Still well-written though, as always.

Grade: B-

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