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The King of Elfland's Daughter by Lord Dunsany
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Apr 04, 11

really liked it
bookshelves: favorites, i-wish-i-d-written-this, fantasy, ownage
Read from March 13 to April 04, 2011

The best word to describe "The King of Elfland's Daughter" is poetic. It takes a problem, what happens after the happy ending, and really explores the implications of a human marrying (and luring away) the daughter of a fairy king. The answer? The world gets turned upside down, magic is everywhere (especially where it wasn't before) and the men of the parliament of Erl find that their eyes were bigger than their stomachs. I especially loved the irreverent trolls and will-o'-the-wisps because they were so inhuman in their frivolity. This characterization made a nice contrast to the seriousness of the Freer and the sorrow of Lirazel.
If you're at all into fantasy, you should read this book.

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03/13/2011 page 14
03/15/2011 page 84
33.0% "I'm in love with the prose in this book. Is it any coincidence that the intro was by one of my idols, Mr. Neil Gaiman? Hell to the no."
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