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Geek Fantasy Novel by E. Archer
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Nov 08, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: comic-fantasy, coming-of-age, fairy-tales, family, humor, urban-fantasy, ya-fiction

Ralph is a typical young boy, dreaming of becoming a game designer and sketching out fantasy worlds in his head. Then, visiting family in England, he happens upon actual fantasy, in the form of an interfering fairy aunt. Will he be able to protect his cousins (and himself) from his aunt's machinations? Will anyone make it to the end of the book alive?

This book had an interesting premise, but it ran out of gas half-way through. The deeper into fantasy the characters went, the less important their adventures seemed. The book itself is resolved by a kind of deus-ex-machina that is never really explained, nor is any sort of change of heart in the characters shown. You get before and after scenes, but you don't see the process and books, in their heart, should always be about that process. So, it was a frustrating read.
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