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Quiver by Stephanie Spinner
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Aug 05, 11

bookshelves: mythology, fantasy, historical-fiction, romance, gender-issues, ancient-history, favorites
Recommended for: Feminist, those interested in mythology
Read on July 30, 2011, read count: 2

Charming. I feel like there's nothing else to say. Very few books can be described so aptly with one word.

Really I don't want to say anything else it seems disingenuous somehow, but I do have more to expand on.

OK, well I've wanted to read this book for a year or two, it sounded just so up my alley, finally I found it in less local library. I was happy but a little dismayed to see the font size in such a skinny spine. I imagined it being longer but when I was done I thought its skinniness and lettering only added to its sweet charm. :P

The story is heavy on plot with simple description. The book never distorts the myth of Alalanta but expands on it creatively with a flavor I thoroughly enjoyed.

I felt a little bashful to read a book that shouted SO blatantly, "Yeah! Revival of the scared feminine!" Especially on reading the blurb, but again, even a little blushing seemed to work with the book.

I also felt a deep interest in it as a myth, simply because I have a fascination with classic linguistics. While reading I was always drawing parallels between it and European fairy tales. The allegory is especially interesting because of its relationship with the culture and history of man.

All this said, I did take a couple of bongs hits before reading this book, (and finishing it in about 2 hours), which might have made it little more fun, but I think it's sweet, interesting, informative still. I'd like to get my own copy to fit snugly into my own bookshelf somewhere.
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