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The Riddle of the Wren by Charles  de Lint
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Oct 06, 2011

did not like it
Read in October, 2011

When I started this book, I expected it to be your average young adult fantasy novel. My expectations were met until I reached the one hundred page mark. At that point, everything began cascading downhill. This mostly had to do with the fact that a giant, telepathic, wizard badger appeared. I can deal with this sort of thing in comedic fantasy novels, but Charles de Lint takes himself too seriously and his seriousness is the cause of many unintentionally funny moments from this point on. The story becomes so corny with the introduction of the erls (elves) that I occasionally burst out laughing. Overall, this story feels like its made up of the worst bits of classic fantasy novels. I wouldn't recommend this book unless you have a high tolerance for sap and wizard badgers.

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