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In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente
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Nov 02, 11


I enjoyed In the Night Garden ("ING"), but was not particularly wowed by it. Its a dark adult fantasy in the same vein as the better know works of Neil Gaiman such as Neverwhere and Stardust. Reading ING, one can sense that it dervies from the Arabian Nights in that it is also structured as a collection of stories. However the mythology is not discernably Middle Eastern (probably more Western and similar to Hans Christian Anderson tales than anything). What was particularly interesting about ING was the manner in which it was written. There is a central plot concerning a prince in a garden hearing stories told by a strange girl. Within each of those stories characters will often break out into narrating their own tales -- a story within a story narrative. If you want to visualize, think of a series of Russian nesting dolls with each containing a smaller nested doll.
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