Sara Diane's Reviews > Across the Wall: A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other Stories

Across the Wall by Garth Nix
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Oct 30, 2014

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2008, fantasy, short-story-coll, reviewed, for-jordan, for-rebekah
Recommended for: Fantasy Fans, Nix Fans
Read in June, 2008

I picked this up because of the connection to the Abhorsen books and I finished reading it because it proved what I thought: Garth Nix is an amazing writer. I struggle to pinpoint what I like about Nix, but whatever it is, it works. The man can tell a story. His writing is clear, full of emotion, intriguing and dark. I love the way he see the world and that he simply takes the reader by the hand and lets you come along with him.

A collection of short stories, Across the Wall takes you from the Old Kingdom to pre-Arthurian Britain, to a war zone and other places, both real and imagined. These stories prove Nix can write stories in several genres (though he does usually get a dose of fantasy worked in) as well as make you laugh. I cracked up when one of the choose-your-own paragraphs said, "if you are reading this, you are cheating."

A great read for fans of Nix and anyone looking for some well-penned stories!

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