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Wildwood by Colin Meloy
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Dec 11, 11

Read from November 26 to December 11, 2011

Wildwood, all props to Meloy and his lovely wife Ellis, reads like one of the longest Decemberists songs of all time. This reads longer than The Mariner's Revenge Song (one of my favorites, seriously, I've used it while teaching Melville), but is not as interesting. This book reads like a long version of pretty much all of The Decemberists albums... which can be a good thing, but the problem is... it isn't. I want my small snippets of Meloy charm. I want my Eli the Barrow Boy, and Leslie Ann Levine. Unfortunately, Meloy sort of overdoes it with this novel. This could have been a really cool YA book, if it were 300 pages thinner. I think, and this is my humble opinion, that Meloy just became a little over zealous in his writing, and just couldn't stop. He was like Grady Tripp, but with YA. There as no ending... ahhhhh... that is a rough trade for a reader, but hey, I'll take that challenge. I want more Meloy, just in a much smaller dose.
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