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Wildwood by Colin Meloy
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Dec 13, 11

really liked it
bookshelves: ya
Read from November 26 to December 13, 2011

Meloy takes a break from writing songs that could be stories and instead weaves a story as lyrical and mesmerizing as his songs.

Wildwood takes two Portland children on a rollicking adventure in the mysterious Impassable Wilderness. Although they have heard the scary stories surrounding the Wild Forest Prue and her partner Curtis are willing to brave the journey to save Prue's little brother Mac, who was stolen away by a murder of crows.

The story is very involved and hosts a multitude of characters, from a Post Master General to a clever and loyal rat named Septimus. Prue and Curtis face many challenges and realizations as they, separated, both try to save Mac and Wildwood from destruction.

The story is fairly complex, with political intrigue, betrayals, and many gray areas where emotions and good/evil is concerned. It also has a bit of a dark tone to it.

I would recommend this story to fans of fantasy, hipsters (it's set in Portland) and fans of Gaiman's works, as it is similar in tone, setting, themes and writing to Gaiman's Coraline and Stardust.

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Harris Yes, I could definitely see the Decemberists trademark style coming through in the scenes of "Wildwood." Really good modern fairy tale.

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