Dec 03, 13
Read from March 12 to 20, 2013
There are few writers I'm as jealous of as Catherynne Valente. She tosses out ideas that might hold up entire books - or at least short stories - for single sentences in the process of world building. The Fairyland that she built in the first book, and the Fairyland-Below which is the main setting of this sequel, are rich settings full of distinct characters. Like the Wizard of Oz and the Phantom Tollbooth, this is part quest and part travelogue. It has messages and meaning and wyveraries and watchful dresses and quiet physicks and all sorts of things that deserve to exist, even if only on the page. I am grateful that Valente brought them into being, and jealous that she thought of them first, and happy that she put them into such beautiful sentences.