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Summerland by Michael Chabon
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Sep 03, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: ya, northwest
Read in September, 2012

A great summer novel and a great baseball novel and a ripping good yarn. Bonus points for being set on a mythical island in Puget Sound, Clam Island, so a perfect book for a lovely Northwest summer. Meanwhile, it's so pleasurable to read a story where, even if characters are traveling through strange lands and meeting mythical creatures, they are still characters first and foremost, and they grow and change as the story goes on (for contrast, see The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making)

The other thing I enjoyed about this book was how well Chabon followed Chekov's dictum about how if you put a gun in a drawer in the first act, it has to go off by the third act. So many disparate threads were woven in as the story moved along, without getting bogged down in pointless atmospheric details (I'm looking at you, The Night Circus). No, every quirky detail mattered.

Plus, there is a Sasquatch!

Definitely will save for reading aloud to S. when he is older.
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Brian Notess So good I'm reading it again!

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