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Another Faust by Daniel Nayeri
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May 21, 2009

it was amazing
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Read in August, 2009

Like I said about Fairy Tale, Another Faust for me was another book that felt like my own personalized version of fantasy and reality. I'm the sort of person that sometimes avoids fantasy because I fear if there is too much fantasy there will be nothing I recognize and will be utterly and completely lost. So again, Another Faust was a perfect balance of me of the recognizable and the fantastical.

For me, Another Faust is all about the characters. I adored them and their gifts and their everyday and ordinary struggles. The way the authors narrated the book was just so right to me. It was the perfect perspective into the minds of these teens. For the cast of characters we have Victoria who is in it to win it when it comes to academics, Christian who wants to win at athletics, Bicé who keeps to herself and seems like the odd one out, Belle who is so beautiful but doesn't smell as such and Valentin the gifted poet. All under the control of Madame Vileroy who remains a mystery throughout the entire story. I actually consider their apartment another character but you will have to read the book to see why!

For me what's so great about this book is there are no gigantic displays of power or huge stand-offs but I know that might turn some people off. For me that's just the way I wanted it. All the teens gifts changed the events of the story in interesting ways, and I just loved it. And what a sense of humor this book had, I found it pretty funny. I can't wait to see what the authors have in story for the students at Marlowe in the next installment Another Pan!
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Reading Progress

08/13/2009 page 58
14.99% "Love it!"
08/14/2009 page 148
38.24% "I love these characters!"
08/15/2009 page 195
50.39% "So so so good!"
08/18/2009 page 340
87.86% "I wonder how it will end!"
08/18/2009 page 363
93.8% "How is Bicé pronounced?" 9 comments
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message 1: by Angelc (new) - added it

Angelc Great review, Alea! This book is on my to read list, it looks great!!

message 2: by Letter Garden (new)

Letter Garden Does it have any romantic aspect? :)

Alea Angelc- Thanks!

Letter Garden- Yes, a bit of one with one of the characters! And another is somewhat of a flirt!

message 4: by Letter Garden (new)

Letter Garden Oh, that's better than nothing. Thanks! I live for romantic books. :P

Alea Haha, I know what you mean!

message 6: by Mari (new) - rated it 1 star

Mari So the thing you liked about this book is that you didn't get lost? I can see how that is one of the few things one might get from the crappy thing. Its fairly simple, having no plot and all. The book not only doesn't give you any confusing plot twists, it even helpfully tells you what to think. It tells you which characters you need to hate, and which ones you have to love. No need to use your own head for anything! Very convenient indeed. Did you even notice that there is nothing particularly "cheating" about reading thoughts? Or tricking about altering your face. or lying about changing the stream of time. Maybe what Christian does is sort of stealing. I suppose. But the other gifts are not evil. Its merely in how they are used. Changing your looks is something many people enjoy. What is the "trick"? Do we need to inform people if we wear colored contacts? And how mysterious is a woman who gives out devilish bargains and changes the kids names to Faust. Its kind of obvious that she works as a small time helper for the Christian idea of the devil. That is the LEGEND OF FAUST! How could anyone(including Bice) not figure that out? For Pete's sake. Don't read the silly thing. If you want to read this concept its stolen from Goethe's "Dr Faustus". Read that instead. Oh, but it isn't quite as simple, and Goethe doesn't force you to hate Faustus. He just tells the story without acting like a scolding parent.

Alea To each their own, I really liked it.

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