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Runemarks by Joanne Harris
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Nov 08, 2014

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, ya, worth-re-reading, adult
Read in February, 2010

I wasn't at all sure about this for the first hundred pages or so, but after that it got really good. It's full of Norse mythology (which I love), magic, adventure, and has a happy/sad ending that I can't get out of my mind.
The one thing that really bothers me about this book is that it was marketed as a children's book, for the bad old reason that it's about a kid. Other than that fact, it is not a kids' book. It's too heavy for people who are expecting a Harry-Potter story. Not that Harry Potter didn't get pretty heavy in the end, but this is even more so. Plus there's swearing and sexual background and all kinds of things that aren't really kid-friendly. That's not to say it's going to hurt kids, but it would be better to sell it as adult fantasy and let the advanced readers find it for themselves, where they'll enjoy it more, anyway. Forbidden fruit and all that.
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