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The Slippery Map by N.E. Bode
The Slippery Map
by N.E. Bode
read in December, 2014
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It took me awhile to get into this one, since it takes awhile for Oyster (the main character) to actually escape from his timidity and use the map to go into the fantasy world. Once there, it gets more interesting...until the sheer number of whimsica ...more
The Mysterious Woods of Whistle Root by Christopher Pennell
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This story has plenty of unusual characters and an imaginative setting. What keeps it from being a really good story is 1) a main character who is so absorbed in her fantasy world she has little emotional response to the weird stuff happening around ...more
Wilder Mann by Charles Freger
Wilder Mann
by Charles Freger
read in July, 2014
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I saw a few of the photos from this book posted in an online newspaper article, and was blown away when I checked out Freger's complete collection. I had no idea that, stretching across Europe from Macedonia to the British Isles, people still maintai ...more
Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell
Vampires in the Lemon Grove
by Karen Russell (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2014
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Karen Russell has real knack for coming up with intriguingly bizarre story ideas and making them work. She also knows how to turn a phrase, imbuing them with multiple meanings in a delightful fashion. Her voice is unrepentingly literary, which works ...more
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern
read in December, 2013
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I got a chuckle out of some of the negative reviews here. So this story has no plot, and borders on purple prose? I guess that's why it's only won, what, five major awards? Not every novel has to have clockwork plotting, and IMHO I found the intertwi ...more
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2013
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Neil Gaiman brings all his writing craft, together with a wonderful understanding of the interface between a child's man and that of an adult, to create a compelling read that is both poetic and tightly woven. It's the best thing I've read by him yet ...more
The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby
The Clockwork Three
by Matthew J. Kirby
read in September, 2013
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This turn-of-the-century semi-fantasy set in a steampunk version of New York City uses the unusual (for middle grade) narrative device of three rotating close third person points of view. Clockwork is a theme, but the main characters' problems and ho ...more
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City of Saints and Madmen by Jeff VanderMeer
" Despite some occasional gratuitous violence and a dwarf stereotyped as vicious (why can't little people just be normal?), there's enough reality tweak ...more "
City of Saints and Madmen by Jeff VanderMeer
City of Saints and Madmen
by Jeff VanderMeer (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2013
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