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The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There

(Fairyland #2)

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“One of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century.”—Time magazine, on the Fairyland series

September has longed to return to Fairyland after her first adventure there. And when she finally does, she learns that its inhabitants have been losing their shadows—and their magic—to the world of Fairyland Below. This underworld
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Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
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Kateřina Ritterová Both the first and the second one have the same image that is on the dust jacket, but it's in negative, basically.…moreBoth the first and the second one have the same image that is on the dust jacket, but it's in negative, basically.(less)
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Nataliya
Oh, September... You have grown up a bit, haven't you? And learned that actions have consequences. And you are not Heartless any more, are you, my dear girl?

"Hearts set about finding other hearts the moment they are born, and between them, they weave nets so frightfully strong and tight that you end up bound forever in hopeless knots, even to the shadow of a beast you knew and loved long ago."
Oh, September... You've hardened up and toughened up a bit now, haven't you? It's about time for you to
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Catie
“A book is a door, you know. Always and forever. A book is a door into another place and another heart and another world.”

I can’t wait to open the doors to Catherynne Valente's Fairyland with my daughters, and maybe even my grandchildren. These books are destined to be placed among the classics of children’s literature; I’m absolutely sure of it. I know they’ll each have a permanent home with me, right next to Alice in Wonderland, Coraline, A Wrinkle in Time, Alanna, The Witches, and all of the
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Bradley
What an amazingly and gloriously smart YA.

It's not only a fun and delightful quest and beautiful flight of imagination, but it's also rife with tons and tons of literary and mythical allusions, whether oblique or referenced almost directly. It's keeping my adult brain most occupied and thrilled and slathered in smarts.

And how in the world can such a tale also be written so smoothly and cleverly that a young child can follow it without a care in the world?

Answer: Catherynne M. Valente.

Seriously,
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Megan Baxter
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even if I didn't love this quite as much as I loved the first one (and I loved that one quite a lot!), I still very much enjoyed my second trip to Fairyland, holding on to September's coat-tails, hiding while she underwent another set of adventures, but this time with the burden of a newly-grown heart.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.

In the meantime, you can read the entire revi
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Mari

[March 23, 2015] Putting together any semblance of a review is difficult for me because of all the ways I loved this book and how much I'm loving this series. My notes are really just a bunch of highlights and exclamation points and things I wish I could memorize instantly and internalize forever. Words I want to eat and I wish were my own and I'd love to display. Characters as bright as the setting and a setting as unique as the characters. I want everyone to love this as much as I do, but here
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Misty
INITIALLY: Whoa, wait a minute. More September? Woot!
Edit: Just read the description, and Holy Effing Velocipedes, I want this NOW.

AND THEN:
What can I say that I didn't already say in my review of The Girl Who Circumnavigated ? When I finished the first book, it felt complete. That's not to say there wasn't room for more, but it felt like it easily could have been a somewhat open-ended stand-alone book, and I was happy about that. But that doesn't mean I wasn't tickled to death to hear there
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
This comes out on Tuesday, and if you have not yet read Fairyland #1 (The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making), you definitely should. You may also zip over to Tor.com where they have the first five chapters up for free (of this volume). Check out the illustrations too, as I really love the art in this book.

While not quite my favorite Valente (that will always be Palimpsest), I think the Fairyland books are probably going to be what most people will love the most of he
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carol.
Once you’ve been to a world filled with magic, what happens next?

September first visited Fairyland in The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. Young, carefree and heartless: her adventures there exposed to her wonders and dangers; she formed new friendships with barely a thought for home. Now September is back in Omaha, Nebraska, at the end of a very long, non-Fairyland year. It’s been tough; though she has a secret she carries “with her like a pair of rich gloves, whi
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Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013

[9/10]
I thought the first Fairyland book was mostly inspired by The Wizard of Oz. This second journey of the practical and courageous girl named September makes me think more of Alice In Wonderland. Probably because we travel through a hole in the ground to Fairyland bellow and we meet a host of incredible creatures on a twisting and turning quest of self discovery. Before I start on the story, I would like to point out that, while the first book could be read as a standalone, The Girl Who Fell
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Serge
Actual Rating: 4.5/5



“She did not know yet how sometimes people keep parts of themselves hidden and secret, sometimes wicked and unkind parts, but often brave or wild or colorful parts, cunning or powerful or even marvelous, beautiful parts, just locked up away at the bottom of their hearts. They do this because they are afraid of the world and of being stared at, or relied upon to do feats of bravery or boldness. And all of those brave and wild and cunning and marvelous and beautiful parts
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Trish
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As anyone can see here on GR, I've marked one hell of a lot of quotes from this book - just as I did for the 1st volume. That's how wonderful Cathrynne M. Valente's writing is. Poetic and beautiful without being pretentious or haughty.

So this is the 2nd Fairyland book about the girl named September. Naturally, after all the things that happened in book 1, she wants nothing more than to go back to Fairyland. But she must wait her turn - something that hurt me as much as her while reading the firs
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Trish
Jun 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The continuation of my re-read of this great series. :)

In this second installment, the consequences of events from the previous book come home to roost. Namely that September has given up her shadow to save a young jacquel on the ferry.
At the end of the last book, September returned home. Naturally, she yearns to be allowed back into Fairyland. As avid readers of tales about children entering magical realms know, you never enter the same way twice. *chuckles*
The problem with now 13-year-old Sep
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Lata
4.5 stars. Scrumptious language, bizarre and off-kilter individuals and environments, so much colour, and so many interesting choices September has to make in her journey to deal with her shadow (excised in book 1). And there's a dodo! ...more
Nicky
If you liked the first book, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, I can’t see why you would dislike this one. The writing is of the same quality, the world is just as strange and intriguing — and there’s a lot of new things — and the characters are just as dear. Particularly Aubergine, who was the star of the book. There wasn’t enough of Ell and Saturday, but the plot with their shadows was interesting because it looked at familiar characters and the parts they did ...more
Caro the Helmet Lady
Somewhat less breathtaking than the first one, probably because the element of surprise is gone and you already know that ANYTHING can happen in Valente's book, but also very good. I wonder if Antichrist Hollywood wants to make a movie out of it? In which case I hope they hire Guillermo Del Toro of "Pan's Labyrinth" instead of Tim Burton of "Alice in Wonderland"... ...more
gio
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5

“A book is a door, you know. Always and forever. A book is a door into another place and another heart and another world.”

I don't know how Valente can come up with these ideas. This series, Deathless, I swear, are some of the most beautiful books I've ever read. Unique concepts, amazing, poetic writing style, complex worlds that literally come to life. Fairytales. The best fairytales one could ask for.

“She did not know yet how sometimes people keep parts of themselves hidden and secret, somet
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Arie
5 star read right up until the end, and then... I don't even know what happened, exactly, but that may be the problem.

Well, if it's a problem at all it's the most tiny, minor thing. 4.5 stars. Maybe even more... I'll let it settle a little first, before deciding.

Catherynne Valente is simply astounding. I want to use words like “quirky”, “whimsical” and “creative to describe her storytelling – but after reading this, I can’t help but find those words… well, a little dull in comparison. Valente is
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Chloe
Mar 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
5.5/10.

I loved the first book but I had trouble staying focused on this one, it lost the magic and dark whimsy of the first one for me and I wasn't attached to much that was happening. But her writing is great and the ending was sweet. I probably won't continue the series, I'm satisfied to end it here.
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Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Read This Review & More Like It On My Blog!

It's hard to duplicate a success - countless series and books that follow-up first-in-line beloved stories can easily attest to how hard a feat that is to accomplish. Happily, that is so far from the case here with Catherynne Valente's second foray into her magical, modernish fairytale series with The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There. Told once again in the same wistful, cheeky tone, and with the same immediately immersive feelin
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David
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making is one of my all-time favorite books ever, even though I just read it last year. A wise, witty modern children's story with everything from Wonderland to Oz to Narnia stuffed between its pages by a grinning author, it has Catherynne Valente's trademark wordy bling, but at a level kids can enjoy as much as adults. It's a book to fall in love with books by.

I was thrilled that Valente plans to do an entire series of Fairyland books,
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Serenity
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children
Look, if I could give this book a separate rating for prose, I would give it 5 stars. The writing is truly lovely and clever, but sparkly writing without depth of plot or of characterization is simply not enough to hook me. I'm not saying that the story is completely devoid of any depth, but the pretty pearls of wisdom delivered in little witty bits here and there fail to resonate in a meaningful way. This is partly due to the fact that the characters and the plot are too simple, too uncomplicat ...more
Cherie
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every bit as strange and wonderful and lovely as the first book. I can't wait to see what happens next ! ...more
Bonnie
4.5 stars

A review copy of The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There was kindly provided to me by Macmillan.

'Shadows are the other side of yourself'

Hardly a day has passed since September hasn't thought about Fairyland and Ell and Saturday and the Green Wind. Sometimes she even wonders whether she imagined the whole thing, but it was all so very real because September's shadow is gone; she left it behind in Fairyland. But she's thirteen now, and so much time has passed and she
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Liz
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes after finishing a book, it’s hard to imagine a sequel being plausible or enjoyable. When I read The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making, the story felt complete, but I felt as though Valente had only cracked the door to the world she created, and that there was much more inside her head and unpublished books. Valente’s sequel is different from the debut that charmed so many of us: readers see a different part of fairyland and a thirteen-year-old September. I ...more
Jacq.and.the.readstalk
The Girl who fell from Fairyland delved down to a beautifully darker and rich atmosphere that lurks underground.

Valente’s Fairyland is like a modern version of Alice in Wonderland, so wonderfully whimsy and random. September reminds me so much of Alice, but not so that she becomes an exact copy. She is irascible, witty, brave, and above all…curious.

The author uses such wistful and evocative words that I became enthralled with them, looking into the meanings which further enhanced my vocabular
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Shauna
Valente has done it again. How do I go about reviewing a book whose each and every passage begs to be quoted? If I started, I think I might not be able to stop, and all you'd have is one long compilation of excerpts…which might be not so bad actually, but it would rather give the plot away.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making-an instant favorite for me- felt complete. There was nothing left unresolved in September's first trip to Fairyland, at least nothing that wou
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K.
Trigger warnings: violence, mentions of war.

10/7/2019
I think I stand by everything I said last time. I loved it in the end and the secret of the Alleyman gives me many feelings. But it took me quite a long time to get there because I just wanted to be back with the characters I know and love from the first book...

13/2/2016
I had mixed feelings going into this book. I wasn't sure it would live up to how much I enjoyed the first book, especially when I realised that certain characters weren't actu
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Dani
This book!!!! This SERIES! Aahhhh my heart is a scrambled egg of emotion again thanks to Cat Valente!!

I cannot stress enough what an absolute delight it is to journey through Fairyland, with all its Wanting magic, clever articles of clothing, Queer and Quiet and Questing Physickists, mischievous shadow parties, Night Dodos, memory mines, slantways solutions to impossible problems, and a heroine Bishop who is actually a heartful girl from Omaha.

In this book, we dive deeper into Fairyland, and t
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Tania
Nov 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A book is a door, you know. Always and forever. A book is a door into another place and another heart and another world.


Even though Fantasy is not my favorite genre, this is series is exquisite. One reason for this is that Cathrynne M. Valente is so original when inventing characters. In this book I loved Avogadra (a Monaciello), Belinda Cabbage (a Fairy Physickist), Maud (a Shadow) and Nod (a dream-eating Tapir) best. She breathes live into every object, even a market becomes a
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Catherynne M. Valente was born on Cinco de Mayo, 1979 in Seattle, WA, but grew up in in the wheatgrass paradise of Northern California. She graduated from high school at age 15, going on to UC San Diego and Edinburgh University, receiving her B.A. in Classics with an emphasis in Ancient Greek Linguistics. She then drifted away from her M.A. program and into a long residence in the concrete and cam ...more

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