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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own M... by Catherynne M. Valente
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Oct 19, 2014

it was amazing
bookshelves: favs-for-14-and-up

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If I.Q. were a measure of strength of imagination, Catherynne Valente would most certainly be the Albert Einstein of writers. There was more imagination on display in that book than in any other book I've ever come across. I felt like I was reading a Tim Burton movie--colorful whimsy and fluff, along with some real adventure and brushes with death. It took 20 or 30 pages to really get into the rhythm and immerse myself in the experience, but once I did I really had a lot of fun! I'm looking forward to the next books.

Content wise this story is suitable for all ages. However, there are many, many BIG words in there...I haven't used my Kindle's dictionary this much since The Count of Monte Cristo! I would only turn my kids lose on this book if I knew the challenging vocabulary exercise wouldn't discourage them.
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Reading Progress

October 19, 2014 – Started Reading
October 19, 2014 – Shelved
October 21, 2014 –
24.0% "Very clever . . . maybe too clever for its own good? We'll see. Lot's of BIG words."
October 21, 2014 –
40.0% "I feel like I'm reading a Tim Burton movie."
October 23, 2014 – Finished Reading
September 21, 2016 – Shelved as: favs-for-14-and-up

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