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The Wind Singer by William Nicholson
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Feb 26, 2012

it was ok
Read from February 29 to March 01, 2012

I feel terrible giving a book two stars, but "it's okay" was truly how I felt. I didn't dislike it, and it was an entertaining, fast read, but everything happened so quickly that I felt like some of the plot points were over before I really understood what was going on. This book needed less telling and more showing! Give me details! There were a fair amount of minor characters introduced that disappeared so quickly I questioned why they were even mentioned.

I also felt like some of the main elements of the story weren't fleshed out very well, like the existence of the map, the briefly alluded-to giants, what the wind singer really was and what it meant, and the existence of the mud people. There are so many elements to this story - I feel like it could/should have been broken up into two or three parts and fleshed out much more thoroughly and I would have enjoyed it a lot more.

I have to admit that the elderly children were super creepy - the author did a good job of describing them in a way that gave me the heebie-jeebies.

All in all, this was not a bad book by any means, and I would give it 3 stars if 3 meant something more like "it's okay; I probably wouldn't recommend it to people but I don't regret reading it." The premise was great, but it needed much more detail to make me really feel good about recommending it.
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