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A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge
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it was amazing
bookshelves: childrens-fiction, adventure, fantasy

This book was just RIDICULOUSLY good.

It's a stark dystopia, an exploration of how facial expression can determine our interactions, how we perceive each other. It's an exploration of extreme and weird states of mind, from a tyrant who only lets half his brain sleep at any given time to the cartographers of a cavern-city who have to be a little crazy - a lot crazy, actually - to be able to map tunnels that twist, turn, tangle and even spool into contradictory Escher-dimensional twirls and of course the protagonist, Neverfell, who is a little insane herself. It's a richly realised world where a conniving, decadent aristocracy rules over a crushed underclass, all depicted in rich, telling detail. The prose itself is marvellous, full of rich similes and metaphors, lots of music and rhythm and colour. The plot is complex and peopled with supporting characters who are rarely just NPCs. It's amazing how much invention, inspiration, sensibility and sheer storytelling vigour has gone into this richly-stuffed novel. Just the kind of book I loved the best when I was in the age group it was written for, and still do.
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November 4, 2013 – Shelved
November 4, 2013 – Shelved as: childrens-fiction
November 4, 2013 – Shelved as: adventure
November 4, 2013 – Shelved as: fantasy
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November 5, 2013 – Finished Reading

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Scott Kennedy That really sounds great. I've rarely seen you rave this much over a book -- adding it to my "to read" list based on this review. Thanks!

Jayaprakash Satyamurthy I hope I am not overhyping it! It wasn't flawless - what is? - but I think it's nearly as good as I think it is (whatever that means!). Let me know what you think, when you read it!

lynx great review! love this book:)

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