A Fantasy Challenge

Hello Fantasy Lovers,

I just completed a fantastic fantasy read that might just challenge and delight a few of you AFFL readers.

The book is The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making by Catherynne M Valente.  That’s right, the book we gave our illustrious namesake on the occasion of his birthday.

I call this book a challenge as it really did push me when I was listening to the audiobook version.  It is not easy, but just weird and wonderful at the same time.  If you have read and enjoyed The Chronicles of Narnia, The Wizard of Oz or Alice in Wonderland you will see some similarities and connections here.  I also found it was similar in ways to Neil Gaiman stories, remember he wrote about it on the front cover, and the voice of main character really reminded me of the voice of Lemony Snicket.

I really challenge a few of you to give this book a look.  I know we have one copy in the school media center and I bet Mr. F would let you borrow his copy if you asked nicely.  It certainly will not be an easy read, but easy reading isn’t what AFFL is all about right?

Take a look at this excerpt, I just love this idea…

The Leopard of Little Breezes yawned up and farther off from the rooftops of Omaha, Nebraska, to which September did not even wave good-bye. One ought not to judge her: All children are heartless.  They have not grown a heart yet, which is why they can climb tall trees and say shocking things and leap so very high that grown-up hearts flutter in terror.  Hearts weigh quite a lot.  That is why it takes so long to grow one.  But, as in their reading and arithmetic and drawing, different children proceed at different speeds. (It is well-known that reading quickens the growth of a heart like nothing else.)  Some small ones are terrible and fey, Utterly Heartless.  Some are dear and sweet and Hardly Heartless at all.  September stood very generally in the middle on the day the Green Wind took her, Somewhat Heartless, and Somewhat Grown.

How about that language?  As an adult and father I know exactly what she is talking about.  As a child how do you read this?  Does it mean anything to you?

Hit that comment button and let’s get a conversation going.

Think on,

Mr. H




Posted on June 22, 2012, in Fantasy Books and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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