BOOK KINDLE The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making author Catherynne M. Valente – lavitamin.us
I walked into the bookstore in a bit of a mood Wait that s my Midwestern nature talking We tend to understate The truth is I walked into the bookstore furious at the world I can t remember why I am prone to dark moods and when I m in the middle of one I tend to rumble through the world like an angry old testament od I went directly to the Sci Fi Fantasy section That s where I live for the most part That s where I Once Upon a Christmas go when the worldets to be too much for me I looked at the titles I d read about a uarter of them I read a lot But nothing looked particularly The Daddy Secret good Nothing does when I m in one of my moods A friendly bookseller walked over Can I help you find anything she asked I want to read somethingood I said I m tired of Drop Dead Gorgeous (Harlequin Blaze, gritty depressing shit I want a fun light book that isn toing to leave me wanting to put a Claiming the Cowboys Heart (Cowboys of Eden Valley, gun in my mouth I m not hyperbolizing That s what I actually said It wasn t a nice thing to say but I can be unpleasantly brusk at times The bookseller didn t bat and eye She pointed out a couple books then asked how I felt about YA I ll read anything if it sood I said She pointed out this book I d heard of it before appreciated its awesome title I like faerie stories Most importantly I ve read Cat Valente s work before and I know she has a marvelous A Mothers Wish (Wed In The West, grip on the language Five pages into this book I thought Why didn t I read this years ago Why haven t I heard about this book before I flipped to the back cover and saw blurbs from Neil Gaiman and Peter S Beagle Oh I thought Probably because I m an idiot who lives under a rock Ten pages in I was irritated Fifteen pages in I was jealous Twenty pages in I was in love So A review This book is beautiful The language is lovely without being pretentious The story is careful and playful and smart This book made me tear up in places Not because it is particularly sad But because sometimes when a story is true and sweet and perfectly shaped it puts its hand around my heart This book is everything I love about Victorian faerie tales without all the tedious bullshit This is the best book I ve read all year And I read a lot of books I look forward to reading this book to my little boy And that ultimately is the best thing I can say about a book So yeah Read it Read it ten times My favorite thing about this book is of course Wyverary A Through L What s a wyverary you ask Well when a wyvern and a library love each other very very muchblush you know the spiel But do I sense some skepticism my cynical friends Do you maybe insist on thinking there is an infinitely prosaic explanation for the existence of Wyverary an alphabetizing loving fire breathing half library Let him rebuke your doubts himself September really Which do you think is likely That some brute bull left my mother with egg and went off to sell lonemozers or that she mated with a Library and had many loved and loving children I mean let us be realistic This is a cute and whimsical story of a pre teen Nebraskairl September born in May actually who eagerly leaves the world where her father is fighting in a war and her mother is building airplanes and sets out for Fairyland Where as she soon learns things are not all that she had thought they d be There is violence and slavery and pain and abandonment and cruelty and bureaucracy I believe I am sick to death of hearing what is and is not allowed What is the purpose of a Fairyland if everything lovely is outlawed just like in the real world Along the way September meets the aforementioned Wyverary a wish Hot Lawyers (Grace Poole granting Marid the evil Maruess spoonless witches ueenless soapolem migrating velocipedes and a jacket that is eager to please among others Along the way she loses her heart her shadow her friends and a Miranda great deal of her innocence And finds much than she lost or bargained for Oh September Such lonely lost things you find on your way It would be easier if you were the only one lost But lost children always find each other in the dark in the cold It is as though they are magnetized and can only attract their like If you would only leave cages locked and turn away from unloved Wyverns you could stay Heartless But you are stubborn and do not listen to your elders This story is marketed for children but I think it takes an adult to fully appreciate the scope of this story as well as many or less subtle adult hints scattered throughout The book is permeated with the nostalgia for childhood and innocence and you can truly appreciate this nostalgia only after you have left your childhood behindThe writing and the plotting of this book reminded me of a hybrid between the creations of Lewis Carroll with less whimsy Terry Pratchett but less firmlyrounded in the unreal reality and Neil Gaiman with less of the trademark matter of fact coolness At first I thought it was trying too hard to be cute and self aware a bit too flowery with overly precocious allegories and endless whimsy Example You ll know it right away it s a big wooden spoon streaked with marrow and wine and sugar and yogurt and yesterday and Marry Me, Baby grief and passion and jealousy and tomorrow But the writingrew on me as I continued with the story and I came to love the fluidity of language and the beauty and lyricism of Valente s apt descriptions The plot moves along smoothly and in determined fashion much like September does through the FairylandAs for our heroine September she is pretty cool and awesome She is kind and resourceful and brave and stubborn and spirited But I must admit I did not care for her as much as I did for Gaiman s Coraline or Pratchett s Tiffany Aching but in all honesty those characters are hard to compete with I cared for her uest than for her But the supporting characters truly shine That s the way I m made I have to keep Forgotten Mistress, Secret Love-Child (Regally Wed, going always and even when Iet where I m Willingly Bedded, Forcibly Wedded going I ll have to keep on The strange and somewhat broken Fairyland has won me over I recommend this book to everyone who loves to exercise their imagination with a bot of whimsy Plus you willet to meet my favorite Wyverary 45 stars and it is placed on my For my future hypothetical daughter shelf Stories have a way of changing faces They are unruly things undisciplined The Trust Imperative given to delinuency and the throwing of erasers This is why we must close them up into thick solid books so they cannotet out and cause trouble My review for the second September book The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There is over here by the way Rating 35 starsThis was so imaginative and whimsical it is certainly a fun read with wonderful characters I found it to lag a little in the middle so it a slower read despite the length of the book This book just wasn t for me The writing style is so different so whimsical so fancy that I can tell the author had a lot of fun stretching her vocabulary to the utmost and rolling around and playing in it till it came out in wonderfully wrapped paragraphs and pages But I just didn t like it There are so much things I had to remember keep track of and all that stuff that I just Christmas Countdown (Lost-Inc., got so lost and became disinterestedDon tet me wrong the world building is creative and all sorts of fabulous It s Clay Yeagers Redemption (Trinity Street West, got humor funky crea. Twelve year old September lives in Omaha and used to have an ordinary life until her father went to war and her mother went to work One day September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind taking the form of aentleman in a reen jacket who invites her on an adventure implying that her help is needed in Fairyland The new Maruess is unpredictable and fickle and also not.
Catherynne M. Valente ß 8 Summary
BOOK KINDLE The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making author Catherynne M. Valente – lavitamin.us
Show reat respect for their readers While this is a story that I think YAs will love I believe that it is the adults especially those of us that love lush language and witty words that will enjoy this the most This is because Ms Valente doesn t dumb down her story AT ALL This is a YA book written as much for adults as for YAs kind of like the movie Shrek with all the little adult in jokes The story has a way of making you feel like a younger version of yourself as you read it The story is sometimes dark but always beautiful There is adventure pain bravery lessons about life and The Corporate Raiders Revenge (Suite Secrets, growing up magic hardship sadness mysteries laughter amazing characters and OH THE WRITING Buy this bookread the booklove the bookre read this book 60 Stars HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATIONPS I listened to the audio version read by the author and she was absolutely amazingI mean amazing If you have a chance to experience itDO The first two pages and I m in love It soing on the must buy list as well as the must Course of Action give listThe Girl sets all fairy tale conventions on their heads while managing to retain the spirit and charm of the best In the tradition of the door in the hedge fantasy the trip through the closet into Fairyland is inventive and whimsical Valente perhaps pokes fun at times but alwaysently you will either perish most painfully or be forced to sit through a very tedious tea service with several spinster hamadryads The heroine is a bit unconventional but not exactly drowning in misery she washed the same pink and yellow teacups and matching Christmas Masquerades gravy boats every day slept on the same embroidered pillow and had a mother bending over a stubborn airplane engine in her work overalls her arm muscles bulging Right there you know it won t be traditional but nor will it berim modern with boys locked under staircases mothers with drug problems or orphaned children scavenging food Yet it still explores the core emotional issues of independence identity fear and love while acknowledging the place children come from is not all kindness and cookies One ought not to judge her All children are heartless They have not Skylars Outlaw grown a heart yet which is why they can climb tall trees and say shocking things and leap so very high thatrown up hearts flutter in terror Hearts weigh uite a lot That is why it takes so long to Blades Lady grow oneSwooning continued as I read Valente tells beautiful word smithy tales A Wyvern named A Through L his father is the Library deserves the award for Best Fantasy Sidekick of the Year There s even a list of reasons why Thirdly being French in origin they have highly refined tastes and are unlikely to seek out unsavory things to eat such as knightsallbladders or maidens bones They much prefer a vat or two of truffles a flock of Learning Yii Testing geese and a lake of wine and they will certainly share Of course since they are FrenchAfter finishing I was mentally working out my review as I swam and discovered I had trouble analyzing why I enjoyed this book so much I went home picked up the book again opened to a page and found myself saying oh I loved this part only to follow it with and this phrasing and exclamations of and look how she characterizes That s the kind of book it is something you remember loving and enjoying even when you can t uite identify why and then when you are immersed in it again it all becomes crystal clearLike a fantasy worldWhen you are born your courage is new and clean You are brave enough for anything crawling off of staircases saying your first words without fearing that someone will think you are foolish putting strange things in your mouth But as youet older your courage attracts unk and crusty things and dirt and fear and knowing how bad things can et and what pain feels like By the time you re half rown your courage barely moves at all it s so runged up with livingCross posted at This 5 review has been moved to Shelf InflictedIt s superb jaw dropping writing I ll be very surprised if this isn t a lot of people s favorite childhood read in the year 2040 Which I hope to be around to see I am Communicating Effectively generally one for simple blunt truth My brain doesn t like to decipher complex and ornate metaphors and I hate reading through layer upon layer of language I m usually just waiting for the author toet to the point But then something like this comes along and just makes me uestion everything that I thought I knew about myself The writing here is highly imaginative and odd and funny and a bit absurd It s descriptive and clever and maybe occasionally just a bit fussy But all this shine and The Philosophical Journey glimmer and show has some real substance underneath it And honestlyI liked the shine andlimmer most of the time There isn t one page of this book that I couldn t pull a Asset Protection gorgeous uote from Ms Valente certainly doeset to the point and the point is real honest emotion and a Enzymes Enzyme Therapy gorgeous coming of age storySeptember is a twelve year oldirl who finds her life dull and tedious and so when the Green Wind flows in one day with a flying Leopard to take her off to Fairyland she Blindsided goes without a thought She doesn t even spare aoodbye for her parents who are both rather missing in her life anyway In Fairyland she initially At Land gets swept up in novelty and adventure as she meetslorious new friends and takes on a random uest But she soon realizes that all is not well the Maruesse reigns imposing strict taxes restrictions and bureaucracy on every citizen The similarities to Alice in Wonderland are evident but this book also makes little nods to many other notable fantasy series And I seriously doubt Alice would ever fashion her own boat out of fairy drift scepters and then sail it bald and in the nude The writing reminds me of Neil Gaiman or I think that if China Mieville had a sweet optimistic little sister she might write a book like this However even with all of these nods this book feels inventive and originalI do love fantasy that s character driven and relatable but sometimes I really crave fantasy like this where everything is brand new I want to think about what it might be like to be born half a person or created out of soap I want to imagine that I can have my courage cleaned and find a jacket that loves me and cares for me I want to know what kind of adventures my shadow would On the Run get up to if we were ever separatedBut even with all of these oddities and inventions this book has a strong undercurrent of the real September srowth and loss of innocence is so painful and so wonderful I felt so much sympathy for Lye left all alone without instruction or Saturday who must always be forced to submit And I laughed with A through L the stalwart wyvern library hybrid But the most affecting of all turned out to be someone I least expected view spoilerWow The ueen MallowMaruesse story really moved me I felt so betrayed and bitter on her behalf That whole part is just brilliant hide spoiler rowing up i loved the Oz books the Baum ones at least i read all of them multiple times i think there are 14 or so and have enjoyed rereading them here and there as an adult i love how the fancifulness and freuent absurdity of Baum s creations are anchored down by prosaic reality i lov. Ves up to the sensation it created when the author first posted it online For readers of all ages who love the charm of Alice in Wonderland and the soul of The Golden Compass here is a reading experience unto itself unforgettable and so very beautiful The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making is a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Fiction title for 201.
Tures and all sorts of cool stuff we all love But it s kinda hard to visualize For me anywayThere s even threads of deeper themes in the book Such as even though things seem wonderful on the outside they may not be when one looks closer at it The maturation and rowth of one leaving childhood and learning about the hardships of the world The things a Russian Winter girl lacks and then wants may actually be what she has in bountiful measures even though she can t readily see it so clearlyAll this stuff But I just wasn t into the story I think it s the case of right book wrong reader I m uite sure this book will have its scores of readers and that one shouldn t be deterred by my review They should of course pick the book up themself and see if it s for them or notI tried I really tried Iot than 150 pages through this book and once I realized that I just didn t care or connect with the characters and had begun skimming I knew it was time to put the book down Sad I couldn t like it but I Meg and the Mystery in Williamsburg (Meg Duncan, guess that s how the world of bookso This is a portal fantasy in the The Wonderful Wizard of OzThe Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe tradition where a young irl oes to a magical land and tries to Right What s Wrong Twelve year old September bored with her life and washing pink and yellow teacups and dealing with mostly absent parents ets talked into a trip to Fairyland by the Green Wind who settles her into the saddle of his flying leopard and whisks her away to new adventures Because like most children September is or less Heartless she doesn t tell her mother ood bye or leave her a note She finds some delightful and magical friends and is reluctantly pulled into a uest by the cruel ruler of Fairyland the Maruess And September begins to Kawaii Manga grow a heart which can be a painful process especially if you are fated to lose itIt s extremely fantastical and whimsical and it was a little too much for me when I sat down and tried to read it straight through but when I started reading it in smaller doses with breaks in between the delightfulness resurfaced This would be a fun read aloud book with children who are old enough to handle some painful scenes where characterset badly hurt It s ultimately a very uplifting story with a The House Girl good underlying messageYou are not the chosen one September Fairyland did not choose you you chose yourself You could have had a lovely holiday in Fairyland and never met the Maruess never worried yourself with local politics had a romp with a few brownies andone home with enough memories for a lifetime s worth of novels But you didn t You chose You chose it allReading The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland is kind of like this and this with a little of this PS I highly recommend the preuel short story The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland For a Little While It s free online at Torcom and it s a The Accursed great way to test the waters and see if this series is likely to appeal to youArt credits WINNER BESTest BRILLIANTest most EXCELLENTest YA Novel in HistorYA I know I know that comes as a bit of a shocker what with Potter Percy and those Hunger Gamers running from all those Sparkly Emos and bumping into Bartimaeus hiding inside His Dark Materials waiting for some Giver of an Abhorsen to find their Wrinkle in Time to send them all back to Wonderland Not to mention that AMAZO Genesis I read earlier this year sorry I couldn t work it in above However despite all of those mostly special literary achievements this story by Ms Valente and her amazing protagonist September has concentrated WUP win units per page than any other too young to vote fiction I have ever read The writing humor plot narrative voice characters imagination and respect for the reader that thisem of a book shows is something rare and very very special As I look over my list of all time favorite books of any enre one element that seems to appear most often is unforgettable prose and a uniue voice From Mieville in Perdido Street Station to McCarthy in No Country for Old Men to Winslow in Savages and to Gaiman in American Gods these writers et my pulse up and running and make my brain swell with jealousy and drip envy for the unworldly skills of these master wordsmithsWell folks Ms Valante will be buying the next round at the We Write so Amazingly Well That We Make You Feel Stupid and Inadeuate pub session The writing in this story is exuisite that it s painful It is descriptive and brilliant yet humorous and whimsical It is just flawless in what it tries to donamely entertain enlighten and bring a sense of wonder and joy Those of you that have read previously read Valente s In the Night Garden knows that she can pen prose like nobody s business and tell a complex yet readable story with nuance and care Here she has taken that ift brought it to the YA format and created a new standard in excellence that I hope many try to follow Let me take a uick babble ush break and ive you a thumbnail of the plot A young irl in Nebraska The Secret of the Great Pyramid gets taken by the Green Wind and his companion the Leopard of Little Breezes to Fairyland for an unforgettable adventure Along the way she ends up meeting fantastical people creatures and places than you could shake a magic stick at without having said stick turn around look at you and tell you to knock it off Okay that s enough of the plot as you will be able to explore that creamy nuggetyoodness all on your own Let s Dancing with Mr. Darcy get back to the writing Here is a scene from the beginning of the book How does oneet to Fairyland After a while we shall certainly pass India and Japan and California and simply come round to my house again The Green Wind chuckled I suppose that would be true if the earth were round I m reasonably sure it is You re Lesca going to have to stop that sort of backward old fashioned thinking you know Conservatism is not an attractive trait Fairyland is a very Scientifick place We subscribe to all the best journals The Leopard of Little Breezesave a light roar Several small clouds skipped huffily out of their path The earth my dear is roughly trapezoidal vaguely rhomboid a bit of a tessaract and altogether Sharpes Trafalgar grumpy when its fur is stroked the wrong way In short it is a puzzle my autumnal acuisition C monjust say AhhhhhhIn addition to the story itself Ms Valente does something I really love to see in stories like this that have OMG so much is happening every second that it is hard to keep track of where we areoing plots She Punished gives the reader a map of what s coming without spoiling any of the story For example here is the heading for the second chapter in the book CHAPTER IITHE CLOSET BETWEEN WORLDS In which September Passes Between Worlds asks Four uestions and Receives Twelve Answers and Is Inspected by a Customs Officer Thus we areiven hints as to what to look for but no way of knowing what it means until it happens and at which point we smile say wow wow wubsy and bask in the warm and fuzzy low of the awesomeness Oh and a uick word on the ART The art is terrific and is a perfect compliment to the story For example Just another aspect of this incredible read Before I wrap this up I want to pay one final compliment to Ms Valente and also to other writers who. Much older than September Only September can retrieve a talisman the Maruess wants from the enchanted woods and if she doesn't then the Maruess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland September is already making new friends including a book loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday With exuisite illustrations by acclaimed artist Ana Juan Fairyland li.
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 BA in Classics with an emphasis in Ancient Greek Linguistics She then drifted away from her MA program and into a long residence in the concrete and cam