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Sunday, March 6, 2016

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making - Cathrynne M. Valente

This is a delightful, incredibly quirky book.    

September is invited to Fairyland by the Green Wind and his Leopard, and longing for adventure, accepts the offer.     The Wind can’t actually enter Fairyland, as the Marquess, the new ruler has barred him.      So it’s up to September to find her own way.     Along the way, she meets a Wyvernary (his mother is a Wyvern and his father a library) and a boy named Saturday, who’s a Marid – a sort of djinn of the sea.     It’s a very unique fairy tale, with elements common to these stories, but told in a very fresh, distinct way.

The narrator of the tale is also a very active, and very distinct character.    Funnily enough, though the narrator has a very similar style to that of the other Valente book that I’ve read (The Habitation of the Blessed), which I didn’t really care for, it works very well here.      I’m super glad BF grabbed this book for me for Valentine’s Day – I probably wouldn’t have read it on my own, due to The Habitation of the Blessed.

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