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review 2018-11-03 21:41
The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two - Catherynne M. Valente
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

Well, that was certainly a ... unique ride.

I have tried so hard to get into the series. The books look beautiful and I love the covers and intriguing titles. I listened to the first two audiobooks, and while I did not love them, I appreciated their uniqueness and creativity. But after this one, I am done with the series. I am just exhausted.

I was a little nervous that Valente read the audiobook as I did not like her reading of the first book (I liked the second book better, which was not narrated by her). In my opinion, she did a much better job reading this one. 

However, I just could not get into the story. Like the first two, it just drags on and on. You meet so many characters and they all have the annoying habit of telling you their life story and their philosophy on life. By the end, I really didn't even care what happened, I just wanted to get through the book so I could be done with the series. 

I swear I tried so hard to like these books, but they are just not right for me. I am calling it quits on this series.
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review 2018-10-25 14:40
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There - Catherynne M. Valente,S.J. Tucker
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

I will start by saying that I enjoyed the audiobook of this one better than the first. The first audiobook was narrated by the author, a quality that I usually very much enjoy as the author has insight the reader doesn't and it comes across in the way they read, which is a real treat. However, I really disliked Valente's reading of the first book. It was rather dull and monotonous. This one was read by S. J. Tucker who gave a much more lively reading of the book, which made me engage with it more.

The story itself was similar to the first with lots of random encounters and weird adventures. Great descriptions and world building but very slow on the plot. I think one of the main things I don't like about Valente's stories is the amount of backstories she includes. Almost always within five minutes of encountering a new character, the reader is barraged with that character's life story. While this can be interesting, the fact that it happens every single time is a bit annoying. It would have been nice if Valente parsed through her ideas and included the really interesting ones or those pertinent to the plot. Reading the book, it seems the Valente wanted to build up a whole world and didn't care much about the actual story. 

Overall, a good read. The library has the third audiobook (read by the author- we'll see how that goes) so I will continue the series, but not sure if I will finish it. It is an interesting series, but I don't love it.
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review 2018-10-10 01:24
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making - Ana Juan,Catherynne M. Valente
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Overall, this was an interesting book. As others have said, it is very whimsical and fantastical in its events, characters, and descriptions. Similar in style to The Wizard of Oz series and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, this is the story of a little girl wondering around a strange fairy land and the adventures she has there.

A lot of odd and interesting things happen. There are tons of great descriptions and it is definitely creative. However, I just didn't really get into this one. There were so many cool ideas in it, but I didn't relate to September and much of the narration was rather winding for my taste. Really great world-building, but it just didn't quite piece together for me by the end. 

There were definitely parts I enjoyed, especially meeting the bizarre menagerie of various characters along the way. But I guess I just couldn't really get into the plot. I mostly just felt along for the ride on this one. 

I am planning on listening to the second audiobook (currently in transit to my local library) and hope the story is more developed than this one.
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-10-03 10:56
Reading Anniversaries & First-in-a-Series — June Edition

 

Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on October 3, 2018.

 

 

2018

 

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Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 1 by Gail Carriger

 

Oh, this was such a pretty book! It stayed true to the story from the novels, making me laugh and fall in love with the series all over again. The art is just so manga-ey that you can’t help but like it.  My initial thoughts on reading it can be found here.

 

2015

 

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The Dresden Files: Storm Front, Volume 1: The Gathering Storm by Jim Butcher

 

Another novel converted to graphic novel format. While Ms. Carriger’s humor shines through in both novel formats, I didn’t find the same to be true for Butcher. Even so, if I can stick to this series with its problematic treatment of female characters, I can stomach the graphic novels too. Did that sound like somebody was forcing me to read them? Lol

 

2013

 

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Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson

 

Betsy came into my life when I needed a reprieve from the real world. She might be shallow and it might take her like 9 books to realize that, but she still makes me laugh. Her magnetic ability to attract trouble no matter where she goes reminds me of Mercy of the Mercedes Thompson fame. Her tenacity has shades of Kate Daniels from another favorite series of mine. But most of all, I love her for the way she sticks up for those she considers family!

 

 

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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

 

This is one book that I wish I had found when I was a kid — or had been written back then. I think I’d have appreciated it more? Anyway, it has the charm of the Dahl books but there is a dark undercurrent to them that makes them scary. But in a good way. Fine job I’m doing of explaining why I like this series, right? But I do!

 

 

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

 

Gaiman’s books either wow me or they don’t i.e. there is no middle ground. But I never not like them. Does that make sense? For instance, I wasn’t a fan of American Gods but I loved Coraline and this one. TOATEOTL had this surreal feel to it that never let up. Despite being a short story, I felt like I connected with the characters in it too.

 

 

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Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon by Spider Robinson

 

This book has an old-timey sci-fi-ish feel to it that instantly resonated with me. I am also a fan of anthologies and short story compilations. To me, they present a varied meal where I sample different dishes and decide which ones i loved. Like most books of its genre and time, it isn’t overly long. Another plus in my case! I also reviewed the second book in this series.

 

2012

 

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The Emerald City by J.A. Beard

 

** spoiler alert ** This was such a refreshing book! Another YA novel that I’d recommend to those of us who aren’t too into them. The book had everything: a teenager who acted her age was smart and kicked butt-not dumb enough to dismiss the strange ongoings in her school like most YA protagonists would have done.characters that kept me interested throughout — Nick’s zombieness made him all the more fun and Lydia was cute. It had the right beginning and a balanced ending — the book wasn’t too long either.there were some spelling mistakes, yes.the humor was done just right. It was fun, witty and a quick read — I just couldn’t put the book down till I was done reading.

 

 

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Undermountain by Eric Kent Edstrom

 

** spoiler alert ** I got this book from Making Connections for free, in exchange of an honest review.The action started from the get-go and it never stopped.


It has been so long since I enjoyed a YA novel this much and didn’t end up wanting to hit every character over the head-well, maybe Shiv, at times!


My favorite character was Grizz for obvious reasons. TogYip were cute too.


The transformation that each teenager goes through by the end of their journey (as Harvin was kind to observe for us) made the story even better.


The romance or sprinklings of it was just the right amount.


There were a few spelling mistakes which I noticed though.


The descriptions of the city of Bigfeet were sufficient without being boring.I loved every bit of it!

2011

 

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The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht

 

Sadly, I don’t remember much about this one, just that I loved it. It was a simple, touching story about a family. That much I do remember!

 

So those were my faves from various Junes of various years. Hope you had fun reading about it!

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text 2018-09-08 23:24
Halloween Bingo - A Grimm Tale
Six Gun Snow White - Catherynne M. Valente

Even tho my last experience with Valente's books (Radiance) has been underwhelming, I am still intrigued by her writing. Also, I just love this cover.

 

I'll be reading Six Gun Snow White for the Grimm Tale square.

 

 

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