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A unique concept with interesting results.
Overall, the book was pretty good. I think its important to take into account how it came about and the way it was written. The pacing was rather fast and meandering, which is understandable given its writing process. Likewise, there isn't much character development and I didn't feel connected to the characters at all. Many of them felt flat, but again that's understandable.
The story was certainly creative, combining puppets, magic mirrors, the power of promises, magic music boxes, missing brothers, talking badgers, deadly accidents, princes, queens, trinkets, and a whole medley of other things. There is a lot going on and many elements at play. It was fun to see how all of the elements came together and played off each other.
When it comes right down to it, the book itself wasn't great in terms of writing or plot, but given its means of creation, it is pretty impressive. It makes for a unique reading experience. In the end it is what it is, a little bit of everything that isn't super developed but has some interesting results.
It was only a duck pond, out at the back of the farm.
- first sentence
Neil Gaiman's voice is amazing. I loved listening to him narrate this story. Basically this story is about growing up and how at seven years old, adults seem so big and important, yet disconnected from childhood. The narrator of the book is an adult who is remembering an event that occurred in his childhood (when it is so much easier to believe in magic and monsters).
I enjoyed the story and especially the narrator's childhood friend, Lettie Hempstock. It was a quick listen and had some creepy parts. It is interesting how much differently we see things as adults compared to how it seems to children.
I read this for Booklikes-opoly Pandemic Edition, space #19 as a book whose cover is more than 50% blue.
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An interesting combination of classic fairy tales. Overall, I enjoyed it.
As with everything Gaiman writes, this is a very unique story. I loved the play on the original fairy tales and how creatively he combined them. I also liked how references were made to them instead of blatantly naming the characters. The entire story is very subtle.
I listened to the full cast audiobook, which made for a fun listening experience, however I did find it rather disruptive at times. Sometimes the change in characters made it hard to follow the story. This was especially difficult given the subtle nature of the book in not explicitly making connections but rather allowing the reader to figure them out for themselves. In this format, it was easy to miss things along the way. Probably a better fit for someone who is already familiar with the story to better enjoy the full cast reading.
I would like to go back and read the physical book to get a better feel for the flow (and also see the illustrations).
Good unique read for those looking for a fresh spin on some well-known fairy tales.