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text 2017-06-23 12:30
Finished it!
Every Heart a Doorway - Seanan McGuire

Not every child who falls down a rabbit hole finds Wonderland...

 

Some find something way weirder or scarier, while others find rainbows and unicorns. But whatever place they discover, it is a wrench when they return to our world and all they want to do is find their way back to what they now call 'home'.

 

 

Damn, but I wish this had been a full-length novel rather than a novella. I loved it, and wanted to know more about the characters and the worlds they visited.

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review 2017-06-22 06:45
Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire
Down Among the Sticks and Bones - Seanan McGuire

This is an enjoyable stand-alone prequel (of sorts) to Every Heart a Doorway.  In  this book we learn more about Jack and Jill and why they ended up at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. The writing is beautiful, the characters are fleshed out (even the Vampire has a personality) and the world-building original.

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review 2017-06-21 02:51
Before they went to West's, they had to survive the Moors
Down Among the Sticks and Bones - Seanan McGuire
Some adventures begin easily. It is not hard, after all, to be sucked up by a tornado or pushed through a particularly porous mirror; there is no skill involved in being swept away by a great wave or pulled down a rabbit hole. Some adventures require nothing more than a willing heart and the ability to trip over the cracks in the world.


This is the story about how Jack and Jill, the twins in the middle of the events in Every Heart a Doorway, got to The Moors, the dark world they had their adventures in before being returned to ours.

 

They were born to people that never should have had kids, had miserable childhoods (not that they realized it) -- with two bright spots. The lesser, but more constant, bright spot was each other -- they always had their twin. Just before this relationship was torn apart by the ways their parents were dividing them, the find themselves in a magic kingdom. They're split up again, but this time the lifestyles they are immersed in better fit their personalities than what had been imposed on them by the World's Worst Parents. Jack is trained by a mad scientist, learning to deliver medical care, reanimate the dead and more. Jill is pampered by a vampire that rules The Moors -- being coached and guided into becoming one herself. We see them grow into strong individuals in this dark and deadly place before being returned to Earth.

 

The story is one we know already (assuming we read the first book), and even without that, it's pretty clear how things are going to go. But that doesn't make this any less gripping -- the character work, the development of these two girls is fantastic. And the world created in The Moors is fantastic, you can see it -- practically smell, feel and taste it. Best of all is the way that McGuire tells the story, the way she describes things (emotions, internal actions, external actions). It's almost as magical as the first book.

It's not a perfect novella, however. I'd have been tempted to call the previous one perfect, but this doesn't quite make it. It seemed like half-story, half-manifesto against the kind of parenting McGuire hates.

 

This, you see, is the true danger of children: they are ambushes, each and every one of them. A person may look at someone else’s child and see only the surface, the shiny shoes or the perfect curls. They do not see the tears and the tantrums, the late nights, the sleepless hours, the worry. They do not even see the love, not really. It can be easy, when looking at children from the outside, to believe that they are things, dolls designed and programmed by their parents to behave in one manner, following one set of rules. It can be easy, when standing on the lofty shores of adulthood, not to remember that every adult was once a child, with ideas and ambitions of their own.

 

It can be easy, in the end, to forget that children are people, and that people will do what people will do, the consequences be damned.


It's McGuire's book, I'm not saying she shouldn't feel free to use the space the way she wants -- but it detracted from the story. Their parents have no redeeming qualities whatsoever, McGuire's usually better than that. I think you could make the case that their shallowness, their utter horribleness fits the fairy-tale-ish story she's telling. Honestly, I think that was the case -- but it just doesn't feel right.

 

I would've like a little more time with the vampire himself -- although maybe not getting more time with him, and learning about him primarily from the way that others react to him and his actions does make him creepier.

 

I was hoping (but didn't expect) to see a little about what happened to the pair after Every Heart, oh well -- hopefully soon.

 

I thought it a little heavy-handed in some places, but overall, I was just so happy to return to this series that I can get past it and recommend this one almost as highly as the last one.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/06/20/down-among-the-sticks-and-bones-by-seanan-mcguire
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review 2017-06-09 07:21
Were- by Patricia Bray, Joshua Palmatier (Editors),
Were- - Seanan McGuire,Phyllis Ames,Susan Jett,Eliora Smith,April Steenburgh,Mike Barretta,Elizabeth Kite,Danielle Ackley-McPhail,Jean Marie Ward,Sarah Brand,Anneliese Belmond,Gini Koch,Faith Hunter,Ashley McConnell,David B Coe,Katharine Kerr,Patricia Bray,Patric

An entertaining, enjoyable and original collection of short stories involving a variety of unusual were-creatures.

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quote 2017-06-09 02:37
"I was a student of Shakespeare centuries before the romance novel was even dreamt. Be glad I do not leave you horrible poetry wrapped securely around the bodies of dead rats."
Chimes at Midnight - Seanan McGuire

-Tybalt, Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire

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