This book was quite lovely, it starts with a folk song about three women visiting an inn and how they change everything and then the novel tells what actually happens in the song. It reminded me a lot of the traditional fairy tale type stories of Dunsany and Morris, except with women characters and group sex! (Honestly I hadn't been expecting the group sex - particularly from a book proudly stating "from the author of the Last Unicorn" - but it was done quite well and I think the part of the novel where the switching character perspectives worked the best - though it was a little too straight!)
But that aside it was a nice story, there wasn't a lot of adventure, there was a lot of searching and a lot of pain. Every chapter was told from the perspective of one of the characters, with the exception of the girl who came back from the dead, as she didn't have a voice till the very end of the book. (Not that she was mute but that she was passive and mysterious). There were some lovely ideas in here, and some great concepts and some very sad and touching moments. It was totally different to most modern fantasy novels I used to read. While it was very very good I didn't love it quite as much as A fair and perfect place. But still one that I would recommend....Continua
It’s a super complex novel I have to say that!!! There’s a lyrics at the beginning of the book, and it’s the story’s summary, but I can’t understand them at all! Well, yes, I know each word, each sentence, but the whole? No. But after I finished the book then I read it again---I totally know what’s going on. That’s a really funny point: the author has already told you what’s going to happen, but we still need to read the whole book then we would suddenly realize what he’s telling us. And as Kiwi said, the book is particular because of its person. The book use the first person to tell the story, and what is special is that the story narrator changes! Every chapter has different story-teller. I partial to listen to the fox telling the story, sometimes the things that the fox want to tell just need to take one line, but there’s still a chapter for it! Ha-ha.
In addition, the plot of the story is fascinating. The characters has different connections in the book, you can’t just say that,”Oh, he’s a bad guy” or “Wow, she’s nice!” to define a person, every people has their own stories, you cannot tell a person is bad or good, or whether two people love each other or not, because it contained more than one emotion. The story is complex, yes, because it truly react the sentiments in real world, it's something more than a fantastic novel.
I wasn't crazy about this book. It's just sort of bizarre. I hate books that change character narration every chapter, and to top it off, some of the chapters were just a paragraph or two long so you didn't even have a chance to get in to what that character was feeling about a situation. It was just like switching cameras around at a crazy speed. Also, the laws for magic and stuff had no real rhyme or reason, and I don't care for that either. It was just like the author felt like something should happen now, so it did, regardless of if it fit in with the character's personalities or physics of the universe. I wouldn't recommend this one....Continua