This week I spruced up my reading fare with some fairy tale foods. Nothing beats some light cuisine when you're in the middle of digesting a Stephen King chunkster.
The Grimm Legacy (Polly Shulman)
Thoughts. Imagine a library not filled with books but things, magical things. The Brother's Grimm did not just collect stories, they collected all the magical items they wrote about too. What an original idea and enchanting setting! More for younger readers, all right, but very enjoyable!
Last lines. And my sense of direction? I'm still waiting.
Verdict. A charmingly adventurous story of Grimm proportions!
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Catherynne M. Valente)
Thoughts. Beautifully written every sentence is a piece of art. The kind of art you should frame and put on the wall. The kind of art you don't touch or, dare I say it, read. Utterly contrived and stilted, it is beyond me how a child would enjoy this book. I didn't either, throwing the towel after only two chapters.
First sentence. Once upon a time, a girl named September grew very tired indeed of her parents’ house, where she washed the same pink-and-yellow teacups and matching gravy boats every day, slept on the same embroidered pillow, and played with the same small and amiable dog.
Verdict. Overrated fairy tale that is trying too hard!
It by Stephen King which I am currently reading for the Tea & Books Reading Challenge. And I must say, it's really not so bad to read more than one book at a time. With tomes like this it certainly makes sense too. The only downside is that the book drags. I mean I like it when authors paint a detailed picture but this isn't a canvas, this is the Sistine Chapel, but not in a good way.