I recently heard of it! I think I added it to my TBR. I’m pretty sure The Thirteenth Tale is on there, too.
Two stylish ladies
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Whoof. Doing my own version of East of the Sun and West of the Moon ‘cause it’s my favorite fairy tale but the heroine is so DUMB (as it is with most fairy tales) and I wanted to change that.
They were married with the sky for their witness. The stars
caught the bouquet, and then the garter. They looked down at her with a quintillion
Something quick because February 27th is International Polar bear Day. :3c
He’s so dignified.
Bear princess AU
In which Jack is turned into this gigantic ball of fur and Merida has to help him to go back to normal.
Inspired by a Norwegian Tale called east of the sun and west of the moon that i found in a fairy tales book. yeah i was feeling in the nostalgic mood!
Sarah Reviews: In an Absent Dream
In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire
This fourth entry and prequel tells the story of Lundy, a very serious young girl who would rather study and dream than become a respectable housewife and live up to the expectations of the world around her. As well she should.
When she finds a doorway to a world founded on logic and reason, riddles and lies, she thinks she’s found her paradise. Alas, everything costs at the goblin market, and when her time there is drawing to a close, she makes the kind of bargain that never plays out well.
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Publication Date: January 8th, 2019
Date Started: January 31st, 2019
Date Finished: February 1st, 2019
Recommended By: N/A
Acquired: Audiobook from Scribd.com
Content Warnings: Grief, references to abused pregnant girls
Rating: 4/5 Stars
The Good: As always, I loved McGuire’s prose and her philosophical musings embedded in her narrative voice. It’s perfectly balanced and moving, and it always evinces a deep emotional reaction in me. That was present in this book, too, though in slightly different measure. I can also say that I really related to Lundy as a young child. Her preoccupation with the rules felt very familiar to me. Similarly, I appreciated that it was her father who received the most attention as the parental figure. I think father-daughter relationships aren’t explored often enough, especially when they’re as complicated as this pair. It was great seeing a High Logic, High Wicked world from the Wayward Children universes, and its Wicked side really showed up by the end despite the fact that it looks Neutral at first glance.
The Bad: The pacing in this book was a little more breakneck than in other installments on the series because, like Down Among the Sticks and Bones, it covers a longer period of time. However, Lundy jumps back and forth so many times that it gets just a little disorienting. Also, she became frustrating as a character because the Wicked side of the world clearly affected her ability to relate to people, making her extremely selfish. I appreciate flawed characters, but this particular flaw is one I don’t enjoy so much. I also thought that, while the philosophical aspect was still good, there was too much time spent explaining the rules of the Goblin Market along with events that were often repetitive.
Representation: This book is unusual in the Wayward Children series for not having much diversity. I think there was a reference to a wlw couple, but I can’t remember who was involved.
Favorite Line: “No one serves their friends by grinding themselves into dust on the altar of compassion.”
Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate
Though I oft have passed them by
A day will come at last when I
Shall take the hidden paths that run
West of the Moon, East of the Sun.