This fantasy is the second of two books and was published after Andre Norton’s death. It can definitely be read as a stand alone fantasy novel, which is difficult to find. I picked it up on a whim without reading the first one and there wasn’t one moment where I felt lost or ill-informed. This is a great book if you appreciate a vivid setting. I felt like I had seen ancient Babylon and the hanging gardens after reading this book. The book involves a language barrier between the main character and the land she enters, a difficult thing to navigate in writing. I think the authors do a fantastic job presenting this and all the pantomiming in an understandable way.
I read this one in a literature class in college and really enjoyed it at the time even though it’s not usually my kind of book. It takes place in Prague, following two couples and the entanglement of the two cheating partners. It’s pretty existential and weird to be honest. This book is full of deeper meaning. It is by no means a light or quick read. It feels like one of those books you get more out of each time you read it. Even not being a history buff or knowing much about geography (thank you U.S. school system) I didn’t feel too lost about the setting of this novel.
This book seems to pop up on a lot of my lists. I can’t help it. It’s one of my favorites. It’s a pretty quick read and one I revisit more often than most others. I can’t get enough of the nonsense logic Lewis Carroll has peppered throughout. Along the same lines as Alice in Wonderland is The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. I find The Phantom Tollbooth to be less appealing as an adult, but still a great children’s book. Whereas I feel like Alice appeals more to all ages and therefore more worthy of a revisit because of all the strange and often grumpy characters Carroll has dreamed up.
These books will always have a special place in my heart. Other than the Harry Potter series, this was the only series that I followed as a kid. It was a cyclical tradition of anticipating the new release, locking myself in my room until I was finished, then being sad for the next year that the next book wasn’t out yet. At some point they were all lost in a great purge, then repurchased from various used book stores because I couldn’t bear that I had parted with them. Something about a children’s series being so dark and depressing touches my soul. We need more books like this out in the universe.
This is a book I haven’t thought about in a while. They made this into a movie in 2014, but I didn’t hear good things about it (35% on Rotten Tomatoes). The release of the movie got me thinking about giving the book a re-read though. It was one of the few assigned books I actually read in my middle/high school years. I didn’t tend to do assigned reading because it was usually classics or Shakespeare, which I’m not a fan of. This book clearly made some kind of impression on me, so I would like to take some time to go back and see why. I would also like to read the other three books in the series to see where the author takes the story.