Kindle Catherynne M. Valente Û The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Û

Gather up your courage and your wishes grab a little pinch of luck and prepare to be swept away in a ship of your own making to a land unlike any other September is a twelve year old girl Somewhat Grown and Somewhat Heartless and she longs for adventure So when a Green Wind and a Leopard of Little Breezes invite her to Fairyland well of course she accepts mightn't you?When she gets there she finds a land in crisis and confusion crushed by the iron rule of a villainous Maruess she soon discovers that she alone holds the key to restoring order Having read enough books to know what a girl with a uest must do September sets out to Fix ThingsAs September forges her way through Fairyland with a book loving dragon and a partly human boy named Saturday by her side she makes many friends and mistakes loses her shadow her shoes and her way But she finds adventure courage a rather special Spoon and a lot besides


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    I walked into the bookstore in a bit of a mood Wait that's my Midwestern nature talking We tend to understate The truth is I walked into the bookstore furious at the world I can't remember why I am prone to dark moods and when I'm in the middle of one I tend to rumble through the world like an angry old testament god I went directly to the Sci Fi Fantasy section That's where I live for the most part That's where I go when the world gets to be too much for me I looked at the titles I'd read about a quarter of them I read a lot But nothing looked particularly good Nothing does when I'm in one of my moods A friendly bookseller walked over Can I help you find anything? she asked I want to read something good I said I'm tired of gritty depressing shit I want a fun light book that isn't going to leave me wanting to put a gun in my mouth I'm not hyperbolizing That's what I actually said It wasn't a nice thing to say but I can be unpleasantly brusk at times The bookseller didn't bat and eye She pointed out a couple books then asked how I felt about YA I'll read anything if it's good I said She pointed out this book I'd heard of it before appreciated its awesome title I like faerie stories Most importantly I've read Cat Valente's work before and I know she has a marvelous grip on the language Five pages into this book I thought Why didn't I read this years ago? Why haven't I heard about this book before? I flipped to the back cover and saw blurbs from Neil Gaiman and Peter S Beagle Oh I thought Probably because I'm an idiot who lives under a rock Ten pages in I was irritated Fifteen pages in I was jealous Twenty pages in I was in love So A review This book is beautiful The language is lovely without being pretentious The story is careful and playful and smart This book made me tear up in places Not because it is particularly sad But because sometimes when a story is true and sweet and perfectly shaped it puts its hand around my heart This book is everything I love about Victorian faerie tales without all the tedious bullshit This is the best book I've read all year And I read a lot of books I look forward to reading this book to my little boy And that ultimately is the best thing I can say about a book So yeah Read it Read it ten times