The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
12 journalers for this copy...
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 crushed by the iron rule of a villainous Marquess - she soon discovers that she alone holds the key to restoring order. Having read enough books to know what a girl with a quest must do, September sets out to Fix Things. As September forges her way through Fairyland, with a book-loving dragon and a boy named Saturday by her side, she makes many friends and mistakes, losing her shadow, her shoes and her way. But she finds adventure, courage, a rather special Spoon, and a lot more besides . . .
Started on: 2012. július 18. & Finished on: 2013. október 3.
Read and passed on: 1. Nell-Lu (UK), 2. JoolsW (UK), 3. Vekiki (UK), 4. katrinat (UK), 5. sorcheen (GER), 6. xlacrimax (LTU), 7. Tsjara (NED), 8. PrincessRainbow (AUT), 9. mssaver (USA), 10 azuki (USA), 11. Vapermom (CAN), 12. Fracula (CAN)
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But, I didn't love it. I found the narrative voice and prose style -- which should have been charmingly, delightfully twee -- tiresome. It made reading the book, especially the descriptions, a chore.
Possibly I was in the wrong mood, possibly I'm an old curmudgeon and shouldn't be allowed near books about Fairyland. Either way, I'm sure some of the other readers on this bookray will enjoy the book much more.
I've got JoolsW's address and will post the book later today. I've included hakkalina's "Where's Wally?" postcard as it made a great bookmark.
Thanks for sharing hakkalina, and thanks Nell-Lu, for sending this with the Where's Wally postcard : )
I don’t really know where to start with this… The writing is extremely creative and imaginative. The descriptions of fairyland and all its characters are inventive and clever. I usually love anything that is magical, that takes me to other worlds... and yet, I didn't love it.
I think there was just too much going on for me – too many characters, too many clever descriptions and not enough story to keep me interested.
I’m glad I stuck with it though – it’s a well written and different kind of book and I’m sure many others who read this will find it entirely enjoyable.
Thanks for including me in the bookray, hakkalina! I'll now contact Vekiki and post the book to her as soon as possible!
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I'm finished reading - really enjoyed it and LOVE the illustrations - and just PMing the next in line for their address
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Not as engaging as expected, reminded me of Alice's adventures a lot, though I don't know whether it is a bad thing or a good thing. I didn't like it much but I'm glad I had a chance to try it :)
Really looking forward to read this one. Thanks for sharing the book hakkalina! :)
But I only really got into the story after September met the Marquess and Saturday, and finished the second half of the book in one day. I liked the ending with all the revelations.. And there is a sequel too, looking forward to read that someday. :)
Oh and I really like the drawings as well!
Lye poured a bucketful of golden water over September's head. "When you are born," the golem said softly, "your courage is new and clean. You are brave enough for anything: crawling off of staircases, saying your first words without fearing that someone will think you are foolish, putting stange things in your mouth. But as you get older, your courage attracts gunk and crusty things and dirt and fear and knowing how bad things can get and what pain feels like. By the time you're half-grown, your courage barely moves at all, it's so grunged up with living. So every once in a while, you have to scrub it up and get the works going or else you'll never be brave again. Unfortunately there are not so many facilities in your world that provide the kind of services we do. So most people go around with grimy machinery, when all it would take is a bit of spit and polish to make them paladins once more, bold knights and true."
Will send the book onwards to PrincessRainbow somewhere in the next couple of days.
Thanks again for sharing Hakkalina!
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23.5.2013: I read the book and liked it. I needed some time to get used to the writing style and the drawings. But then I really enjoyed the story. It was a fantastic adventure full of excitement and interesting characters. The book had a lot of elements of other fantastic stories (e.g.: Peter Pan, Narnia, Wizard of Oz, ...). Even so the story and characters were unique and impressing. I think that the title doesn´t match to the story. A better title would be: "September´s first adventure in Fairyland".
I´m looking forward to read the second book about September: "The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland And Led The Revels There".
I have another ring ahead of this but looks forward to reading it. And so exciting to see how many countries this book has traveled to already!
And Tsjara, I love your quote!
ETA: Gosh I didn't realize I had the book for so long already! Just an update, I am now about 1/5 of the way through the book. Sorry but life has been busy and tiring lately so I didn't get much reading done. Will try to finish within the next two weeks and send on. Sorry for the delay but this book most certainly is not lost...
I confirmed Vapermom's address and the book will go out later this week. Sorry it has taken a bit longer to read this but I really appreciate your patience and your sharing such an excellent book. Like others, I look forward to reading the sequel.
Have contacted Fracula to get their address
Alas, like many before me, I just couldn't complete the book. I felt the author didn't know who she was writing for. Descriptions were so long and filled with over-done prose, that if you were reading it to a child, they certainly would have lost interest.
Even as an adult reader, I was humbled by the number of times I wanted to reach for my dictionary. In the end, this book was simply not for me.
I will be awaiting the name of the next intrepid reader.
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