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Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. My first introduction to her was the first book in the Fairyland series, which grabbed hold of me such that I was ecstatic to see the prequel short and overjoyed that a second book came out. I only just today learned that this is to be a five book series, and I had this one, the third, on Kindle pre-order the moment I learned of it.
I have talked up her Orphan's Tales series beyond all measure, and I've even bought the first Fairyland book as a gift for a friend, though I rarely do that because it's such a risk. It's safe to say I love these stories and I love Valente's writing. I didn't love this book. Oh, Ms Valente, you forgot something so important! You forgot to work on the story! Up to that point it's one person lecturing September after another. She stands in one place and hears pages of lecture on one subject, then she moves to a new place and stands there to hear pages of lecture on another subject. We hear about the imaginary nature of money and about being co-dependent so that you live only to create the happiness of others.
We hear about the way countries are run and about how clothes make the man. We do not hear a story. It takes almost half the book for September to do the following: sigh around Omaha; cross a boundary into Fairyland's Moon; get dressed; travel a short distance on a moon road; be turned away by the creature she was told to see; arrive at the moon Library. In this time September has no control, makes no attempt to take control, she simply follows one lecture after another. She is completely inactive. Unfortunately, the lectures don't stop once September finally makes contact with her friends and starts on her big journey to do a big thing.
There's a lecture at the library, a lecture at the circus, a lecture from the human-headed donkey. It's a page of story for every chapter of lecture. Still standing around doing nothing but listening to lessons. Crammed in around the edges are too many ideas.
Descriptions galore, which Valente is good at, but too much. In previous books they've been measured, you can see and feel what she's describing and the world comes to life. Here there's no introduction to a new idea, just suddenly words of adjectives. September can't walk through a forest or converse with a friend or pick up a box or get in a car without drowning in adjectives.
I can't picture half of what's described because it's OVER-described. Too much everywhere. Economy of language doesn't mean constant silence, it means parsing it out carefully so that there's the right amount, not too much and not too little. Valente has not been economic with her language, she's just poured it on like a 5 year old pours syrup on her pancakes. So much that the pancakes become a soggy sodden mess that break apart and cannot be eaten without being ill. The farther into the series we go, the less possible it is to understand without having read the previous books, which is fine, I've never understood why people suggest it's important for series books to stand alone.
That's fine for Hercule Poirot and The Three Investigators, it's not necessary for books of this type. Here we have absolutely reached the point where you will not understand without reading the first two books prequel if you like, though it's not necessary like the others. You won't know what a Hreinn is, why the Wyverary references the second half of the alphabet the way he does, how a Marid works, what September did with the Marquess and her Shadow, etc. I've missed September and her friends so much, and I was so happy that she would spend actual time with her friends, since she didn't get to in the previous novel.
I've been so excited about this book, and I'm so downcast not to be able to love it. But when the story is neglected, especially in a fairy story, you're left with thinly-disguised asides to the adult readers and characters standing around yawning behind their hands, waiting for their author to get back to them again.
That does not a wonderful book make. I desperately hope Valente or her editor shakes this out before the apparent fourth book. View all 9 comments. Sep 22, Bradley rated it really liked it Shelves: worldbuilding-sf , ya , fantasy , shelf. While the language is beautiful and still bright, and while we've got a little older September to contend with, I don't think this is the best of the Fairyland books. She's growing up, learning that Yeti's hands can control serious time and Words have a magic that is all the greater because it belongs not only to Fairies, but to everyone, and the clothes you wear are like the words you use.
It's sweet, and it's good, but there was something missing in the middle of the book. I loved th While the language is beautiful and still bright, and while we've got a little older September to contend with, I don't think this is the best of the Fairyland books. I loved the descriptions, the imagination, the characters, and the Rights of Tools, but there wasn't a center impetus to push the plot forward. I don't mind if we meander, and there was a lot of meandering, but I like to know that we're shooting for the moon, too.
I am NOT saying this was a bad book, because her works are so brilliant that they outshine the sun. I just don't think it matches the strengths of the previous two. Even if view spoiler [Saturday has turned into a budding Love Interest for September. Love the Timey-Wimey stuff. View all 30 comments. Jan 16, Trish rated it really liked it. It took me quite a long time to finish this book. I'll get to that later. The book series started out in as a crowdfunded middle-grade online novel originally, a fictional children's book in the author's other book Palimpsest.
I know, right?! How come this series is so "old", yet barely known throughout the world?! Doesn't seem appropriate. As anyone following my reviews knows, I was absolutely smitten with the first book and equally delighted with the second although the first book It took me quite a long time to finish this book. As anyone following my reviews knows, I was absolutely smitten with the first book and equally delighted with the second although the first book in a series usually holds a special charm over me.
This was book 3 and I must say that it is obvious that Catherynne Valente is a master I mean, this is the "weakest" in the series and it's still a 4,5 star! A short description: September gets back to Fairyland, again a bit later than exactly one year after her last trip what's up with that? I did NOT like that one. Sometimes I understood the criticism but overall I wanted to throw some punches and completely understand why this wind doesn't have a Great Cat of Nephelo anymore! So, naturally, the deal is foul and September has to do a deed for the wind, taking her to Fairyland's Moon!
A wonderful new setting, again full of wonders and quirky creatures some well-known by now, some completely new. It is true that I, too, thought this book somewhat lacked direction something Brad said in his review as well. We had the beginning in book 1 and repercussions of that in book 2 and all those different places those story lines took us to and we knew where September had to go to solve the respective problem, more or less at least , but here I was kind of waiting for the point of it all.
I guess the "only" point was for September to go back to Fairyland, have adventures and view spoiler [get firmly nailed to Fairyland so she can't go home anymore hide spoiler ]. Well, no, that does this book great injustice. She did go back to be there and finally enjoy delicious and unusual food, to fly with her beloved Wyvern, have fun.
But the reason she wants to be there is that she wants to escape our world, enjoy herself, spend time with her friends, finally not being bullied because she's different, not having to fight one battle or another one could say she's tired , not having to grow up of which she is just as afraid as most of us are and she might even know, deep down, that she always learns tons when she's in Fairyland. Because she does. Oh, the wonderful lessons for young and old in each and every one of these books!
And the author explains these things in her typical, magical way. It was delightful as usual. The hardest lesson however, the driving force behind this book? It's not about what we want and picking the best moments so we can have the greatest life - it's about dealing with what comes your way, the good and the bad.
Like September - who was just as brave, level-headed and savvy as usual. But there was also this restlessness, at least in me while I was reading the book, which is why the following line was so accurate: "It's the Sea of Restlessness," he said. Who are you?
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And even then there are exceptions. Didn't anyone tell you? Respect your elders is just a secret weapon, and like most secret weapons, it's a cheap trick. It shuts everyone else up for free, without having to break a sweat. And she who shuts up first loses. And it barely worked on me when I was a kid, let alone now. Thus, we get a little more background on September's parents and view spoiler [get to know about her father's troubles now that he's home from war hide spoiler ] which makes the whole reading experience complete.
I completely felt with September when she was anxious about view spoiler [whether or not her friends would think her too old or only wanted her company when some war had to be fought hide spoiler ] because I can sympathize with doubts creeping in. Fortunately, though, as usually is the case in such books view spoiler [A-Through-L I still think this is one of the most brilliant names ever didn't care the slightest bit and was a true friend hide spoiler ]. As I said many times before: books have spoiled me. I simply have too high expectations now.
I did very much like the relationship the author depicted between September and Saturday! In high seas it keeps me upright. Now I'll have to read a book almost completely without September book 4 is from another perspective before the end of the series. Once you start doing it, you can hardly stop. View all 23 comments. Shelves: female-protagonist , faeries , fairy-tales , enviable-prose , female-author , young-adult , fantasy , american-fantasy , owned , portal-fantasy. Let it be known that I love, love, love Catherynne Valente's Fairyland books.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making was one of those books that I think justifies an author's entire career all by itself — its language, its heart, its ability to seize grown-up hearts as readily as it speaks to those of children. It's a book that makes me wish I had children so I could read it to them. I will defriend you. That was the first Fairyland book, in which twelve-year-old September, still Somewhat Heartless, went to Fairyland for the first time, and met her Wyverary A-Through-L and her blue Marid boy Saturday, and grew up, just a little.
Because her first visit was not without consequences. And so we come to the third book. Catherynne Valente has said that she plans, I believe, five books in the series, which will take September almost up to adulthood. It's been a year since her last visit to Fairyland, and she's been thinking about little else but her next trip.
She fully expects one of the Winds to come get her every year, as they promised. In the meantime, she's now old enough to drive it's s Omaha, after all and so she is running all over the place doing odd jobs for neighbors, trying to save up money so that next time she's dumped into Fairyland, she will be prepared.
Points to September for thinking ahead this time, though I never did quite understand what good she thought Yankee dollars would do her in Fairyland.
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Well, to make the first, long part of the book short, she does indeed wind up in Fairyland, thanks to a considerably less friendly Wind than before. What an easy, balmy, tropical life you must have! I never tease, madam! I am the shiver of the world! But I do not tease. You can cause ever so much more trouble by taking folk seriously, asking just what they're doing and doing just what they ask.
Where she meets up with her friends A-through-L and Saturday and many others, and they ride off on exciting adventures that involve saving the Moon-city of Patience from a rampaging Yeti. And September is growing up a little more in each book. In this one, she is feeling the stirrings of romance, and wrestling with the fact that she has already seen bits of her future, and being a willful and obstinate girl, this does not sit entirely well with her.
And I'll have a daughter with Saturday because I already had one that I haven't had yet and the verbs are very difficult but they seem to add up to the future is a fist and it won't let me go even if I put a hammer right through it. And yet Because, my goodness, Ms. Valente, it took you so long to get anywhere. I do love your language, and I adore September, whether it's her adolescence in Omaha or her adventures in Fairyland, but really, we know which of those we're picking up these books to read about, right?
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And once September gets to Fairyland, well, as she remarks herself initially this time she's coming as a visitor, not yanked there for a crisis though she does eventually find one, except it's on the Moon but because she wants to see her friends again. And there is so much descriptive imagery, so many weird surreal landscapes a city that is a whelk on the Moon, a land of photographic exposures, a cosmic black dog all those creative bursts of imagination we so love Valente for, and yet they seemed less controlled this time around.
I was having to slow down and reread to figure out what it was that I'm supposed to be picturing and what is actually happening. I really got the feeling that Catherynne Valente kind of meandered around for a while figuring out where her story was going to go, and then never edited that part into a proper narrative.
The ending, though, redeems most of chaotic fuzziness in the middle. Every fairy story has darkness at its heart. Valente has been building each Fairyland story onto the previous one, and while they are not precisely stand-alone, they have been self-contained adventures. But in this third book, it becomes necessary to understand what has gone before as September comes to understand certain things about Faeries.
And here, Valente also departs from the pattern of the last two books, which end with September being whisked back to her farm to await her next Fairyland adventure. I am not entirely sure that this wasn't cheating. That same feeling I got that the author's floundering in the middle was not edited out of the manuscript also makes me wonder if the ending was the author having trouble deciding what to do next. But it is an ending that makes me wonder what she's going to do next, and I will of course pre-order the next Fairyland book like wow.
Yes, of the three Fairyland books so far, this one is my least favorite and I would be so disappointed to be disappointed again. But "disappointment" is relative because I still give "Girl Who Soared" an unhesitating 4 stars. Even a slightly wobbly and undisciplined Catherynne Valente book is full of more concentrated brilliance and win than most authors can manage in an entire career. View all 3 comments. Feb 07, Algernon Darth Anyan rated it really liked it Shelves: Just because it's imaginary doesn't mean it isn't real this is September, a.
Repeat offender this cutie, but I don't mind. On the contrary, I hope she makes plans for many more wacky, bittersweet, tenderly wistful returns to the land where Imagination runs free and where she can follow the imperatives of her Criminal heart. That's right, you heard me! The denizens of Fairyland have dubb Just because it's imaginary doesn't mean it isn't real this is September, a. The denizens of Fairyland have dubbed Saturday a professional Criminal, licensed and outfitted her properly in black silks and guild hat.
Readers familiar with her previous adventures already know she deposed a tyrant of the land in the first book and messed with the proper order of the shadowy undeground realm in the second one. So she's considred a professional and unrepentant troublemaker. Now she's heading for the third sphere, up in the air where the Moon is shaken to its very foundations by an angry Yeti. Who will be called to save the Moon but our freshly dubbed Criminal! Here is everything that soared up high and got lost, everything that wanted to keep safe from marauders below.
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This tenderhearted old world catches everything thrown too far and too hard, keeps everything fragile whole: baseballs and stuffed bears and birds' nests and last autumn leaves, zeppelins and Icarus and Leonardo's flying machine, Fairies and pterodactyls and cherubims and hot air balloons and a Russian dog or two. But reaching the Moon is no easy task : you must pass first by the crocodile Calcatrix "It's no fun at all to break the rules if there aren't any.
You must also be wary of the untrustworthy Blue Wind and its puffins who delight in putting obstacles in your path. And you must recover and take good care of your steed Aroostook: the Model A Ford that got sucked into Fairyland together with you. September's quest is series of lessons in life delivered by each magnificent creature she meets as she tries to solve the mystery of the furious Yeti.
Most of the others are freshly minted in the forge of Mrs Valente's fancy and wise in the ways of the heart. The parables deal with predestination, growing up and learning responsibility for your actions, the flexibility of time, courage, love, self awareness, friendship, rules and how to break them. The author breaks the fourth wall herself from time to time in the narrative, as she feels the need to cheer side by side with us readers her heroine in her moments of doubt. Like the time when September wonders why should she struggle if everything is already written in her red book of Fate.
Here's why: So it is written - but so, too, it is crossed out. You can write over it again. You can make notes in the margins. You can cut out the whole page. You can, and you must, edit and rewrite and reshape and pull out the wrong parts like bones and find just the thing and you can forever, forever, write more and more and more, thicker and longer and clearer. Living is a paragraph, constantly rewritten. It is Grown-Up Magic. Children are heartless; their parents hold them still, squirming and shouting, until a heart can get going in their little lawless wilderness.
Teenagers crush their hearts into every hard and thrilling thing to see what will give and what will hold. And Grown-Ups, when they are good, when they are very lucky, and very brave, and their wishes are sharp as scissors, when they are in the fullness of their strength, use their hearts to start their story over again. It all revolves around the heart, just as it did in the two earlier books as September got through childhood and through her pre-teen selves. Now she's a young adult, and while the tonality of the book remains whimsical and fanciful, the issues and the dangers she has to deal with have themselves graduated to a higher level.
A heart can learn ever so many tricks, and what sort of beast it becomes depends greatly upon whether it it has been taught to sit up or lie down, to speak or to beg, to roll over or to sound alarms, to guard or to attack, to find or to stay. But the trick most folks are so awfully fond of learning, the absolute second they've got hold of a heart, is to pretend they don't have one at all. It is the very first danger of the hearted. Shall I give fair warning, as neither you nor I was given?
I did struggle a little with this third Fairyland book, as most of the encounters in the quest to find Ciderskin the Yeti seemed random and slightly too childish for the older persona of our heroine. I'm glad I stuck with the story, because everythings comes together masterfully in the end, and every step September takes proves essential to her becoming on arrival something more beautiful and more wise than on departure.
I will try not to spoil the actual plot, and limit myself to name some of the creatures September meets in her journey. From their quotes you can probably deduce a good portion of the lessons they deliver. These quotes also serve to illustrate the particular prose style of Mrs.
Valente that put her firmly in one of the top spots on my fantasy firmament. Also, be aware that reading in advance about these lessons might be considered spoilers, so treat carefully from this point forward in my review: let's put a picture of the Blue Wind here, to break the 'spoilers' away: Hard to pick a favorite to start with, but because I've always loved sailing I'll present you Ballast Downbound the Klabautermann, who runs a salvage operation on the highway to the Moon: I'm named for the secret, vital core of a ship.
Ballast is the the weight down in the deep that keeps a vessel upright in dark water. A ship's not a ship till she got ballast of her own. Down in the belly, a big massy mess of rope and wood and hardtack and love letters and harpoons and old lemons. Anything that ever fascinated the ship, made it sail true, patched it or broke it, anything the ship loved or longed for, anything it could use.
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