Odd and the Frost Giants|
Was worried about this one, given that just reading the Journal you could hear the sound of the deadline as it went whizzing by...so this is good news. *Very* good news.
So in terms of previous, what is this one like (if any)? Am I going to have to hide it from the kids, or sit them on my lap to read it to them at night?
What is this one like... *ponders*. It has a touch of the bickering gods of American Gods, but with the streak of humanity-in-the-inhuman that you see in the novella follow-up in Legends II ("The Monarch of the Glen"). There's humor, there's mystery, there's a little bit of danger. It's an adventure story, after all. Well, an unlikely quest, at least. Which makes it a little bit like stardust, but what romance is in there is of a different sort of character.
How old are your kids?
This book was definitely written with a younger audience in mind. The language, the density, all are good for youngsters. There is an unhealthy domestic situation, but it's not particularly brutal and it ends, happily. The language and the topics are probably good for anyone from 8-10 on up, though there are topics that will go over the heads of people anywhere up to 90 and above. It's Gaiman. He looks up to Wolfe, you know?
So if you read it to your kids, be prepared to answer questions. (Isn't that a given, though? I'm all for questions, myself.) At the same time, I think there's enough that's on the surface that anyone can read it and get something out of it. Even if it's only a technique to use when you're in need of a rainbow bridge.
Huh. Intrigued. Also delighted. This sounds like it's going to be a good journey.
No kids -- was just under the impression that this was, indeed, meant for younger readers, and was trying to figure out if by 'younger' it was the Coraline crowd or the Anansi Boys crowd.