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October 29th, 2007
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Odd and the Frost Giants

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From:netmouse
Date:October 30th, 2007 02:28 am (UTC)
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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.
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From:randimason
Date:October 30th, 2007 12:14 pm (UTC)
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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.

Thanks muchly.



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