The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

Girl Who Circumnavigated FairylandRight. Well. I have been rendered speechless.

Lest you think that the only fantasy books being published now are all a bunch of Harry Potter clones, may I introduce you to the most original fantasy novel I have ever read?

September is an ordinary girl with a slightly lonely, but ultimately normal life, until the day that The Green Wind, riding on a leopard, appears at her kitchen window. Minutes later, he’s whisked her—willingly—off to fairyland, and her stunning adventures have started.  September meets a wonderful Wyverary (a cross between a wyvern and a library), a terrifying marquess, and a captive Marid, not to mention witches as you’ve never imagined them (who are missing A Spoon), a person made entirely of soap, a little girl who can change into a jackal, wild velocipedes, academic leaf people, a sentient lampshade, and whole countries of amazing and unbelievable things. 

What does the Marquess want, really?  And why does she think that September can get it for her?  All the while we are finding out the answers, we are bouyed along by the vivid, astounding, and moving prose.  The story works its way into your mind to the point that you’ll still be thinking about it days after you’ve finished.  The only book I can compare it to in any way is The Neverending Story (the original book, which is much longer and more fantastical than the movie), but this is a book for any child who enjoys fantasy, has an imagination, and still possesses a real sense of wonder. 

If you’d like to see the publisher’s book trailer, which shows some of the illustrations from the book and is much better at conveying the flavor of the book than I am, I have included it here:

Posted by: Sarah

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    cyndua said,

    I like the story so much


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