I just finished this book.
It was such a beautiful read, made me happy, made me sad, made me realize that this book had so many lessons one could learn from. Definitely something I would let my children read when the time came.
The twist at the end, not too shocking – almost expected, really. It’s like Narnia meeting Alice in Wonderland, with a dash of the Wizard of Oz. Was surprised at the mention of 付喪神 and I thought it was a rather interesting touch to the otherwise very Western-influenced creatures and stories.
You know how some books are filled with such magic that only you would understand how it captivated you and pulled you in, that you cannot find the words to express it? That’s how I feel (and know) I’ve read a great book.
And aside from the mountainpile of sparkly vampirey books that are classified as “young adult” books (shudder in horror now!) there are a few good reads such as this one that truly deserve to be there, and that there should be more people wanting to read these kinds of books. I have some faith yet.
Really glad that this book will have a sequel coming out some time in October or so =)
When you are born, your courage is new and clean. You are brave enough for anything.
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 fear is 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 awhile 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 this service. So most people go around with grimy machinery, when all it would take i abit of spit and polish to make them paladins once more, bold knights and true.
Wise words from a soap golem named Truth, to a little girl named September.
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Recently I’ve been cultivating a new habit – waking up wee bit earlier to curl up and read a book before I head off to work. I love this feeling – definitely something I’ll keep up.
Right now, I’m reading “The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In a Ship of Her Own Making”. Whimsical, and quaint.
But truthfully, I bought the book because:
- The girl is named September
- She is curious, and loves adventure (wanderlust!)
- She has wit
- Is bold, and unafraid.
Something about that last point brings this to mind:
“All children are as such – mostly Heartless, but she is somewhere in the middle.”
And does that not remind me of someone I know quite well? =)