The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

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

September didn’t really enjoy her life in Omaha, Nebraska, so when the Green Wind came and said, “Hey! You want to go to Fairyland on this Leopard?” (that’s not actually what he said. I’m paraphrasing), September jumped at the chance. And lost a shoe in the process.

So September goes to Fairyland and meets a dragon/library (a Wyverary) called A through L, a blue boy called Saturday and The Marquess who may or may not be evil.

It’s a fantastic adventure that people have said reminded them of The Phantom Toolbooth (which I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t read) and  Alice in Wonderland. I felt a little Douglass Adams in there too, perhaps.

What really drew me into this story, though, was the omniscient narrator who sometimes broke the fourth wall (can we apply theatre terms here? What is it called in fiction?) and talked directly to the reader about the happenings of the story.

This isn’t one of those stories that can be blown through. It’s a story that takes time, attention, and patience to read. I found this to be a struggle in some parts. It helped that I listened to Valente read most of the story (I like her narrative voice). It’s a story where, if you lose focus, you miss something.

Other Information about the Copies in my Library
Kindle edition, 256 pages
870L (in case you were wondering)
Audiobook: 7 hrs 17 min

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