Lisa Padol wrote:
> Josh, what was the book you couldn't get on the Childrens' list, the
> one everyone reserved in the libraries? Summerland?
This is a massive, fascinating book that might have been written to be right
up our alley. But, although it may be on my list of five finalists when I
send in the ballot, it doesn't impress me as much as it should.... However,
it's definitely worth trying for anyone else, and it's widely available.
Maybe I'm missing something. Maybe a second reading would reveal much that
I missed.... or maybe not. Anyone else have responses?
I think I preferred _The Great Good Thing_ with its clever metafiction and
charming and unpretentious story, in comparison. Though I wish we'd caught
it last year, and hadn't had to wait for the paperback. The other paperback
retread is _Stones are Hatching_, a powerful, poetically written series of
visions, full of British legend and lore, which, alas, is full of
unsympathetic characters going through the tired motions of Classic Quest
without ever persuading me to care. I didn't list it last time, and won't be
this time, either. (Claire hated it, too).
Many of the others were nice, or likeable, or worth reading, but not truly
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