Reviews tagged "literary pastiche"

 

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

Amidst all of the horrible classic literature spin-offs out there in both the YA and adult markets, this book stands out as, if nothing else, actually readable. A teenaged Victor Frankenstein sets out to discover the alchemical Elixir of Life in a desperate quest to save the life of his identical twin brother, Konrad, who […]

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The Indigo King by James Owen

Two Caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica, John and Jack–better known to history as Tolkien and Lewis–have just discovered a message in a medieval manuscript . . . signed by their friend Hugo Dyson. Then Hugo accidentally walks through a mystic doorway and apparently changes history. Suddenly England is a wasteland ruled by dark forces, and […]

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Here, There Be Dragons by James Owen

It’s a dark and stormy night in 1917, and a kindly Oxford professor has just been murdered. Three young men–John, Jack, and Charles–all end up at professor’s home, where they meet a strange old man who tells them that they are destined to be the new caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica: an atlas of the […]

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The Magicians and Mrs. Quent by Galen Becket

A fun idea gets a mediocre treatment in this fantasy-adventure-meets-19th-century-manners novel. The author sets his story — involving several central characters trying to stay one step ahead of the bad guys so that the bad guys can’t destroy the world — in a milieu which, he hopes, invokes the England of Austen and Bronte. Ivy, […]

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Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor

In this second volume of the Looking Glass Wars trilogy, Alyss is just becoming familiar with her new role as Queen of Wonderland — and trying to sort our her feelings for her childhood friend, the guardsman Dodge. Her enjoyment of the peaceful state of her kingdom is short-lived, though, because King Arch, the passionately […]

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The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

The recent postmodern literary trend toward unorthodox retellings of classic or traditional tales has resulted in a wealth of offerings, ranging in quality from excellent to downright lame. And while Frank Beddor’s Alice in Wonderland remix may lack the scintillating literary brilliance of Gregory Maguire’s Wizard of Oz treatment, it also lacks that book’s moral […]

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The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

I had difficulty deciding whether to classify this book as fantasy or sci-fi; basically, it’s just fluff with elements of both. But enjoyable, charming fluff, which makes for an entertaining if not extremely edifying read. The book is set in 1985, in an alternate-history England — a world in which England has been at war […]

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Wicked by Gregory Maguire

Wow. This book is unique, and I know I’m going to bungle my review completely, because the book’s complexity is impossible to express in a few paragraphs (and after only one reading) — especially without giving away the plot. As you probably already know, Maguire takes the Wicked Witch of the West (from The Wizard […]

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