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A different kind of fantasy, but no less excellent
on July 26, 2010
See, this is why authors use pen names.
A fan of Patrick Rothfuss' adult fantasy fiction might not recognize his style in "The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle." The target audience is certainly not identical, although there will no doubt be a great deal of overlap. The style and the medium are distinct enough that the Patrick Rothfuss "brand" is not a good way of determining whether you will like this book or not.
For my part, though, I loved it. Nate Taylor's illustrations create a world that we recognize from the storybooks of our childhood, but riddled with details of a much more mature nature. I challenge all readers to reconstruct the stuffing-filled aftermath of the battle shown in the first few pages, based on the background of later pages.
As for the writing itself, the simplicity of the language does not devolve into simplicity of subject. The text craftily invites us to sympathize with the Princess by making her the heroine. But as the dust jacket warns, this book is not for children... or at least, I fear any children that this book might be for.
If you are enough of a child to appreciate a simple story well told and well drawn, and enough of an adult to appreciate dark humor, then this is the book for you. I can only hope that the Princess and her Mr. Whiffle will return to grace the pages of another book.