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Blunderland Paperback – August 10, 2010
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A rich fantasy world in the tradition of Lewis Carroll's Wonderland. ...Captivating and well imagined. (Characters are) interesting and charming--particularly Ryan, the Native American who is both wise and wise-cracking.
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This was a sort of Alice in Wonderland story but with some twists and darker characters. Fin has had some bumpy times and hopes her new home will help her move on with living (and puppy she picks up to keep her company). When the men, known as the Creeps, start coming around with whispering of the dark and demented things they wish to do to her, she doesn't know where to turn. When trying to escape them, she walks under a mosaic arch in the local park and winds up in Blunder. Transporting to the land of Blunder is pretty much where the Alice and Wonderland similarities end and the quirkiness of this novel start.
Blunder is quirky - and not in a bad way. Things change between Blunder and the real world. Fin's dog, Zipper, gets wings and currency is in the form of origami creations. This is a world where the extraordinary is normal and Fin isn't quite sure what to make of it. I liked the world of Blunder but at times I felt there was too much going on in Blunder and it took away from the progression of the story. I got distracted by the descriptions of the world and had to flip back to figure out what Fin was doing again.
The characters were all interesting and probably what I enjoyed most about this novel - well, I enjoyed some of the hoops Fin must get through to accomplish what she needs to in Blunder too. Fin was a character with a complex past who is just learning that she has a spine. I think Ryan bothered me the most, I never ended up warming up to him completely. There are other great characters like Flo and Theo to fill this book and while I would have liked a little bit more background and detail about them, I enjoyed the part they played.
I enjoyed Blunderland and found it a fun, quirky read with interesting characters and a whirlwind of adventure. This gets 3.75 Stars.
It's a hip Alice in Wonderland, but very original. Looking forward to a sequal that explores parts of Blunderland we only get a glimpse of in the book.