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Fanny & Dice Paperback – October 11, 2015
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But the afterstory of the mythology has not (to my knowledge) been re-imagined quite like this! This is marvelous!
Persephone and Eurydice (well, primarily the former) decide, after a brief foray into jolly old England about the time of the American Revolution, to visit the Upperworld again. This time, with the aid of a knowledgeable boatsman, they break through the earth's crust in 19th Century Halifax, South Dakota.
There they are renamed and re-imagined as "Fanny" and "Dice." But lest you think this is but yet "another 'The Iliad' meets 'Deadwood' meets 'Back to the Future III,'" keep reading. It proves to be more than that.
Consider: 1) What if Persephone proves not merely to be a bad girl, but even worse than that? 2) What if there is a mortal, in 19th Century South Dakota, of all places, who knows what "Dice" doesn't know, which is how Orpheus's "rest of the story" really turns out? 3) What if "Dice's" mortal enemy turns out to be none other than a prairie school marm, as well as why? 4) What if "Dice" is mistaken to be a young boy who happens to be able to transfer her musical gifts on the lyre to a saloon piano? 5) Could "Dice" stand up to a very violent prairie version of the Women's Temperance Movement, and if so, why and how? 6) What could lead "Dice" to overcome "frontier justice" - not merely once, but twice? 7) Could Cerberus, the mythical three-headed dog, somehow find his place - and then some - amongst the 19th Century prairie popus? 8) Is this the kind of story whose drama is best resolved by a "Deus ex machine" (without a machine)?
All of these questions are explored and resolved in this most entertaining short novel. Suspend your disbelief; read the first 30 pages or so slowly; and then, when the protagonist ("Dice," as this story is told from her point of view) arrives in the old wild west, fasten your seat belt! The novel from there takes off on a marvelous wild ride!
Fanny and Dice is a wonderful combination of old west adventure, Greek myth, and undead mystery. It is a slightly bawdy jaunt through a book that weaves all of these elements into a story that is fast paced and entertaining. Dice really, really wants to find her husband, Orpheus; Persephone really, really wants . . . something else entirely. It is this “something else” that drives the story forward, and yet, the story arc for Fanny is only touched upon here and there, in just enough detail to fill in the blanks and let the reader come to his or her own conclusions about the supernatural events going on upstairs, in the saloon.
Kyle deftly introduces the characters and supporting cast of Fanny and Dice such that it seems entirely plausible for Cerberus to contribute his three heads to the job of being a guard dog. It’s just one of those things, right? Yes. Yes, it is, and the author pulls it off quite nicely.
I recommend this book for young adults and teens who are a bit older, as there is strong sexual tension. It is not graphic in any way, but operating behind the scenes. (Although, honestly, my thirteen year old is reading it with nary a bat of the eyes.) All-in-all, Fanny and Dice is nice outing for Kyle. It’s an enjoyable read, and the author has thrown in good historical details, and integrated some stories from the myths of the Greek gods.
Bret R. Wright
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