The Fantastic Fable of Peter Able Kindle Edition
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Through our travels with this no longer written about boy we see how life is lived by the characters that we love after their stories have been finished. Some go to school, some get parts in other written works and some change genres.
If you love reading works of fiction you will love the wit and cross overs found in this tale.
(I received this book free from KindleScout by voting for its publication.)
I thought this could be a really fun story when I read the description. A character having adventures in the land of Fiction and meeting many famous characters. It is a good premise if done well. Unfortunately, this story read as if the author was not familiar with any of the genres. A few very broad stereotypes but nothing that would make a fan of the genre nod with approval. As for the promised famous literary characters, there weren't that many and those that were there either did a cameo or acted nothing like their character.
Even if you're not a big reader though, I think this book will be a good read. It had me laughing and interested to see what would happen. I loved being in the World of Fiction, and I can't wait to see where this goes in book 2!
It felt like a Terry Pratchett type of absurdism that hadn't worked out the details. The writing itself fell flat for me somehow although I couldn't pin down what it was that made this less than the laugh I expected.
I've read a few other books with a similar set up-- where the characters know they are part of a book-- and I found this to be a fresh take on that idea.
I loved how Grigson plays on common genres (fantasy, romance, etc), characters (frat boy, nerd, etc.) and plot developments/scenes (the moment, the look, etc) just enough to poke fun without being too satirical that it becomes overbearing.
As far as the writing itself, I thought it was very well written and it was clear to me that the author thought a lot about intent when writing scenes. I enjoyed the precise use of language and the variety of descriptions in the book (you won't see redundant description in this book). I also thought the use of graphics to describe some of the floating words in the story was well done and not overdone.
Though I understood the layout of Fiction and the main plot of this book, I don't really see where this series will be going long term. I also found myself zoning out or taking a break to read another book because there wasn't enough progress in the middle of this book. I thought the ending was wrapped up too nicely (which I can't believe I'm saying because normally I have the opposite response) and wished the next book was teased a little more. As it stands now, I'll probably read a sample of the next book before purchasing just because I have no idea where this series is going. That being said, I think this is a great stand-alone book, even with the slow middle.
Overall I recommend it. It's a refreshing read that takes common book themes to a whole new level.