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The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two Hardcover – October 1, 2013
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But, unlike the two earlier books in the series, Soared does not stand on its own--not only is there a cliffhanger ending, the book brings up far more issues than it resolves. Indeed, the strong narrative drive of the second book, is largely missing here. Instead, Valente barely bothers to connect the chapters and instead seems more focused on philosophical questions and literary inventions. September has moments of initiative and action, but much of the storyline is driven by external events or concerns matters that happened in the past. For that reason, it's less, too, of a children's book than the earlier ones. Older kids who enjoyed the first two, though, will probably enjoy this one as well. It won't, however, hook anyone new into the series.
In other words, this book suffers from middle-itis--it's largely set up for the next novel. In many ways, it's really a three-star not a four-star novel, but I'm giving it extra credit for Valente's vision of the moon and the potential of the storyline she's developing.
This year’s birthday come and gone, September is a year older, indeed she is 15 now and the time has past when she should have been bundled off to Fairyland. But of course being a year older, she is much more mature. Seeing this progression is part of the journey and the fun. These would be perfect books for a young girl to read as she is moving from childhood into puberty. The reader is witness to September’s marvelous growth from a child into a preteen and now to a young teenager. If the reader is a child themselves imagine how amazing that would be?
The trouble with lies is that they love company. Once you tell a single lie, that lie gets terribly excited and calls all its friends to visit. ~pg 1
There are so many more responsibilities and oddball things September now has to consider in addition to saving Fairyland. What is a girl to do…and however is she going to handle it?
That is the trouble with standing up to people, of course. Once you start doing it, you can hardly stop. ~pg 122
Luckily, this installment brings back her beloved friends Saturday and Ell. As well as takes her into ever more interesting places to meet quite peculiar and delightful people. The real destination, however, is the Moon. Along the way she will learn so much more about her friends and herself than she might be able to handle. The whimsical humor delights me at every turn of the page and yet there is still this core of meaning that will not be denied.Read more ›
But she has to take an unexpected route back in "The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two," the third novel in Catherynne M. Valente's Fairyland series. And those who enjoyed the previous two books will know what to expect -- a luminous, dazzling mixture of Narnia and Wonderland, with whimsical imaginings and lushly jeweled prose.
The war is almost over, September has turned fourteen, and she's begun to worry that she's becoming too old to travel to Fairyland (although she is constantly prepared to pop back over). But then she manages to hitchhike with the Blue Wind over the tattered Line between worlds -- and once again, finds herself in a bizarre little segment of the magical world. Not quite in Fairyland, though.
After getting labeled a criminal and acquiring a car names Arostook, September sets out for Fairyland -- and ends up on a strange odyssey with a Klabautermann (otter-mariner), a journey to the moon, the Almanack and the Black Cosmic Dog. But after being reunited with an old friend, she learns of a new sinister creature causing trouble -- Ciderskin, a Yeti who wants to conquer the Moon and cause destruction to Fairyland.
Compared to the first two books, "The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two" takes awhile to get its bearings -- the first half is just September meandering around, encountering wacky creatures. It's only after she encounters A-Through-L and Abecedaria that we find out what's ultimately going on -- and after that, it takes some unexpected twists (including one that will leave you frothing for the fourth book).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
(4.5 stars) This is the third book in the Fairyland series. September has been waiting for the winds to bring her back to Fairyland with some impatience. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michelle Boytim
I enjoyed this book more than The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, but The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making is still my... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Brooke E Peters
my least favorite of the three in this series so far, but still absolutely enchanting.Published 7 months ago by Dj Hickson
My wife loves these books. They're a great set of fantasy that even adults can enjoy.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I like this series, but I feel like September's story has been strung out a bit too much. This one felt as though it had more of a moral story than actual adventure. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Delta Stet