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The Great Forest: Twigtown Tales: One Paperback – July 11, 2011
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About the Author
Tabetha Napora is a student at George Mason University who has loved fantasy novels since elementary school. This is her first published novel.
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Paradoxically, a lot of elements I usually like in the author's fanfiction are done poorly. The characters and romances are bland instead of being lively and creative; the random jokes fall flat instead of being funny; the pacing spends more time on the characters' birthday parties than actual conflict with the villains.
Like I said, there are good elements in here. The alternate universe concept is woven in subtly, and the imagery is generally strong. The mythology's clever as well (though I get the strong feeling that the author wanted to write a team of original Power Rangers). Some of the concepts for the characters had potential, but it just never took shape. The courtroom sequence was completely insane: whether or not that's a good thing depends on taste, I suppose.
And yet, the spark is back. I used to love fantasy, but somewhere in my mid-teens, I just sort of lost interest. Something about this book has relit that passion. Maybe it's the kind of inspiration that says "I could do better," maybe it's those genuinely intriguing bits, but I am interested in fantasy again. I feel like giving this book three stars would be dishonest; on its own merits, I don't think it was ready for publishing, but it did something for me.