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- Print Length: 172 pages
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- Publication Date: March 26, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007P5CIDK
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I definitely believe that was her goal. But the Story Trap only begins to show her full talent (and I think her full talent is likely on par with Garth Nix at his best). They Story Trap tells a tale in prose that is not fully realized yet. This book reminds me, not in the literary sense, but in terms of how it is written, of the Seventh Tower series Nix did. While they are excellent books, the Old Kingdom Series blows them away. (Sabriel set my world on fire over 16 years ago -- it has not stopped burning.) I think then, that "The Sisters" is Du Toit's "Seventh Tower" -- good books that are the stepping stone to her real magnum opus. If I hadn't realized this, I probably would have given a four star review -- but now that I've seen the potential in her writing, now that I've seen little snatches of what could be, I'm spoiled -- I know she can write at Nix's "Old Kingdom" level.
And greedy reader I am -- I want that book.
That's not to say this book is bad. It's not. Clearly it is an excellent appetizer, clearly it's sucked me in. I will be reading the next in the series. And if there is one after that, then that one too. I do believe that this series will be much fuller in the next books. But what this book really makes me crave is Du Toit's next series. That's what I want more than a dog wants steak. In the meantime, I am happy to adventure in this other part of Du Toit's imagination.
We haven't seen a family of three sisters, still struggling with the recent death of their mother, suddenly plunged all over again into a world of stark hospitals and puzzled doctors.
We haven't seen a villain in whom the aims of the sorcerer and the scientist are revealed to be identical; we haven't seen a witch all-too-willing to sacrifice a few (not including herself, of course) for the good of the many.
We haven't seen an impulsive younger sibling, with every "right" to let loss become bitterness, moral indignation become hatred, and trauma become disability, choose, instead, to offer herself as incarnate compassion.
We haven't seen a coma-trapped heroine wandering from story to story, altering them as she goes according to her own kindness and resourcefulness. We haven't seen old and new stories collide such that a prick from Thorn Rose's spindle can send a girl and her genetically-engineered robot-dog into the midst of an African folktale, there to spend a dark night under Baba Yaga's roof.
Above all, we haven't seen a story populated with such a depth of characters and ideas expressed in such deceptively simple strokes. "The Story Trap" is calm and beautiful as the sunny seas, and possessed of a quick current that draws the reader swiftly in.
Masha du Toit's villain may require a stolen lock of your hair to lure you into a story; Masha herself has a stronger art, and needs only this book. There is more than one reason for titling it "The Story Trap".
The author merges the real world and various fairy tales deftly, with little wasted language and a feel for the right words at the right time. While I didn't recognize all of the stories, they were all presented in a compelling manner and I was really rooting for Rebecca to break out of her sleep.
I felt that the character of the young man wasn't very fleshed out, I expected him to turn into a love interest, which never really happened. Other than that, however, I really enjoyed this quick read. I also enjoyed her anthology, "Strange Neighbors." I recommend Ms. du Toit's writing highly!