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Strange the Dreamer Hardcover – March 28, 2017
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"Laini Taylor is so damn good and like no other."―Leigh Bardugo, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom
* "Gorgeously written in language simultaneously dark, lush, and enchanting, the book will leave readers eager for the next."―Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "...Characters are carefully, exquisitely crafted, the writing is achingly lovely, and the world is utterly real...This is a thing to be savored."―Booklist, starred review
* "[Strange the Dreamer] has all the rich, evocative imagery and complex world-building typical of Taylor's best work. This outstanding fantasy is a must-purchase for all YA collections."―School Library Journal, starred review
* "The luxurious prose and complex world building invites and rewards slow reading....Here readers will find characters to love and ones to hate and, ultimately, a world to be willingly lost in."―Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
* [Readers] will dive into Taylor's gorgeous prose and brilliant imagery and relish this story about dreams, love, monsters, gods, ghosts, war, and alchemy. Told from alternating points of view, this is complex but satisfying, a story about cultures meeting and clashing."―VOYA, starred review
"[Laini Taylor] has spun another mesmerizing tale with captivating twists and turns, an array of intriguing characters, strange and beautiful language, and baroque flourishes of the imagination."―Horn Book
"Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling."―Kirkus Reviews
"The language is rich."―School Library Connection
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LAINI TAYLOR CONTINUES TO SHRED MY HEART.
Nope. Never mind. Not composed.
Will never be composed. What is life.
All right, SO. STRANGE THE DREAMER is phenomenal. Gorgeous, lush, magical, heartbreaking. It's The Laini Taylor Brand, okay. It's also the book I'll use to answer "If you were stranded on a desert island and had one book to read forever, what would it be?" I never actually thought I'd have an answer to this question. But while I was reading this, I'd just pause every few paragraphs to put the book down and sigh over how beautiful it was. Which is why my first night of reading, I got less than 30 pages into it.
"There were no books to hide behind, and no shadows--only Lazlo Strange in his worn gray robes, with his nose that had been broken by fairy tales, looking like the hero of no story ever told. Or. No story ever yet told."
This is a story for the dreamers, for the ones that look at the ocean and hope for a glimpse of Ariel or Nessie. For the ones who could spend a day with a book, and still be thinking about it when they finish the final page. For the lost ones, and the scared ones, and the broken ones. For the hopeful ones, for the shunned ones, for the weird ones.
This book is slow. Like, achingly slow. But broken Godslayer Eril-Fane, rebellious Ruby, clueless Feral, bookdragon Lazlo, sweetsweet Sparrow, blue gold hearted Sarai, twisted and bitter Minya, and so many others will wrestle your heart from you.
Happy book birthday STRANGE THE DREAMER. May you bring a little more magic and compassion into the world.
"Some things, thought Sarai, were too lovely to devour, while others were too lovely not to."
It pains me...yes physically hurts me to give one of my all time favorite, beautifully minded, creatively unique and the current undisputed queen of poetic prose anything less than 4 stars...I feel like Vizzinni...it's simply inconceivable!!
Now it is true, for anyone who might not have read any of Mrs. Taylor's earlier works (though I doubt there are many of you out there especially those on my Friends list), her writting is usually very deep/evocative and many say "flowery". I personally LOVE how she sees and relates to the world and her imagination and skill are incomparable. Having said that, Strange the Dreamer was slow to start and once it began to pick up pace I found the direction of the plot as well as the major plot twists easily foretold. Also, that ending...that ending...how I LOATHE, how I DETEST that ending!! No spoilers here but be prepared to be disappointed. Laini (if I may be so bold as to call you that), I love you... I truly do...BUT this is nowhere near the callibre, grandeur, the resplendence of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Yes, both the character and world building were excellent! Yes, your imagination and vivid imagery are unparalled BUT the plot was slow to simmer and even harder to savour. The love story was lukewarm, the "Evil" was tame and the ending...I can't even bring myself to dignify that unsatisfying end with another mention...I promise, that's it.
You’re a storyteller. Dream up something wild and improbable,” she pleaded. “Something beautiful and full of monsters.” “Beautiful and full of monsters?” “All the best stories are.”
Read it if you want something Strange in your life but don't expect emotional resolution...see, I didn't mention the ending again. Go ahead and read it, you know you want to. After all, at the end of the day it still is a glimpse into the magical brain of Mrs Laini Taylor (so amazing my spell check names her after just 3 letters).
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