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Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2016
Having greatly enjoyed the movie, I thoroughly appreciated reading the book from where those noir visuals were inspired. Gaiman is a terrific raconteur -- I feel like this is common knowledge at this point -- and this novella clearly exemplifies his creative mind. I also appreciated that, although nominally termed a children's tale (Gaiman did, after all, write it for his daughter), it is complex and psychologically capacious enough to satisfy the imaginations of adults like myself. I will forgo writing a full summary, as many other reviewers have already done a great job doing so, and simply distill the story into a few thoughts that left indelible marks: a neglected and isolated young girl, suddenly found in a mysterious new setting, traverses two distinct yet interrelated realties, eventually eschewing the entropic alternate for a more fully experienced present one, all the while experiencing the breadth of characters in her own life in novel and exhilarating ways.
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