Friday, September 9, 2016
Mini-reviews: The Book of Esther and Jane Steele
The Book of Esther is a somewhat dizzying read, as Emily Barton constantly redefines the kind of book she is writing. It's an alternate history, with a side of steampunk and the supernatural. It's somewhat difficult to read, as Barton has changed a significant amount of history/geography/people of note. But it's sometimes tough to know what is accurate and what Barton has rewritten for story purposes (obviously the werewolves and metal horses are fictional). This book didn't really work for me, but it's an inventive adventure for the reader looking for a very unique story.
The Book of Esther
By Emily Barton
Tim Duggan Books June 2016
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Jane Steele is a wonderful book to read. It's a fun, well-written story that you will be happy to speed through. Jane in her younger years reminds me a bit of a darker Flavia de Luce and I enjoyed imagining what kind of trouble the two girls could get into. Our protagonist struggles with what it means to be a good person when you've done horrible things and made impossible choices. While the book references Jane Eyre fairly often, you won't be missing out if you haven't read the classic yet. I'm sad that I waited so long to read it, but I would recommend it to any reader who likes a little darkness, adventure, and humor while following the best kind of heroine.
By Lyndsay Faye
G.P. Putnam's Sons March 2016
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Jane Steele sounds great! I love Jane Eyre.ReplyDelete
I keep meaning to read Jane Steele because it sounds like fun, but other books keep getting in the way. :) Hopefully soon.ReplyDelete
You've got me wanting to read both of these! Book of Esther sounds like it could be my kind of oddball book.ReplyDelete
I'm glad you enjoyed Jane Steele! I had a lot of fun with that one. I haven't yet read The Book of Esther, but everything I've haerd makes me think I'd like it too.ReplyDelete