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Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
Book of a Thousand Days

mcfellie, May 30, 2008

"Book of a Thousand Days" might be categorized as young adult fiction, but I recommend it to people of all ages. Shannon Hale weaves the fascinating tale of a maidservant and her princess who are to be locked in a tower for seven years. How do they stay sane? What kind of relationship develops between them, and between them and the outside world? How do they physically survive? ... Do they get out? In a book that feels almost like fantasy, Hale creates a timeless chronicle that captures the imagination and empathy of the reader. She has a wonderful talent for telling the stories of worlds not her own. "Book of a Thousand Days" climbed my list of favorites as I read it, and remains very near the top.
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Cold Comfort Farm (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Stella Gibbons
Cold Comfort Farm (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

mcfellie, March 24, 2008

"Cold Comfort Farm" by Stella Gibbons contains all the elements of an excellent comic novel with that dry English flair: an orphan girl, crazy country relatives, lots of love triangles, a dash of insanity (more than just the crazy lady in the attic), and sukebind. To find out what "sukebind" is, you must read. One might say that it's like Austen gone a bit mad while commenting on English rural life (In the 1930s, of course). Just looking at the cover of the 2006 deluxe edition is enough to get you laughing and interested in reading more. Be sure to read the introduction first--it will make things a whole lot clearer. "Cold Comfort Farm" is one of my all-time favorite novels, and I have certainly read a lot of them. Happy Reading!
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