A Strange Woolf, A Dead Wolf and A Strange Bookstore

My goodness. I understand maybe 5.32% of what’s happening. It doesn’t help that I’m listening to this on my commutes, which under normal circumstances loses maybe about 2.7% comprehension due to the fact that you can’t ‘see’ the names of people/places being pronounced. When tackling this book, however, the narrator, Juliet Stevenson (someone who performed ok on the Austen audiobooks that I’ve listened to) came across a little faint.

I’m determined to see this book through.

For some reason, I keep picturing Plath’s The Belljar whenever I think about this book. I don’t know where the association comes from.

On the other hand, I’m reading Robin Sloan’s delightful Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.

I’ve actually read this in it’s 6000-word short fiction incarnation, so this work isn’t entirely new to me. There are parts, which were clever and memorably phrased, appear here verbatim from the shorter version. And it’s very interesting to note how an author might pad out a shorter work into a full-fledged novel.

I’ve not finished this yet, and I’m looking forward to see how this ends.

As for something I’ve actually finished, it’s the next volume of Bill Willingham’s Fable series, Volume 19 in fact. I’ve been following Fables for a while now (I read Volume 1 in 2005, which I reviewed here), and the series has it’s ups and down, but mainly ups. This was not his strongest volume, but it does have one of the strongest repercussions in the series thus far.

I love the dynamic between Bigby and Snow White. I love the mythology that Willingham has built here, and this particular volume sees this dynamic completely shattered (ahem). I’m hoping nothing permanent comes out of this turn of events. This highlights some of the inconsistencies about the characters that bug me – the belief in the fables by the mundies fuel their existence. There are characters that return from death by virtue of their popularity among humans, yet there are characters who are¬†supposedly strong stay dead. I’m looking forward to learning what happens next, as I do for every volume.