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I have a lot of love for this book. I don't think I would have ever of stumbled on to it by myself without the Neil Gaiman Presents feature, I am glad he did.
I love the way that Keith Roberts built up his rules of magic in this story, and how the mythology fitted together and how Anita at times didn't seem to realize the potential consequences or threats of her actions.
The structure of the story is also quite lovely, I want to choose to believe that Neil Gaiman's Graveyard's structure was inspired by this book. Each chapter could be picked up as an individual story, but Anita's world is fuller when read in sequence.
If you do get the chance, give this a listen.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful
I downloaded this book because it was Neil Gaiman recommended.
I'm always eager to read (or in this case listen to) books and authors that are inspirations and influences on authors I love.
I truly enjoyed this book. I loved the each chapter seemed to almost be a sort of novella that added up to the story of a fledgling witch.
I also loved that this was written by a man. It has a truly feminine voice to it, and that's not just because of the fabulous job done by Nicola Barber in reading it. I mean that the way in which it was written truly seemed female, there was no forced "this is how girls should be/act" or any stereotypes that some male writers feel should be put in. it reads as just a story of a girl, who happens to be a witch, growing up and finding her place.
I highly recommend it.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
This story has not aged well. It has a disjointed nature not simply in it's style but in it's story line. Short stories cobbled together without the benefit of an editor. Other than the grandmother you never get a sense of, or felt a connection with, the characters. At points I was unsure as to whether to expect a story edging into child sexual abuse. We listened as a family but the teenagers found the story and narrator so grating we gave up half way through. Disappointing.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Quite a boring story really each chapter was about something different to do with the character there was no interaction with the different characters once that chapter was over so you are left wondering what happened to them and where did they all disappear too