The first main story never went more than 5 layers deep. The stories grow similarly darker, revolving around the two titular cities: one where coins are made from bones of the children who work at the mint, and the second, an exotic city that is home to a variety of fantastic creatures such as a firebird, a clockwork woman, and sirens. So I'm not going to continue. Considering that In the night garden isn't one of her latest books, it's even more impressive. Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement.
This is a rather unique work in the fantasy genre in the sense that it's not really a single story. Each of the two stories takes up about half of the book. What a chore to wade through. I don't know if her writing got drastically better since 2006 and that's why I love all her later books or if I'm just really in a bad mood, but I couldn't stand the writing in here and while I think this is. There was almost too much to look at, and it was rather a lot of work at times. Witches do not stand still. The tales she spins are myths of creation, journeys, religion, death, and life, but not as we have heard before.
I was expecting a 1001 nights approach to it all. I just didn't want to go back to it. The imaginary creatures in this 'ancient' fantasy world of a magical past will take over your daydreams. I grew up alone in that silent house with nothing but the stinking cows and my mute mother and the hole. The dense writing style and complicated structure a story within a story within a story within a story etc. A bit unsatisfying, in that occasionally the interlocking puzzle box of stories approached gimmicky difficulty, instead of pure authenticity.
Discovering that there is, in fact, a sequel, and that my library did not have it - in fact no library in Auckland did, so therefore it had to be ordered in specially - and that I would have to wait to read it. They say there's a first for everything. They aren't short stories, and there is definitely There's actually only two books four, if you consider that each book is split into two 'books'. The whole thing is beautifully written and crafted and I really enjoyed reading it. I was always able to do so quickly and without confusion, and I think that process helped me keep it all straight in my head. I don't want to read it, as I see that other reviewers consistently describe it as darker than this, and this was plenty dark enough for me. When he visits, she tells him the stories that are inked on her skin.
This has an old world fairy tale feel but is like nothing else. In the Night Garden is essentially Arabian Nights, if Scheherazade had been a feminist literary critic with a working knowledge of world mythology and a wicked sense of irony. Each story is brilliant and brilliantly told. Tales of shape-shifting witches and wild horsewomen, heron kings and beast princesses, snake gods, dog monks, and living stars-each story more strange and fantastic than the one that came before. This book is two series of interwoven, short, personal tales told from the tattoos. A sultan boy walks into a garden, finds a strange girl who tells him a tale and what a tale it turns out to be.
The stories all borrow heavily from fairy tales. Secreted away in a garden, a lonely girl spins stories to warm a curious prince: peculiar feats and unspeakable fates that loop through each other and back again to meet in the tapestry of her voice. He is escaping to bright visions of the larger world adults live in. Fairy tales, as we all know, always have a moral lurking in their glittery depths. Are not middle initials customarily to distinguish common names? It is very fearsome, I assure you.
Within those stories, somebody tells another story. A side note: I read a review on here saying that the reader didn't understand why Valente received the Tiptree Award, since her book only featured female protagonists, and didn't seem to make any new contributions to feminism. In the Night Garden is a treat for all who love puzzle stories and the mystical language of talespinners. The Orphan's Tales In the Night Garden, In the Cities of Coin and Spice Author Country Language Genre , Publisher Published 2006-2007 Preceded by Followed by The Orphan's Tales is a series by with illustrations by. No one is supposed to speak to her, but the young prince loves sneak away and listen to her stories. It's a work of tremendous imagination with deeply memorable characters and richly drawn locations. The nested story structure requires careful attention to keep straight who is talking to whom about what; if you forget your place, you're going to be lost.
H I've put off reviewing this one not out of laziness mostly , because it is one of the most stunningly beautiful books I have ever read, and I'm still lost for words. They are deeply metafictional with explicit echoes of actual past myths from many cultures around our world. Read more Strange, fascinating, and mesmerizing. If I had to describe it I'd tell you that this is a matryoshka of stories. I just didn't want to go back to it.
Her , , was a Recommended Book, and her subsequent novels have been nominated for the Hugo, World Fantasy, and Locus awards. I recommend taking time with this, and the sequel, reading a few chapters a day. I thought this was a very clever and unique book. Reading Valente's prose is like dreaming; during the act, you understand everything and think you see the truth, but when jerked back into reality, the stories fade together into a colorful, abstract image. Soap operas are the most popular longest running shows in every country because they appeal to our hope, curiosity, human essence. Valente's prose echoes that of a transcribed oral tradition, with its parallelisms and colorful metaphors, for an oft engrossing series of adult fairy tales.
He passed three solid gold pieces over my mother's palm, and she shuddered in revulsion at his touch when the money changed hands. Όλες ανήκουν σε έναν μαγεμένο και παράξενο κόσμο. Valente book but here we are: I'm fifty pages in and I already want this book to end. One other small complaint I have is that because the stories of The Orphan's Tales seem at first to be random and unrelated, it's hard to feel deeply involved with many of the characters because they don't stick around for long except for the orphan and the sultan's son who don't do much but talk and listen. This is the over-arching external tale that the book leaves unfinished. I want to create art showing the pivotal moments in the stories that I adored.