Search Results: "Catherynne M. Valente"


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THE BOY WHO LOST FAIRYLAND by Catherynne M. Valente
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2015

"Readers may wish the words were food, so they could eat them up. And they may keep reading this series for just as long as people have been arguing about Oz. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Why live in Kansas when you can stay in Oz? Valente may well have wondered at Dorothy's inexplicable decision. Read full book review >

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IN THE NIGHT GARDEN by Catherynne M. Valente
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 7, 2006

"A work of beautifully relayed, interlinked fairy tales."
A tale of revenge, magic and family. Read full book review >

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PALIMPSEST by Catherynne M. Valente
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2009

"Too obsessive and self-involved to hold universal appeal, with characters resembling visitors from somebody else's recurring dreamscape."
From Valente, another intricate fantasy (In the Cities of Coin and Spice, 2007, etc.), an expansion of a 2007 short story. Read full book review >

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DEATHLESS by Catherynne M. Valente
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2011

"Overwhelming and probably indecipherable to all but the most persistent, well-informed readers."
Another intricate fantasy (The Habitation of the Blessed, 2010, etc.) from Valente, based on what feels like the entire panoply of Russian folktales. Read full book review >

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SIX-GUN SNOW WHITE by Catherynne M. Valente
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Though the ending rushes in unexpectedly, this is an engaging and delightfully written tale."
Valente (The Boy Who Lost Fairyland, 2015, etc.) reimagines "Snow White" as a story set in an extravagantly imagined Wild West and propelled by a sharpshooting, half-Crow heroine. Read full book review >

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RADIANCE by Catherynne M. Valente
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"A heady, strange, and beautifully written novel about how stories give form to worlds."
Valente imagines an alternate solar system and sends her heroine, a filmmaker, to Venus, where she disappears. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Heartless September sprouts a heart during this remarkable, awesome journey. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In this sequel to The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (2011), heroine September embarks on another quest, this time to Fairyland-Below, where her shadow rules as queen. Read full book review >

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THE REFRIGERATOR MONOLOGUES by Catherynne M. Valente
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"A ruthless but absorbing and provocative reshaping of the idea that the girlfriend dies, again."
In a slim book of linked short stories, Valente (The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home, 2016, etc.) frees the voices of women from the world of comic-book superheroes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2011

"Complex, rich and memorable. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In this modern fairytale, an insouciant, "somewhat heartless" 12-year-old girl from Omaha visits Fairyland and accepts a quest to rescue its inhabitants from the rule-mad Marquess. Read full book review >

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IN THE CITIES OF COIN AND SPICE by Catherynne M. Valente
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 6, 2007

"Demanding, certainly, but no summary can do justice to the bedazzling intricacies on bountiful display here."
Continuation of Valente's extraordinary fantasy story cycle begun with In The Night Garden (2006). Read full book review >

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THE GLASS TOWN GAME by Catherynne M. Valente
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An absolute must for fans, of course; but even readers who've never heard of Heathcliff will be captivated from the first page to the last. (Fantasy. 10-adult)"
In a middle-grade fantasy reminiscent of beloved tales from Edward Eager and Pamela Dean, the imaginary realms of the Brontë juvenilia come to wondrous life. Read full book review >

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OUR HEARTS WILL BURN US DOWN by Anne Valente
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Valente is a promising writer. She should write something else."
A high school shooter kills 36, including himself, and then a series of house fires annihilates the bereaved families. Read full book review >