[In this feature, we highlight a handful of the best book reviews appearing over the weekend in major newspapers. Follow it here. It's been a busy week here at C4, so only a short entry this time around. We'll be back in full next week.]
It’s a little difficult to make what Maitland’s feeling is on this book. On the one hand, she explains that Pullman (of the His Dark Materials trilogy) does a notable job of updating these stories into fresh magical tales; on the other hand she bemoans that he isn’t true enough to the source material. Seems a little unfair to me. Fans of fairy tales and The Golden Compass should probably give this one a look.
This is a very short review, but it succeeds in making me want to read this book. Homes is an excellent writer, and can be deeply haunting when she wants to be. That sections of this book are “shocking in their desperate melancholy” isn’t surprising, but is certainly intriguing.