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The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Catherynne M. Valente, Ana Juan (Illustrator)

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Title:The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There
Authors:Catherynne M. Valente
Other authors:Ana Juan (Illustrator)
Info:Feiwel & Friends (2012), Hardcover, 272 pages
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The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente (2012)

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It's not quite the same whimsical and funny tone as book one, more adventure and interesting world building! ( )
  anyaejo | Aug 12, 2015 |
The immediate sequel to The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Boat of Her Own Making continues to draw on tropes from classical children's fantasies, including Alice in Wonderland and the Oz books. But the World War II backdrop and the role of the child protagonist as a recurrent actor in Fairyland's "history" makes these books more kindred to Narnia than any of the others. And yet, it is certainly not the misogynistic Christian otherworld of C.S. Lewis, but a vigorously pagan and feminist one, where Valente's September plays the role of a recurrent redeemer. Riffing on Through the Looking-Glass, this volume finds September promoted from Knight to Bishop, now in her "slantwise" struggle with the Queen of Fairyland-Beneath, who is her own own severed shadow.

There seems to be little room for doubt that the author consciously drew on Jungian ideas in this book about the estrangement and reintegration of Fairyland's shadows. In a not-oversubtle psychoanalytic scheme, the first volume involves reflection on September's image of her mother, and this second one on her image of her father. This sequencing, along with the dropping of a second shoe regarding the excision of September's shadow in the first book, helps to grow the sequel directly out of the original story, so that it gives off no sense of superfluity.

A few common structural elements made it seem as if a formulaic approach might have been taken in this book. In particular, the "interludes" in each book concern the flying pursuers of September, who arrive to aid her only at the book's end. There is also a pattern of accumulating a trio of companions, who are then stripped away for the heroine's final feats. The fuller descriptions and more overt involvement of the characters of the Winds at the climax of the story were certainly welcome. On the whole, the book is worthy of its predecessor.
3 vote paradoxosalpha | Jul 6, 2015 |
The second in Valente's Fairyland series, this is an enjoyable addition to September's first journey. Be prepared for myths to be rewritten and journeys to be turned askew. It's good ( )
  g33kgrrl | Jun 4, 2015 |
Well I like this book..... a lot...... but I can't commit to loving it. It was quite enjoyable and weird and fun and sad and mysterious and triumphant and a billion other adjectives. Ms Valente has a wonderfully strange mind/imagination and I'm glad she has taken the time to share parts of it with us. I wonder if there will be any other adventures in Fairyland? I guess only time will tell. 3.5 Stars

http://bookjunkie57.tumblr.com/post/30386331892/read-with-me-the-gril-who-fell-b... ( )
  bookjunkie57 | Apr 17, 2015 |
Description: September has longed to return to Fairyland after her first adventure there. And when she finally does, she learns that its inhabitants have been losing their shadows—and their magic—to the world of Fairyland Below. This underworld has a new ruler: Halloween, the Hollow Queen, who is September’s shadow. And Halloween does not want to give Fairyland’s shadows back.

Fans of Valente’s bestselling, first Fairyland book will revel in the lush setting, characters, and language of September’s journey, all brought to life by fine artist Ana Juan. Readers will also welcome back good friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. But in Fairyland Below, even the best of friends aren’t always what they seem....

Thoughts: I really, REALLY loved The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. In fact, it was my favorite book last year. The balance of a great adventure with wonderfully interesting characters and the old feel of a dangerous, violent fairy story was just overwhelmingly enticing.

As I said a few posts above, this story finds our heroine September a year older and quote a bit wiser after her adventures. Her longing for Fairyland and the quiet way she clutches her secret amongst all the ordinary girls who shun her at home pulled me right back into the world Valente created.

But nothing is quite the same this second time around, certainly not for September and not for the reader either. This book isn't quite as lush or compelling as the first. The friends we hope to meet again are not exactly what we expect and the world has gone topsy-turvy.

I think, when it's all said and done, that I liked the overall storyline but felt that the pacing and details were a smidge off. Not so much that I would say I didn't still love this book, because the missteps of Valente are better than the heights of many writers in this genre, but I finished this one feeling a little... rushed? a tiny bit deflated?

I will say, however, that this book has the most lovely ending passage, one that brought the BIGGEST smile to my face and leaves lots of promise that Fairyland isn't done with us.

Rating: 3.8

Liked: 3.5
Plot: 4
Characterization: 4
Writing: 4

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After returning to Fairyland, September discovers that her stolen shadow has become the Hollow Queen, the new ruler of Fairyland Below, who is stealing the magic and shadows from Fairyland folk and refusing to give them back.

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