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Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence (edition 2018)

by Michael Marshall Smith (Author)

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"Hannah Green actually thinks her story is more mundane than most. But she's about to discover that the shadows in her life have been hiding a world where nothing is as it seems: that there's an ancient and secret machine that converts evil deeds into energy, that some mushrooms can talk - and that her grandfather has been friends with the Devil for over a hundred and fifty years, and now they need her help"--… (more)
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Title:Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence
Authors:Michael Marshall Smith (Author)
Info:HarperVoyager (2018), 368 pages
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This is a good book; I liked it.

You can read my full review on my WordPress blog, Flora's Musings...

...So, what did I like about it?
Michael Marshall Smith is a new-to-me author and I found some of this story surreal at times, quite lyrical, philosophical and even satirical and I did enjoy it. The story was not what I was expecting; less urban fantasy more paranormal fiction.

There are some beautiful pieces of prose in this book and I found the story gripping; I was intrigued as to where the plot would take us next.

I liked the way the story unfolded; how the plot was revealed and the way we gradually saw how the characters were connected. Our host of characters were given a similar treatment; their personalities and histories were revealed progressively throughout the tale, which meant that your feelings towards them could change depending on the information you learned about them. Is it wrong that my favourite character was the Devil?

...So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
Ok, so there were some aspects of this book that hindered my enjoyment.
The first part of this book felt very slow; I understand that the plot, characters & world needed setting up but I was very close to giving up.

There is quite a bit of nonsense mantra that appears throughout this story e.g. you can't change your brain but you can change your mind. Pieces of wisdom that at first glance appear enlightened but on closer inspection are utter BS and mean nothing.

Finally, our heroine is an eleven year old girl and I got a bit frustrated with her world view point a couple of times but I understand her innocence and naivety are pivotal to the plot so I soldiered on regardless.

...So, basically what I’m saying is...
This is a good novel; I enjoyed it. I requested this book from NetGalley thinking it was an urban fantasy tale; it is not. I would recommend this book to fans of paranormal mysteries and as our main character is an eleven year old girl, I can confirm that the content (e.g. language, dramatic scenes, etc) would be PG rated due to the lack of graphic blood, sex and swearing although I would suggest that the target audience is older owing to the tension and thriller aspects of the story.

I want you to know that I was lucky enough to be given a digital version of this book for free from the publisher (Harper Fiction) after making a request via Netgally.com in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  -Flora- | Nov 8, 2020 |
4* ( )
  gumnut25 | Apr 21, 2020 |
Hannah Green is eleven years old and has recently learned the word ‘mundane’. She learns that it has two meanings: 1) of the earthly world; and 2) tedious, everyday, inconsequential. As the book opens, her life very definitely falls into the latter category. She is an only child whose life follows a comfortable set of patterns: trips with her parents downtown in Santa Cruz; visits to a favourite restaurant in Los Gatos; holidays to a lodge in Big Sur. These things have formed Hannah’s childhood with a reassuring sense of security. But then things start going wrong. Suddenly Hannah’s mum and dad don’t seem happy any more. Then her mum moves out to focus on a big work project in London. Then her dad announces that Hannah is going to stay for her granddad for a couple of weeks. And it’s at this point that things start to become very, very weird, and Hannah begins to realise that perhaps her new life is going to be best defined in the first sense of ‘mundane’. Because, quite frankly, when your granddad turns out to be working for the Devil, and you end up on a road trip with said prince of darkness, ‘tedious’ just doesn’t quite fit the bill...

For the full review, please see my blog:
https://theidlewoman.net/2020/02/14/hannah-green-and-her-unfeasibly-mundane-exis... ( )
  TheIdleWoman | Feb 14, 2020 |
Hannah Green is an ordinary 11-year-old staying with her grandfather as her parents’ marriage falls apart. Unfortunately, her grandfather happens to be the devil’s engineer, responsible for the upkeep of an infernal engine that has, for reasons unknown, stopped working. The engine was supposed to take the power derived from evil acts and give it to the devil, but it’s not (and the resolution of this is the weakest/most confusing part of the book); Hannah is dragged along with her grandfather in the attempt to fix things, but there are people/entities who are not friends of the devil trying to stop them. There are a number of clever bits derived from the omniscient POV, commenting on Hannah’s reasoning and on the ultimate fates of minor characters, but I’m not sure it added up to much. ( )
  rivkat | Apr 22, 2019 |
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