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A Dreadful Fairy Book by Jon Etter
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A Dreadful Fairy Book

by Jon Etter

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The author obviously took inspiration from A Series of Unfortunate Events when choosing his narrative style. Unfortunately, he's not as skilled or polished as Snicket/Handler, so the narration is inconsistent and often falls flat. There are also a number of culturally-insensitive accents, one of which is given to a prominent supporting character. (The author tries to wiggle out of any potential offensiveness by pointing out that it's an accent the character is putting on, but that doesn't actually make it better.) The worst thing, though, is that there's a main character who doesn't experience any growth. She's actually more sympathetic at the start of the book than at the end. It's like having friends has made her a worse person/fairy. Maybe that was the author's intent, but even Lemony Snicket made the Baudelaire siblings good people thrust into bad circumstances. Without the reader empathizing with the protagonist, they aren't going to want to spend 300-ish pages with them.

There was a good idea at the heart of the book and some clever moments, but it needed more work and editorial guidance. ( )
  BillieBook | Nov 20, 2018 |
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