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Reviews by Tag: magical realism

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Moira Fowley-Doyle
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

If you don't close your mouth, a fly will fly in, and then you'll have to swallow a spider to catch the fly, and then a cat to catch the spider, and then a dog to catch the cat, and then a goat to catch the dog, and then a cow to catch the goat, and then a horse to catch the cow, and then a lost soul to catch the horse.

Enchanting. Atmospheric. Mysterious. (a lost soul to catch the horse) Lush. Gritty. Suspenseful. There are so many good words I can think of to describe the beguiling collection of words that is this book. Dark. Mature. Sensual.

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A.S. King
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Thursday, Dec 17, 2015

"Challenging" was the first word I heard used to describe this book. I think "surreal" was the next. Following that was "impossible to describe." Even the author herself, when asked to describe the book, talked about the themes and ideas that led to its creation without attempting to describe the plot or characters.

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Nick Lake
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Friday, Dec 11, 2015

There will be two lies, [the coyote] says. Then there will be the truth. And that will be the hardest of all.

And what lies they are. Even more so, as the coyote promises, the lies exposed by the truth. Nothing will be the same.

Not ever.

And that's not even to mention the small surprises and little white lies along the way.

Staff Review
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Laura Ruby
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Monday, Jul 20, 2015

The dedication:

For Steve, who sees.
And for Anne, who believes.

Staff Review
Reality Boy by A.S. King
A.S. King
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014

Imagine having your worst moments caught on film, and your best moments edited out. When he was five years old Gerald Faust’s mother auditioned the family for Network Nanny, a reality tv show. In one-hour on network TV, Gerald became a national phenomenon for taking a dump on the family’s kitchen table. Twelve years later, Gerald is still haunted by the actions of his five-year-old-self.

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Every Day by David Levithan
David Levithan
Reviewer's Rating: 
0
Friday, Nov 2, 2012

A wakes up every day in a different body. Guest for a day, A tries to do no harm, walk through that person's life changing as little as possible. Until A meets Rhiannon. Waking up as Justin seems like any other day. Justin is kind of a slob, kind of a slacker, and not all that extraordinary. A thinks it will be just like any other day, making it to class, figuring where Justin sits at lunch, if he has an after-school job. Everything changes when A meets Justin's girlfriend Rhiannon. She is beautiful and different, and A is drawn to her.

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Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King
A.S. King
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Friday, Dec 30, 2011

Lucky Linderman is dealing with a lot of problems: