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Amazing Story and Characters
Reviewed in the United States on January 14, 2016
Even though dated, this book was 5 stars all the way. Scary story, terrific characterization (for its time period), imaginative, and decent pace. I'm not going to go into the plot because other reviewers have already done so and probably much better than I could. But, I wanted to just comment on books' influence from that time period to today. I doubt anyone will read this, but I just have to comment.
As a little girl growing up in the 1970s, I was carefully given all the appropriate books for a girl (Little Women, Black Beauty, the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe etc). When I was about 13, I started reading my Mom's Harlequin Romances. I think they permanently stunted my growth and distorted my relationships with men! Only once I "snuck" and read a sci-fi by A Keys and I LOVED it and never forgot that story.
Now I am a polite, married woman but I wonder what kind of radical hellion I could've been if I'd be able to read these amazing sci-fi stories - stories where the end doesn't come when the h gets married. It makes me sad for that little girl.
But, the good news: my daughter was a different story (no pun) and I filled her head with every kind of story (except Harlequins). Now she is getting her Masters (allow a mother to brag) and isn't afraid to tell the world to "F*** off," while I would prefer to bake the whole world a nice batch of cookies.
Times change for the better and for the worse, but this author and this book is a terrific tale and stands the test of time. Highy recommended - especially for nice, quiet girls!