Sunday, August 31, 2008

book review: "Across the Wall" by Garth Nix

Garth Nix

One must not read the book expecting all the short stories to be set in the world of the Abhorsen trilogy, except “Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case”. I honestly would not have given the book a chance if not for the abovementioned story, which features my favorite character in the Abhorsen trilogy.

Most of the stories do have an element of fantasy and/or science fiction. Two stories were inspired by Arthurian legend, two are parodies of the fantasy genre, one was inspired by Westerns, one a fairy tale set in modern times. But interestingly, it was the stories with barely a mention of fantasy that I liked most - “Charlie Rabbit”, a story of children in a war-torn country, and “The Hill”, about family and legacy. Still, my most favorite in the collection is “Three Roses”, about roses and love.


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