Gaiman does as wonderful a job with the reading of this alternate world fantasy as he did with the writing of it. It's especially fun if you know your Sherlockiana, which Gaiman certainly does.
Part Dostoevsky, part Frantz Fanon, part Baudelaire, all original. The writing is just great: spare but incredibly evocative. And it's beautifully performed as well.
Won't try to review the book in full, though I endorse the NYT Book Review's extremely favorable opinion. But after listening I felt compelled to say what an excellent job the narrator did. This book is told in the first person, by a 17-year old girl (Blue) who is preternaturally precocious and given to literary over-exuberance. Not such an easy person to act, but narrator Janice Fine Card does a fantastic job of making Blue completely plausible, real, and engaging, hour after hour. The author clearly devoted tremendous care to giving Blue a distinctive voice. It's hard to imagine anyone could have done a better job of bringing that voice off the page than Card.
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