By turns touching and comic, What-the-Dickens is a decidedly imaginative journey into myth that could only have been penned by that premier interpreter of the fairy-tale world, Gregory Maguire.
©2007 Gregory Maguire; (P)2007 Scholastic Inc.
Boring and forced. I read several of his other books, but this felt like he was under contract and out of ideas.
I don't know what possessed me to buy this book, other than the fact I thought Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister was brilliant (and of course that is the one book Audible does not have). This book is so far from brilliant it is not funny. Told in the drawn out, overly descriptive style of Dickens the story within a story is basic and boring. What makes it worse is that the narrator has no gift for story telling. What I mean is when the boy in the story is telling the story of the fairy (at least I think its a fairy) he still speaks in a clipped, one sentence monotone- as if the first sentence has nothing to do with the second and the second nothing to do with the third. It's like listening to the same sentence over and over. What a shame.
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