It's actually been a few weeks since I've read these, but right now I'm in the middle of Episode 15 of Ulysses, which involves prostitutes, a lucky potato, and a generous amount of nightmarish gibberish that I don't understand, all put together in the form of a play with a million characters. It's time for an intermission. Refreshments wouldn't hurt, either.
These two books allowed me to escape into a fantasy world much different than that of Stephen Dadelus or Leopold Bloom, thank goodness. Jessica Day George is clearly first and foremost a storyteller. From page one until the end, the story (in each book) is engaging, easy to read, and I was rooting for the good guys to win. In both of these books, the "good guy" is a strong female lead who uses her wits to get the job done. Not much time is spent on characterization or inner monologues (take that, Joyce!), which may sound like a weakness, but it contributes to the feel of sitting by a campfire riveted to a humorous and adventurous story that lets you escape into a different world. Which is what I needed.
For more information on what these books are actually about, you can check out the information on the author's website. I knew next to nothing about these stories before I picked them up, and I liked it that way. I will just let you know that one involves huge polar bears, trolls, and a nameless girl who can talk to animals, and the other includes dragons, a spoiled princess, and shoes that itch. No lucky potatoes--hallelujah!
Sun, Moon, Ice and Snow
Personal Enjoyment Factor: 3.5/5
Personal Enjoyment Factor: 4/5