The Snow Queen (Anglais) Relié – 14 octobre 2008
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Now then! We will begin. When the story is done you shall know a great deal more than you do now.
He was a terribly bad hobgoblin, a goblin of the very wickedest sort and, in fact, he was the devil himself. One day the devil was in a very good humour because he had just finished a mirror which had this peculiar power: everything good and beautiful that was reflected in it seemed to dwindle to almost nothing at all, while everything that was worthless and ugly became most conspicuous and even uglier than ever. In this mirror the loveliest landscapes looked like boiled spinach, and the very best people became hideous, or stood on their heads and had no stomachs. Their faces were distorted beyond any recognition, and if a person had a freckle it was sure to spread until it covered both nose and mouth.
‘That’s very funny!’ said the devil. If a good, pious thought passed through anyone’s mind, it showed in the mirror as a carnal grin, and the devil laughed aloud at his ingenious invention.
All those who went to the hobgoblin’s school – for he had a school of his own – told everyone that a miracle had come to pass. Now, they asserted, for the very first time you could see how the world and its people really looked. They scurried about with the mirror until there was not a person alive nor a land on earth that had not been distorted. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition MP3 CD .
Revue de presse
Full of frosty bright colours, crunchy tunes and tangy originality ... a quality show for children. --The Guardian
Simple, unaffected theatrical magic --The Sunday Times --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition MP3 CD .
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Joan D. Vinge is an amazing author, who battled some serious traumatic head injury that put her career on hold. But I hope for and continue to wait for more books from this talented author (This series, of which this is the first book, has at least three other books to it). I make sure she is part of my personal library wherever I go.
This book was out of print for a while, and I am glad it is back on the shelves for another generation.
The main characters are likeable for the most part, although they do share their darker sides at one point or the other. The main villain is not cackling evil, but a puppeteer and control freak. Almost every character is human and relatable with only a few exceptions, to the point that this book can appeal to people that are more into fantasy than sci-fi like me. There will not be prolonged dialogues about reactors, core units or timeshifts and wormholes. Whatever alien technology the writer concocts, it is laid out simple enough as befits the main character, who is not tech-savvy. The plot is interesting and there are slight twists here and there. The reader will find no archaic or complicated vocabulary so despite the book's width, it should be a quick read.
What's it all mean? It means THE SNOW QUEEN is a very good book, easy to read, allowing full immersion into the universe. It is not hardcore sci-fi, so every reader will enjoy the literary journey. However, after reading it, I have no interest in continuing the saga with the sequels because this story goes full circle and everything is tied up nicely. Which by the way, it's a minor flaw to me because everything is easily solved towards the end of the book, and I mean everything. When the plots start to get resolved, the way the writer does it depletes any tension from the reader about what's left to be handled because you already know the way it is going to go. That doesn't mean is bad, it just feels a bit old-fashioned.
So, go ahead and check this book out and maybe you'll be interested in continuing the book cycle. For me, I was satisfied with just this one, and have no reason to delve deeper. It just worked out that way.