8 out of 10
In my reading so far this year, I have given two 8 out of 10 ratings. That makes it a good reading year, so far. For comparison, a 10 out of 10 would be Nabokov's, _Lolita_, or Winterson's, _The Passion_. So I am giving high praise.
I am not making the effort to give real reviews here. Just a few comments. Valente is once again brilliant. With _Fairyland_ and _Deathless_ she has gotten downright linear. The language and description are lush and beautiful as ever, though not quite as wildly weird as the previous novels I have read. And the plot is still like a jewelry setting, it is there to hold up and display the jewels about life an humanity that are embedded in it. There is no rushing to a cathartic climax or ultimate revelation.
I recently heard someone say about a book, "I loved it and I didn't finish it." I kind of feel that way about Valente's books. I have finished most of them that I have started, but it wasn't required, and I think at some point I almost put down all of them before the end.
She writes lovely books that look at life with an unflinching lack of sentimentality, yet are gorgeous and humane.
+1 towards my goal of reading more books by women than by men in 2012.
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