1 Following

Pauline's Fantasy Reviews

Reviews of fantasy books, plus some mystery, sci-fi and literary works, and my random thoughts on book-related matters.

Currently reading

Dragon Queen (The Memory of Flames, #5)
Stephen Deas
The Splintered Eye (The War of Memory Cycle #2)
H. Anthe Davis, Erica Dakin

A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle This is a strange book, full of brilliant ideas but with a seriously clunky writing style, not quite believable characters and a somewhat perfunctory plot (I'm being kind here). The heavy-handed exposition and sudden transition from adult intervention to we-can't-help-you-now self-reliance felt jarringly uneven. There is also a great deal of overt moralising, which was a bit tedious, and unnecessary, even in a children's story (or perhaps especially in a children's story).

This is a classic book, so obviously a lot of people think highly of it, and perhaps when it was first written it shone more brightly, but to my mind it is just too unsubtle.