Year 6, Book 29

29. The Little Country by Charles de Lint
I read this book for one of my book clubs. It is definitely not something I would have picked up on my own as it is a fantasy book, which is not a genre I typically read. I was a little frightened when I found out it was over 600 pages as I feared I would wind up having to suffer through something that long, but as it turns out I actually quite enjoyed the book. I did find that it kind of dragged at the end for me a bit, probably due to it’s length. Other than that I found it a pleasurable read. The book is told as two kind of alternating stories taking place in England. One is the story of Janey, a folk musician and a book that she finds in her grandfather’s house which he has kept hidden for many years. It is the only copy of the book and reading it releases some sort of magic. People have been hunting for this book for many years and can feel when the magic is released so they are after her, her family, and her friends to get their hands on it. The other story is of Jody who is living the story that Janey is reading about in the book. Eventually their stories intertwine at the end in a kind of cool way. I’m not doing a very good job of describing this book I realize, but it’s all kind of complicated given the fantasy elements to it, but not so much that it really felt like it couldn’t be set in real life present day, which I liked about it. Music is a very big element of the story, and the author even wrote music for some of the songs he makes up in the book and includes it at the end. One of the members of my book club actually played some of it for us on her flute, which was kind of fun. I give it a 7 out of 10.

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