This month‘s sci-fi and fantasy book club pick. It‘s all seasonally appropriate and such.
"All paths lead to the same place, and that place is whatever comes next."
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Retold fairytales are a favorite of mine. I saw this book around Christmas time and was so excited to start it. I imagined that I'd be transported to a magical world I'd never want to leave. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. After forcing myself to finish it, I was bored, lost, and confused because it seemed to have nothing to do with The Nutcracker.
Oh well, you can't love them all.
This was an interesting story about Godfather Drosselmeier and how the Nutcracker came to be. It was steeped in both the real world and the world of dreams, myth, and imagination. I didn‘t have any expectations going in and enjoyed this back story even though I found it a bit confusing at times. This was my “book gifted to you” for #Booked2019. ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
I haven‘t done a picture challenge in a long time so I decided to try #LiteraryLuck . I almost forget to post for the first day! 😂 My March #TbrShelfie that isn‘t really on a shelf! This is just the start for March, I‘m hoping to read 17 books off my tbr shelf. Feeling some Agatha Christie right now. 🤔😎
By far the best Gregory maguire book I‘ve read. While I enjoyed this book, it was not what I was expecting. From the tag line on the cover, I expected a full on nutcracker retelling. This was actually Godfather Drosselmeier‘s story, with the bit about Klara and the Nutcracker and the Mouse King thrown in at the very end. So while on one level I was disappointed, I was still able to enjoy this book for what it actually was.
Unfortunately, I didn‘t get as much reading done over the weekend as I had wanted, so I only got a start on this. I‘m coming up on the halfway point and I‘m already enjoying this a million times more than Wicked or Mirror Mirror. It gives me hope for the other 2 books of his I still have on my shelf.
Well, I gave this book until nearly 50%. But it never grabbed me. It‘s a origin story for Herr Drosselmeier from The Nutcracker. For me, it held none of the magic of the fairy tale. Drosselmeier is a wandering kid who never pulled at my heartstrings. He‘s mostly a nincompoop. I give up.
p.s. I knew this #fairytaleretelling prompt for #booked2019 would be a challenge for me. It‘s just not my jam.
Happening at my house right now. We had a busy day, a super yummy dinner. Now it‘s football, naps, and trying to get some pages in on this not-so-good #fairytaleretelling.
I am so disappointed with this book. The beginning started really well and interesting and then it just got boring. I didn't care that much about any of the characters. It just dragged till the end. 2 out of 5 stars.
It‘s been about two years since I climbed in the tub. So I picked up a bath bomb to celebrate! And I‘ve got to spend some time with the book, for my #fairytaleretelling prompt.
#emptynestisagoodthing #missyadontmissya #bathsoflitsy #bathbombsoflitsy
Where to even begin with this book. I went in thinking it was a retelling of The Nutcracker. This is more like a prequel to the Nutcracker, with some interpretation from the author towards the end. For me, this was not as good as The Wicked Years.
Characters 4.8/5 some of the more minor ones could be expanded upon.
Pace 4.5/5 at some points this story just dragged.
World Building 5/5 I enjoyed the world
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This was an odd, fascinating story. I‘ll definitely be thinking about it for a while! A “backstory” to The Nutcracker that tells the story of Godfather Drosselmeier and how he came to carve the nutcracker of fame. I might have enjoyed this more if I had more knowledge of The Nutcracker. That said this made me want to read more about it!
I‘m having difficulties rating this one. I found parts quite boring and skimmed, while certain passages were beautiful. I liked the exploration of the relationship between Dirk and Felix, and there was some fabulous dialogue and wit sprinkled throughout. Just wish it was a bit more engaging. Right time of year for the dark, melancholy mood though.
A beautiful, haunting, rambling retelling of the story The Nutcracker
It didn't always make very much sense to me but I enjoyed it nonetheless
I'd like to read this again in the winter. Preferably next to a fireplace, under a blanket, with some hot chocolate 😊😋☕
My 100th book of the year! 💯🎉
I‘m honestly not sure what I thought about this book, other than I liked it. I‘m not even sure how many stars to give it. On GR, I gave it 3, but that could change.
Whenever I read one of Maguire‘s books, I‘m always wondering what is symbolism and what is straightforward. I never felt this way until I read a review of Wicked, and was so perplexed by what that reader got that I didn‘t, that I wondered if I was missing out [cont. in comments] ⬇️
If I were a Kindle, where would I be? (And it‘s not even mine, it‘s my mom‘s that she let me borrow while I recovered from surgery. 😫) I haven‘t left the house in several days, so it‘s in here. I‘ve misplaced it since this morning, and it‘s driving me bonkers because I always read before bed. I don‘t like starting a new book until I‘ve finished my current one, but I think I‘m going to have to tonight. 😕 I have
I have no idea what to make of this book so far. I want SO MUCH to love it, but I have a feeling I‘m going to be disappointed. I‘m not quite half through it, so we‘ll see. There are some beautiful lines of prose in here, though. 💜
#MarchMunchies #pears ?In the book Hiddensee, young Klara imagines having a cafe with "...chicken and olive soup. Also some pears on toast... " which inspired me to make Pear Toast with Pomegranate and Walnuts as the book-inspired dish for my blog book tour review. It's no avocado toast ? but it was pretty tasty. ??
I am surprised by how much I ended up liking this book. The Nutcracker is one of my favorite Christmas stories and every time I‘ve read a retelling I‘ve been disappointed. The first half was really slow and I felt no connection to the main character. At the half way point I felt like my perception shifted. I appreciated the writing style differently. It made me think and question things. If you like the Nutcracker, this is worth reading.
Hiddensee kept my interest and it was fun to learn about Drosselmeier from the Nutcracker. I loved the Grimm‘s Fairy Take characters sprinkled throughout the book! The ending felt a bit rushed. I actually went back a page because I thought I missed something! Overall, another creative retelling from Mr. Maguire.
I can see how this has been getting mixed reviews. It was definitely almost so-so for me. If you're expecting Nutcracker-esque magic, then you'll be very disappointed. If, like me, you always found Godfather Drosselmeier to be extremely captivating and are open to interpretation, you may enjoy it. I appreciate the tonal shift from precious fairytale in the first couple chapters to a kind of sober curiosity. (Cont. in comments)
This was delightfully magical, though threaded through with a sense of regret, too; that there are realms we cannot visit except with the imagination of a child, though it isn‘t until we‘re well past childhood that we have a proper appreciation for those magical escapes. Like all of Maguire‘s works, this was masterfully-crafted. Definite pick. #hiddensee #gregorymaguire #thenutcracker
Trying to spend some quality time with the book while also trying to drown this damned cold with as much Candy Cane Lane tea as I can make. You‘d think people would realize not to ask me questions that require long answers when they realize I have no voice. 🤷🏻♀️🤧 (People are dumb.) #hiddensee #gregorymaguire