Meredith's Challenge 2.0

52 books, one year. Stay tuned for more details.

Monday, March 07, 2005

# 2 Summerland by Michael Chabon

I love, love, love The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, so I picked this up from the sale bin at school. It's a kids' book and I didn't quite know what to expect. It was okay. The story is a crazy combination of baseball and LOTR-like fantasy. It was vaguely interesting with strange creatures, true fairy tales, giants and sasquatches (oh my!). I buzzed through it pretty quickly. I think that Chabon should stick to grown up stories though.
***Edited to add*** I just remembered that Summerland reminded me an awful lot of Harry Potter which I guess is almost inevitable because they're both fantasy children's books but it was too similar for comfort. Perhaps I'm not as hip to literary theory as I ought to be, but with strikingly similar character names and plot points (at least to me), it seemed sort of derivitive.


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