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  • Worst ending Ever

    There was enough there to keep me reading. However after the ending I felt I had wasted my time.

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  • Great addition

    Great addition to the series, writing and characters brilliant as usual. Interesting world!

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  • Modern day fairy tale

    What I wouldn’t give to live for a day in Seanan McGuire’s imagination. The ink in her pen is imbued with magic. In An Absent Dream is the 4th novella in the Wayward Children series and, in my humble opinion, the most fairytale-like thus far. In this instalment we learn the story of Ms. Lundy, a character we met in book 1. Ms. Lundy’s discovery of her door and the world where she belongs is much different from the worlds of the previous stories, and in many ways, perhaps the most relatable. Her door leads to a logic world where rules reign supreme. This is the first story where we see one of the Wayward Children given the ability to choose the world in which she belongs, and where the choice creates an impossible trap that logic cannot solve because love is not logical. Seanan McGuire must be a time traveller. We’ve all know the stories of centuries past where travelling storytellers were one of the most highly regarded members of society. Their visit to a village was met with celebration and fanfare. After a welcome feast, the villagers would eagerly gather around a bonfire in anticipation of hearing the storyteller’s tale. When the storyteller senses the time and atmosphere is right, they begin weaving their tale, enrapturing their audience well into the night. All thoughts of sleep, unfinished chores, worries, aches and pains are forgotten as the villagers become enthralled in the magic of the words and worlds of the storyteller’s imagination. When the story ends and the villagers return to their homes, their appetites temporarily sated, they’re lives have been enriched. And they are grateful but soon feel the intense longing to once again be whisked away by the magic of the storyteller’s gift. I am one of those villagers and Seanan McGuire is my travelling storyteller.

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  • So good!

    This one just breaks my heart! I love Lundy so much and I can totally relate to her dilemma in this book. I love Lundy and I understand so much about her from reading her book. Of all of the worlds we've glimpsed so far in the series, I think this is the most interesting. This is a book that I have to sit with for a minute before moving on because it's so good.

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  • What a story!

    Oh Lundy, Lundy, Lundy. Even though I knew how this story would end, it was still such an interesting journey to see unfold. I loved following Lundy in both the mundane world and the goblin market. I still prefer the darker setting of The Moors to the Goblin Market, but the fair value/rules system here was so fascinating, and this book may have some of my favorite secondary characters so far. Moon and the Archivist were wonderful, and I'd love to see a short story following them a little bit further.

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