How much am I enjoying this book? It’s well below freezing outside, and I’m looking for reasons to be out and about so I can listen to the story. I walk more slowly to and from the mailbox in spite of numbing wind, just so I can listen a little longer. I am looking forward to doing dishes so I have an excuse to put on my headphones and get lost in the story. That’s how much I’m enjoying The Goose Girl. It is a fantasy, a genre I generally claim to not like. So much for generalizations.
I’ve just found a way to describe this and other books that I especially like–it’s by no means a new way to describe books, but I just found the word and idea in my size and color: It is a many-layered story. So was A Northern Light, by Jennifer Donnelly, which I mentioned on Thursday.
I am fond of stories that have many things going on at once, but in a way that is clear (or becomes clear at some point) and logical. I like psychological and emotional complexity. Ani, the goose girl, has it. She’s a great character, so fully drawn she seems real in spite of the fairy tale world.
The Goose Girl comes directly from the Grimm’s fairy tale of the same name. Would you believe I don’t know that tale? I don’t. Or, I didn’t. I can imagine it pretty well now, I think. And I suspect I know how the story will end, though I’m only about two-thirds of the way through it. Nonetheless, I’m eager to see it all play out. I may volunteer to do dishes every night until it’s over.
What’s on my nightstand? Interview with a Vampire, by Anne Rice. A library discard. With the Twilight hullabaloo, I figured I’d check out some earlier vampire fare. I’m only thirty-some pages into it, but it hasn’t grabbed me yet.
Is Bram Stoker’s Dracula scary? Is that a terribly ignorant question? I was thinking I might ask Mike to read it while we’re alone in the cold dark wilderness in Jan/Feb, but it’s probably scary, and given my super-low threshold for fear, that would be stupid. We still haven’t read The Three Musketeers, but that may be more than we can handle in the relatively short time frame. So many choices, and so little shared reading these days. We really must fix that.