March 26, 2018
You're nobody's doorway but your own, and the only one who gets to tell you how your story ends is you.
Such powerful words for a story about fantasy worlds found by kids who walked through doorways that just appeared when they needed them most. But this book is so much more than that. It is about acceptance and being comfortable with who you are despite what others believe and think. Seanan McGuire does an amazing job capturing that and showing us it in this book.
We've heard the tales of Alice in Wonderland and the kids who went to Narnia but not what happened after that. No one ever asks the question about what happens to the kids who returned from other worlds after falling down a rabbit hole or walking through the door of a wardrobe, and Seanan did a brilliant job writing about just that.
The characters are unique but relatable and their experiences and stories are compelling enough to be believable. The description of the different worlds and how they operated also added to the believability and speaks to Seanan exceptional imagination and writing. Even the way she describes the characters and the things they do that is reminiscent of the worlds they came from is amazing. Nancy being able to stand as still as a statue, Christopher's ability to speak to bones, and Jack's mad scientist skill are but a few examples.
Another thing I really enjoyed was how unlike the worlds were to known fictional worlds like Narnia, Alice in Wonderland, and the Underworld. While there is an Underworld mentioned in the book, it isn't at all similar to the Greek or Roman one. There are many parts and levels to the Underworld and the other worlds in this book, making them original and fun to learn about. Overall, the book was enjoyable and good read.
A contrarian at heart. I prefer The Lord of the Rings over Harry Potter and Narnia. I love Country Music and John Hughes movies and am the worst at singing the correct lyrics.