I brought this book after reading 'The Bloody Chamber'. I enjoyed the themes and the way it was written so much that I wanted to read more Carter. Her world she writes is just captivating. When it comes to books, normally I prefer ones that aren't so heavy with their description. I like a story and find some books go OTT about, for example, the sound of the wind, the texture and contrast of the leafs, and sometimes it is a distraction. Carter IS an author who uses lots of description, but she does it in such a talented way. It's not essential to understanding the story, but if you do read into the symbolism of the description, the story she is telling has such philosophical depth.
I must say I was not at all disappointed. The book is split into three places; London, Russia, Syberia. I must confess to enjoying London and Russia more than the latter location. Not that there was anything wrong with it, it just was a bit demanding to read. It was very philosophical and very symbolic. London and Russia had more tales and stories, which is something I look for in a book, its a personal taste, so of course, if symbolism and description is what you relish then the latter third will probably be your favorite.
It was one of them that when you are not reading it, you are thinking about it. I have a feeling some of the references, the stories and the imagery used in this book will stay with me, and stay in my mind. I will read it again, I'm sure of that.
Finally, I would recommend to absolutely everyone and anyone. She is easy to read, but that doesn't make her stories simple. She really is a special author. I only wish she were still alive so there would be more wonderful, captivating books.