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5.0 out of 5 stars
Fellow Gullivers in Lilliput, 30 May 2003
Another reviewer mentions the embarrassment of being an 18-year old buyer in the childrens' section; as a fifty-something, I can only say, "don't worry about it". It's far too well kept a secret - most of the best writing around is in this section. Children won't settle for mediocrity because of the blurb on the dustjacket. If a book doesn't grab, it gets dropped. Anyway, the excitement of discovering an author of the calibre of Garth Nix or Lian Hearn outweighs any possible embarrassment; I find that kind of excitement in most childrens' books; it's sadly rare in the adult sections. I wonder whether children would give shelf room to Margaret Attwood? Must try her on mine...
One of the signs of a good book is that you want to read everything else the author has written, to recapture again that taste, that feeling. "Sabriel" is such a book. With the sort of impatient anticipation I felt before "The Subtle Knife" was published, I am waiting for the arrival of a copy of "Lirael" and then (oh, joy!) "Abhorsen".
Nix holds back on unnecessary detail leaving the reader free to imagine. It's a very confident book. "Sabriel"'s sub text is about growing up; a process that begins at birth and should only end at death.
So, read and enjoy; then why not try these :- Lian Hearn "Across the Nightingale Floor", Rita Murphy "Night Flying", Celia Rees "Witch Child". An embarrassment of riches.