Customer Review

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely gripping from page one., 24 Jan. 2009
This review is from: The Blue Girl (Firebird) (Paperback)
It was such a gripping read that at times I wished I could spend all day reading it, and at the same time I didn't want to read it too quickly so that I wouldn't come to the end too soon.
It's my first encounter with Charles de Lint's work, but I will definitely look for more books written by him. I can clearly see him becoming one of my favourite writers.

For those who never heard of Charles de lint, he is the founder of a subgenre called "urban fantasy", where traditional elements of fantasy fiction and fairy tales like fairies, ghosts and all sorts of magical creatures mix with the urban setting of the modern world. The majority of his books are set in an imaginary provincial town called Newford, where anything is possible (a bit like in Sunnydale, and the references to "Buffy" don't stop here, stay with me!).

"The Blue Girl" tells the story of 16 year-old Imogene, the new girl in town, who's determined to leave her trouble-maker past behind her, and live a new life in Newford. Maybe that's why she chooses to befriend Maxime, a shy, smart and bullied student, and tries not to draw attention to herself. But Imogene's strong personality, punk look and straightforwardness don't help to pass unnoticed. However she manages to keep things under control, including the school bullies, until Adrian, the Ghost of a lonely kid who died in the school's parking lot few years before, falls in love with her and tells her about his fairy friends, the Little People, who live in their school. While Maxine is excited to think that fairies really exist as she always hoped, Imogene thinks it's nonsense and refuses to believe it. And that's when the trouble starts.

"The Blue Girl" is not only a well-written, funny and clever fantasy novel. It's also the story of a typical High School, which can often feels like a horror movie. Where bullies can pick on the weak, the shy and the different, and where friendship become the only means to survival.
This is why this book reminds me so much of "Buffy the vampire slayer". Imogene and Maxine's relationships is so much like Buffy and Willow's at the beginning. The quick, hilarious dialogues have the same feel, and Imogene's casual attitude to the unusual and the scary is so like Buffy's, even without superpowers. They also have a librarian called Ms Giles! Even if she's only mentioned a couple of times. And what about the use of words like "research-mode" and "ghost boy"?
Don't be put off, though, if you're not exactly a Buffy fan. The book is far from being a rip off of the show. It's unique in its values and perspectives. And it's a must read for anyone who enjoys fantasy, adventures, cool dialogues and the idea of having a bunch of amoral fairies dressed like hippy with dreadlocks, an imaginary friend who's not imaginary anymore, and some scary soul-sucking shadows all wrapped up in one single book!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

4.5 out of 5 stars (4 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (2)
4 star:
 (2)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
£7.99
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: Ireland

Top Reviewer Ranking: 533,482