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  • Paperback: 516 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA (30 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055338404X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553384048
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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"Cathrynne Valente weaves layer upon layer of marvels in her debut novel. In the Night Garden" "is a treat for all who love puzzle stories and the mystical language of talespinners."--Carol Berg, author of "Daughter of Ancients
""Fabulous talespinning in the tradition of story cycles such as The Arabian Nights. Lyrical, wildly imaginative and slyly humorous, Valente's prose possesses an irrepressible spirit."--K. J. Bishop, author of The Etched City
"Astonishing work! Valente's endless invention and mythic range are breathtaking. It's as if she's gone night-wandering, and plucked a hundred distant cultures out of the air to deliver their stories to us." -Ellen Kushner, author of Thomas the Rhymer
"Refreshingly original in both style and form, In the Night Garden should delight lovers of myth and folklore."-Juliet Marillier, author of the Sevenwaters trilogy

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" Astonishing work! Valente' s endless invention and mythic range are breathtaking. It' s as if she' s gone night-wandering, and plucked a hundred distant cultures out of the air to deliver their stories to us." -- Ellen Kushner, author of Thomas the Rhymer
" Weaves layer upon layer of marvels...a treat for all who love puzzle stories." -- Carol Berg, author of the Bridge of D' Arnath series

" Astonishing work! Valente ' s endless invention and mythic range are breathtaking. It ' s as if she ' s gone night-wandering, and plucked a hundred distant cultures out of the air to deliver their stories to us. " -- Ellen Kushner, author of Thomas the Rhymer
" Weaves layer upon layer of marvels...a treat for all who love puzzle stories. " -- Carol Berg, author of the Bridge of D ' Arnath series

Astonishing work! Valente s endless invention and mythic range are breathtaking. It s as if she s gone night-wandering, and plucked a hundred distant cultures out of the air to deliver their stories to us. Ellen Kushner, author of Thomas the Rhymer
Weaves layer upon layer of marvels...a treat for all who love puzzle stories. Carol Berg, author of the Bridge of D Arnath series
A fairy tale lover s wildest dream come true.... Valente has created a thought-provoking storytelling tour de force. Publishers Weekly"

"Astonishing work! Valente's endless invention and mythic range are breathtaking. It's as if she's gone night-wandering, and plucked a hundred distant cultures out of the air to deliver their stories to us."--Ellen Kushner, author of Thomas the Rhymer

"Weaves layer upon layer of marvels...a treat for all who love puzzle stories."--Carol Berg, author of the Bridge of D'Arnath series

"A fairy tale lover's wildest dream come true.... Valente has created a thought-provoking storytelling tour de force."--Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Catherynne M. Valente was born in the Pacific Northwest, grew up in California, and now lives in Ohio with her two dogs. This is her fifth novel.


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Valente's Oprhan's Tales are simply amazing. Continuing with the same theme as The Orphan's Tales Vol. I in the Night Garden: 1, In the Cities of Coin and Spice: 2 (Orphan's Tales) follows the tales spun from the inked eyelids of a displaced Orphan. This book oozes imagination and creativity. It permeates it in much the same way as the that a rich spice flavors your favorite dish. Make-believe creatures spring out at you on every page, winged skeletons, loyal leopards, hedgehog warriors, sparrow calligraphers, firebirds, djinns, manticores, unicorns, and glass women. The book kept me turning the pages fast enough to risk paper-cuts. The prose is beautiful, the writing fluid, and the stories unforgettable.
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I was a bit dubious as to whether this would be as good as the prequel but it was! i love the way every single story between the two books connect in some way.
The main story is again about the girl in the garden telling stories from the tatooes on her eyes to the prince(and future sultan). she starts by telling a story, and a character from it starts telling the protagonist a story and so on, so the stories unfold like a set of Russian dolls.
And the best thing about the book is you discover who the girl in the garden is, and why she has the tatooes around her eyes; it is a very satisfying revelation.
You will be thinking about this book and it's predecessor long after finishing them.
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It always takes me forever to read through Cat Valente's books. Maybe because I don't really ever want them to end.

The second and last volume of the Orphan's tales is identical in structure to its predecessor but different in its tales: the stories seem to lose their 'high adventure' quality to become more personal, intimate, dirtier, and the sense of loss permeates the very cities whose intertwined stories we are told.
At the same time, the story in the garden is itself rushing towards its end, with Dinazard close to her wedding and the words on the orphan's eyes reaching their end...
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Valente writes in colours, it's awesome
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4.0 out of 5 stars I wanna wake up in the city that never sleeps 31 July 2015
By E.J. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought I knew Catherynne M. Valente when I read her wonderful Fairyland series, but I realized after beginning “In the Night Garden” that this work was something different entirely. Here we had stories couched in stories nestled in stories, seeming like they’d never connect until all of a sudden they did, in subtle, offhanded ways. And, of course, ridiculously beautiful language. As wonderful as “Night Garden” is, it ends a little abruptly, leaving plenty of room for “In the Cities of Coin and Spice to step in and fill the gap. It may not be as extraordinary as its predecessor, but this sequel fills the gap left for it admirably.

I won’t even try to trace all the stories found in this volume, though I do remember a few: coins made out of bones, stars bearing children, a city inhabited almost entirely by artists, a young woman made out of tea leaves. All of this eventually ties into the story of the Sultan’s son and the girl with the dark-lidded eyes (their relationship grows nicely over the course of “Cities,” by the way, not to mention the development of the boy’s sister Dinarzad).

However, I wish this book wasn’t just more of the same. For as much as I loved the first book, more of the same should be a godsend, but somehow the stories in this volume took longer to grab me. I got confused more easily, wished more often to return to characters I liked rather than listen to yet another story. (But that was mostly in the first half; the second was an improvement.) And after all this intricate storytelling, the conclusion of the frame story felt a little unsatisfactory. It made sense, but it just seemed too simple . . .

But I won’t spoil the rest for you, because this book is worth a read. Most people seem to like it as well as they liked the first, so maybe I’m just crazy for preferring “Night Garden.” Ah, well. It’s worth it anyway.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful, beautifully written, moving and original 15 April 2015
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This book is less a sequel than a continuation of The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden, together they make one continuous story. Of course, that one meta-story is composed of many (and I mean, *many*) smaller tales. The overall conceit is that a girl is cast out of the royal court because she is born with darkness like kohl around her eyes that in fact is incredibly small writing on her eyelids. People fear she is a demon so cast her out, but don't know for certain (she could be an angel, a goddess) so don't kill her. She's left to fend for herself in the semi-wild of the royal palace gardens. She is befriended by one of the princes, and tells him the stories written on her eyelids. The book is composed of alternating interludes of the overall story of the girl and the prince, and then the individual stories written on her lids. But wait, there's more! The individual stories you gradually realize are related, and ultimately you come to see how they all also relate to the girl.

The book is marvelous. Valente's writing is superb, at times beautiful, moving, and shocking, and her stories are endlessly inventive. She takes common conceits -- orphan girl meets prince, or tales of quests and monsters -- but gives them such fresh and unique twists that they are completely new and utterly captivating. It's not an "easy" read if you truly try to track how everything is interrelating -- at times I forgot who was who as I went down the rabbit hole of some of the story-within-a-story-within-a-story -- but it's so entertaining and incredibly well written I couldn't recommend it highly enough. Knowing how it ends, I want to go back and re-read both books. highly recommended!
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, thought provoking and fantastic 4 Sept. 2014
By C. Allen - Published on Amazon.com
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I picked this book up due to my love of S.J Tucker's songs inspired from this book. And I'm so glad I did. The imagery and stories invoked and told are so beautiful and fantastical. Throughout this book, I just kept wanting to draw another scene that would come to mind. I would describe this as a fairy tale for teens and adults, but I'm sure those who are younger would appreciate them as well. I love how the stories intertwined, how questions were answered, and how how stories hundreds of pages away could be connected. This book took me on fantastic journeys, and I'm sure I'll be reading it again. Some of my favorite stories were the stories in the book of Scald, as I really loved the city of Spice and all its wonders, and in the second book I found I loved qlmost all the stories, the Djinn, Agrafena, Solace and the fire bird, but I also loved the City of Marrow and the imagery of it, and the story of Hadil and Hind.

This is one of the most enthralling reads I've enjoyed in a long time, the descriptions and the messages and fantastical lands were so amazing to read, I very much enjoyed this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Intricate and complex series of fantastic stories 21 July 2012
By Michelle Boytim - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the sequel to "The Orphan Tales: In the Night Garden" and continues the overlaying story of the girl inked with stories who lives in the sultan's garden. She continues to captivate the young prince with her tales, and as the prince's older sister prepares for marriage, she also listens in on the tales and provides some special gifts for the girl. The main tales in the story focus around two cities, both with some decline and decay. As in the fairy tales of old, terrible prices must be paid for gifts. As in the previous book, the tales flow from one to another based on characters that appear, and then flow back on each other from time to time in a complex interplay. There is incredible imagination and intricate world and character building. For her final story, the prince must read it to her and we see their relationship grow and develop. This was a wonderful, but complex fantasy which is well worth the time and effort to read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Book Two 28 Dec. 2012
By RebeccaRae - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are going to read this book and it's prequel, I would highly recommend you read both back-to-back and within a week. You will forget all of the characters and the various stories if you don't, and you need to remember because they all come together at some point or another. This book wasn't as enjoyable as the first. These are long books and the time you need to read them in is quite the commitment, so I was probably just worn out by them. I did notice how Valente had reoccurring themes throughout the stories. I am in awe of her ability to write such a complex, rich story. No wonder it is two books!
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