Will Boisvert
November 17, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

In the Night Garden

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Catherynne M. Valente
publisher
Spectra
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B

An outcast girl regales a princeling with strange stories featuring shape-shifting sorceresses, a bawdy, hard-drinking mermaid-like creature named Grog, and, yes, vegetarian dog-headed monks sent to kill a female antipope.

For Fans of…
Women Who Run With the Wolves, The Arabian Nights, the Brothers Grimm, Freud, etc.

Last Word
Valente’s lyrical, witchy, sometimes garish fantasy mixes feminist grit and pixie dust.

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