Thursday, June 19, 2008

What-the-dickens (book review)

What-the-Dickens, by Gregory Maguire, is the tale of an orphaned tooth fairy. With no knowledge of what he is or what he is supposed to do, What-the-dickens sets out to find his purpose in life. He stumbles upon another tooth fairy, also known as a skibberee. Her name is Pepper, and she takes him to her home. What-the-dickens is awestruck by the strange ways of the skibbereen colony, and they in turn are awestruck by his strange ways. They all agree that What-the-dickens is more of a hindrance than a help. But he gets a chance to prove his worth when Pepper is captured by a curious human child. In the end, however, it is up to the young boy to decide Pepper's fate.

This book was humorous and interesting. It explored a topic that many fantasy authors have ignored. I enjoyed it overall, although it wasn't one of the best books I read. The characters of What-the-dickens were funny, yet each had his or her own personality.

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