Thursday, August 1, 2013

88:120 Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees

Lud-in-the-Mist is a sleep little town nestled between two rivers and between the sea and the hills that lead to Fairyland.  Not much happens there and that's just the way the residents like it.  Master Nathaniel Chanticleer has been there the whole 50yrs of his life as part of a very respectable and long established family and foresees ending his days there and having his son, Ranulph, take over the family home when he dies.  But then Ranulph starts acting funny and the rumor is that he has partaken of the forbidden fairy fruit.  He is sent away for his health but then many of the young girls are similarly afflicted and by the same thing and run off across the hills into the forbidden Fairyland.  Throw in a bit of a murder mystery and you have this story in a nutshell.

I wanted to like this so much more than I did.  Beautifully descriptive language in a rich world but I found it slow and tedious and the characters predictable with very little growth or true development about them.  It was a quaint little tale but I felt like something was missing and the ending was rushed although that may have been because I predicted it at the outset.

Page count: 256p/22,875p ytd/167,275p lifetime

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