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It was a dark and stormy night.

In the mood for a good dose of shiny happy fantasy fiction, I read Madeleine L'Engle's Wrinkle in Time Quintet. This set contains the following: A Wrinkle in Time (1962), A Wind in the Door (1973), A Swiftly Tilting Planet (1978), Many Waters (1986), and An Acceptable Time (1989). Pretty classic fantasy books, or so I gather.

Overall, I found the five books to be very imaginative and enjoyable. The books skip around a little in timing, but it doesn't really matter what order you read them in, though I'd recommend starting with the classic A Wrinkle in Time. They're quick reads, and I'm a slow reader. There was a combination of fantasy and science fiction that I wasn't really expecting. In fact, the references to religion were surprising to me. It wasn't subtle, though at times it wasn't too powerful. I also liked the character development. My personal favorites are A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, and, for some reason, Many Waters.

The same family (or two families, if we're being technical) is followed throughout the five books, though the main character(s) is not the same character from book to book, which I really liked. There are three other books in connection to the five, and they are: The Arm of the Starfish, Dragons in the Waters, and A House Like a Lotus. I'm not entirely sure why they didn't just make a set of eight, and I've noticed that these three are rather hard to come by (or my library continues to be a very confusing thing; this is very possible). I'm interested in reading them, though.

Genre : Fiction, fantasy, science fiction, young adult.
Length : 1,495 pages.
Rating : 4/5 = Pretty darn good.

Currently reading : A bunch of things written by and about Roland Barthes, in addition to a book about pugs. My reading list for this year can be found here. Happy reading!


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Jun. 7th, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
Many Waters is my favorite out of the set. I've read all of the ones you've mentioned except for A House Like a Lotus so I guess I'm going to have to go find it now! There is also another book that is loosely connected to Arm of the Starfish called Ring of Endless Light.
Jun. 8th, 2009 12:23 am (UTC)
Oh I think I've heard of that last one, but I certainly didn't know it was in any way connected. Thank you for that!
Jun. 8th, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
I love them all but Many Waters is, oddly enough, the one I always feel like re-reading.

I must have read that series back when my brain was particularly good at imagining because I KNOW the Murray house. I know where the stairs to the attic are and what color Meg's quilt is and how the kitchen floor feels. If only I'd held onto that capacity for visualization while reading...
Jun. 8th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
It's kind of amazing, the things people remember, particularly about books they read quite a bit ago. And young adult literature, to me, seems very good at describing even mundane details with such creativity and care.
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