cat63 (cat63) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Book 16 for 2011

Jack the Giant Killer by Charles de Lint. 220 pages

When Jacky Rowan's boyfriend leaves her, she's less upset about losing him than about his parting accusation that her life is empty. The resulting excursion into drunkenness leads her to become entangled in the war between the Seelie and Unseelie Courts of Faerie, which will change her life forever, or, if she's not lucky, end it.

I usually enjoy both modern retellings of fairy tales and Charles de Lint's books but while this one wasn't bad exactly, it didn't grip me either. I think there was perhaps something lacking in the characterisation to blame for that - they seemed rather sketchy, as if they were just outlines rather than attempts to create real people - nobody seems to have much in the way of personality beyond what they're needed for in the plot. I suppose fairy tale characters are a bit like that by nature, but I thought the point of doing modern retellings was to flesh them out a bit.

I got this book in an omnibus volume with the sequel, Drink Down the Moon. I may give it a try to see if it's any better, but I'm not enthused.
Tags: fairy tales, fantasy

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