In An Absent Dream

In An Absent Dream

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1964. Katherine Lundy is a very serious young girl who would rather study and dream than become a respectable housewife and live up to the expectations of the world around her. When she finds a doorway to a world founded on logic and reason, riddles and lies, she thinks she's found her paradise. Alas, everything costs at the goblin market, and when her time there is drawing to a close, she makes the kind of bargain that never plays out well for anyone. Will Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children be able to help her? -- adapted from jacket and text
Publisher: New York : A Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2019
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780765399298
0765399296
Branch Call Number: SCI-FIC MCGUIRE 2019
Characteristics: 204 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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Young Katherine stumbles into the Goblin Market, where order, friendship, and belonging carry a high price. The latest novella in the Wayward Children series shines just as bright as its kin, as McGuire spins a tale infused with mist-covered magic and sharp and creative storytelling. ~ Sharon Lay... Read More »


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mikejgarrison
Aug 10, 2019

While I understand the dismay over the ending, remember that right from the start we learn that this is a story about making decisions with consequences. As with the other books in this series, this is not light reading. All the characters are, in various ways, damaged.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jun 25, 2019

This series, though. I love learning the origin stories of characters in this rich fantasy world.

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RebelBelle13
Apr 23, 2019

I'm honestly conflicted a little here. While I understand the author's approach, and the clear moral that's taught, along with real-life consequences of bouncing between two worlds, I'm not happy with the delivery, or the ending. Seanan McGuire does an amazing job of creating doors to other worlds, of all different kinds. This one happens to be based on the exchange of fair value, and the world praises rules highly. Lundy seems to be the perfect candidate for The Goblin Market, but also jumps too readily into accepting debt that she doesn't understand. The rules of this world are explained fully, so there is no confusion about what it demands. Unlike the other doors, Lundy is able to go back and forth several times between the market and her own world, until she makes a decision to stay in either place.
What I don't appreciate here is what I tend to refer to as the (Star Wars) prequel effect. We are shown the mundane- Lundy organizing books and doing laundry to pay off debt- and other quests and side stories are glossed over in barely a sentence. I would have loved McGuire to go into detail about Lundy defeating the Wasp Queen, and the death of Mockery- but instead, it is relegated to barely a footnote; which is insane in a book that's already under 200 pages long. You've got time for this side-story. Tell us about it.
Without giving away the ending, I will say that I didn't like it- and while that shouldn't really affect my score, I'm sad to say it does. If I don't like how a story ends, I'm not going to reread it or recommend it to others.
Here's hoping the next in the series is a little brighter, and we get more detail than we did here.

JCLHebahA Dec 26, 2018

I feel like a broken record when it comes to McGuire's Wayward Children novellas, but this was beautifully written, haunting, and heartbreaking, and while I got to read an advance copy, these books will always have a place on my insta-buy list. Though it's a slim volume, I felt it provided fair value--a tenet of the goblin marketplace where so much of it takes place--for my time spent in its pages.

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scifiid
Nov 03, 2019

"Parents lied to children whey they thought it was necessary, or when they thought that it would somehow make things better. It only made sense that children should lie to parents in the same way."

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