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The Paper Gardens

I've been reading since I was 3, and I haven't seen any reason to stop. I'll read pretty much anything I can get my hands on, though I will admit to a crippling addiction to fantasy and YA books.

Currently reading

Ozma Of Oz
L. Frank Baum
Progress: 45 %
Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz
L. Frank Baum
The Divide
Elizabeth Kay
A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin

Thirteen Steps in the Underworld

Thirteen Steps in the Underworld - Su-Yee Lin Thirteen Steps is a prettily written story about loss and and grief.

The story is written in a series of "steps", like a "How To" list for succumbing to grief. Things start off on a fairly upbeat note, as the main character sets out to bring his wife back from the Underworld, and slowly, bit by bit, the journey wears on him, until he doesn't remember who he is, or what he's looking for. By the end, he realizes what he's inadvertently done, but by then it's too late.

Like I said, it's a very pretty story, but the first twelve steps are more scenery description than plot, so when the ending hits you, it takes a moment for the reality of the situation to sink in. It just felt a bit too abrupt, to me.

It made me think a lot of What Dreams May Come.