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The Orphan's Tales, Volume I: In the Night Garden

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

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    Highly Recommend

    A great collection of intertwining tales, haunting and well written. You might think that the stories within stories within stories might get confusing but they flow so well you don't lose the thread. When I was reading this every time I stopped [which was only when I HAD too!] lifting my eyes from the pages gave me the sensation of wakening from a mysterious and beautiful dream. The same was true of the second Orphan's Tales

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

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    Review of "The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden"

    This book and its sequel (In the Cities of Coin and Spice) are absolutely stunning fairy tales. The story is a "frame story," which is to say that the first level of the story is about an orphaned girl living wild in the Sultan's gardens who is befriended by one of the Sultan's many sons. The orphan has tattoos all around her eyes which are the tiny words of stories, which she begins to share with the prince. Each story leads to new characters who tell their own stories, leading ever-inward like layers of an onion, eventually finishing and closing again as though re-stacking Matryoshka dolls.

    Every so often I read a book that makes me feel drunk on the printed word. This book and its sequel are the literary equivalents of rich, Swiss chocolate - a very good year of Bordeaux - a newly discovered Renaissance masterpiece. These books light up the brain and the imagination with intoxicating vividness.

    One word of warning - like many original fairy tales, some of the stories are grim and gruesome. I cannot recommend these books for children younger than ten, unless a parent reads them first.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2008

    Couldn't put it down

    This book was incredible. If you love fairy tales and make believe and amazing characters (both human and not) and stories within stories, you've got to read this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2008

    A Must READ!!!

    I couldn't go to sleep it was so wonderful!! I just loved the way the stories weaved through each other and how they all connent. This was my 1st time ever reading a book written in that style like the Arabian Nights... 'which i must admit i never heard of before' but it was great!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2006

    addictive

    This book is amazing!!! i could not put it down. And i cannot wait for the next installment!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2006

    I have never read a book like this before

    I have been restrained by my family from buying any more books, but I am sneaking out to buy this one for my very own. Poetic, romantic, violent, fantasy, so good that I was sorry when I finished it for I would never have the pleasure of reading it for the first time

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Remarkable

    The female has been shunned for her exotic mystical presence starting with her birth mark tattooed eyelids. The other nobles assume she is a demon or at least a demon¿s offspring, but the Sultan could not decide whether she is or is not. Though she is an innocent child, she is to be ignored while being ¿incarcerated¿ in a palace garden, a place she is not to leave. She survives on scraps and rotting fruit tossed at her. No one will talk with her for fear of being tainted by her demonic connection or worse by others at the court.------------ That is no one will speak with her except a curious brave boy who finds her fascinating especially as she begins telling him a fairy tale starring a Prince who killed a goose. However, her story is not finished when it is time for the lad to leave, but she is a Pied Piper as he returns and keeps coming back risking his place in the castle to hear more about magical quests.------------- Obviously an Arabian Nights derivative, IN THE NIGHT GARDEN holds up very well in comparison to the classic. The tales are delightful and the accompanying art illustrated by Michael Kaluta adds depth. Besides the storyteller¿s enraptured audience of one, people of all ages will appreciate the colorful vivid tales that the lonely girl spins.------------ Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 7, 2014

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