Ahoy there me mateys! I received an eArc of this fantasy novel through NetGalley in exchange for me honest musings . . .
Title: and put away childish things
Author: Adrian Tchaikovsky
Publisher: Rebellion / Solaris
Publication Date: Next Tuesday!!! (e-book)
This was a fun take on what happens if a popular children’s book series is based on a real place. And what happens if that real place actually sucks? Harry Bodie finds out when he ends up in Underhill – the “imaginary” land his grandmother wrote about. I enjoyed this read even if I did not like Harry as a character. He is an arrogant person who I wasn’t really cheering for even if I wanted a happier story for Underhill’s inhabitants. I did, however, like all of the nods to Narnia which is a place I visited over and over again in my imagination as a child. The characters and Underhill didn’t feel completely fleshed out but that could be because of the short length. I loved the dark tone and appreciated the ending. Not the author’s best but I am glad I read it. Arrr!
Side note: The publisher lists this book as being part of the “Terrible Worlds” series and is listed as destination 3. I have read the other two and these can certainly be read as standalones. I would read more of these types of novellas.
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
All roads lead to Underhill, where it’s always winter, and never nice.
Harry Bodie has a famous grandmother, who wrote beloved children’s books set in the delightful world of Underhill. Harry himself is a failing kids’ TV presenter whose every attempt to advance his career ends in self-sabotage. His family history seems to be nothing but an impediment.
An impediment… or worse. What if Underhill is real? What if it has been waiting decades for a promised child to visit? What if it isn’t delightful at all? And what if its denizens have run out of patience and are taking matters into their own hands?
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Previous Log Entries for this Author
walking to aldebaran (On the Horizon – Sci-Fi eArc)
made things (Shiver me Timbers – Sci-Fi)
one day this will all be yours (On the Horizon – Sci-Fi eArc)
firewalkers (Captain’s Log – Sci-Fi)
elder race (Shiver me Timbers – Sci-Fi)
city of last chances (On the Horizon – Fantasy eArc)
3 thoughts on “On the Horizon – and put away childish things (Adrian Tchaikovsky)”
I like all things considered childish, I can’t put those away, haha
Sounds interesting, makes me think of the Every Heart a Doorway books.
This sounds fun! I’ll certainly keep an eye out for it