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Book review: a Fine realism in the children's book with classic tvåvärldsfantasy

One of the most difficult aspects of writing good fantasy, is the so-called ”världsbygget”. Some authors spend years and years to create a credible context for its story. Just take Tolkien's classic intro in the ”Lotr” as an example. Sometimes it will be, of course, too much of a good thing. But just as often for a little bit. Emma Karinsdotters book, ”a Thousand stars island” is, unfortunately, an example of the latter.

the Book is a classic tvåvärldsberättelse where the difficulties in our world get their solution by the number of trips to the other. The chronicles of Narnia, the type. Grundberättelsen is about eleven-year-old girl Tigris lives alone with her depressed mjukisbyxbärande dad. The mother and the Tigris the twin brother died in a car accident when the Tigris was only a year, but the blame, the sorrow and loss is still going to take on. Nothing is processed. There is also a grandma in the story that all of the time and avoid the serious topics through to want to talk about and do something Nice instead. Tigris own grief and loss may not place because she is forced to be strong for his dad's sake.

a box with his mom's name on it. It is empty, smells of roses and for some reason she puts herself in it and close the lid. And boom, she wakes then in the middle of a sea in fantasylandet. And soon lands she is at the Thousand stars island where she is drawn into a fight to save their (already) dead mother and brother from dying a second time.

But unlike the cleverly told and ångestladdade the atmosphere in the apartment becomes the episodes on the island most a superficial cavalcade of fantasyklichéer. Everything from posters and places Heavy axlars mountains, the Great plains, the Rushing river and the Petrified forest to the överseriösa characters who speak annoying mysterious and poetic (think Galadriel).

Tigris locked and complicated family situation, however, is nicely portrayed, and had earned a better fate than to share binders with a fantasyberättelse that does not have the same pregnans or depth. God is as said in the details. This applies not least when one is writing fantasy.

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