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Strange EvilEn Gaskell was 14 and though it suffers from all the flaws her youth would lead you to expect it is a staggering achievement A fraught fairyland full of sexuality and containing the most extraordinary baddy in fiction China Miévil. Judith is a cool kid just finding her own way She is settling into her life in London when an estranged cousin and her sexy mysterious fiancé arrive as unexpected houseguests They’re charming but very odd which she puts down to their hand wavily foreign upbringing But surprise they’re really foreign He’s well basically some sort of fae And before long she’s not just pulled into faerie politics but into their actual literal worldGaskell wrote this when she was 14 which is frankly ridiculous On one hand that’s kind of a distraction whether or not she’s 14 or 41 is technically irrelevant to appreciating the book On the other it kind of is relevant The book is about adolescence the theme of dawning adulthood permeates the book Interestingly Strange Evil comes with an editorial note saying that they deliberately took a light touch to their edits It is almost apologetic they definitely could’ve done but didn’t want to change her voice Clearly they thought and I agree that her youth adds something to the bookHowever as you might expect from a teenage author the tone varies pretty wildly the action takes place in fits and starts and there's an attention to minute detail that can be frustrating Oddly unlike most fantasy coming of age stories Judith is shockingly unimportant a witness not a protagonist; object not subject It is about agency but in a realistic teenage way the horrible realisation that there are no concrete answersStrange Evil is also an excellent example of mid century British fantasy the focus is less on the characters and on the landscape Not even the broad setting Gaskell is obsessed with the land itself be that London or the mysterious faerie world This plays into the best part of the book and the real reason to read it Gaskell’s language It is florid but utterly sensuous with a turn of phrase perfect for describing the otherness of the book’s atmosphere For what it is worth China Miéville is a fan and called it a ‘staggering achievement’ as well as one of his top examples of Weird fiction

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He fantasy worldBut as an Other worldly being caught between warring peoples Judith was destined to dieuntil she discovered the Evil driving her cousin's enemies to fight to regain their power now and foreverThe book was written wh. Somewhere between George MacDonald's Lilith and Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in TimeArtist's model Judith Henderson finds herself unwilling host to long lost eccentric cousin Dorinda and her fiance Zameis with whom Judith becomes infatuated It isn't long before she learns they are indeed 'fair folk' who graciously invite her into their parallel dimension by leaping from the top of Notre Dame cathedralArriving at the Mountain and its beautiful pasture lands Judith becomes swiftly embroiled in the battle between the outcast 'Externals' with their satyr allies and the decadent 'Internals' Zameis and Dorinda's people with their utterly monstrous deityIndeed a truly amazing achievement by a 14 year old

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Strange Evil Free read Æ 109 Û On the banks of the magical mountainwas a land of flying Satyrs and humanlike fairies a battleground where the two tribes of the Mountain fought for power Brought here by her cousin the Earthling Judith lived in the tranuility of the fantasy worldBut as an Other worldly being caught between warring peoples Judith was destOn the banks of the magical mountainwas a land of flying Satyrs and humanlike fairies a battleground where the two tribes of the Mountain fought for power Brought here by her cousin the Earthling Judith lived in the tranuility of t. This is a strange and imaginative book about an Earth woman from London who is sort of abducted by cousins from another world She is taken to a fairyland full of satyrs and giants and faerie like humans and finds herself caught in the middle of a war between those who live inside the magical mountain that is the source of the faerie beings' immortality and those who have been exiled to the outsideThis book was written by the author when she was fourteen They decided to publish it on the strength of her storytelling and her imagination; it wasn't on the strength of her writing which is uite immature and often just plain ungrammatical It takes a while for the story to go anywhere and there is a lot of irrelevant description but there is an imaginative story and some sparkle of brilliance buried beneath the adolescent purple proseI want to give it a higher rating taking into account the fact that it was written by a fourteen year old but objectively it's not a great fantasy novel and not really that original and it's marred by the poor writing If I were judging it relative to say NaNoWriMo novels and other output from teenagers and amateurs I'd give it a higher rating but compared with professional published fiction it just doesn't have that much to commend it aside from the novelty of having been written by a kid