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Latest Review: The Land of Ick and Eck: Harlot's Encounters by Micah Genest

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Post by desantismt_17 » 03 Oct 2019, 08:04

[Following is an official review of "The Land of Ick and Eck: Harlot's Encounters" by Micah Genest.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Wanted: A dark, twisty fairy tale with questionable situations, violence (but not gore), and odd characters and places that really make the reader wonder.

The Land of Ick and Eck: Harlot’s Encounters by Micah Genest applied, and the position has been filled.

Harlot, a young girl who is extremely innocent, finds herself in the Land of Ick and Eck, a strange place where nothing is as it seems. This tale follows her journeys with a Ground Faerie, a Wood and Water Nymph, and a Butter-Maiden as the foursome travels from forest to garden to field and back again. They will meet the oddest characters and travel the most bizarre routes. But where will they end up? And will they like it there?

This book’s description promised odder versions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Brothers Grimm stories, and The Wizard of Oz. The book didn’t disappoint. I clearly saw the parallels drawn from the classic tales. Harlot reminded me of Alice in ways. Her companions were reminiscent of Dorothy’s fellows, and Grimm influence was everywhere. For those wanting to dive into a world that borrows from these stories but also offers something new in its own right, this is the book to read.

While much of the content within is similar to that of children’s books, this is not for kids. The innuendos are a bit too forward, and the violence (while not severe) may trouble young or sensitive readers. It didn’t necessarily bother me, but neither did it really speak to me. This book fell a bit too far left of center for my taste. That said, there is nothing wrong with it. It’s one of the best-edited books I’ve read in a long time (I noticed not one error). The writing, though, is purposefully circuitous. Rhyme, alliteration, repetition, and other literary devices are used liberally. There also seemed to be less of a cohesive start-to-finish plot and more of a wandering sense. If this is the kind of style that bothers you, you may wish to skip this book.

I rate The Land of Ick and Eck: Harlot’s Encounters 3 out of 4 stars. I really wanted to give it 4, but I just didn’t get into it enough. I never thought to rate it less than 3. Those who are not easily offended or disturbed would very much enjoy this. As I said, the violence is minimal, and there are hints of sexual content. Nothing is described in detail, and there is no cursing to speak of. I still recommend this book only for adults, partly because children may not grasp all the complexities. It’s the kind of story that leaves you blinking, and I think reading it more than once would enhance the experience.

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Post by AvidBibliophile » 04 Oct 2019, 14:27

The mentioned parallels to Alice, Dorothy, and the brothers Grimm are intriguing, and the title alone sounds quite enticing - from a fantastical mystery standpoint! A circuitous writing style with liberally sprinkled literary devices piques my interest for sure, but I can certainly understand how it's not everyone's cup of tea. Thank you kindly for your honest and informative review!

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Post by kandscreeley » 04 Oct 2019, 19:03

I would like to read a book that has so many nods to Grimm, the Wizard of Oz, and Alice in Wonderland. I'm not sure if really enjoy the book, though, nor the innuendos. It'd be a bit too wandering for me. Thanks.
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Post by Rachel Lea » 05 Oct 2019, 04:26

I am more a fan of cohesive plots, so I would probably find this book difficult to get through. But it definitely sounds like an interesting read. Thank you for your review!
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Post by Letora » 05 Oct 2019, 05:08

I love dark fantasy and the fey. This sounds right up my alley. Thank you for your review :)
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Post by kdstrack » 05 Oct 2019, 21:22

This would be interesting just to see what kind of creative ideas the author throws in that haven't already appeared in the works you have mentioned. I enjoyed your review. Thanks.

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Post by Meg98 » 20 Oct 2019, 11:08

I'm not sure if this one is for me, but thank you for this great review! Cheers
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