Bangkok Bangkok Bangkok desde Saint-Thual, Francia
Kling is such a charming storyteller. When he was interviewed for Almanac (Twin Cities public tv) he said that tells his stories for 15 years or so and then he writes them down. I love to hear him tell stories, and I feel fortunate that I know his voice well enough to "hear" him in my head as I'm reading these stories. If you read this book along with Holiday Inn, you'll find some repetition--he retells the story from a slightly different point or uses part of one story as a transition to another, but I didn't let it bother me. This is a very fast read and very Minnes'oh'tan. I enjoyed it very much.
** spoiler alert ** I liked this much more than I thought I would. The cover and the premise seemed too gimmicky but I went ahead and read. I don't believe the listing of phobias at the beginning of each chapter was too distracting, it was the narrator's way of coping since she lost her father. The whole pixie/werepeople thing was significant but not overpowering in the tale. It boiled down to a girl getting on with her life after losing her parents(dad to death, mom to grief) and moving to a new state. She discovers a world she must also deal with as she is being stalked by a pixie king who wants to make her his queen. There a few twists that keep you busy and all around it was a fun read. I only wish the author spent less time getting to the meat of the story. I took an excruciating long time, almost halfway to through the book for anything to actually happen.