Thursday, July 13, 2017

Last 2017 Hugo Review - Every Heart a Doorway Can Keep A-Knockin' But It Can't Come In

I read Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire.  This story hates Narnia even more than The Magician by Lev Grossman.  It’s about a halfway house for kids that have ventured to other worlds via stories that are collectively known as Portal Fantasies (like Narnia, Phantom Tollbooth and many other stories where kids find a portal to a fantasy land). 

Our teenage girl protagonist is a goth who has mastered the art of standing still and who has a sadness meltdown upon discovering her parents have replaced her “carefully” packed goth shrouds with rainbow-colored garments.  I gave up on her story during an intense and bitter discussion of whether she wanted to bump uglies with some guy from Oklahoma that she'd just met.  I see no reason to revise my ballot.

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