Egg & Spoon

egg and spoon

Published Date: September 9, 2014
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Author: Gregory Maguire
Pages: 475
Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Fantasy

You can view the summary of Egg & Spoon here.

First thing’s first, let’s swoon over this cover art. *waits a few minutes* We done swooning? No? I’ll wait. *waits some more* I scooped up this hardback without regard to the story or the price. Bad habit, I know. But I just couldn’t pass it up. So when it came time to start this tome, I assumed the story would grip me just as the cover had. I was gripped but not as quickly as I’d hoped; it took me five weeks to finish this sucker.

Now, I have to admit that I have been in somewhat of a reading slump. It would be unfair to blame the time it took to read this one hundred percent on the story itself. However, I will say that the first two parts {of a five part book} were a little slow moving for me. There’s a ton of world and character building, and little action. This makes for boring reading. BUUUUUT!!!! Once you round the bend, and meet some very colorful and funny characters, you will find it hard to put the book down.

A little side note: My friend Marianna, who is Russian, came into my office a few weeks ago and glanced at the cover art. She said, “Oh this is about Baba Yaga and the Firebird and the Matryoshka.” I thought she was magic until I realized that she was just observant and recognized the figures from the artwork. Duh! She also taught me how to pronounce Tsar the correct way. I’ve been butchering it for years. Sorry, Russia. Marianna, I hope you like this novel. Let me know if Maguire got it right.

So, in conclusion *to be said in your best attorney voice* this is a story filled to the brim with traditions, stories, fantasy and adventure. If you’ve got this one on your list, then I would encourage you to read it. Just know that if you’re feeling the struggle, push through. You’ll enjoy the outcome. The Defense rests.

Happy reading, Homies.


4 thoughts on “Egg & Spoon

  1. Reading it now-into 3rd chapter. I see what you mean about slow start and the world building, It’s an interesting mix of Russia’s history, mixed in with folklore, and then sprinkled with English slang phrases. Curiously curious. Anywho, since you loved Baba Yaga, I thought I would recommend: Wickedly Magical (Baba Yaga) series by Deborah Blake. Fun and fast reads.

    • I hear ya!! I have decided that I am not going to continue forcing the book if I don’t feel it right away. Chances are I will ruin the book by pushing through when I didn’t want to. And thank you 🙂

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