Walton, Jo -- Lifelode
Cosy high fantasy about a village household halfway between
East-of-the-Sun and West-of-the-Moon, or, if you like, a bunch of very
normal people who don't know they're living in a game of Civilization.
The narrator keeps house; this is her talent. The fact that she can
see the past and the future all mixed together is not a talent, nor a
curse either, which is an inimitable feat of writing and also keeps
the reader seriously off-balance. Unfortunately the war and the trial
scene put the storyline off-balance too; they are temporally mixed
with, but never really blend with, the quiet (and occasionally
histrionic) growing-up and grown-up depiction of family life.
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