Monday, May 19, 2008

Book Review: The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar

Every Monday, I'll be doing spoiler-free, bite-sized book reviews.

I wish I had heard of Martin Millar sooner because his writing is consistently funny and entertaining. And while The Good Faireis of New York is upbeat and comedic, it also has a layer of tragedy that the author manages to juggle and incorporate seamlessly. The pace is quick and precise to the point that by the time you're laughing or crying over a particular scene, you're already reading the next part.

Language is easily a strong selling point for Millar. It's easy to get into and there's no room for confusion, even when the author is juggling a dozen interweaving characters from two distinct parts of the world. His characters are another asset whether it's the fairies who consistently get into trouble despite their best efforts or the human characters who each have distinct personalities (others would call them "character flaws") and voices. If you want to read something that'll hook you immediately, this novel did its job as there's never a dull moment and one can't seem to put the book down, even if it's already the wee hours of the morning.

Millar manages to thrown in a lot of disparate elements in this novel (rock music, Maoist teachings, exotic diseases) and make them work. The Good Fairies of New York is light and fun reading that's recommendable to virtually anyone, unless you're the type that doesn't think that drunken multiracial fairies makes for excellent reading.

Rating: 3.5/5.

Rating System:

1 - There are better ways to spend your time.
2 - Ho hum books, usually typical of its genre. Probably only recommendable to die-hard fans.
3 - A cut above the rest, usually with one or more elements that sets it apart from the norm.
4 - Highly recommended and is easily a pioneer of the genre.
5 - A classic or it will be.

No comments: