I have just lost the last 2 hours of my life to this story
, recced by elfgirl
. Madness and Reason
. It's a Labyrinth
story about what happens to Sarah after she grows up, and her family thinks that her adventures in Jareth's world are the product of schizophrenia. It's not a brand new idea in the world of fantasy sequels (Return to Oz being the most obvious example) but it's very
well done. It introduces two very enjoyable original characters in Sarah's Native American artist boyfriend and his grandfather, who's a shaman, and possibly the most enjoyable part for me, it gives Jareth a personality beyond the glitter, in such a way that the novel-addict in me is screaming for there to be a sequel all about him learning to be himself, instead of the character that tradition and the wishes of young girls have made him play.( A few spoilery quibbles...Collapse )
These are fairly small things, though, in a long, plotty story that read like some of the better popular fantasy novels I've enjoyed over the years. Good stuff.