the girl with glass feet by Ali Shaw

this is a great first novel it so reminded me of the irish folklore books my grandparents had when i was young the story of Ida as her feet turn to glass and Midas a lonesome photographer .the story centres on st haugland an island where there are wonderful and deadly jellyfish mad little cows with moth wings .as the story progresses Ida gets more glass ie cold and you start to see the uptight midas warm a little .they hunt for a cure or explanation of what is happening to Ida .

there is many echos of classic folk-lore here the magical island ,Midas’s name ,horrific consequences for venturing somewhere your not meant to .Shaw describes this magical place beautifully with bogs swamps it could be anywhere on the atlantic coast from Cornwall ,Scottish island the north-west coast of island .A lovely book for anyone that likes dreamy folksy tales it is a great read it manages to not via into fantasy or comedy which given the subject matter is very easy .

do you like folk story type novels ?

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sarah
    Feb 24, 2010 @ 18:34:27

    It sounds wonderful, Stu. And what a gorgeous cover! I have The Accidental to read, but this one sounds more appealing. Thanks for a great review.

    Reply

  2. farmlanebooks
    Feb 25, 2010 @ 16:47:42

    It is good to see that you enjoyed this one, but I’m afraid I wasn’t a fan. I like a bit of reality in my books!

    Reply

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