Mania is waiting for you – you’ll devour ‘The Book Eaters’

“Book Eaters”

  • by Sunyi Dean
  • c. 2022 Tour
  • $26.99, 304 pages

You have consumed a lot of fairy tales in your life.

Princesses on mattresses, princesses in glass slippers, princesses in towers, princesses and frogs, I knew them all before reality started and stopped dreaming of any kind of handsome prince. that’s good. In the new novel “The Book Eaters” by Sunyi Dean, you’d be better off without it.

As a child, Devon Fairweather spent her days in the Yorkshire moors near her family mansion, exploring the woods, and playing with her older brother, Ramsay. She didn’t worry about school because she was a book eater; Food and knowledge both came from the pages of literature and realism. She especially liked the taste of fairy tales.

She was a brave child, confident that princesses like her were rare and never punished as long as they stroked, married twice, had two children, and then walked off safely. The Devon brothers – and there were many of them – became knights or rulers of their family quarters. The other children—those unfortunate babies born with the curly proboscis of a cannibal—were carried away at birth to become dragons because they couldn’t be trusted not to kill.

This was the case. Like everything in the family, it was as it had always been, just as princesses were expected to give up their children – forcibly, if necessary.

Devon lost her virginity this way, and she vowed it would never happen again. So, when her second-born wept with her twisted tongue and her husband was ready to send the child to the Knights, Devon weighed her options: finding someone from the Ravenskar family to give the boy a curative drug; search for him twice a week, so that he can look for himself; Or leave her son to the family.

Or she can run, as she has done for three years now, as knights and dragons were constantly watching her and flying about everywhere and her boy was always hungry. As it grew, so did the danger, and there would never be happiness…

Princesses, knights and dragons oh my god! They’re right there, plus everything else you’d want in a dark tale—torn cities, menaced forests, evil relatives, monsters—all of which make “The Book Eaters” a fairy tale definitely not for five-year-olds.

It’s probably not the kind of book a sensitive soul would want to read before bed; The idea of ​​a world full of thick-browed dragons and exhausted princesses running parallel to ours can keep you awake or give you nightmares. It wouldn’t help to be happy with so many upcoming plot lines I haven’t seen, a modern, non-modern heroine battling misogyny, child abduction, and being someone’s lunch.

How wonderful is the author’s prose Sani Din? Well, on the front page, you drive readers into a damp apartment above an auto repair shop, and we can practically smell the rubber of new tires. In fact, it’s a storytelling that screams fantasy.

No, sorry, this is not the Brothers Grimm. It’s much better, dark and delicious. You will be obsessed with “The Book Eaters”. You will devour him.

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The bookworm is Terri Schlichenmeyer. She has been reading since she was 3 years old and doesn’t go anywhere without a book. Terry lives on a hill in Wisconsin with two dogs and 11,000 books. Read previous columns at marconews.com.