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Vassa in the Night: A Novel af Sarah Porter
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Vassa in the Night: A Novel (udgave 2016)

af Sarah Porter (Forfatter)

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In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, Vassa uses a magical gift from her dead mother to take on Babs Yaga, the witch who owns the local convenience store. Inspired by the Russian folktale Vassilissa the Beautiful.
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Titel:Vassa in the Night: A Novel
Forfattere:Sarah Porter (Forfatter)
Info:Tor Teen (2016), Edition: Collectible/Signed, 304 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****
Nøgleord:20th c., YA, fantasy

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I love strange books and this one was strange in the best way. Vassa and Erg are great characters. I loved the magic and chaos in the book. Babs is a great villain. She is creepy and wicked. I highly recommend this book. ( )
  Emmybird01 | Jan 10, 2021 |
Well, this book wasn't my cup of tea. I started sometime during 2017, put it down because it was strange and I had to have a break and reading other things because I would get a reading slump again and I didn't feel I wanted one. I retook the book during the last week and half of December and finished it today.
A reason that I didn't like the book was that I didn't know anything about the Baba Yaga tale from the Russian folklore. Maybe if I knew something about the book might have been more interesting and more captivating. This book has also a lot of magical realism, I don't know if this is another reason I didn't like the book because until now I haven't read a book with magic realism that has captivated me. Maybe I haven't read a book that has written a fantastic magical realism. (If you have any suggestions please leave them in the comments and I will try them).
I will give another chance to Sarah Porter's writing in the future I will read other things that she has written or will write. (less) ( )
  AvigailRGRIL | Nov 3, 2020 |
Vassa lives in Brooklyn with her stepmother and 2 stepsisters. Oh, and a magical wooden doll named Erg who's a bit of a kleptomaniac.
Late one night Vassa enters BY's - a dancing convenience store whose owner has a penchant for beheading customers - to buy lightbulbs. Should be easy right?
It's only logical: BY's can't kill everyone who shops there. If they did, they'd go out of business.Wrong. Vassa ends up being falsely accused - by disembodied hands - of shoplifting and after arguing her innocence she is granted 3 nights to work off her "debt".

Vassa in the Night is beautifully written and oh so weird. Not to mention magical, creepy, dark and fun as long as you don't mind a bit of gore. While it may not be for everyone, if you're a fan of darker tales I'd suggest giving it a shot.

*ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  maebri | Mar 10, 2020 |
Setting aside after about 45 pages (prologue and two chapters). I love some of the concepts (the stretched but technically fine nights; the murderous chainstore that everyone ignores) but others are just entirely not my thing, and rather too directly real-world analogous (our heroine literally has an amoral voice on her shoulder).
  cupiscent | Aug 4, 2019 |
People live here on purpose; that’s what I’ve heard. They even cross the country deliberately and move in to the neighborhoods near the river, and suddenly their shoes are cuter than they are, and very possibly smarter and more articulate as well, and their lives are covered in sequins and they tell themselves they’ve arrived.
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Well that was a whole lot of what.

Vassa lives in a Brooklyn slum with her stepmother, stepsister, half-sister, and the talking kleptomaniac doll her dead mother left her. Vassa’s life is lousy but dull until she goes out one night to buy lightbulbs from the notorious corner store BY’s, which dances on chicken legs and likes to behead shoplifters.

Magical realism is a genre that modern fiction doesn’t play around with enough. I can think of a few attempts beyond the classic Latin and South American literature that defined the genre. But to be honest, I didn’t enjoy those attempts that much. When you compare the modern attempts to the giants of the genre, from House of the Spirits to Autumn of the Patriarch, the modern versions come off rather try-hard and awkward, hitting the wrong notes and always off-rhythm. The only truly excellent modern magical realism book I can think of off-hand is The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

So I was pretty excited to read a magical realism take on the classic Russian fairytale of Vassilissa and Baba Yaga, especially a magical realism story that isn’t related to Latin or South America. Vassa’s Brooklyn is painfully real and yet offhandedly magical, from the murderous corner store to the ever-lengthening night that stretches hours too long.

But once Vassa enters BY’s, the story goes off the rails. The story drags, often taking pointless loops and interludes. The writing and narration grow increasingly confusing as Vassa dips from bizarre reality to trippy dreams and back.

Part of the issue is that Vassa is a rather unresolved protagonist. She is cruel, childish, and unreasonably kind by turns, showing sympathy and mercy to the murderous Babs one minute and then floundering about like a headless chicken (sorry) the next. Vassa and her choices are so frequently wrong that it becomes difficult not to be frustrated at her inability to do anything right by herself. No, seriously. I can’t think of a single time Vassa succeeds at her task without extreme outside assistance.

Part of the issue is that the crux of the story rests on the relationship between Vassa and her doll, Erg. Vassa and Erg are meant to have a complex relationship that is at turns antagonistic, loving, and co-dependent. Instead, their relationship is simply confusing. Neither seems to particularly like the other and is rather resigned to being saddled with her companion. And since their friendship is meant to be the backbone of the book, the whole story seems rather spineless and floppy as a result.

But the real issue is that Vassa in the Night, first chapter aside, isn’t well-written or well-plotted. It is a slow book, and I found myself frequently checking the pages remaining and wondering how it could possibly take that long to wrap the story up.

I badly want more magical realism in my books. When done right, the genre sings. But Vassa in the Night is not that book. ( )
  miri12 | May 31, 2019 |
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