Ok so I don’t know if I know what this one is about. I mean I DO but I don’t. This book starts with alternating narrators: one is a giantess in the English Civil War ala ie Cromwell, and another is her adopted ward who is a kind of cross-dressing time-traveler.
Ok, so I got 60 words so far. And that’s kind of the whole book? I mean there’s definitely some adventures and mishaps and a lot of craziness. It reads like a a Terry Gilliam movie written by, well Jeanette Winterson, and maybe that’s kind of it. The cover might have you believe that it’s a kind of mythopoeic or take on a fable or take of a fairy tale, but it’s much weirder than that. There’s less grounding that would certainly suggest. So instead, it’s more like a cross between The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen and Time Bandits, including jumping to the modern day, splashing in the greatest obvious influence Rabelais’s Gargantua and Pantagruel, but then the whole thing is kind of run through a lens created by the likes of Kathy Acker and Judith Butler and Grace Jones. It’s a weird raw kind of book, it might be right up your alley, but I couldn’t fully tell you what it was all about.
So I say give it a shot. It only costs you about two hours to figure it out for yourself. It’s definitely a crazy and interesting book, but maybe I lost the thread too early on to hang in there.