|What happens after that?!!!
||[Jul. 23rd, 2009|03:55 pm]
Back when Charles Dickens was writing his books, the chapters appeared in serialized form in weekly or monthly magazines. This was a common way to first introduce the public to a book - Dickens was certainly not alone in this form of publishing - because a ripping yarn pumped up sales and bound books were still something of a luxury item.
Fast forward to today, and we not only get most of our books in bound volumes (the occasional Stephen King notwithstanding), we can even buy entire seasons of television shows in a box and watch the story over a course of hours or days rather than months or years.
But there is still something pleasurable about serialization, particularly for a novel. And particularly when that novel is as evocatively written as Catherynne Valente's The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.
If I had the whole, finished book in my hands? I would have gobbled it up by now. Torn through it, cover to cover, and gorged myself on the words.
Instead, it is being parceled out, bit by delicious morsel, every Monday (with the added glee of a surprise short chapter the past Wednesday that's following a different character and that I hope will occasionally be dropped in as an extra frisson of loveliness). And because I am presented with these single truffles of exquisite writing, I am not racing through them. After all, when I reach the end of this one, I must wait a whole week for the next.
So I am lolling in them. Rolling them around me like a soft expanse of chinchilla. Holding them against my palate to breathe in their essence like a well-aged port wine. Sinking into them like an eiderdown quilt.
There are 6 chapters, plus one interlude, available now, free for the reading with only the request of donations. You owe it to yourself to catch up so that you can savor each one. If you can donate a few dollars, so much the better. But whether or no, come with us to Fairyland. You won't regret it.