Down Among the Sticks and Bones
by Seanan McGuire
read in July 2017
“I am what I am, and there’s much about me that won’t be changed with any amount of wishing or wanting.
Because I listened to Down Among the Sticks and Bones on audiobook, this review is going to much less thorough than usual. I don’t take notes while listening and I honestly don’t really have a strong opinion on this novella.
Someone recommended this audiobook to me and it did not disappoint! It’s narrated by the author herself and she uses a different “voice” for each character, which is a must for me. I definitely plan to re-read Every Heart a Doorway soon by listening to it on audiobook as well.
Talking about Every Heart a Doorway: I think I would’ve enjoyed Down Among the Sticks and Bones more if the first one was still fresh in my memory. Unfortunately, I read it back in December 2016, so I didn’t remember much about Jack and Jill.
The world these twins end up in is supposed to be scary, but I thought this novella was rather uneventful. It was more tell than show. Which I on the one hand could appreciate, because it had a certain fairytale-appeal to it. But if Down Among the Sticks and Bones would’ve been more character-driven, I wouldn’t have mind so much, but the characters weren’t as fleshed out as I would’ve liked. Surely they weren’t perfect and had their flaws, but what drove them? Why did they act the way they did?
Therefore, I wasn’t very attached to them. Even the fact that this novella features a F/F romance couldn’t lift my spirits. So ultimately, I do feel disappointed, but I plan on re-reading this once I re-read Every Heart a Doorway first.
The author narrates her work beautifully. I would definitely recommend it, but make sure to read Every Heart a Doorway shortly beforehand, to make sure you aren’t out of the loop like I was.