Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Owl in Love

By Patrice Kindl.

Greatly entertaining. I laughed almost the whole way through this. Owl Tycho, our narrator, is a young high school girl who is infatuated with her science teacher. The difference is, she perches on a branch outside his house at night... as an owl. She blithely says ridiculous things. She is very quiet, but perhaps not quite as serious as her demeanor suggests: "You may think I have been blind or foolish about some of the events that have taken place within these pages, but I am not that big a fool."

Fairly short, but comic gold. Read it on a rainy day? Or maybe a train or bus ride, if you feel like explaining to the other passengers why you're laughing so hard.


Martin LaBar said...

Thanks for the tip. I'll read it, God willing.

Martin LaBar said...

Actually, I read Goose Chase, by the same author, by mistake (if there is such a thing). It was a good, humorous read, and not too long. Thanks for putting me on to Kindl.

Joshua said...

I did read Goose Chase, but didn't think it was as funny as Owl in Love or The Woman in the Wall. Maybe I was too much influenced by Owl's humor to take Goose Chase as its own work; you have a fresh perspective, reading it first.

Goose Chase is actually how I found Kindl: it came up when I was searching for the Orphan's Tales in the library catalog. I thought it looked interesting but it was checked out, so I got Owl in Love instead, and here we are.

I also read Lost in the Labyrinth, which is a (serious, but still YA) retelling of the Minotaur myth. It was pretty well done, but definitely not as light-hearted as her other books.