|Submitted by Anonymous |
(Sep 02, 2011)
Will's Elf by Pepys Blake is a BIG read! It is aimed at a teen fantasy fiction audience, and I also suspect the fathers of the teen fantasy fiction audience! The size of the book might initially by off-putting to a generation grown up on quick-fix entertainment and immediate gratification, but Will's Elf is definitely a book to stick with: in fact, by the end, you are just wishing that it was longer! The main protagonist of Will's Elf is Will B. Fine, an imaginative school-boy trapped in a stifling Fenland boarding school. Lucky for Will then that he has a companion in a feisty elf called Day-Z, who is able to show him a world of adventures beyond the confines of the school buildings. Will's Elf is a very entertaining read, and it is also a very informative novel, too. Cutting-edge scientific theories and ideas about the philosophy of religion sit alongside a fast-paced narrative. Reading Will's Elf felt like a teen rite-of-passage - Will Fine has a lot of growing up to do in the book, as he discovers an adult world of choice and responsibility, and ultimate tragedy, and this reflects a lot of young peoples' experiences. So, a BIG read, but a GOOD read!