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Book rec: The Tooth Fairy
la la la, I'm trying to make this journal a more interesting (read: less one-dimensionally pervy) place and also prove that I do something besides write porn, but I'm crap at meta and my thoughts on yaoi are not all that intriguing and so you get recs! Yay recs. :D

Today: The Tooth Fairy, by Graham Joyce

This is the sort of book I want to tell everyone to go out and buy but don't because while it is awesome it is not life changing and also contains some questionable content, and so I fear anyone who took my advice and didn't like it would judge me after. But none of you are going to judge me, right? Right.

Anyway! If I had to describe this book in five words, those words would be "dark coming-of-age fantasy" because- well, because that's what it is. It's the story of a boy (Sam) who, when he was young, accidentally saw the tooth fairy and in doing so cursed himself with its presence for the rest of his life (and cursed the tooth fairy with his presence in its life as well). Sam hates the tooth fairy and the tooth fairy hates him back, but the tooth fairy's hate is a jealous, possessive sort of hate that makes it want to control as much of Sam's life as possible. As he grows up, the tooth fairy has a hand in nearly everything that happens to Sam, good and bad - the good as rewards for complying with its wishes, the bad as punishments for going against them. Sam's struggle is to learn both what sort of person he wants to be and how to co-exist with a creature that cannot leave him alone.

Is it giving too much away to say that, at the end of the novel, it is unclear whether the tooth fairy was ever real? I hope not, because that is the most impressive aspect of the story-telling. Despite Sam's own belief in the reality of the tooth fairy, there is always some doubt if it isn't, in fact, a pseudo-physical manifestation of Sam's bad conscience - a larger, angrier version of the devil on his shoulder. I had to read it again the second I realized there was an alternative way to interpret everything that had happened, and to me that's the sign of a good book - one that you are overcome with a desire to re-read before you've even put it down the first time 'round. ♥

I am convinced! I haven't read a book in ages and this sounds really interesting and like something I would enjoy. I'll try to get ahold of a copy soon.

Yay! I convinced someone! *dances*

Um, I now feel compelled to tell you that there is kind of a lot of violence and sex in the book as well as an almost-rape scene. It's really quite dark and doesn't fade to black at all. But I still really liked it, and I hope you do too!

Thanks for warning me, but yeah I will pretty much read anything. Kind of the more twisted or dark a book is, the more likely I am to read it actually. I don't know when I'll get to read it, but I'll try to remember to come back and let you know what I think.

Oh, awesome. You should love this one then. :D

I'd love if you let me know, but no worries if you don't. It's all good.

I've actually got this sitting on my Library loans to read shelf. The only problem with working in a library is that shelf is ever growing. I still haven't gotten around to reading the book for our LGBT book group yet anbd they're meeting again next Monday - *Sighs*

Oh wow! That's amazing, go you with the good taste. Yeah, I could see that being a problem - I have an ever-growing to-read pile and I don't even work at a library, I can't imagine what yours must be like.

I am intrigued by the idea of an LBGT book group! That sounds great. What are you reading?

Yeah it's a career where I think I'm doomed to never actually get on top of that to read pile.

This is only our third month. The groups trying to cover all the letters and a few different styles before Christmas. This month we're reading a graphic novel called Fun Home by Alison Bechdel for the L. But we've also read a Julian Clary novel for G (Delvil in Disguise) and a Sandi Toksvig novel for L (Flying Under Bridges). But we've got a classic B book coming up and a non fiction book called He's my Daughter for T. And it's really good, I work in a very multicultural library and there's some very extreme opinions towards Homosexuality from some of our communities, but the groups doing really well.

And I could talk about it all day so I'll shut up

Meh, getting on top of that pile is overrated. What would you read then?

Oh wow, that's quite a selection. I am always wanting to read more LGBT literature but don't seek it out often enough (which is my own fault, as I have an LGBT bookstore in my city) and so end up reading the same books multiple times. I hope your book group continues to do well, it's a brilliant idea and now I'm wanting to find something similar near me.