Jane Lindskold has a truly unique writing style. I can't quite pin it down, but this book will probably be like nothing you've ever read. It's a sci-fi setting without really being sci-fi. The characters are "normal" enough that you can identify with them, but just different enough to be unique and absorbing.
The main character, Sarah, narrates in the first person, but she can only speak in broken phrases and quotes to her human companions. She primarily quotes Shakespeare or the Bible (the title is from Shakespeare, of course), but can speak freely with a toy dragon she carries with her. The setting feels dark and futuristic like Bladerunner, but the story is so focused on the characters and character development that setting takes a back seat.
I adore Jane Lindskold's writing, and hope this book gets the wide circulation it deserves. Please - give it a try!
A young girl who can communicate only in quotes she has heard carries a toy dragon who speaks to her. It doesn't take long before you realize the dragon actually does speak to her, and she is being hunted down for that very reason.
If you enjoy books like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, you'd probably like this. Despite the psychology and unique claims of this book, however, I would probably classify it as science fiction.
Starts slowly, but picks up after the first hundred pages or so.
This book has a very imaginative plot tracking a young woman who is released from a mental institution. Her life up to that point had been very limited. She falls into a center city tribe of unusual characters who become her family and help her when the authorities at the "Home" want her back because she can talk to and understand wall, doors, locks, and other objects. I enjoyed it. Be aware that it is NOT suitable for preteens. In fact, I would not recommend it for anyone under the age of 16.
Really enjoyed this book.