Into the Labyrinth

Into the Labyrinth

Book - 2002
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Princess Sylvie and the other characters in the book entitled "The Great Good Thing" confront the perils of being uploaded onto the World Wide Web, forcing them to act out their story both in print and in cyberspace.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2002]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780689846151
Branch Call Number: JF
Characteristics: 254 pages ; 18 cm


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FindingJane Sep 28, 2016

Princess Sylvie wanted her book to be read again. Thanks to a resurgence of interest in it, millions of people are now reading it every day. She and the other fictional characters are barely getting a moment’s rest…which just goes to show that you should be careful what you wish for, doesn’t it?

This installation in the series doesn’t have Sylvie interacting with readers, only with her author and even that is kept to a minimum. What keeps Sylvie thoroughly busy are the constant conversations she has with her parents, the villains of the book and other assorted whimsical characters.

It takes a while to dawn on Sylvie that life can’t be constantly rearranged just because she finds dissatisfaction in it. But we don’t mind her foolish desire to keep altering the book. She means well and her behavior is mainly for the benefit of others around her who complain about lack of sleep, exhaustion and loss of weight due to stress (a word that has to be explained to a lot of them).

The novel also brings the fictional story squarely into the modern age, complete with uploading to the worldwide web. Poor Sylvie has her work cut out for her. If the idea of stress was baffling, explaining computers to characters firmly stuck in a medieval setting proves to be something of a nightmare.

The book captures the unpredictable thrill of the first book while adding its own complications in the form of a shape-shifting computer virus. Sylvie once again rushes to the rescue, this time with a band of intrepid friends. It’s an exciting book all around and the addition of wordplay makes it almost akin to Terry Pratchett’s style. Excellent fodder for fans of hard copy and electronic pages.


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