Tue 3 Jun 2008
[Rachel Caine's Feast of Fools is available in the U. S. today.]
I had never heard of Kate Thompson prior to this book, but that appears to be my fault, as she has published three books for adults and thirteen for children, including this volume and its sequel, The Last of the High Kings. She is English by birth, but Irish by residence. Due to a moderately common name, her website is at http://www.katethompson.info, in case readers may like to visit it.
J. J. Liddy, a fifteen-year-old boy in the west of Ireland, has been raised with a combination of tradition and modernity. His family lives on a farm, and he plays traditional music incredibly well, but he attends high school and has been invited to go clubbing with his best friend on a ceilidh night. However, something odd is happening to his town — there just never seems to be time for anything. Buses are late; evenings disappear; no one has spare time anymore. J. J.’s mother, for her birthday, just wishes for more hours in the day, so J. J. goes out to find them for her. Can he? And where is the time going, anyway? (more…)