“Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.” -Hans Christian Andersen
I purchased A Housefly in Autumn by Scott Nagele last year because, during my two years in Lansing, the author was one of my managers at Barnes & Noble. Thanks to the powers of Facebook I was able to reconnect with some of my old co-workers and found out that Scott had written a few books, so I bought his latest when it came out and finally got around to reading it. I only wish it hadn’t taken me so long.
What it’s about- Anders, a young man living in early 1800’s Europe, is brimming with talent and bravery. His bravery will come at the expense of his talent and in the blink of an eye, or a crack of the ice, his life will never be the same.
What did I learn- I like fairy tales! I have always been interested in some of the current day reworkings of classics, but this one is all new. It feels like a fairy tale and there are fairy tales in it but this is not based on a previous classic. And I learned that I really knew nothing of author Hans Christian Andersen. Not that this book is about him, everything I learned was from Wikipedia after I finished, but still.
Who would love it- I’ve gotta say that I would recommend this to anyone who has a son to read it with. That’s not to say everyone won’t enjoy it (I loved it) but I’m looking forward to reading it with G. There are great life lessons here and everyone will fall in love with Anders.
For a more detailed review check my blog here.
Scott also writes a very fun fatherhood blog, Snoozing on the Sofa, that is guaranteed to make you smile and maybe even laugh out loud. He’s got three young boys, so lots of material.
Two days, two books. I’m right on track!