Well, I did indeed end up checking it out at a later time, along with the rest of the Dangerous Angels, and then found one of my favorites of Block's: Girl Goddess #9. I don't know why that book is so comforting to me, but at least once a year I check it out from the library, and sink into it like a familiar hug. I should probably just buy it :-) Actually, I can't seem to read any of her books just once- I've returned to them all at one point or another.
Ms. Block was at ALA this year, and I was fortunate to receive an ARC of this novel. I also got to meet her, and have her sign it.
This story is told with Block's distinct, magical, almost-dreamlike style. I feel like I'm watching a live painting when I read her (does that make any sense? Each sentence is like a written brushstroke). Dark and ethereal, Pen's journey is absolutely captivating. She and her three companions encounter giants and other obstacles, and we are swept away into their experiences.
I particularly loved all the mythological references, and Pen's guide to this new world being a copy of Homer's The Odyssey. I had fun making the connections to the epic tale- I did the same thing with O Brother, Where Art Thou?
So, I really liked this book. Beautiful, sensual and haunting, and like her other books- one I will keep returning to.
I would recommend this to those who like or are interested in Block's other books, mythology, LGBTQ protagonists, and post-apocalyptic stories.
Love in the Time of Global Warming is published by Henry Holt & Co (a divsion of Macmillan). ARC copy graciously provided by Macmillan.
Release Date: 08.27.13