At one point, a teacher asks what if he wrote a story in which nothing happens. A short time later, Mina, too, wonders what if there was a story where nothing interesting happens at all. Sadly, someone has written that book and, it is David Almond. Especially sad because Almond’s books are often fascinating, puzzling, bothering. And, I like Mina, as a person. She’s a gem of a kid who I’d like to know.
“Take a line for a walk.
Find out what you’re drawing when you’ve drawn it.
Take some words for a walk.
Find out what you’re writing when you’ve written it.
Take yourself for a walk.
Find out where you’re going when you get there.”
All the feathers and birds and thoughts of the Underworld do set the scene for Skellig, which was a quirky and fascinating and odd and atmospheric story. But, it was really unfair to have called My Name is Mina a prequel to Skellig.
I struggled to finish reading this book.