Review: My Name is Mina

My Name is Mina
My Name is Mina by David Almond
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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.

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