An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge

My dad once said to me, "You give a lot of books three stars." I do.

Skellig

Skellig - David Almond

One of my favorites from childhood and one of the only times I beat Ama to reading a book (she gave this to me on my birthday two or three years after I'd read it the first time).

 

It seemed like a different book this time around. I think I was just noticing different things (I thought the Persephone story was much earlier. It was strange reading this immediately after finishing My Name Is Mina. Rereading Skellig made me like My Name Is Mina less.

In Skellig Mina keeps talking about the builders coming to work on her grandfather's house, but in My Name Is Mina it seemed pretty clear to me that no work would be done anytime soon (the books' timelines overlap). So am I supposed to take this as a continuity error? I mean, the books were published 12 years apart, so that's definitely a possibility. But in the end it just makes Mina look (even more) unreliable and I'm not sure I like that reading of her character in Skellig. It works in her book, but not in this one.

 

For now I'm just going to pretend like the two books don't overlap which gets rid of the problem.