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Fairy Tale for AdultsThis book was like a fairy tale brought to life. The dreary, boggy land of St. Hauda is very well described, and the characters feel very real. In fact, it's the developing relationship between Ida and Midas that carries the book -- Ida who is turning to glass and Midas who seems incapable of feeling. As Ida becomes literally harder, Midas finds it possible to feel her (and for her). The world of this fairy tale more "real" because of the ambiguity and lack of easy answers that mirror real-life but make it less like a children's fairy tale. I wanted to find a message in the book, and I'm not sure I did. But this fantastical world with tiny flying cattle, a creature that turns things white by looking at them, jellyfish that create light shows as they die, and Ida turning to glass was a place I kept wanting to return to.