Strange the Dreamer

Strange the Dreamer

Book - 2017
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In the aftermath of a war between gods and men, a hero, a librarian, and a girl must battle the fantastical elements of a mysterious city stripped of its name.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2017
ISBN: 9780316341684
Branch Call Number: YF Tayl
Characteristics: 536 pages ; 24 cm


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Feb 26, 2021

A story that gives the word magic a new meaning, Laini Taylor's Strange the Dreamer is a truly enchanting novel. Lazlo Strange is an orphan and librarian with an unusual fascination with the mystical city of Weep most believe to be a myth. He lives and breathes fairytales, dedicating all his free time to uncovering the mysteries of the tale. Then he stumbles into the chance of a lifetime, to journey to long-lost Weep and walk its ancient streets for himself. The answers to all his questions seem to lie in the mystical city, but Weep has its own secrets waiting to be revealed. Taylor's prose is lyrical and delicate, yet raw and filled with emotion. The world she creates is wild and whimsical, written with the type of intricacy that allows the reader not only to paint a picture in their head, but experience it for themselves. Though her writing is entrancing, the main conflict and plot of the novel moved at a relatively slow pace with sometimes excessive detail in scenes. Despite this flaw, I was enraptured by Strange the Dreamer and would high recommend it!

VaughanPLKatherine Jan 18, 2021

As someone who does not often read YA, let alone YA fantasies, I was surprised at my ability to engage with this novel. I really enjoyed this authors writing style, and the world building was not super intense, but still descriptive.

There is a bit of insta love in this novel, but I didn't mind it because it wasn't a huge chunk of the story. I loved the protagonist Lazlo, and I am interested to see his development in the second novel.

Nov 04, 2020

Strange the Dreamer
By Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer is about an orphan who becomes a junior librarian and discovers this place called Weep. Eventually, he journeys half the world to get there. In all honesty, Strange the Dreamer reminded me why I loved to read. It was so enrapturing from the start to the end and I was absolutely in love with the writing. Laini Taylor really has a way with words. I think her writing is gorgeous and I really cannot find any faults in the story at the moment. Please, consider this as a book to read. I didn't want to give much detail because I don't want to ruin any experience you may have. My summary isn't great, but you should definitely read this.

LPL_KimberlyL Sep 16, 2020

This book totally took me by surprise! I didn't expect to love it as much as I did, but the world-building, characters, and mythology were all so incredibly lush and intriguing, I couldn't help myself! Lazlo is one of the most delightful characters I've discovered within the pages of a book, and one I will happily revisit at a later time. A unique story, and one I highly recommend!

Jul 25, 2020

Another fine effort by Taylor, Although I didn't enjoy it as much as the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, I would still highly recommend it. Intelligent fantasy, labelled as a Teen read, but perfect for all the dreamers out there. Definitely will check out the further adventures of Lazlo Strange.

Apr 02, 2020

Laini Taylor's Strange the Dreamer follows Lazlo Strange as he is thrust from his life as a Librarian to become an adventurer, traveling to the city of his dreams Weep. This high paced fantasy novel contains complex characters and settings that are dripping in detail. Taylor's descriptions are vivid in nature, and compelling in style, urging the reader to finish the book in a single sitting. The magical systems and settings are unlike other popular Young Adult Fiction, providing an exciting reprieve. The characters, specifically Lazlo, are complex and creative, each with their own development, morphing with each dramatic and fantastical event. The entire story follows unexpected twists and turns to end in a suspenseful ending that highly encourages pursuing the second book. Strange the Dreamer is a perfect read for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Cassandra Clare and Leigh Bardugo!

Mar 28, 2020

Lazlo Strange, Junior Librarian at the Great Library of Zosma, raised as an orphan in a monastery, has always dreamed of the mysterious city of Weep, which has had no contact with the outside world for 200 years. When Eril Fane the Godslayer, liberator of Weep, arrives unexpectedly in Zosma looking for help fixing the city's problems, Lazlo becomes his secretary and finds himself thrust into the world he has always imagined. After a strange blue girl named Sarai infiltrates his dreams, Lazlo finds unexpectedly that he is the key to saving Weep.

In the spirit of CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien, Taylor has created a vivid, fantastical world full of deep, colorful characters. She explores powerful emotions, the power and consequences of love and hate, and the depths of the human psyche. Beautifully written and incredibly powerful, this book pulls you in and holds your attention for all of its considerable length. The cliffhanger ending will leave you eagerly looking forward to the sequel!

Jul 20, 2019

The first half of this book really gripped me. Unfortunately the typical YA love story snuck its way in just as I began to believe that I would be free of it for this story. It took away from the rest of the plot in my opinion. I came to love Lazlo, and Sarai, and many of the other characters, and I was very interested to see where thing were headed, but when the focus of the book turned to the love story I realized that Taylor did not have a new and exciting ending in mind. Just a strong beginning with a typical Hero's Journey ending.

kelly_williams Jul 20, 2019

I read this book because it was on the finalist list of YALSA's top ten. I fell in love with Laini Taylor's writing style almost immediately; I was drawn to her characters as if they were my own flesh and blood. I streaked through this book as fast as my eyes could take me, and was left dreaming for more. The sequel, Muse of Nightmares, is equally good, and I absolutely must recommend that you read them both consecutively.

ArapahoeTiegan Jul 08, 2019

What a beautiful world Laini Taylor has created in this novel! I could not get enough - every description was so vivid I just had to keep devouring it. I seriously could almost see everything described as if I was also able to walk through Lazlo's dreams.

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Dec 04, 2019

“I think you’re a fairy tale. I think you’re magical, and brave, and exquisite. And... I hope you’ll let me be in your story.”

Oct 18, 2018

His books were not his dream. Moreover, he had tucked his dream into their pages like a bookmark, and been content to leave it there for too long. The fact was: Nothing he might ever do or read or find inside the Great Library of Zosma was going to bring him one step closer to Weep. Only a journey would do that.

JCLChrisK Dec 29, 2017

One can't be irredeemable who shows reverence for books.

AshleyF2008 Jul 17, 2017

"One looked at him and thought 'Here is a great man, and also a good one,' though few men are ever both." -pg 69


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