Hey all, Sam here.
Look, I’m back with another book review post. Woohoo! I’m starting to see some semblance of a post schedule developing here. Manga Monday is obviously on Monday, Wednesday is a book review, and Friday is definitely Weekend Writer post time. So then anything outside of that is just a bonus post. It could be talking about TBRs or reading wrap-ups or TV shows or Movies or Anime or D&D…I don’t know what the bonus post content will be, but I’ll try to post those when the mood strikes.
And right now is definitely a time of bonus posts, because there’s a lot I need to catch up on. So some of those bonus posts might be more reviews, so we’ll just have to see what happens together.
Anyway, much like last week, this week’s book review is from a read I was lucky enough to receive a digital galley of thanks to the publisher and NetGalley, and it is coming out very soon. Next week, in fact.
Let’s jump into it.
A young girl discovers an infinite variety of worlds in this standalone tale in the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Wayward Children series from Seanan McGuire, Lost in the Moment and Found.
Welcome to the Shop Where the Lost Things Go.
If you ever lost a sock, you’ll find it here.
If you ever wondered about favorite toy from childhood… it’s probably sitting on a shelf in the back.
And the headphones that you swore that this time you’d keep safe? You guessed it….
Antoinette has lost her father. Metaphorically. He’s not in the shop, and she’ll never see him again. But when Antsy finds herself lost (literally, this time), she finds that however many doors open for her, leaving the Shop for good might not be as simple as it sounds.
And stepping through those doors exacts a price.
Lost in the Moment and Found tells us that childhood and innocence, once lost, can never be found.
Rating: 5 stars
I guess I need to start with the fact that this book begins with somewhat of a content warning. Seanan McGuire begins with the fact that there is a scene somewhat early in the book that needed to go in the story, needed to be on the page, and it was difficult to write and it may be difficult to read. But Seanan makes sure to tell all of us readers what she believes we need to know up front…that Antsy runs, that Antsy escapes.
This book does deal with losing a parent, and it deals a bit with abuse and gaslighting and the emotional and mental abuse and trauma that goes along with that. It doesn’t get to the point of physical/sexual abuse or trauma. But considering that this sort of an encounter is one that could be triggering to someone who has been in a similar sort of situation, it is good that there is a content warning.
I feel like Seanan does a nice job of handling these sorts of situations with as much care and sensitivity as she can manage. She’s been vocal about abuses and situations she dealt with when she was growing up, so she’s aware how this can be troubling to folks. And she isn’t trying to be harmful or to handle something without care.
She actually had a Twitter thread in 2020, which she retweeted and added to in Dec 2022 about one of the future books in this Wayward Children series, a book specifically focused on Kade. Seanan speaks about how Kade’s book has to wait because people are awful and with everything trans teens are going through, having the story of a trans boy who got thrown out of fairyland for refusing to pretend to be a girl feels too raw. And she wants to avoid doing harm to others. It sucks that we live in a world where these kinds of stories can’t be told without scores of people yelling and complaining and being awful about it.
I hope we get to a point with the world where we can have Kade’s full story, because the world absolutely should have this book, and Kade deserves a book.
All this to say that I have loved this whole series, because the characters are so wonderful and diverse and real. It is actually incredible how much story and character and development and worldbuilding gets packed into 150-200 pages of story. Every book in this series that I pick up ends up being my favorite of the series…until the next one is released.
There have been so many times, quite frequently in this series, but also in some of Seanan’s other books, where I’m just blown away by the characters and by what we learn about them. In some of these characters I have felt seen in a way that very rarely happens in reality. Perhaps that’s something I should talk about at some point online. And maybe I’ll do that sooner rather than later, but it has to be at a time when I’m ready. But with the full spectrum of diverse characters that are available in the Wayward Children series, I think pretty much every reader will see themselves in parts of these characters.
Specifically with Lost in the Moment and Found we follow Antoinette AKA Antsy, and she ends up in this fascinating shop in a sort of world between worlds space, a shop where things lost and forgotten end up, at least until they are remembered and then found again. The caretakers of this shop take Antsy in and take care of her, and she helps them with the shop, because she can open Doors to other worlds, and the caretakers of the shop can then do some supply shopping and such.
But there’s more to opening Doors and visiting other places and to the shop than Antsy thinks, and as she discovers things and learns more about what’s going on, it changes things…and eventually leads her to going to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.
I’m not going to discuss any more details of the plot, because I really do try to avoid spoilers. But I’ve loved each of these books where we get to go through a Door and enter a new world. Some are dark and ominous, some are whimsical and bright, some are very strict and logical…every one feels so different. And we get to go to many places in this one, but only for a brief time, not enough to really dive into the worlds. But we do get to learn more about this fascinating Shop Where the Lost Things Go.
Seanan is currently contracted for two more books, which means the next one will be a more present day story, and then the one after that will be more of an origin story like this one is. It’s an interesting story and timeline setup, and it works for this series of portal fantasy novellas. I feel like we still have quite a few stories left to tell, so hopefully sales continue to be good enough to keep adding to the series.
I want this series to last long enough to try and reach a more accepting world, where some of these characters can finally fully tell their stories.
I love Seanan’s writing and I love collecting these stories, and I’m very excited to see what she comes up with next.
All right, this book will be released on January 10th, so not much longer to wait.
Thank you so much for stopping by, and I’ll be back soon with more geeky content.