Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Exploring culturally relevant themes and the classic doomed love of Romeo and Juliet, Strange the Dreamer is both enchanting and heart-wrenching. Two groups of very different people, living on top of each other and struggling to find ways to co-exist. The tale deals with complex emotions and both internal and external conflict. It’s both a literal journey and a metaphorical one toward acceptance of others and even more difficult, acceptance of oneself.
The moth, featured on both the book’s cover and the label of Boulevard’s The Changeling, is a perfect symbol for each of these elements – and part of the reason I’ve paired them together. The moth plays both an important physical role in the book and is likely meant to be a pretty strong literary symbol. While moths and butterflies typically symbolize transformation, moths also have a strong roots in religion and spirituality, traditionally also symbolizing intuition and in many cases death.
While I’m typically not a fan of sour ales, this one is darker in flavor and Boulevard’s own description says it best, “leading with plum and toasty malt, the flavor transmutes into a soft tartness, with notes of earthy, funky Brett and a touch of lingering caramel to create a delicate balance.” The transformative flavors and the sharp sour notes make it the perfect beer to enjoy as you feel all the sour feels in this book.
Goodreads Synoposis: The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.
What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?
The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?
Welcome to Weep.
“Good people do all the things bad people do, Lazlo. It’s just that when they do them, they call it justice.” ― Laini Taylor, Strange the Dreamer
Boulevard: The Changeling Ale
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