I though it was a great book, very poignant, emotional and most definitely a fantasy (very slight spoiler):
Originally Posted by Evil Agent
The fact that it's narrated by a dead girl who has some limited interaction with the "real" world firmly puts it in that camp for me. If it'd just been narrated by her I would agree with you and call it an interesting narrative device in a mainstream drama.
Which reminds me that I finished The Book Thief, which to me probably isn't a fantasy novel, was a bit overlong but had some nice turns of phrase. I reckon this one's destined to be a movie too. It's like My Girl with Nazis - how could it not be a blockbuster?
I'm just about finished Retribution Falls. The fact I put it down last night with about 20 pages to go tells me that it didn't quite hit the mark in terms of building tension. It's a bit like watching Pirates of the Carribean in that way - you know that in the end it's a Disney movie, and the loveable scamps will pull through (not to mention that RF also features pirates, none of whom unfortunately never say "Arrrr")