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A forest of enchanting dreams trapped between life and deathCatherine Fisher has combined a fascinating exploration of myth with a modern uest for understanding Where is the land of the imagination? And if we found our way there would we ever want to come back Sibling rivalry an

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It's been three months since Rob's younger sister Chloe fell into a coma after a riding accident and his life is in disarray Rob's parents spend most of their time at his sister's bedside and his best friend is afraid to talk to Rob about Chloe To distract hims When I first start Artemisia Gentileschi younger sister Chloe fell into a coma after a riding accident and his life is in disarray Rob's parents spend most of their time at his sister's bedside and his best friend is afraid to talk to Rob about Chloe To distract hims When I first start

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Elf Rob takes a job working at a secret archaeological site where workers have uncovered a mystical ring of black timbers At its center an ancient tree is buried upside down in the earth a tree with the power to transport Rob to the Unworld where Chloe lives in Not after all my f


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  1. says:

    When I first started reading this book I had some problems with the mystical dreamy roundabout way it was written As I got deeper into the story I had some problems with the foundational premise of the plot By the end of the book I really liked it thoughThis book tells the story of Rob a boy whose sister is in a coma due to an accident Rob's family of course has difficulty dealing with this situation From there the story intertwines bits of Welsh mythology and pieces of modern psychology as well as a bit of adventure and intrigue to make an interesting story with the deep theme of personal responsibility I especially enjoyed the book's emphasis on the importance and power of words which I agree with and the tie in's with Welsh mythology which I have found in a lot of the books that I have read recently


  2. says:

    Okay For than half of this book I couldn't stand it I was like okay let me read this uick and get it over with because I cannot wait for it to be done It was boring it was too descriptive with all the trees and the plants and I was just plain bored But then all of a sudden towards the last half of the book it picked up like you have no idea And my eyes were glued to the pages I then wanted to read it fast because I was dying to know what happened I didn't put it down until the end I am very happy I stuck with this book It was super hard to get into but it was SO worth it and it had a wonderful meaning to it It was just beautiful Not to mention Catherine Fisher's depiction of the Unworld was truly amazing If you are into mythology and fantasy books please give this one a chance


  3. says:

    When I first looked at the back cover of this edition I sort of sneered at the review from the Sunday Times London Catherine Fisher is a writer of rare talent Talk about a bland one liner that says nothing Yet here I am trying to write a review about a book that is was so absorbing and yet so hazy and hard to describe One thing I can say with certainty is how much I love the way Fisher excels at meshing the world around us with the world of imagination and myth Truly she is a magician of words If you like Patricia McKillip you would probably enjoy Catherine Fisher


  4. says:

    Most mentally internal adventures are disappointing but this tale had internal coherence


  5. says:

    Not after all my favorite book by Catherine Fisher but there is much to admire here as there is in all her books 17 year old Rob lives in Avebury a place often swarming with archaeologists and new age hippie types He encounters both one fateful August The archaeologist Clare has uncovered a wooden henge which consists of a single tree buried upside down The druid Vetch seems to think the henge is connected to Rob's little sister Chole who is lying in the hospital in a coma He also seems to think that he can cure her Could he possibly be right? Rob is desperate enough to try to find outThere were several things I loved in this book It's psychologically honest and spiritually open As Rob and Chloe explore the henge they are also exploring those emotions and their relationship I loved both Vetch and Mac the Catholic priest who is a family friend and Rob's godfather But this is an awfully creepy book And I'm not entirely sure I got ClareCeridwen It was still worth reading and rereading and if you like fantasies about real people with real emotions you may well enjoy it


  6. says:

    35 stars Good but lacking something I'm not sure what that would make it as good as I thought it would be after reading the first few chapters The characters are definitely lacking they don't feel either real or sympathetic to me but so is something at the heart of the book It's heavily based on Welsh mythology which is very much my bag and has some very fine moments but somehow they just don't add up to a really good book


  7. says:

    Moved a little slow and was a bit predictable However the imaginary world of the Unworld was interesting and reminded me a little of the movie Inception how you moved through different caers Definitely thought provoking about what people in comas might be experiencing


  8. says:

    Sibling rivalry and Celtic mythology mix in this YA novel Dueling Librarians reviewed for May 2015


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  10. says:

    Welsh to the Core which may be a problem for someI sympathize with those who were confused or lost by this book I appreciate those who were willing to just go with the flow and enjoy the words and the mood A suggestion is in orderIf you really want to enjoy this book you have to start with the tale of Taliesin and Ceridwen Taliesin is the great poet of ancient Wales and most great Welsh story myths begin and end with him and the Mabinogion written or compiled around the 1350's and the oldest popularly available compendium of medieval and iron age Welsh myth and poetry some of which dates to the 900's Not to be a wise guy but if you just look up Taliesin in Wikipedia you will find an excellent summary of the Ceridwen story That will illuminate many of the story lines in this book Taliesin actually his alter ego Gwion Bach stole the three drops from the magic cauldron before Ceridwen could receive them and so he received wisdom enchantment magic and divination Then all too soon he heard her fury and the sound of her pursuit He turned himself into a hare on the land and she became a greyhound He turned himself into a fish and jumped into a river she then turned into an otter He turned into a bird in the air and in response she became a hawk See Darkhenge is starting to make sense and we can start following TaliesinVetch and CeridwenClare and so onThe other thing going on is this Almost all of the stories in the Mabinogion the Red Book the White Book and so on are fragments You can read them over and over; you can read them in the original Welsh but they don't have traditional beginnings and middles and ends They aren't internally consistent They have a non linear confusing pasted together feeling Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and enjoy the feel of the story That's why you have reviewers complaining of the same sort of thing with this book That episodic ambiguous vaguely confused feeling arises naturally from the underlying materialThis isn't like turning Romeo and Juliet into West Side Story Your source material is just mismatched pieces That's why people can make books and movies about Arthur that are all over the place the Arthur stories are all over the place And having a character named Merlin isn't enough This is always a problem with modernizing and redoing the Welsh tales There have been some notable successes Susan Cooper's Dark Is Rising seuence Jenny Nimmo's Magician Trilogy some parts of Lloyd Alexander's books Alan Garner's The Owl Service and a host of lesser effortsIn that light this book does a remarkably good job of staying close to the Ceridwen story and emulating the mood and story telling thrust of the originals while bringing the story up to date for modern sensibilities By the way all of the tree bits come from The Battle of the Trees an epic Welsh poem about a mighty battle that sets out the bravery courage strength and weaknesses of all the different types of trees that participated It is a genuine masterpiece and a delight to see how it was used hereSo if you give up linear thinking for a while embrace the idea of an ambiguous and episodic plot and abandon closure in favor of inspiration you may very well really really enjoy this book Da darllen Good read


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