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Book Title: Once Upon a Summer Day|
Format files: PDF
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v The author of the book: Dennis L. McKiernan
Date of issue: April 4th 2006
ISBN 13: 9780451460318
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Read full description of the books Once Upon a Summer Day:Once Upon a Summer Day is a continuation of an epic story arc where four royal siblings are responsible for enchanted forests reflective of each major season. In spite of the title, Once Upon a Summer Day is the story of the “winter lord,” Lord Borel. In a reasonably interesting alchemy of fairy tale references with the author’s own rather minor twists, the “winter lord” treks off to rescue a princess. The story has more meat than the Mario/Zelda storyline I just typed, but the bulk of it is relatively predictable. One is certain that dreams and reality are going to be linked in some obvious way and one is certain that the retelling of fairy tales as legend will reflect what the protagonist has done.
Since there are so few surprises in this novel, my review will have to be brief lest I vary even further into the land of spoilers beyond the boundary of social acceptability than I did in the last sentence of the previous paragraph. I can say that the book reads more swiftly than I expected when I realized it was intended to be part of an epoch and that I appreciate very much that the author kept the point of view very keenly from the perspective of the “winter lord.” I also rather enjoyed the anti-Jiminy Cricket nature of the field sprite who accompanied Lord Borel throughout much of the journey.
My favorite line in this novel was an exchange between Borel and the astral presence of the princess he needed to rescue. They were in the Autumnwood, his sibling’s demesne, when she asked:
“’Then nothing changes in the Autumnwood? All things plucked replaced?’ Borel nodded. ‘How sad,’ said Chelle, ‘Wonderful, but in the end quite sad.’” (p. 122) Even though its appeal to the necessity of different times for different purposes wasn’t entirely original (aka Ecclesiastes 3?), I thought its usage here was clever.
Once Upon a Summer Day doesn’t quite have the explicit action, truly insidious magic and subterfuge, or depth of characterization that I enjoy, but it was a pleasant adventure to read. It would certainly make a terrific counterpoint to those who are gorged with the atrocities in books by George R. R. Martin and David Gemmell.
Read information about the authorMcKiernan was born in Moberly, Missouri, where he lived until he served the U.S. Air Force for four years, stationed within US territory during the Korean War. After military service, he attended the University of Missouri and received a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1958 and an M.S. in the same field from Duke University in 1964. He worked as an engineer at AT&T, initially at Western Electric but soon at Bell Laboratories, from 1958 until 1989. In 1989, after early retirement from engineering, McKiernan began writing on a full-time basis.
In 1977, while riding his motorcycle, McKiernan was hit by a car which had crossed the center-line, and was confined to a bed, first in traction and then in a hip spica cast, for many months. During his recuperation, he boldly began a sequel to J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. The publisher Doubleday showed an interest in his work and tried to obtain authorization from Tolkien's estate but was denied. Doubleday then asked McKiernan to rewrite his story, placing the characters in a different fictitious world, and also to write a prequel supporting it. The prequel, of necessity, resembles The Lord of the Rings; the decision of Doubleday to issue the work as a trilogy increased that resemblance; and some critics have seen McKiernan as simply imitating Tolkien's epic work. McKiernan has subsequently developed stories in the series that followed along a story line different from those that plausibly could have been taken by Tolkien.
McKiernan's Faery Series expands tales draw from Andrew Lang's Fairy Books, additionally tying the selected tales together with a larger plot.
McKiernan currently lives in Tucson, Arizona.
(Biography taken from Wikipedia)
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