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Book Title: The Moon of Gomrath|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 8.76 MB
v The author of the book: Alan Garner
Edition: Putnam Publishing Group
Date of issue: December 1st 1981
ISBN 13: 9780399208089
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Read full description of the books The Moon of Gomrath:What a weird and impressive little book.
This one was leaps and bounds better than The Weirdstone of Brisingamen (my review here), which was not by any means devoid of skill or interest, but compares relatively poorly to its sequel. While the same oddments still stand - where are these people, where do the dwarfs come from, how come no one else notices this stuff happening? - the truly impressive thing in this story is Garner's absolute mastery of the action scenes. Page after page is filled with his inventive capers, all tightly controlled and fingernail-bitingly gripping. I am really, really enamoured of this kind of fast, breathless storytelling. Pages flew before I realised I was hooked, and then once I did, I thoroughly enjoyed the ride.
It manages to be both weirdly magical and fantastically exciting at once, without the one ever seeming detached from the other. I think if I'd read this as a child, I may have grown up stranger than I did reading the Redwall series. I'm sad I didn't, though, as I imagine reading this as a young'un would be pretty bloody amazing.
As an adult it was only mildly less so, but I lack the ability, now, to retreat to my bedroom and devour a book whole until Mum calls that dinner is ready. Which is what this book truly needs.
Read information about the authorAlan Garner OBE (born 17 October 1934) is an English novelist who is best known for his children's fantasy novels and his retellings of traditional British folk tales. His work is firmly rooted in the landscape, history and folklore of his native county of Cheshire, North West England, being set in the region and making use of the native Cheshire dialect.
Born into a working-class family in Congleton, Cheshire, Garner grew up around the nearby town of Alderley Edge, and spent much of his youth in the wooded area known locally as 'The Edge', where he gained an early interest in the folklore of the region. Studying at Manchester Grammar School and then Oxford University, in 1957 he moved to the nearby village of Blackden, where he bought and renovated an Early Modern building known as Toad Hall. His first novel, The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, was published in 1960. A children's fantasy novel set on the Edge, it incorporated elements of local folklore in its plot and characters. Garner completed a sequel, The Moon of Gomrath (1963), but left the third book of the trilogy he had envisioned. Instead he produced a string of further fantasy novels, Elidor (1965), The Owl Service (1967) and Red Shift (1973).
Turning away from fantasy as a genre, Garner produced The Stone Book Quartet (1979), a series of four short novellas detailing a day in the life of four generations of his family. He also published a series of British folk tales which he had rewritten in a series of books entitled Alan Garner's Fairy Tales of Gold (1979), Alan Garner's Book of British Fairy Tales (1984) and A Bag of Moonshine (1986). In his subsequent novels, Strandloper (1996) and Thursbitch (2003), he continued writing tales revolving around Cheshire, although without the fantasy elements which had characterised his earlier work. In 2012, he finally published a third book in the Weirdstone trilogy.
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