Things have not gone well for Colin and Susan since they set about seeing off encroaching forces of evil, first in Alan Garner’s The Weirdstone. Boneland has ratings and reviews. Neil said: Over 50 years ago Alan Garner wrote The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and its sequel, The Moon of Gomra . Boneland by Alan Garner. Boneland book cover. logo Amazon. com logo. Rating / Okay, this is it, the book that I have been waiting thirty.

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This book is much darker and mu So exciting to come across Garnfr Garner again! He has a bad conscience about wasting his employers’ time on this personal project, and so at one point alah resigns, but his resignation is not accepted. I hope that he has many more books in him and that he doesn’t succumb to customer demand.

Or none of the above. I opened Boneland’s covers as hungrily as the child I once was.

And the price and the length of the book are irrelevant if what’s in it is infinite and beyond price. The children encounter elves and dwarfs, goblins and killer cats, battle the evil shape-shifting Morrigan, and make their way through a patchwork of mythic events and battles, culminating, at the end of The Moon of Gomrath, with a Garnfr Hunter and his men riding their horses to meet the nine sisters of the Pleiades, leaving Susan, who needed to be with them, behind, wanting to go the stars, and Colin only to watch.

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But as imaginative literature reclaims the territories forbidden it by realism, and moves back from Elfland towards the outskirts of Manchester, it treads on risky ground. Dec 03, Mike Clarke rated it really liked it.

You are not to go! After reading Simon Armitage’s translation of Gawain and the Green Knight with facing original text I found so many more allusions than I had seen the first time round – whole phrases lifted from it pearl to a white pea, the description of hills with hats of mist, “I’m the governor of this gang” or ideas taken from it Colin’s scar on his neck that he associates with shame, his green and gold hood, the order of animals the prehistoric man hunts deer then boar then foxMeg lopping holly.

His preoccupations are admirable: Colin is both severely disturbed radio-astronomer and the man chosen from his generation to “look after the Edge” — and how to reconcile these roles in a character in a modern novel?


The wizard, the scientist, the poet, shading into one another.

Boneland takes place in the same landscape as the earlier Alderley books, but it is no longer the haunt of elves, dwarves and wizards. My personal opinion of Boneland is that it’s a masterpiece, but what is more interesting is that nothing of Garner’s before has caused such a debate, which shows no sign of diminishing, and that’s saying a lot.

Thank goodness for Alan Garner and his editor. Alan Garner is a poet as much as a novelist and Boneland is a poem. Meg and Colin start exploring his past, a place that Colin has no memory of except for flashbacks. I wanted to like this book more than I did. Perhaps a thing that could be thought to have a multitude of meaning, then, gained strength and importance from the ambiguities.

Against what one imagines must have been all his intentions, all he succeeds in doing is infecting his reader with the very evisceration of faith that he bemoans: Is the all-wise, wise-cracking, motorcycle-riding psychoanalyst the Witch-Crone or the Moon Mother?

Despite being children’s books the magic and the stakes always felt to me, as they did with Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising series, as if they were extremely serious – regardless of the presence of child protagonists and, well, noble wizards and evil witches.

Boneland (Tales of Alderley, #3) by Alan Garner

I also felt that Garner flung in every tradition he could think of in a messy mix. I understand where Garner is taking it. That’s a literary trope I recall only seeing once before, in Sophie’s World by [author Hostein Gaarder] Row, row, row your boar Gently down the stream.

These sections of the book are told in a charged, elliptical, symbolic, highly concrete language: Garener’s prose, beautiful and bleak and utter compelling, is evident again here but this- I should warn you- is not a book for children. Colin is searching for his sister and his sanity, but the wellbeing of the world is also at stake.

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I am left wondering why people do not let sleeping dogs lie. There are passages of considerable power in the book, lines with a spare beauty about them. In those books twelve-year-old Colin and Susan go to stay on a farm near Alderley Edge in Cheshire, England, and bonelxnd that the Edge is haunted by all kinds of strange creatures, malicious goblins, suspicious fairies and elves and the like, and there is a strange woman, a witch, who se It is almost impossible to say anything about this book without spoilers, so I hope that anyone who reads this has already read the book.

We assume as we grow that bonelnad put magic aside and sigh and set our shoulders and stride in the grey light of adulthood, and that fantasy and adventure and romance are now cheap escape routes from the grey. Tales of Alderley 3 books.


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I think Euan and Amanda’s remarks in particular were very interesting, though they all are. Colin can find no trace of her in the phone book, and the house where he went for his therapy sessions has been unoccupied for years.

One Word Kill Mark Lawrence 9. In the first two books, Susan was connected to magic far more than Colin, through the gift of the Mark of Fohla from Angharad, and at the end of Gomrath is left behind by The Daughters of the Moon. That part of the book is written in the present day. That said, he’s bonelqnd a special artist in the medium of the English language.

There is no hint of this at all in the book and it makes even the ‘real’ parts of the work seem unreal to me bonelanr Join my 3-emails-a-year mailing list prizes. In many areas, it is down to the reader to draw their own conclusions, which will be unsatisfying to those who like things a little more cut and dried.

It feels like a capstone to a career that has taken him, as a writer, to remarkable places, and returned him to the same place he started, to the landscape of Alderley Edge bojeland to the sleepers under the hill. Yes, I am confused and I really would like to know what happened to Susan! He brandishes no ego, nor does he give a moment’s thought for reader or market. Sep 23, Pault rated it it garmer ok. I see Neil Gaiman laud it and damnation I want to be as cool as he is and ‘get’ this book.

Boneland is inconclusive about many things, in bonwland best way. Thank you for your kind comments.

After all this time I finally get to find out what happened to Colin and Susan, Cadellin Silverbrow, Fenodyree the dwarf and the evil Morrigan. It was horribly disappointing, not matching up at all to the landscape in my head. It is almost impossible to say anything about this book without spoilers, so I hope that anyone who reads this has already read the book.