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A Tangle in Slops (Western Lights #6)

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When Ada Henslowe found herself called to distant Plumley, in Slopshire, to help her little orphaned cousin Mary Trefoil, she had no inkling of the strange adventures that were to follow. For Mary, whose mother had died in giving birth to her, and whose father Magnus, the master of Orkney Farm, had been slain by a wild beast of the marshes, was herself threatened now by ...more
Paperback, 365 pages
Published March 2nd 2011 by Gresham & Doyle
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Terence
Jan 05, 2012 Terence rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
There’s no better way to introduce a novice to the setting of Jeffrey Barlough’s Western Lights series than to quote liberally from the “About the Series” section at the end of the book:

Imagine a world in which the last Ice Age never ended.

With much of her territory locked up with ice, medieval England was forced to seek a more habitable clime for her growing population. From every port, merchant-adventurers in their tall ships set sail to scour the earth for a new home. Amongst the places they
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Apr 20, 2013 SmokingMirror rated it liked it
I was led to believe that the "Western Lights" series would be a kind of Lovecraft meets Dickens mashup. Instead, I saw the book as Anthony Trollope--to be prefered in tone to Dickens, in my view--crossed with pleistocene Godzilla-style attacks. There is also a fairy tale magic aspect, and as an addendum, strangely yet wonderfully, a Beatrix Potter pastiche. The enjoyment lies in the way the story unfolds, and less in what unfolds.
I dislike the star rating system, because I would certainly reco
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Rob
Nov 27, 2013 Rob rated it it was amazing
Another excellent volume in the Western Lights series. This tale was more of a pleasant storybook tale, unlike the other three volumes I've read so far. This story, while again having a cast of lovable characters, did not have as 'dark' an aspect as the other three books I have.

Barlough is definitely a must read for anyone who loves a somewhat Dickensian tale. I'm not sure I can completely agree with the Lovecraftian reference (at least with regard to this book) but I can see some other volumes.
Gloria
Jul 15, 2013 Gloria rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was very entertaining as are all of Mr. Barlough's books. It is always enjoyable to read his works as they are most thoroughly thought out. Thank you for another wonderful book. I'm now reading "What I found at Hoole", and from the beginning, I know I'm in for quite a treat!
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Author, veterinarian and research scientist, Author Jeffrey E. Barlough has been publishing scientific journal articles, novels, and non-fiction books on a variety of subjects since the 1970's.
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Other Books in the Series

Western Lights (10 books)
  • Dark Sleeper (Western Lights, #1)
  • The House in the High Wood: A Story of Old Talbotshire (Western Lights, #2)
  • Strange Cargo (Western Lights, #3)
  • Bertram of Butter Cross (Western Lights, #4)
  • Anchorwick (Western Lights, #5)
  • What I Found at Hoole (Western Lights, #7)
  • The Cobbler of Ridingham (Western Lights, #8)
  • Where The Time Goes (Western Lights, #9)
  • The Thing in the Close (Western Lights, #10)

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