I believe this is one of those select fairy tales that you have to be older to appreciate. I first received this book as a child, maybe ten years old, and tried to read it. I grew bored and impatient, as most ten-year-olds are, and wrote it off as a bad book. I got to organizing my bookshelves several years later, and came across it. Having it in my mindset that I would,once again, despise it, imagine my surprise and pleasure when I found the truth. I simply...loved this book. I found myself hav...more
This is a fairy tale...the story is lovely and lyrical and SO well written. It was at times hilarious...and other times, gut-wrenchingly horrifying. The evil stepmother is taken to a whole new level in Maud Leggs and Arise Fell.
The storyline with the prince isn't very well developed, but that is...more
From the very start, this story reminded me strongly of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. Except, this story was much more entertaining, and fun, and concise. And not a single...more
Sally Gardner pulled no punches in I, Coriander. Her Cromwell-era England is harsh and full and the perfect backdrop to the very dark - and very darkly human - tale she tells. No one's life is simple or all that pretty in the book, but Coriander's is made even less so upon the arrival of her strictly religious stepmother, Maug Leggs, and Maud's...'preacher' Arise Fell. Maud is pretty damn bad...more
Periodically, the magical world t...more
Summary: set in 1650s, I,Coriander tells the tale of tragedy in during the time of Puritan England. After both her mother and father pass and leave coriander hobie is left at the mercy of her wicked stepmother. After being confined to a dresser shelf, coriander escapes to a fairy land where she is able to master skills that will help her in the future.
1) evaluation of plot
2) although I,Coriander is a complete fantasy tale full of fairies and a wondrous land, Sally Gardner stays t...more
I, Coriander is a wonderfully written story that flows very well. I was immediately mesmerised by the magical silver shoe curse that was told in part 1. However that fairy tale broke off in to a number of others. There were at least four or five little magical stories to make up the main one so it was a little bit confusing to link them together especially that some of the fairy tales were dreams and some reality.
Coriander is a little girl when the book begins and a young woman when it ends but some of those years were spent in instants when she went from one world to another. Her father is a rich merchant and her beautiful mother heals neighbors. When her mother dies suddenly both Cor...more
I had just finished reading Child from the Sea, and Children of the New Forest, so I was well informed about the British civil war, and Oliver Cromwell's reign. Because the book was written about England during that time, my m...more
The story was taken place from 1643, yeah those years are not known from their...more
The plot surrounds young Coriander Hobie, who at age six disobeys her mother and puts on a pair of silver shoes that transport her to another world. Upon returning, her mother dies, an evil step-mother appears, and her Father disappears.
Sounds like a perfect Cinderella set-up.
But it isn't! I, C...more
I was born in the year of Our Lord 1643, the only child of Thomas and Eleanor Hobie, in our great house on the River Thames in London. Of my early years I remember only happiness. That was before I knew this world had such evil in it, and that my fate was to be locked up in a chest and left to die.
This is my story. This is my life.”
And it is a wonderful story, quite beautifully told.
Coriander writes her story of life in 1650s London by candlelight, with each of her seven c...more
Its essentially a fairy story-part cinderella part the Snow Queen. A young girl grows up in an idylic family-much doted upon by her mother and father. One day she gets sent some beautiful silver shoes but her mother wo...more
By the light of seven candles, Coriander tells her story. It is a tale of silver shoes, a stuffed alligator, lost treasure and fairies; for Cor...more
The main events are set in England during the Civil War and the reign of Cromwell and the times do strongly influence the events and especially the li...more
The main plot of the story is that Coriander has to defeat her wicked step-grandmother by finding her mother's shadow. But Coriander knows nothing about the fairy world that her mother came from. The "real world" side of the story is set in Puritan England. I enjoyed the setting of both worlds as they shifted from the h...more
In the closing sections of the book though the climax seemed rather rushed, the last section felt like an overlong epilogue and the plot seemed to tie up a little too neatly.
I particularly like Gardner's emotive and perfectly fitting d...more
As for the story itself, I loved how Sally Gardner mixed history in with fantasy; the plainess of the 'Cromwell years' together with the... well, extravegance of the fantasy kingdom was a...more