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The Halfmen of O (The O Trilogy #1)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  420 ratings  ·  21 reviews
When Nick Quinn goes to spend a couple of weeks on his uncle's farm at Lodestone Creek, he expects it to be like every other summer holiday. His dopey cousin Susan is more remote than ever, but swimming and exploring will make up for the lack of companionship.
But Susan is spirited off down a disused mineshaft into the world of O, and is taken prisoner by Odo Cling and the
Hardcover, 204 pages
Published June 25th 1982 by Oxford University Press
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I remember everyone raving about this book when I was in form 1 and 2, and thinking, "I should read that." Well, I finally made it, 16 years later. Aged 27, I can now say I have read another of New Zealand's classic children's novels, and I can see why everyone liked it so much.

It was published in 1982, so it was old even when my peers were reading in the mid 90s, but despite a few details that date it, it is a timeless story (as most fantasy should be).

The balance of good and evil is at stake
The Danish edition, that I read as a child, had an eerie picture of Odo Kleb (wonder if that was his name in the English original??)dressed in black, with grey face and red eyes.

When I read it the first time I was 9 years old, and I just loved it.
I've read it countless times after that.

It's the story about Nick and Susan, who come to a different world. The planet O. O has been corrupted by halfmen, who relish pain. Susan is because of the birthmark (which was placed on her as an infant)on her
Read on the recommendation of a friend, Maurice Gee writes a strong and interesting story about two cousins (Suan and Nick) who end up in the fractured, but beautiful land of O. They must face down evil Halfmen, intent on taking O and then Earth for their own, as they race to complete a mission given to Susan at birth.

Tightly-written, and featuring a strong female protagonist in an adventure story, The Halfmen of O is a great, little book. Reminiscent of Bruce Coville's Into the Land of Unicorns
Matthew Horrocks
i decided to read this book because it was suggested to me so i could cross off 'a book written by a new Zealanders' category.

this book fits into the ' a book written by a new Zealand author', i found this category interesting because it is interesting to read other styles of writing rather than you typical american or english books.

my favourite quote of the book is 'I remember slimy tasteless food. I remember grey. I remember ugliness, of the soul and of action. I remember fear.' i like this qu
The Halfmen of O is a book about to cousins, Susan Ferris and Nicholas Quinn who are kidnapped into a new world ruled by the pain loving Halfmen. The two are put strait into action and have to quickly learn how to survive in the world of O.

I really enjoyed reading this book. Maurice Gee is a New Zealand author so obviously fills up that square on the bingo board. i decided to read this because my dad had a book by Maurice Gee and he said to read this one. I liked this book because it was filled
I loved this book as a kid, and stumbled upon it again today almost by chance. I ripped through it again in about 2 hours. Although I grew up in Auckland, we had never made the trip to South Island and the place descriptions in Halfmen slipped out of my memory. Much much later, I too had "driven down the length of the North Island... crossed the strait on the ferry... driven through the Rai Valley and Nelson and over the Takaka Hill and through Golden Bay" to stay at Collingwood, and it was real ...more
i'm embracing reading some kiwi kids books as there's a whole different scope of books here... and sadly, this one while apparently quite a cult classic over here, didn't really do it for me. Boring writing style - too blunt and non-descriptive, characters that held no real depth or emotion, but the story and plot did hold enough interest for me to keep trudging through it (that and cam and i were reading it to each other at night before bed)... i wanted to like it, but in reality, i wouldn't re ...more
This hasn't aged quite as well as I'd thought. The idea of Halfmen definitely has something to it, but other than that, the plot is pretty formulaic, bits and pieces from the general pool of fantasy, laid out in a very straightforward quest, and without any particular colour to the writing. Under the Mountain (also by Gee) is much better.
I remember the whole class reading this at primary school and everyone just loved this book. I always look for it in a library and my friends and I clearly remember everything that happened in this book! It's a fantastic book and I highly recommend it! :D
Fantastic series for Young Adults aged 10-14. Really enjoyable. Unfortunately not the sort of book you can come back to after age 16 and still enjoy, but great while it lasts.

Rated based on my opinion when I was 13, which was that it rocked.
Maria M. Elmvang
It's a pretty good YA fantasy. Nothing that will blow you away, but a pleasant read for when you want some quick entertainment. The characters are well thought out, and I especially like the non-humans of O.
Found this in an op shop yesterday and it totally stands up to the test of time. So glad one of my childhood favourites is still good as an adult.
this book was sort of interesting but it not really the sort of books i like to read it started off confusing for me and ended confusing.
The first in a series of three books for kids. Maurice Gee kicks J K Rowling's butt!
It was a very good book but a little bit wearied. The bit I like is the funny bits.
This book was COOL and I liked the book and how al the charters in the book.
its a cool book,l like the part when jimmy jaspers kills the blood cat
a good book our teacher read it to us and said we couldl add it
A favourite from my childhood. A great story - I really loved it.
I thought this book was whacked, but my kids totally got into it.
It was ok I sortive like it
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