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Bevor die Flut kommt (The Dark Is Rising #1)

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Jane, Simon und Barney werden in die aufregende Suche nach dem Gral König Artus' verwickelt und müssen gegen die Mächte des Bösen kämpfen.
Paperback, 253 pages
Published May 1991 by Maier (first published 1965)
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) For one thing, it came out in 1965, 51 years ago. For another, it deals with classical stuff--King Arthur, quests, etc. The author uses proper grammar…moreFor one thing, it came out in 1965, 51 years ago. For another, it deals with classical stuff--King Arthur, quests, etc. The author uses proper grammar because she was born in 1935, and because up until the last 10 years or so, in order to be considered for publication (back in the days when "book" meant "paper and a hard cover") you had to be able to write grammatically correct English. (less)
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mark monday
a slight but winning intro into a phenomenal series. this opening book follows the Drew children on summer holiday in Cornwall as they hurtle breathlessly from place to place, ancient map in hand and Arthurian treasure awaiting them as they skillfully avoid the forces of evil.

this is probably my 3rd or 4th time reading this book, and this particular time found me more amused than impatient. once upon a time, a long time ago, I started this series by reading The Dark Is Rising - and Over Sea, Ove
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karen
Jul 04, 2010 karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
how great is ariel?? ariel is exactly this great:



i had never read this series, but had always wanted to. so ariel straight up mailed it to me! like santa! in june!

ariel, i have also always wanted a choker made of rubies and emeralds and sweet sweet diamonds.

while i am waiting for that,i will write a review for this book. obviously, there are going to be comparisons to that narnia series - british siblings shuttled off to a spooky house with secret passageways behind a wardrobe with an eccentric
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Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
May 25, 2016 Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten* rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten* by: Meg Hopp
4.5 stars

I have to admit I wasn't expecting a lot from this book -- I thought it would be much more geared toward the middle-grade crowd and probably fall in with the books I would've loved as a kid but if I read them now I'd be bored. But! I was happily surprised (and by surprised I mean snagged hook line and SINKER by this brilliance).

It starts out feeling very Narnia-esque; a family siblings go to stay with an eccentric uncle professor and then the kids discover a passage behind the wardrobe.
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Ben Babcock
Over Sea, Under Stone reminds me of that endless string of ’80s and ’90s movies featuring plucky groups of child protagonists outwitting bumbling adult villains. You know the ones I mean—The Goonies is probably the most famous example, but there are others. Children get into real danger and use a combination of courage and clever planning to defeat the bad guys and save the day. In this case, Simon, Jane, and Barney work together to decipher a medieval treasure map that could lead to the Grail o ...more
Nikki
It’s time for a The Dark is Rising sequence readathon again! If you wish to join, you can do so via this blog. It’s the perfect time of year to reread the books, at least the second one in particular, with the winter solstice coming up. I always try and read them around this time of year!

With that said, here goes my millionth (ish) review of Over Sea, Under Stone. I’ve noted before that it’s basically an Enid Blyton adventure/mystery story, with Arthurian trappings. This time through, I noticed
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Moraes the Bookworm
"Once upon a time... a long time ago... things that happened once perhaps but have been talked about for so long that nobody really knows. And underneath all the bits that people have added the magic swords and lamps they're all about one thing - the good hero fighting the giant or the witch or the wicked uncle. Good against bad. Good against evil."

Few thing in life are more rewarding than picking a book to read, thinking that it's going to be, at most, average, and having your expectations exce
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Nikki
Very few people [who know me at all:] are unaware that The Dark Is Rising is possibly my favourite series of books in the history of ever. Still, I haven't done a series of proper reviews for them, which is a horrible shame, and I'm going to do that this time through.

This is probably the fifteenth time I've read Over Sea, Under Stone, give or take a few times. Someone I knew recommended skipping it, since it's the most childish book in the series -- written, if I recall correctly, well before th
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Lightreads
I am on a serious childhood nostalgia bender over here. Let that be a warning to you.

This series came back to me like a bolt from the blue on a perfectly normal day last week, and I suddenly had to read it right now. But, fantastic, no problem, I thought. When I originally read these books -- and read them, and read them, and read them -- it was on cassette. The good old National Library Service for the Blind cassettes in their snap plastic cases. And the NLS has been busily digitizing the colle
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Paul
"Over Sea, Under Stone" is the first of five books in Susan Cooper's classic "The Dark is Rising" sequence. In it, three children on holiday in Cornwall stumble upon an ancient map, and quickly find themselves embroiled in a race against both time and the forces of The Dark to find an ancient treasure. Aided by their mysterious Great-Uncle Merry, Simon, Jane and Barney can only depend on themselves, as familiar faces turn out to hide menacing intent, and the sunny shores of their vacation spot c ...more
Nikki
Dec 20, 2013 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It'll surprise no one who knows me that I'm rereading this set of books at this time of year: Over Sea, Under Stone is more of a summer book, I suppose, but the one most rooted in a particular time of year is The Dark is Rising, the second book, in winter. (The runner-up would be The Grey King, set in the autumn around Samhain.) So I imagine that a few more reviews of these books will be added to my total before the end of the year...

I read Over Sea, Under Stone in one go, this time. There are s
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Barb Middleton
Aug 24, 2013 Barb Middleton rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I wanted to like this but couldn't sink my teeth into the plot or characters. Jane, Simon, and Barney, go with their parents to Cornwall to visit their Uncle Merry. The three explore the old grey house and discover an ancient map that puts them on the quest for the Holy Grail. The forces of Dark want the map too for its unlimited power and with the help of Uncle Merry it is a mad race to see who can find it first. The threesome are not sure who is good or bad and their innocent trust oftentimes ...more
David
It's been many, many years since I first read this series. It was one of my favorites as a child, so I just recently bought the boxed set to work my way through it again.

Over Sea, Under Stone is, if I recall correctly, not really part of the main series, being more of an introduction to the war between Light and Dark, with few of the characters appearing in the later books, except of course for Merriman Lyon. I remember even as a kid thinking that this was the least interesting book in the serie
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Laura
On vacation with their Great Uncle Merry three young children stumble upon an old map and suddenly they are thrust into an adventure they never could have imagined.

The beginning was a little slow getting into it and I even considered discarding it, but as I trudged along through it I found myself getting more and more intrigued. It had a feeling of The Chronicles of Narnia mixed with Nancy Drew, making it suspenseful, but fitting into the Fantasy mold. I wanted to read it because of the recent m
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Richard
This book is the first of a series. It has a weird family resemblance to the Chronicles of Narnia: some children explore a mysterious old house while on holiday by the Cornish seaside. There is even a wardrobe, albeit not one that functions as a conduit to a magical world. The book seems to start off somewhat slowly but builds up to a very tense climax near the end, as Simon, Jane and Barnabas Drew grapple with the powers of evil aided by Great-Uncle Merry and a lovable dog named Rufus.
Stephen
2.0 to 2.5 stars. A well written, original fantasy story. While written for a younger audience, it is in no ways condescending to them. First in the "Dark is Rising " sequence, this book introduces readers to the ages old battle between the Light and the Dark. Not a bad read.
Nikki
I don't know how many times I've read this book, but it's a good candidate for the argument in the Feedback forums for sorting out multiple read dates -- I must've read it at least twenty times, I suppose, and one day I'm going to run out of editions on GoodReads to shelve. Never mind.

I really have nothing new to say about this book, of course: it's comfort reading of the first order, for me. I think I used to say that as this is the most childish book of the sequence, it can be skipped, but hon
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Maree
Jan 20, 2013 Maree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great kid's book. I'm really surprised I've never read it before, actually, and now I really want to finish the series.

It's a really typical story in that the kids find a treasure map and get to it. But it's got the more serious aspect, a fight against evil, buried in the history of King Arthur and his fight. I'm also a fan of Arthurian legend, so it was neat to have that side of the story as well.

The real thing that made me like this book was that I was actually worried for them. I w
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Michelle
Oct 04, 2007 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I still can't quite believe I missed these books when I was a kid. They are so up my alley.

This is the first book in the series, which I didn't know until I'd already read the second one (The Dark is Rising). But really that's ok because this book involves an entirely different set of kids.

One of the things I like best about these books is that they stand the test of time. They don't feel particularly dated, which is really nice.

And I also like all three of the children in this book. They're sma
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
May 13, 2016 Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 12-15
Shelves: children
Three stars from the adult me. When I first read and raved about this series (or as much of it as I could find when I was in middle school--I think I never got hold of Vol 5), it would have been a solid five--or perhaps 7! I was King Arthur-mad in those days, and "fantasy fiction" was a relatively new phenomenon in my environment. The story of three siblings (and a dog) who search for the Holy Grail in Cornwall, dodging bad guys as they go, was just my drop in those days. I didn't remember anyth ...more
Diamond

My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

--Book read as part of the Dust off your Classics challenge!! Click HERE for my full post about it.

Abridged Review
So I finally finished this!!
I am so proud of myself. Not because it was an awful book, it was definitely a solidly good book.

More so because all the reading time I have had lately has been squarely devoted to grad school readings (which are immensely long and thick and critical and BLAH). So when I am done with those I am so drained that the thought of read
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Stephan Benzkofer
Sep 08, 2013 Stephan Benzkofer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book in fourth or fifth grade. It was recommended to me by a librarian at the public library, and I remember being intrigued and dismissive at the same time. I read a lot of books, I thought, I doubt this person knew about a series I didn't. Of course, I was wrong. Susan Cooper's series blew me away. I'm re-reading it now to see how it holds up and to judge whether my 10-year-old son would like it. I'm glad to report it holds up very well indeed. It's a slower, subtler fantasy ...more
Ian
Sep 30, 2009 Ian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Over Sea, Under Stone is a classic tale with an Arthurian base, showing how kid power can be better than adulthood. It also shows the relationships of the forces of good and evil, and how they can create conflict, sometimes war.
Three kids, Barney, Simon, and Jane, go on vacation with their parents to visit their mysterious Great-Uncle Merry (Professor Merriman Lyon), sometimes called “Gumerry”. Upon exploring the Grey House, their vacation residence, they find an ancient manuscript crumbling w
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Erin Reilly-Sanders
After hearing a lot about this series, I was very disappointed in how pedestrian it was. Perhaps the rest of the series is better, but this one was very formulaic and not especially exciting. Following along with C.S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, it all starts on a rainy day with a bunch of British kids bored and playing in a big house. They start their adventure by finding an attic behind a wardrobe rather than actually in it. At one point, the dark side attempts to seduce one ...more
Salla Erho
Tämä klassikkosarja on syystä tai toisesta jäänyt aikoinaan lukematta, mutta lähestyvä vinkkaus antoi kimmokkeen tarttua sarjan ensimmäiseen osaan. En joutunut pettymäään. Koska fantasian yliannostus on jatkuva uhka, pidin tässä teoksessa erityisesti siitä, että fantasiaelementit häilyvät viitteenä taustalla ja seikkailu on ihan perinteistä seikkailua luolineen ja takaa-ajokohtauksineen. Virkistävää! Sarjan seuraavat osat siirtyivät lukulistalle "jossain vaiheessa" -aikataululla.
Ashlee Willis
My 8 year old son would have given this book a higher rating I am sure. I think he must be more patient than I am. But I had trouble making it through this book for some reason. From the too-drawn-out events that happened in the story, to the maddening way the children had of foolishly doing the exact wrong thing time and again, to the author's attempt to utterly drown the readers in adverbs...I was ready for this book to be over when we were barely halfway through. That being said, it wasn't a ...more
Linda
How can you not like the search for King Arthur and Merlin? I have loved the legend since I was a teenager. (Sooooo long ago!)

The three Drew children are on a month long holiday in Cornwall. While their parents are pursuing their own interests, Gumerry (Great Uncle Merry) is keeping them entertained with stories of King Arthur and the lost grail. As the children ultimately discover, Gumerry is trying to find the grail himself, while being chased by the forces of evil, who will do anything to dis
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Roben
Sep 01, 2016 Roben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, tweens, 4th-6th
This is the first book in Susan Cooper's wonderful series The Dark is Rising. The story focuses on the adventures of three siblings - Simon, Jane, and Barnabas - who are on holiday to the coast of Cornwall. They are staying with their Great Uncle Merry (aka Gummery) in a big Gray House. One rainy day, the children go exploring and discover a wardrobe. I wonder if all books with wardrobes end up being delightful? Anyway - they don't go through this one but instead move it to reveal a secret ladde ...more
Anwen
Mar 31, 2016 Anwen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read this book so many times over the years, but every time I open it I am amazed anew at just how good the writing is. I cut my English language teeth on children's authors such as Cooper, Alexander and Garner. Of today's writers, only Gaiman and Nix have that effortless elan of fantastic writing coupled with a real depth and breadth of knowledge about their chosen subjects.

As an author, Cooper is detached, which allows the warmth of the characters themselves to shine through. This is a
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Bev
Mar 25, 2013 Bev rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first in the Dark is Rising Quintet.

Written over 50 years ago, it tells of 3 children on holiday in Cornwall with their parents and Great Uncle Merry. They discover a map and become involved in a rushed hunt against "The Dark" for the Grail.

It is a beautifully written tale for all ages and still very relevant today. It includes the myths of King Arthur and magic but does not feel like a children's book. Wonderful introduction to the set.
Ivy-Sue
Jan 03, 2016 Ivy-Sue rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I very much so disliked this book. I very rarely dislike books, but I just did not enjoy this one. I'm not going to read any of the sequels. I just am not interested enough to keep going. There were a lot of loose ends and a lot of things that could have been spiced up a bit more, meaning the language could have been more extensive or there could've been more detail in a certain area to make it stand out more if it was important. I just think this author should've thought more about what they we ...more
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Susan Cooper was born in 1935, and grew up in England's Buckinghamshire, an area that was green countryside then but has since become part of Greater London. As a child, she loved to read, as did her younger brother, who also became a writer. After attending Oxford, where she became the first woman to ever edit that university's newspap
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“Once upon a time... a long time ago... things that happened once perhaps but have been talked about for so long that nobody really knows. And underneath all the bits that people have added the magic swords and lamps they're all about one thing - the good hero fighting the giant or the witch or the wicked uncle. Good against bad. Good against evil.” 28 likes
“You remember the fairy tales you were told when you were very small - 'once upon a time...' Why do you think they always began like that?"
"Because they weren't true," Simon said promptly.
Jane said, caught up in the unreality of the high remote place, "Because perhaps they were true once, but nobody could remember them.”
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