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Elidor by Alan Garner
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Apr 24, 2012

really liked it
Recommended for: children,fantasy,parallel worlds,alan garner
Read from April 17 to 24, 2012 , read count: 1

When I was younger, I very much enjoyed watching the BBC's adaptation of this book, Elidor, on TV. So have always had this book marked as one to read at some point; it took a couple of decades, but now I have. The book follows a family of four children, who accidentally get caught up in the salvation of a parallel world, Elidor. There are four treasures that must be kept safe to keep Elidor alive, but the worlds are thinly veiled from each other in places and the darkness of Elidor threatens to break through in to our world.

Watching a TV or Film adaptation before reading a book is rarely, if ever, a good idea, as it hampers your imagination by giving you rigid views of the characters, the places, and the atmosphere. I found that quite significant in this story, as it really relies on creating the right mood. People who have not seen the adaptation (which is very good), may have a better experience of the book for it.

Alan Garner's books always tear along at a fabulous pace, he is very good at sustaining tension and building to a crescendo. The only problem I tend to have with them is that they always end very suddenly, usually at the end of the sentence where you know the outcome, no clean up. It's a small point that detracts from what are otherwise excellent stories. I thought this story was not as strong as The Weirdstone of Brisingamen or its sequel, The Moon of Gomrath, but was well worth reading nevertheless.

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