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Boneland by Alan Garner
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Sep 18, 2012

it was amazing
Read in September, 2012

Almost every single one of Alan Garner’s novels, bar maybe the Owl Service, pour their individual narratives into this book. If you have read Elidor you will realise he is not afraid of dark endings to tales about children. If you have read Red Shift you won’t be surprised at deep parallel times and astronomical elements being part of the mix. If all you have read is just The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and The Moon of Gomrath you really, really ought not to read this book as it is only going to upset you. If you want to keep that lighter, easier, childhood memory just stop at The Moon of Gomrath.

If however you are made of stronger stuff and want to complete the “trilogy” it is worth it but you really to arm yourself first with by, at very least, reading Red Shift, Strandloper, Thursbitch and the Stone Quartet – and it probably wouldn’t hurt either to read Elidor and Owl Service just to get accustomed to his darkening tone…
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