Eight Days of Luke
It's summer vacation, but David's miserably stuck with his unpleasant relatives. Then a strange boy named Luke turns up, charming and fun, joking that David has released him from a prison. Or is he joking? He certainly seems to have strange powers, and control over fire...
Luke has family problems of his own, and some very dar...more
The real joy here is the slow-burning realisation of what is going on. The care with which Wynne Jones constructs the plot to ensure that the characters only appear on the appropriate "days" is only really apparent on a re-read, and the book is good enough to survive that without trouble. ...more
Nothing like an old favorite to make you feel all wrapped up in a warm hug. This book remains a delight, always.
I freaking love Norse mythology like you don't even know.
This book is perfect.
I only wish I'd known about it when I was younger; as happy as I am to know about it now, little me was also freaking in love with Norse mythology and would have enjoyed this so much. ...more
I have been looking forward to rediscovering them both - and while both were published in 1975, Ms Wynne Jones' offical fan site lists Eight Days of Luke first, so that's the order I'm rereading.
I went into the book remembering the basics - who Luke was and that it was based on Norse mythology - but the de ...more
Somehow, this goes wrong and he releases the god Loki from his underground prison instead. Luke, as he introduces himself, seems about D ...more
I'm not one for mythological stories in general, and this feels uninspired. The treasure hunt is almost an afterthought; the plot in general feels half-baked, abrupt and poorly paced. And everyone's willingness to go with the flow, to be so accepting of the ...more
"I'd be very surprised, and I'd think you were pretending at first. But when I began to believe it I'd get a doctor to make sure you really were dead."
Eight Days of Luke has a lot of the humour one finds in other of Jones' books, especially during the family quarrels. But the humour aside, I found this book to be quite average when compared to others of Jones' works. I didn't care too much about any of the characters and the fantasy element of the story was just laking. Or rather, the few part ...more
This was a fun little story about a bored and lonely child with an awful family accidently freeing some sort of mystical boy (one figures out quite early who he actually is) who tries to make his life better in return... which somehow includes arson. Just roll with it. It makes sense in context. Sort of. Someone might need to see a psychiatrist in the future.
The plot was a bit weak and I wished some things would ...more
I also loved David--I was worried he'd be somehow marked as a long-lost Norse character reclaimed during the story, and I was glad that he was allowed to remain an ordinary kid, with all the special powers of perception and daring that ordinary kids really have ...more
Appetizer: David Allard is on break from school and instead of being sent of on an educational tour, his relatives have forgotten he was supposed to come home and so he is stuck with them and their criticisms of him.
At first it seems like it will be a complete torture, but after chanting a random mix of words, a strange boy named Luke appears. Luke claims that David released him from his prison and is indebted to him. ...more
David is a fantastic character, a good-natured boy saddled with a rather terrible family. His understandable resentment of their treatment of him leads him to accidentally break Loki out of his imprisonment.
And from there the plot takes off. There are disguised Norse gods, road trips and ravens a lo ...more
Retreating to the end of the garde ...more
Original review, with very much needed original update:
UPDATE: Please note: Whilst writing this review, I felt, well, rather… bonkers.
Eight Days of Luke is just the sort of story that makes me feel quite jolly. As in, a normal setting, but you know… including something not quite as common. Which is equivalent to " ABSOLUTELY WONDEFUL! " I feel wearied for reason of not writing a dignified comma-inclusive li ...more
That is, until he meet ...more
Eight Days of Luke is just the sort of story that makes me feel quite jolly. As in, a normal setting, but you know… including something not quite as common. Which is equivalent to " ABSOLUTELY WONDEFUL! " I feel wearied for reason of not writing a dignified comma-inclusive list for a while, therefore what is a better time than now? Eight Days of Luke is stuffed full of British relatives (which have to make a book go ...more
There seemed nothing strange about Luke to begin with, except perhaps the snakes. If they were snakes -- David wasn't sure. He was just grateful for a companion as agreeable as Luke, who seemed able to twist anyone around his finger, even David's odious relatives. "Just kindle a flame and I'll be with you, " Luke said, and he always was -- which turned out to be more awkward than useful in the end....more