Beware of Long Lankin . . .
When Cora and her little sister Mimi are sent to stay with their great-aunt in the isolated village of Bryers Guerdon, they sense immediately that they're not welcome. What they don't know is that the last time two young girls were at Guerdon Hall, their visit ended in a mysterious, violent tragedy.
Something dark and evil has haunted the village for centuries.tragedy.Something ...more
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Set in the 1950's, Long Lankin brings us to a time where WW2 was just over and poverty was very much a reality. Electricity was scarce, so were methods of communication. With this setting, we've got just a dash of di ...more
Initial Final Page Thoughts.
Um… yeah, just going to make sure my window is closed properly. And double glazed. And bolted… twice. But I can’t help feeling a tad underwhelmed but I’m blaming my immune system… Let me explain/>Initial ...more
Though the blurb used most for this truly spine-chilling tale is the one above, all the publishers and author really need to do in order to freak their audience out and interest them at the same time is is use the poem in the prologue:
"Said my lord to my lady, as he mounted his horse,...more
Beware of Long Lankin that lives in the moss.
Said my lord to my lady, as he rode away
Beware of Long Lankin, that lives in the hay.
Let the doors
Expected Publication Date: July 10, 2012
Long Lankin was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Candlewick Press.
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'Everything was all right until they came.'
When Cora and her little sister Mimi are sent to live with their Great-Aunt Ida, it is clear from the start that they are neither wanted nor welcome in her house. For the time being the children must stay with her but she immediately sends word to their father that he mus/>The/>'Everything/>Expected ...more
I have somewhat mixed feelings about Long Lankin. The mystery was good and the characters were complex. But somehow I didn't really connect with the book. Partially because I was in a hurry (I hate myself for that but I feel in the name of honesty I need to admit it) but also because the pace of the book. For me it just moved too slow. I wanted action! Fear! Monsters! Instead, it's a slow building story about a monster that has hunted generations of the Guerdon family. It preys on the y ...more
Young sisters Cora and Mimi are sent to stay with their eccentric-ass aunt who lives in an isolated village in god-knows-where. They're, of course, miserable, which isn't helped by the fact that their aunt, again, is eccentric and weird. They do befriend a couple village boys, Roger and Peter, so things aren't all that bad after a while.
But some strange shit is happening in this village of god-know ...more
The story begins with Cora and her little sister Mimi arriving in Bryers Guerdon to stay with their Aunt Ada. It soon becomes apparent that their Aunt does not wish for them to stay with her, b ...more
Says mylord to mylady as he mounted his horse,
“Beware of Long Lankin that lives in the moss.”
Says mylord to mylady as he went on his way,
“Beware of Long Lankin that lives in the hay.”
“See the doors are all bolted, see the windows all pinned,
And leave not a crack for a mouse to creep in.”
Oh, the doors were all bolted, oh, the windows were pinned,
But at a small peep in the window Long Lankin crept in.
WHAT I LIKED
The World Building
Yes, the book takes place in "our" world, or one very much like it, but it also takes place in Britain of the 1950's. The descriptions of villa/> ...more
This book's atmospheric writing only makes the creep factor in the end that much more powerful. For a long time, I was taken with the setting itself and thought it wouldn't deliver on the fear factor (because at 300 pages I was still unsure exactly what would be the scary part since I knew what was coming) but oh, those last 100 pages pulled it out. My heart definitely raced a bit.
Cora and her sister Mimi are sent to live with their great Aunt Ida while their dad takes care of so ...more
"Long Lankin" is a really good debut novel from new author Lindsey Barraclough and is based on an old traditional poem that's actually quite gruesome. However, I'll just give you a snippet...
Let the doors be all bolted and the windows all pinned,
And leave not a hole for a mouse to creep in.
The doors were all bolted and the windows all pinned,
except one little window where Long Lankin crept in.
The novel certainly keeps the atmosphere and creepine ...more
Long Lankin is a story about two sisters who are sent to their Great Aunt's to live. At first it seems like a story which is quite sad a bit of a comment on th social situation the children have found themselves to be in, in the 1950s but as the story develops it becomes so much more. It is told in first person and the person narrating chops and changes through ...more
The story is quite fascinating: while it starts very slow and gets even slower throughout the story,it never failed to hold my attention nor was it boring to me. Of course, sometimes I thought 'hurry up', because I wanted to know what would happen next. But som ...more
While I was reading it, I compared it to the Stephen King novel, It, as both books had a very similar theme. I thought that this book was better.
Why? Because it was strictly British with no boomercentric pop culture references; even though these two novels are set in the same time period. Also, we don't delve into the details of the characters lives and learn a lot of personal things that have nothing to do with the story. ...more
I've long been fascinated with the ballad of Long Lankin, although I prefer the version made popular by the folk/rock group Steeleye Span--slightly different lyrics than the ones this author uses, and to me, more chilling.
Though her plot was essentially good, the author breaks the flow and build of the story by repeating details that only needed one telling to ...more
The story begins ominously, with two sisters who are left by a friend of their dad’s to live with their aunt, Ida. From the very beginning, we think there is something strange about the whole place where they’re sent to live, with a dilapidated, abandoned church nearby th ...more
This is middle grade but REALLY scary (or at least I thought so). Perfect for those kids that say they want a really creepy read.I loved the mix of historical fiction and horror. This is bigger than a ghost or haunted house story.
The story moves between the point of view of the different characters whic ...more
Playing on childish fears that you had forgotten about - movements in the shadows, the whisper of voices in the wind, the fear of strange places and old houses with locked doors - and mixing them with the chilling eeriness of witchcraft and folk legends, Long Lankin scares you in a sub ...more
The thing that let me down most about this book was the end--it was so abrupt! I'd really have liked more a denouement so I could have a sense of what happened to all of these ...more
From its opening pages I was drawn into this atmospheric tale. Lindsey Barraclough realises the rural 1950s setting perfectly, evoking a haunting sense of timelessness once away from London into a countryside that embodies the past in its landscape and architecture as well as its lingering ghosts.
This was a story ...more
I did this as an audio book and the narrator did a good job.
Amazing storytelling and writing, truly terrifying and engaging, even if a bit slow.