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Brunt Boggart: A Tapestry of Tales

3.21  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  12 reviews

A unique and very English novel composed of a cycle of beautiful and mysterious fantasy folk tales which combine to tell an unforgettable story


'A rich, primordial dreamtime... A wonderful excavation of the story traditions that our ancestors huddled around for warmth... highly recommended'
Alan Moore, author of Watchmen

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Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published September 27th 2018 by Pushkin Children's Books (first published 2015)
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Expect the unexpected is how I would rate this book if I wasn't expected to rate in stars.

This was a strange and surreal collection of fantastical tales woven in English but at times I felt that I was reading in tongues. I'm not quite sure my review can do it justice but I'll try but honestly I believe it'll be a much better service if you read this yourself. The Brunt Boggart is a different book than what I usually read and by that I mean it's a collection of vast landscapes, dreams, and
Erin Britton
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once upon a time there was a village. It wasn’t a big village, nor was it a small village. It wasn’t an important village, but then again, in the grand scheme of things, it wasn’t an unimportant village either. In fact, it was a decidedly middling village known as Brunt Boggart. As for the residents of the village, they were something very special indeed. For Brunt Boggart was a place where stories were born, where myth mixed with reality, where a distinctly uncanny atmosphere hung in the air. ...more
Anna Tan
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review-copy, e-books
Brunt Boggart: A Tapestry of Tales is a collection of brand new folk tales. From the (imaginary) village of Brunt Boggart to the (equally imaginary) town of Arleccra, Greygoose brings you down the Peddlar Man’s track, one that twists and turns, slithers and jumps through space and time. It’s an ambitious undertaking.

And it starts off well. I fall into this quaint English village with whispered superstitions, chanted verses, and secret songs. I am enchanted by the Wolfboy who gives up the woods
Chances are you'll have hardly read anything like this extended collection of linked short stories. In a storyteller's idyll of fairy folk, we see the inhabitants of Brunt Boggart, with their otherworldly names and otherworldly habits. The thread of the book shifts focus from the boys-who-would-be-men thinking their homes are under assault from a wolf, only to find it's a foundling, to a burgeoning relationship as two of the village youngsters pair up and face their adult initiation rites, and ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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2.5 stars - Unfortunately, this one didn't really do it for me.

It sounded so cool: "a magical tapestry of folk tales, woven together to build a world that is as strange yet familiar as a half-remembered dream." But it felt like the book was trying to do too many things at once. There was supposed to be one overarching storyline throughout the separate stories, but that storyline never really got off the ground and didn't have any conclusion either - it felt a little half-hearted. There were a
Jason Muckley
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Brunt Boggart" by David Greygoose was a fascinating collection of short stories geared to the middle school aged and young adults. It contains many exciting animal tales in a genre similar to "The Green Ember" and the "Mrs. Frisby and The Rats of Nimh." It is a lengthy book that one could take their time reading through each story one by one.

There is so much content in this book it should delight young readers for a good amount of time as they work their way through the tales. It was a great
Also Alice
Not for me, this one. This was not quite what I was expecting and as a result I didn't really it enjoy it much. The writing is heavily stylised, repetitious and undoubtedly quite poetic. It's also very atmospheric might lend itself for reading on long dark winter nights. However I found the stylised language distracting which in turn made it hard for me to work out who the characters were and what was going on. The narrative structure is clever but again, so clever that it bogged me down in ...more
Joey Susan
Thank you so much to Pushkin Press for sending me a review copy through NetGalley of Brunt Boggart by David Greygoose.

This book was very creative in the way it was created and written, creating a multiplayer of folk tales set in one place. I can totally see people loving and enjoying the tales told within this book. It had so much thought and depth into it creating this whole world that has lots of stories to tell.

For me though I wasn’t able to get into the book, and couldn’t enjoy it
Earc from netgalley.

I couldn't really get engaged in this one, and it seemed to go on for a very very long time as it was almost 500 pages. Some of the individual stories were interesting, but most were kind of flat.
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, edelweiss
An amazing collection of stories I loved. Great storytelling and lovely style of writing.
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A strange book, but enjoyable book.
Weaving together different stories to form the Other-World in which Brunt Boggart inhabits. It's like those darker fairy stories you remember from your childhood- that don't always end happily ever after.
Bear with this book- it's a rewarding read.
This is an exceptional book, a truly original and startling 'tapestry of stories' set in three distinct sections. Greygoose's prose is unique, with more than a passing nod to Dylan Thomas' 'Under Milk Wood', with lavish use of self fashioned adjectives. All manner of strange and wonderful characters clutter the twilit pages, glimmering in the dark world of Brunt Boggart.

Strange and clandestine folkloric rites are practised in the fields, odd characters slip and scuttle between chapter and page.
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