When twelve-year-old Garland Maddigan asks Timon and Eden where they have come from, she is overwhelmed by their answer: the future.
In a post-apocalyptic time, Garland's family's traveling circus troop, Maddigan's Fantasia, leaves the city of Solis once a year to perform and earn a living. However, this year Solis has given the Fantasia the crucial task of obtaining a ne...more
Yet out of the ashes of the old world comes Solis, the shining ...more
I love Mahy's writing, the way she evokes ideas of the supernatural while being clear that she's actually writing science fiction (mostly). She has lovely passages about the land twisting and turning in its changes, and one c ...more
Perhaps because the book is all plot, and repetitive plot at that. Perhaps because Mahy shows rather than tells everything about what her characters are supposed to be thinking and feeling. Perhaps because the main characte ...more
Come to think of it, I only finished this a few days ago and ...more
Losing a faher is a nightmareto Garland, when Yves replaced her father in the Fantasia, it gets even worse. Garland wished her father will come back, and will do anything for her father to come back. Her wish might come true when three mysterious children came and joined the Fantasia: Timon, Eden,and baby Jewel, most important,they came from the future. But they came froman important place and they are important people to their greedy Uncle,which made troule to the Fantasia and thems ...more
This was quite a frustrating book. There's a ...more
Garland Maddigan travels with her family's circus, called Maddigan's Fantasia. After her father dies in an attack by Road Rats, she meets two boys, one holding a baby, who is their sister Jewel. They are from The Future, and they have come back in time to save the w ...more
The story was there, the characters were there, the excitement and adventure were there. But these elements were never able to connect properly due to:
- the stilted, tell-y and repetitive writing;
- the long drawn out build up to, and then too-quick resolutions of, each chapter's conflict;
- and the lack of depth I was able to find with any character at all, among other thin ...more
I actually saw the TV series of this first about 5 years ago, and desparately wanted to read it. Garland is a member of a travelling group of performers in a post-apocolyptic land of strange creatures and ruins. She encounters two brothers, Timon and Eden, and their baby sister Jewel, children from the future on a quest to sa ...more
It was written as a companion to a TV series (of her creation) of the same name which I have yet to see, but which got very good reviews.
Unfortunately, this shows in the writing, which can be very telling at times. Par ...more
If you want to read the full review you can find it on http://thebookbubble.com/2016/01/holi.. ...more
The main character Garland was a bit annoying, but I remember really liking the tunnel scenes and the lake monster reminded me of the maori Taniwha which led back to my early childhood living in New Zea ...more
Not a great read for adults..... pretty cliched and basically bad writing. I was surprised that some of it got past the editor.
The story was ok - just full of holes and many scenes reminiscent of other books.
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Her books The Haunting and The Changeover: A Supernatural Romance both received the Carnegie Medal of the British Library Association. There have 100 children's boo ...more