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The Dark Is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper
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it was ok
bookshelves: fantasy, juvenile, fiction

After hearing a lot about this series, I was very disappointed in how pedestrian it was. Perhaps the rest of the series is better, but this one was very formulaic and not especially exciting. Following along with C.S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, it all starts on a rainy day with a bunch of British kids bored and playing in a big house. They start their adventure by finding an attic behind a wardrobe rather than actually in it. At one point, the dark side attempts to seduce one of the children but of course the kid doesn't give in. It sort of just follows a lot of the plot elements without the fantastical magical stuff and the moral dilemma that adds depth. As far as fantasy goes, the magical content is so low that it's nearly not existent, being confined to a couple mysterious occurrences such as a dog howling weirdly and a hypnotic voice. The link to Arthurian tales seems week, just some sort of excuse for a back-story and a Peggy Parish style kids mystery.
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Started Reading
December 11, 2008 – Finished Reading
August 2, 2010 – Shelved as: fiction
August 2, 2010 – Shelved as: juvenile
August 2, 2010 – Shelved as: fantasy
August 2, 2010 – Shelved

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message 1: by Liz (new) - rated it 5 stars

Liz OVER SEA, UNDER STONE is definitely the least unique, and simplistic of the series - if you have the time, try the next one, THE DARK IS RISING. It's much more mature, complicated and satisfying!

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