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The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner
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Aug 24, 2010

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I started this book because I knew it had a place in the history of children's fantasy literature. I got about 80 pages into the book, then gave up and skimmed the rest. I think that, as a child, I might have enjoyed it, but it's not the kind of children's literature that stands up to an adult read. Much of the plot seemed derivative, and the characters are utterly flat. Susan, the girl, was particularly annoying - always weaker and more squeamish than her brother, always first to run away or cry.

On the plus side, I found the dialect charming and probably realistic. The writing was tight and competent. The story was just too predictable and simplistic for an adult fan of the genre.
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