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Return To The Stones [Kindle Edition]

Jeremy Burnham
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The long-awaited sequel to 'Children of the Stones'.
Thirty years later, Matthew Brake, now an astrophysicist, father and recently divorced, brings his young American son Tom back to Milbury, where his father Adam now lives, and a new enemy awaits.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 434 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A1LOH20
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #328,531 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unsatisfying sequel 26 Oct. 2014
By Alaran
This novel is a sequel to the highly memorable, seventies drama ‘Children of the Stones’. It doesn’t feel that much like a sequel though. For the majority it is still set in Milbury (where ‘Children of the Stones’ completely took place) and most of the same characters still appear. Other than that the two stories haven’t got that much in common.

Although it is nice to see these familiar characters again they are pale imitations of their former selves, relying heavily on the depth of character developed throughout ‘Children of the Stones’. It feels as if the characters have been shoehorned in just to be present; as a shorthand method to connect with the readers. There are far too many characters trying to do too much and there isn’t enough room for them all. It is very different from ‘Children of the Stones’ which essentially focussed events through the eyes of Brake and his son. Brake is far too jovial throughout the book, this default character not altering no matter what the situation. Matthew comes across as far less determined and confident than his younger self.

The actual stone circle itself doesn’t serve the same purpose as last time, or one that is overly related. Instead it is used more as site for some ill-conceived science fiction re-working of the trial in Aeschylus’ Oresteia. It is nice to see Milbury Hill receiving more attention. It is also tied into some of the archaeological discoveries at real life Silbury Hill upon which it is based. However, the exploration of Milbury Hill feels as if it has little relevance to the overall story.

At times the writing and the plotting is dull and plodding. There is rarely much of a change of pace and there is none of the eerie, slightly off putting atmosphere that was prevalent throughout ‘Children of the Stones’.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back to Milbury! 2 Aug. 2013
By Tanya
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Watched the original Tv series as an adult and had heard rumours about a possible sequel for years. Now it's finally arrived i was not disappointed.
The story takes place 30 years after the original using most of the same characters and settings and follows a different supernatural possession and the results.
The story works well as both a stand alone novel for those unfamiliar with the original series and book and felt like i was revisiting and old friend.
I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoyed the original book and tv series and for those interested in Avebury and stone circles. Bring on the new tv adaptation asap!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 27 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I get the impression, that this sequel was original written quite quickly after the magnificent Children of the Stones but not picked up by the TV company. I get the impression that, given some of the references and modes of speech, it was polished up about 15 years ago and then re-polished for publication last year. As a result, it doesn't really read too well.

The plot is slight and seems to involve, um...not a lot really. There is a visit to the stones and a mish-mash of African and other mythologies that don't really amount to an awful lot. The central conceit of the Millbury Time Loop is jettisoned, robbing the story of it's unsettling atmosphere in favour of hippy-drippy nonsense that really isn't that threatening. Some returning characters were quite welcome, others, like Dai The Poacher who has become some sort of New Age guru, seem extremely unlikely.

What startles me most is that I recognise the elements of the story from a single issue of a magazine called "The Unexplained" that ran in 1980. It's probably coincidence, but it really feels like a mashup of the articles in issue one: The Dogon, the Legend of Count St. Germain, etc. and as such, seems....a bit desperate?

it's great to see the characters again, it really is, ( and I can't think of Adam Brake as anyone other than a curmudgeonly Gareth Thomas) but I do wish they'd been given something better and more satisfying to do.

I still love the original though!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed. 4 Dec. 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A poor story, and barely related to the mystery of the original tale. Poorly characterised, and with large jumps,with absolutely no tension or anticipation in the writing. Nice to have the old gang together, that's the only plus point. Someone else should have ghost-written it, and made more of the Stones from the first book. Not good.
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