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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic story from a fantastic writer
Poison is another brilliant book by Chris Wooding. If you liked The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray, then you'll love this. I couldn't put it down until the very end. It has an original storyline and is fast-paced and exciting. Even if you haven't read any of Wooding's other books, you'll probably like this if you liked books by Philip Pullman, William Nicholson or Garth Nix.
Published on 21 May 2003

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not so much dark as a kind of shade of light gray
-------WARNING------SPOILERS AS ALWAYS-----------

Poison, as the name suggests, is a story, penned by Chris Wooding of the Haunting of Alaizabel Cray fame, following the trials and tribulations of the protagonist of the same name; a young teenage girl known as Poison. The book charts Poison's progress through increasingly murky waters; from her own dreary...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic story from a fantastic writer, 21 May 2003
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Poison is another brilliant book by Chris Wooding. If you liked The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray, then you'll love this. I couldn't put it down until the very end. It has an original storyline and is fast-paced and exciting. Even if you haven't read any of Wooding's other books, you'll probably like this if you liked books by Philip Pullman, William Nicholson or Garth Nix.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't listen to the other review!!!!, 19 May 2004
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I have read the haunting of alaizabel cray and i hated it. I bought this believing i would most probably hate it was well. But no! The story is well thought out and quiet freaky in parts (especially at the spider-lady's castle). Poison (the main character) does win your sympathy and The Phaerie lord Aelthar is a charcater rather reminiscent of Jareth (Labyrinth) which i definetly like. This book is well worth the 4.49 or wwhatever it costs and. It is a dark, gothic tale as you can imagine it being when having a leading lady named Poison. Five stars, definetley!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not so much dark as a kind of shade of light gray, 11 Sep 2009
This review is from: Poison (Paperback)
-------WARNING------SPOILERS AS ALWAYS-----------

Poison, as the name suggests, is a story, penned by Chris Wooding of the Haunting of Alaizabel Cray fame, following the trials and tribulations of the protagonist of the same name; a young teenage girl known as Poison. The book charts Poison's progress through increasingly murky waters; from her own dreary swamptown Gull to the harsh and sinister Wide World beyond its confines. Compelled by the theft of her sister, little Azalea, taken by malign "phaeries" while a voracious and evil changeling is left in its stead, a furious Poison sets out to gain an audience with the King of Phaeries, intending that she get her sister back at all costs. And so the adventure begins.
Poison is a solid book; well-plotted (every chapter revealing another hurdle to be overcome by our stoic heroine), filled with likeable characters that you can easily empathise with, and the phaeries are just derisive enough as to be worthy of doing what that author says, namely driving the human race to the most inhospitable parts of all the land, and keeping them there. Wooding concocts scenes outlandish and grisly enough to give younger readers a scare; for example, the contrast between Peppercorn's naivety and the sheer balefulness of the Bone Witch, both denizens of the same macabre dwelling, are put to great use. There are, however, some pitfalls.
This book, despite claims to the contrary, really is a phaerie tale, albeit one of a darker and more intelligent stock than those spelt with a plain "f". Fleet - the wise counsel and mentor, Bram - the stalwart muscle, Peppercorn - the innocent being in the midst of all the evil, Anderson - the extremely clever cat, and the Phaerie Lord himself - an archetypal capricious, powerful phaerie with the hatred for humans to match. All of these are stereotypical characters, come across time and time again, a fact even Poison seems to marvel at through the course of the story. This is meant to be a kind of irony, I suppose, for those who see it, but Wooding rather seems to rely on you to be chuckling along as he does it again and again, and it all becomes rather tiresome towards the close.
Also, the idea presented within the novel, that Poison's, indeed, all of the characters stories are written by a single human and collected in massive libraries guarded by people in cowls, is simply put rather strange. Considering the first half of the story was your basic quest/journey to get stolen/lost object/person/magic back, throwing in a not bad, but exceedingly abstract idea about stories within stories makes for a rather weird ending. Poison's ability to be the only one to see that they are trapped, also, and the others sheer inability to be able to process it, is also vaguely annoying. Poison, is also at times perhaps TOO stoic, making her challenges seem easy by comparison, like when she was entering the spider lair, but no-one was afraid of the spiders within. What? Compare this to Ron puking into the Pumpkin Patch after his and Harry's encounter with Aragog, and it all seems a little detached, no?
That being said, Poison, despite the clichés and errant plot, is an excellent step for young readers who are tired of the typical "fairy" tale. It's never boring, or a tax to read, it presents interesting questions about fate and destiny, and is just dark enough to satisfy those too old for Goosebumps, and who long for something for more depth than they have to offer. Reader, say hello to Poison.
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5.0 out of 5 stars dark fairytale, 17 April 2009
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a very dark fairytale, in which Poisons baby sister is swapped for a changeling. She then embarks on a journey to save her sister from the phaeries in a twisted world of witches and spider goddesses and forgotten stories, only to discover a huge secret that changes her whole life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars pretty basic - but well imagined, 17 Dec 2007
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pretty basic but vividly imagined novel from chris wooding. the plot within a plot is fun - twisty and about lives being written in books - a very circular narrative structure - which was fun.
however it was just a bit on the dull side - i read it after the braided path books - which were awesome - and this just pails in comparison. enjoyable but since outclassed by the author himself this book was an okay fun read
6/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderous Wooding, 28 May 2006
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Wooding graces us with another refreshingly brilliant story line. He has an amazing ability to create extensive plot lines without the need to make any of the characters seem over the top, although some parts of the book were very stereotypical and slightly predicable it offered a variety of twists in the main storyline and a fantstic ending. Wooding definately has some skill to be able to produce a book like this, although it uses themes that many other books seem to use i.e. fairies and elves it takes a more realistic approach and views the subjest from a totally different angle. It is well worth reading even if only to understand that those mythical creatures used in stories, those that have become stale do not have to be that way. Wooding uses fresh insight and imagination to bring them back to life again. Another great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!, 10 Dec 2013
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I bought this book after reading it as a child, and it has brought back so many memories! Brilliant condition, exactly what i was looking for! :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read Over and Over Again, 11 Aug 2013
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I have read this book at least four times, it is a masterpiece of fantasy. The heroine is both relatable, and interesting, her character development is really believable. The collection of friends an enemies and interesting in their own right, not just plot devices. A book for all genders, and ages. I read first when I was at school, and am still going back to it now. Something I will keep on my shelf forever.
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3.0 out of 5 stars the book, 3 Sep 2012
it is a strange book but good if you are patient. i would recommend this book a lot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ^.^, 22 April 2011
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This book is just fabulous , it is perfect for young adult readers and even some adults.

All I'm going to say was I didn't expect the ending at all !
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