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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't approach with just the nostalgia of childhood as this is only going to upset you, 18 Sep 2012
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This review is from: Boneland (Weirdstone Trilogy 3) (Hardcover)
Almost every single one of Alan Garner's novels, bar maybe the The Owl Service, pour their individual narratives into this book. If you have read Elidor you will realise he is not afraid of dark endings to tales about children. If you have read Red Shift you won't be surprised at deep parallel times and astronomical elements being part of the mix. If all you have read is just The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and The Moon of Gomrath you really, really ought not to read this book as it is only going to upset you. If you want to keep that lighter, easier, childhood memory just stop at The Moon of Gomrath.

If however you are made of stronger stuff and want to complete the "trilogy" it is worth it but you really to arm yourself first with by, at very least, reading Red Shift, Strandloper, Thursbitch and the The Stone Book Quartet- and it probably wouldn't hurt either to read Elidor and The Owl Service just to get accustomed to his darkening tone...
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Initial post: 19 Sep 2012 15:07:51 BDT
Sue Mason says:
I found Susan to be very Alison at times in Boneland, if you get my meaning :) And The Owl Service is all about adolescents growing up, which also echos in Boneland.
I agree completely, and I understand why some fans are upset by Boneland, it's not the book I wanted when I was 13 and had just finished The Moon of Gomrath, however, it is a book I deeply appreciated at 49.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2012 20:41:19 BDT
Albanac says:
The correct way to light an oil lamp is another link to the Owl Service. Then there's the old Triple Goddess thing going on, and maybe an Ali / Alison, Colin / Col thing as well.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Sep 2012 16:34:09 BDT
Sue Mason says:
I'd forgotten about the oil lamp. Sigh, I really am going to have to go back and read them all again, right from the start, aren't I? I re-read Brisinsgamen and Gomrath but, in all honesty, think I'll have to do the lot. What a terrible chore!

Posted on 4 Oct 2012 18:05:00 BDT
Just to add to the Owl Service comments - the theme of saving - or being unable to save - the lost girl is obviously part of both it and Boneland. In Red Shift, it's Jan who tries to save Tom. In Elidor, the children try to save a world/land.

Posted on 28 Mar 2014 19:21:28 GMT
Mr Duttz says:
Yes, Boneland reminded me a lot of Thursbitch, just as Thursbitch and the bull rituals made me think of the Wild Hunt.
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