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Marco's Pendulum by [Rickman, Phil]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 770 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ARHF8FI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,891 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As a big Phil Rickman fan I could not resist reading this book which I believe is aimed at the young teenage market. Marco is a very modern youngster living in London and like so many of his contempories is caught in the cross-fire of his parents divorce. Added to this, his high-flying mother is estranged from her own parents. Marco's father decides to dump Marco onto his maternal grandparents for a holiday so he can apparently go off with his new girlfriend. At first Marco resents this - especialy when he discovers that his grandparents are ageing hippies living in Glastonbury which seems like the back of beyond. Even his lap-top won't work there, so he cannot contact his father or more importantly his best friend Josh who is a precocious budding psycoanalyst. However, Marco's loving grandparents, living in their smallholding with their "dinosaur rock" vinyl record collection soon win Marco over. This being Glastonbury, the legendary Isle of Avalon, Marco and his new friend Rosa are soon involved in mysterious(and scary)happenings. The happenings however tie in with the practical reality of hard headed business people who want to change the face of this "wierd" and "backward" town, and will stop at nothing to achieve it. What makes this book so readable is the interplay beteween the "Glasties" who want change and the "Avalonions" who want to stay true to the myths and legends, all seen from a young persons point of view. Marco and Rosa learn how adults can betray you even when they think they have your best interests at heart. However not all young people are so idealistic....The book is also humorous and in a very subtle way displays the arguments for and against progress and change. The reader is never left in any doubt however as to who the "bad guys" are!
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I was delighted that this story, written for children really, yet again (as always with Phil's writing) hits the spot when it comes to all the things I love in a book... affection for the somewhat quirky aspects of humanity, and the wisdom that often underlies that quirkiness, combined with a bit of gentle teasing of those of us who prefer to take an idiosyncratic attitude to life in general... Respect for people who are brave enough to be true to themselves even if the world is pointing a critical finger....
If my children were still children the Marco books would be on their bookshelves. But, no problem. I don't need an excuse to read Phil Rickman, and as always I was engrossed to the end. The narrative is equally absorbing as those in the 'grown-up' books. The two main characters (12-ish) are beautifully drawn and -- well, we've all been twelve, haven't we? This story appeals to all ages and I was delighted once again to meet some friends from a previous story (the Chalice).
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even though it's aimed at the teenage market.

When Marco is despatched to Glastonbury to stay with his (weird Grandparents according to his Mother and Father), he feels decidely miffed. He is going to miss his friend Josh for a start.

However, after getting to know Wooly and Nancy and Glastonbury itself, he starts to like living there. He also makes friends with the new Curate's daughter Rosa.

Wooly is a Dowser and Marco finds that when Wooly gives him a pendulum to try out, he is a natural at dowsing. He is also a natural at attracting bullies!

However, something is not right in Glastonbury...........a large Company want to build a sort of theme park so that the local Pagans and their shops will probably have to close down. Naturally all the old hippies/pilgrims are dead set against this happening. There are dark forces at work in Glastonbury and it is up to Marco and the Watchers to stop it before it's too late and something that Wooly buried years ago once again sees the light of day.

This is a well written book which although is aimed at teenagers is still great for adults. It is a kind of carry on from The Chalice. I am currently reading Marco and the Blade of Night which is shaping up well.
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OK, so Phil Rickman is writing for kids on the children/young adult border, but the magic (if that is what it is?) is so interwoven with real-life baddies and dysfunctional families, that it has a wide appeal. I am so firmly on the side of hippies and against darker commercial values, that I may be a trifle prejudiced. Nevertheless I want the modern forces of King Arthur to win over the contemporay armies of mordred and Morgan Le Fay.. Im sure children do.
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Poor Marco is dragged off to Glastonbury by his Lawyer father to be dumped for several weeks with the old hippy parents of his mother that he has never met before. Poor Rosa is dragged there by her ex-policeman fathers' curacy at the local church. As Marco discovers his inherited abilities and sensitivities under the gentle influence of his grandfather, Rosa is left to suffer through hers without any support from her parents. As things grow more sinister and the darker side of the town threatens them all, these two young people end up togther facing the sort of challenge to their emergent abilities that only Glastonbury could cause. Around them sinister developers, dodgy council officials and even his own father all conspire to have their own evil way, culminating in a showdown on the Tor itself - with an unexpected twist in the tail..........Aimed at younger readers it may be, but this is still Phil Rickman at his inimitable, entertaining best!.
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