Phoenix Hardcover – 1 Aug 2013
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"Brilliant . . . a total pageturner. . . gloriously produced" (Jacqueline Wilson)
"Completely absorbing . . . The book is beautiful - lavishly illustrated by Dave McKean, with words and pictures working seamlessly together." (Julia Eccleshare Guardian)
"This is fabulous, high-octane stuff, with an uplifting ending, stunningly illustrated by the brilliant McKean" (Sally Morris Daily Mail)
"Breathlessly paced . . . A powerful story of great scope and ambition, from an expert storyteller. And with these gorgeously deep black-and-white illustrations, the great McKean is on absolutely top form here." (Daniel Hahn The Independent on Sunday)
"A big (and big-hearted) story . . . Said’s child-centred, inclusive text and McKean’s gorgeous images combine to produce a story that will encourage young imaginations to take flight. The final sequence, in particular, is both stunning and uplifting." (Linda Buckley-Archer Guardian)
From the creator of Varjak Paw, the famous Kung-fu Cat, comes the incredible story of the one boy who can save the Galaxy.See all Product Description
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Such is the warmth, poignancy and power of this remarkable book. It is a wonderful read; I was thrilled by many genuine goose-bumping, spine-tingling moments.
To read Phoenix is to be enthralled and absorbed - and to be transported, giddily across the galaxy.
To reflect afterwards is to marvel at how reading Phoenix is such an extraordinary, enchanting experience and to begin to appreciate that SF Said has somehow crafted a terrific, pure narrative that is steeped in myth, legend and the greatest stories in the universe. A tale that is written so clearly and with a tremendous, potent simplicity. A book the shines with great humanity*.
(*Though readers - and I suspect the author - may rightly quibble with the word `Humanity'....)
When I was a kid, more decades ago now than I care to remember, science fiction made up a significant proportion of my reading. Eleanor Cameron’s The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet was my comfort re-read – I read it over and over again. Astronomer and TV personality Patrick Moore wrote a series of six near-future semi-realistic books – the Scott Saunders Space Adventures – that had pride of place on my shelf right next to my HMSO guide to Moon, Mars, and Meteorites. Doctor Who novelisations sat in stacks on my bedside table to be devoured one after another. (My record was seven in one day.) The Star Wars novelisations and spin-offs, too, found their way onto my shelves – my dad bought me a copy of Star Wars before we’d even seen the film, and I have a vivid recollection of reading the back of the book on the bus home and asking him what a lightsaber was! I frequently searched out Andre Norton books from the library. Adult scifi writers like Robert Silverberg (Revolt on Alpha C) and Robert Heinlein (Have Space Suit, Will Travel) provided what they called “juveniles” that provided a gateway into the world of grown-up scifi that I gladly followed just a few years later. John Christopher, too, wrote for children – his Tripods series had me rivetted.
At the time, it seemed like half of all children’s books were science fiction. That probably wasn’t true in general, but it was certainly true of my bookshelves, and I definitely never had any problems finding science fiction when I wanted to read it.
I’m not sure that’s the case these days. Young Adult has its science fiction contingent, but a lot of that is dystopian, which I’d regard as a separate sub-genre.Read more ›
She loved the 2 Varjak Paw books but says this is even better.
Our only complaint? Bring out more books please SF Said!! We have been waiting for more of his magical books to be released.
It's sci-fi novel, as the words on the back cover make clear. 'One boy alone can save the galaxy.' It sounds like a pretty tall order and yet, in SF Said's capable hands the gradual unfolding of the plot is entirely plausible - as well as immensely imaginative and loads of fun!
I'm not going to talk about that plot as the information is drip fed to the reader, and a summary would spoil things. So what is it about? Well, everything really! Good and bad - and the grey bits in between. Life and death. Love and hate. War and Peace. Creation and destruction. The universe. Life itself...
And with such immense themes at play, it is to Dave McKean's credit that the illustrations manage to convey so much so beautifully. Whole chunks of the book are a coming together of the text and the illustrations, almost like a graphic novel, and give the reader the feeling of careering through space.
There is a lot of high quality fiction around for kids at the moment. But for me, Phoenix stands out as one of the best. SF Said is a star!
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Great writing, great ideas. Makes a good gift for a young or teen reader.Published 3 months ago by A Customer
When i read this book , it made me feel like i was part of it and sucked deep into the story.It is a fantastic book and i couldn't put it down ! Read morePublished 4 months ago by LIZ A.
Best book I have ever read. Fantastic names, images, emotion, feeling. This book brings across real difficulties of wanting something but don't no how to achieve it. Amazing.Published 12 months ago by Emily
This book had me wrapped up in it by half way, by the end tears were falling down my face, very emotionalPublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer