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Better than Harry could ever be,
This review is from: The Weirdstone of Brisingamen (Paperback)
And don't get me wrong. I do like Harry Potter. But I LOVE The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and its sequel The Moon of Gomrath.
The novel tells the story of how the modern fallout of a century's old theft draws teenage brother and sister Colin and Susan inexorably into the otherworld and forces them to play a key part in the battle. Much to the distress of the wizard Cadellin Silverbrow who just wishes them to be safe and cannot initially figure out why the forces of darkness are apparently targetting them.
But this is no simple tale of good and evil or perhaps more correctly it is not just a simple tale of good and evil. Good and Evil are certainly there and recognisable but they exist at the extremes and most everybody else exists inbetween. There are times when you feel you would like to hit some of the forces of Light over the head with something large and heavy and tell them to stop being such assholes. And unlike in JKR's rather flat characterisations you are meant not to like these characters.(Note - while this is true of Weirdstone it is even truer of the sequel Moon which I will review another time.)
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Initial post: 3 May 2012 08:35:41 BDT
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Thomas. Venour says:
I agree. Harry Potter is a comic compared to this use of ancient myth and legend. Alan Garner also knows how to write. Harry Potter is written for a new generation with little imagination, for children brought up on screen images and who need to be spoon fed...
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