If you are not interested in pulling apart and interpreting layers, the basic plot is very enjoyable and well worth your time. Final Thoughts I could break down each of the elements I enjoyed but it is suffice to say that is truly a complete novel. The reading listening experience was truly magical and left me pondering the my own conception of a fairy tale. The characters are engaging, the story is moving and the writing is superb.
This novel resulted in a book hangover for me and as a result, I am unable to fully express my feelings on this one.
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I highly recommend it and hope you give it a try. Aug 11, Cayleigh rated it liked it Shelves: read A few minutes after I finished the book I gave it a 4 star rating on Goodreads, after sitting for a while and thinking it over I had to switch it down to a 3 star rating. First let me say this: I read the book in less than 12 hours. I really liked Hiero, and I would have loved to know more about his motives for bringing Tara with him and protecting her as he did but this is ultimately what made me rate the book lower.
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Also, I resent that the land they go to has to be full of sex crazed citizens. That left me unfulfilled with this story. Although I did enjoy reading it and would probably recommend it. One more tiny thing, I really liked the quotes at the beginning of the chapters, though the ones concerning Michael Cleary were almost scary, what a sad event that happened to his wife.
When Hiero was seen to be eying up Zoe to possibly bring her back to his land? It said it was only 4 months after Tara had disappeared for the second time. I got the impression he was enchanted with her, telling her his secret name and such I just really don't get why we see him trying to pull Zoe into it as well at the end.
Although I could see it coming a little, Zoe's picking up so well to Richie's instruction on the guitar, Hiero's folk being so into classical arts and such I suppose that was sort of setting that up in a small way. It just irritated me though. View all 3 comments.
I've never heard of Graham Joyce before, but I plan to read more of his work. I loved this book. Not perfect, some flaws near the end but that is subjectively based on my own feminine needs , but so inventive and original. It was very hard to put this down. Fans of Tana French's In the Woods will enjoy this too. Very British, heavy on place set near some mysterious ancient woodlands over a volcanic fault , with a bit of a mystery thrown in.
It also starts on Christmas day, so perfect time of th I've never heard of Graham Joyce before, but I plan to read more of his work. It also starts on Christmas day, so perfect time of the year to read it. The plot: Tara returns, after disappearing for 20 years. Only she hasn't aged. She is still 16, and thinks she has been gone for 6 months. Joyce deftly arranges a mosaic of different povs that revolve around Tara and the truth of her story--was she abducted by fairies, as she claims?
Only these aren't your average Tinker Bell fairies. They are more like commune hippies that copulate constantly and have orgies and swim in an orgasmic lake. You have to read it. The book has gotten some criticism because of this take on fairyland and the crude language that takes you by surprise. It is, after all, written by a man. My feeling is that this supernatural world is the imagination of a male unconscious, not the feminine ethereal world we're used to seeing as fairyland in women's popular fiction.
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This is gritty, humorous, and the characters are dead on. I usually hate reading from multiple povs but this is one of the few books where I enjoyed them. There's a reason Stephen King put this in his top Read it and enjoy the fantasy Joyce sets up.
And wonder if it could be true View all 9 comments. Nov 29, Tom Mathews rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-in , u-k-stuff , mystery-crime-thriller , folklore-mythology , fantasy. Graham Joyce has just become an author that I will be following. This story of a Tara Harris, teenage girl who disappeared in the woods only to return home virtually unchanged twenty years later has totally captured my heart.
Is this a story of something mundane such as kidnapping or is it something entirely differe Graham Joyce has just become an author that I will be following. Is this a story of something mundane such as kidnapping or is it something entirely different? Perhaps Hansel and Gretel was first told to warn children not to wander off in the woods or to accept candy from strangers, but there are other, deeper interpretations of the stories your parents told you as a child.
Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.
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Similarly, I doubt that it is coincidental that her brother Peter, has become a farrier, a shoer of horses, a trade long considered natural magicians for their ability to meld the living and the inanimate. Even the names of the pubs they frequent, the Green Man and the Phantom Coach, reek of dark and powerful folklore. First I just love the way he writes, intelligently but infinitely readable.
A young woman goes missing, her boyfriend at the time is presumed guilty but it cannot be proven, she reappears twenty years later with an unbelievable story. Her parents and brother send her to a psychiatrist to see if she is mentally ill. Enjoyed the character of the crusty old psychiatrist, but my favorite character was Richie.
The author does a fantastic job with this character, showing how his growth was stunted bec First I just love the way he writes, intelligently but infinitely readable. The author does a fantastic job with this character, showing how his growth was stunted because of these unproven accusations and how he actually somewhat quit living twenty years ago as well.
Sometimes things are just unbelievable, but the author makes us question this. Could these outlandish stories just sometimes be true? Jun 27, Lacey Skorepa rated it it was ok. I'm really confused at to why this book has garnered such high ratings. I'm currently in an English Literature graduate program where I study fairy tales so I was pretty excited to get this book because I'm particularly interested in revisionist fairy tales , but the book was a HUGE let down. It was even more of a let down because I could see the genius behind the concept, Joyce just didn't deliver on it.
The most brilliant aspect of the novel was what Joyce did with the fairies and their world I'm really confused at to why this book has garnered such high ratings. The most brilliant aspect of the novel was what Joyce did with the fairies and their world turning commonly held fairy notions - like their size, fluttering innocence, inherent goodness and kindness - upside down. Yes, Joyce's faeries who loathe being labeled as such live in a forest, but they are also: human sized predatory libertines.
Joyce gives us an image of faeries that is more akin to the Victorian and pre-Victorian images of faeries. The majority of the novel takes place in the real world and revolves around the main character Tara how her disappearance affected those closes to her - which is boring - and her trying to convince those people that she was taken by a fairy. The bits with the psychologist that Tara's brother makes her see as well as the psychologist's writings on her "condition" are supremely tedious and boring I was forced to skim most of them because I was so annoyed.
The focus was not in the right place and the faerie world culture was so interesting even though we only get little bits of it that the real world becomes extremely boring and the pace of the story beings to drag. At times I was practically skimming the pages in an attempt to get to one of Tara's recollections of her time spent in the faerie world. Then towards the end we are introduced to an elderly woman who was also kidnapped by the faeries just like Tara and we get hardly any of her story.
Her story seemed like it would have been extremely interesting: both her experience in the fey world as well as in the asylum upon her return, yet, we get hardly any of it. Overall, I think the focus was wrong and this created several other problems disjunction and pacing to name a couple. I'd hoped for better. Jan 03, Teresa rated it really liked it Recommended to Teresa by: Tara.