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« Topic Start: January 06, 2008, 06:18:31 pm »

Have read the 1st 2 of Libba Bray's books (Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels) which I loved.  Waiting to have her 3rd book which is the last one after those 2 books I mention above (Sweet Far Thing).  Well tell you guys my review of that book.
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« Reply #1: January 06, 2008, 08:37:39 pm »

Have read the 1st 2 of Libba Bray's books (Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels) which I loved.  Waiting to have her 3rd book which is the last one after those 2 books I mention above (Sweet Far Thing).  Well tell you guys my review of that book.

Fantastic novel. It has a pagan flavor, but as it's the author's *idea* of pagan, it's a bit distorted. It talks about the Summerlands, but mentions a place called the Winterlands as well, which I think is of her own invention. The main characters form sort of a small coven. That sort of thing. Half the plot takes place in the astral (even though they never call it that), and that's pretty interesting.
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« Reply #2: January 06, 2008, 08:47:29 pm »

Fantastic novel. It has a pagan flavor, but as it's the author's *idea* of pagan, it's a bit distorted. It talks about the Summerlands, but mentions a place called the Winterlands as well, which I think is of her own invention. The main characters form sort of a small coven. That sort of thing. Half the plot takes place in the astral (even though they never call it that), and that's pretty interesting.

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Thank you for your response.  Somehow I always thought that Winterlands real like Summerlands was.
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« Reply #3: January 06, 2008, 09:03:44 pm »

Have read the 1st 2 of Libba Bray's books (Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels) which I loved. 

I thought it was pretty good.  Haven't read the second or third book yet.
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« Reply #4: January 06, 2008, 09:08:11 pm »

Mithril,

Thank you for your response.  Somehow I always thought that Winterlands real like Summerlands was.

Yeah, after reading it I was a little unsure and asked on here, and all the responses said that it was just the Summerlands. I guess she thought it might make sense to add the Winterlands. It might help Christian readers understand because they can relate to the Heaven/Hell type divide.
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« Reply #5: January 06, 2008, 09:12:26 pm »

Yeah, after reading it I was a little unsure and asked on here, and all the responses said that it was just the Summerlands. I guess she thought it might make sense to add the Winterlands. It might help Christian readers understand because they can relate to the Heaven/Hell type divide.


I think she used Winerlands/Summerlands as good/evil metaphor, but I also think that she wanted to point out that nothing is as it seems--and that there is some bad in the good. 

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« Reply #6: January 06, 2008, 09:18:01 pm »

Have read the 1st 2 of Libba Bray's books (Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels) which I loved.  Waiting to have her 3rd book which is the last one after those 2 books I mention above (Sweet Far Thing).  Well tell you guys my review of that book.

I've read the first two: I like the mix of gothic and YA and mystery and supernatural thriller genre thing that she's got going. They've been quite popular in the library I work in (where I do a lot of the fiction recommendations to students and faculty) too - even people who don't normally enjoy most of those genres have really liked them.

I do remember finding the magical/esoteric stuff frustrating in some ways: there are parts that 'ring true' to some of my own experiences (in terms of what it's like to explore something like that, or how different people may react ot the same set of actions), but there are also things that fell really flat for me. (I'd have to reread the books to remember exactly what it was, though: it's been about a year since I read them, and there've been a whole lot of other books since.)

They are definitely fun reads, though.
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« Reply #7: January 06, 2008, 09:19:02 pm »

I think she used Winerlands/Summerlands as good/evil metaphor, but I also think that she wanted to point out that nothing is as it seems--and that there is some bad in the good. 

Yeah, that too. I didn't mean she consciously said 'oh i'm going to make it so christians can get what i'm talking about', I meant that the symmetry was appealing and you could also consider it as a...something. the literary term escapes me (that's what winter holidays does, ugh... Smiley) symbol (?) for heaven and hell.
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« Reply #8: January 06, 2008, 09:24:29 pm »

I do remember finding the magical/esoteric stuff frustrating in some ways: there are parts that 'ring true' to some of my own experiences (in terms of what it's like to explore something like that, or how different people may react ot the same set of actions), but there are also things that fell really flat for me. (I'd have to reread the books to remember exactly what it was, though: it's been about a year since I read them, and there've been a whole lot of other books since.)

I know what you mean. She has all the right ingredients for a killer series (instead of a really good one), but it's missing the something that gave Harry Potter his spark. And sometimes it mirrors the Potter books way too much. Gemma, as good as an orphan, goes to a castle-like boarding school where she discovers that she is a powerful witch with the fate of the Realms on her shoulders and that the female version of Lord Voldemort wants to kill her. Sound familiar?
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« Reply #9: January 06, 2008, 09:53:41 pm »



I knew what you meant...I was just adding my two cents Grin
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« Reply #10: January 06, 2008, 09:56:23 pm »


I think she used Winerlands/Summerlands as good/evil metaphor, but I also think that she wanted to point out that nothing is as it seems--and that there is some bad in the good. 

Yep, I do remember that.  To me it doesn't bother me at all.
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« Reply #11: January 06, 2008, 09:56:43 pm »

I knew what you meant...I was just adding my two cents Grin

Lol, ok. That's good. It's just that I reread my post and realized it was a little (as in very) unclear.
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« Reply #12: January 06, 2008, 09:58:05 pm »

Lol, ok. That's good. It's just that I reread my post and realized it was a little (as in very) unclear.

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« Reply #13: January 06, 2008, 10:03:45 pm »

Yep, I do remember that.  To me it doesn't bother me at all.

I don't think it *bothered* anyone. The book is fiction, so Libba Braye is perfectly right to put it in as  it's central to her plot. It's just that it could be confusing if you're not really familiar with real-life paganism and are trying to sort out what's based in fact and what isn't.
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« Reply #14: January 06, 2008, 11:42:52 pm »

I don't think it *bothered* anyone. The book is fiction, so Libba Braye is perfectly right to put it in as  it's central to her plot. It's just that it could be confusing if you're not really familiar with real-life paganism and are trying to sort out what's based in fact and what isn't.

mithril,

Okay and thank you for elaborating on this as well.
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