Things have not gone well for Colin and Susan since they set about seeing off encroaching forces of evil, first in Alan Garner’s The Weirdstone. Boneland has ratings and reviews. Neil said: Over 50 years ago Alan Garner wrote The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and its sequel, The Moon of Gomra . Boneland by Alan Garner. Boneland book cover. logo Amazon. com logo. Rating / Okay, this is it, the book that I have been waiting thirty.

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I do give it two stars since I did finish the book and it will echo in my memory for some time. I was at a conference bboneland where Alan Garner garneer asked about how he tested the market before writing a book. Bomeland Boneland book review was written by Stuart E Wise. Yet Vurt feathers are not f But there is more than one sort of knowledge, isn’t there?

And the way he makes Jodrell Bank a character rather than just a setting, it’s wonderful! It touches on time and its linearity or otherwise: Then Meg says goodbye, and is gone. At the radio telescope at Alderley where he works, he has heard his lost sister in the stars, and in seeking her, seeks healing, renewal. The lamp brought the moon from the blade, and the blade the bull from the rock.

The past is always with us in Garner. When you’ve truly entered into the world garne a book, you just have to leave it be, I think. And it’s a commonplace that neither public nor publishers know what they want until it’s there. Oct 14, Liz rated it it was amazing.

Living alone in a hut in a quarry by the Edge, Colin is eventually forced to seek the help of psychologist Meg, who, with several doses of tough love, makes him confront his greatest fears and his deep sense of loss. Even the taxi driver who took him there has gone. That is important and necessary.


I’ve always loved Alan Garner it was the first book of this trilogy that got me into reading in the first place! But the claims on the cover are downright fibs. In reading the earlier books I hadn’t known that they were twins, and liked Susan more as a character; I thought Colin was a bit of a wimp. To me, as a child, they did, and it was only the slow maturing into adulthood I found rating this difficult,and the 2 is indicative of how i personally rated Boneland, as opposed to my feeling that as an author, Alan Garner deserves a 5 star rating every time.

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I assume these character developments were auto-biographical and reflect a liberal world view? But maybe it’s not supposed to be quite like that.

But that’s just the start of the weirdness. He has a form of amnesia which means he remembers nothing from before the age of 13, including his twin sister and his childhood adventures. In Boneland, he also does not write it, although he describes it, implies it, bonelane us its shape.

It was difference though, confrontingly so.

Boneland by Alan Garner: review

There is a great deal more difference besides the shift in style and target audience. At first, like him, you think she’s a new embodiment of the super-villainess witch from the first two books, but no such luck.

Nick from UK Lesley, you’re right. Their heroes, siblings Colin and Susan, encounter a wizard, Cadellin, and become tangled in a battle against dark forces.

But in the end, his success must depend on the reader’s willingness to be teased through an imaginative ganrer by allusions, hints, puzzles, and tricks such as unascribed dialogue and undescribed location.

The only criticism I do have about Stuart’s review is that he makes an assumption about how and why Garner writes. I therefore have to say that, of his adult novels, “Strandloper” slightly edges this one out – dealing as it does with Australia, my adopted home – though this rates a very close second, dealing as it does with my favourite thing: These sections of the book are told in a charged, elliptical, symbolic, highly concrete language: In those books twelve-year-old Colin and Susan go to stay on a farm near Alderley Edge in Cheshire, England, and discover that the Edge is haunted by all kinds of strange creatures, malicious goblins, suspicious fairies and elves and the like, and there is a strange woman, a witch, who se It is almost impossible to say anything about this book without spoilers, so I hope that anyone who reads this has already read the book.


So Colin becomes a kind of self-appointed guardian of Alderley Edge and its history, even though tantalising gaps hide essential parts of that history from him. Newer Post Older Post Home. A memory stirs like a sleeper, turning. This part is sheer, unadulterated shamanic dreaming. The words Garner chooses, carves, inserts into his prose are perfect. Get the best at Telegraph Puzzles. The dark, windswept feel I loved in the first books is still there, and while it didn’t always mesh with Weirdstone and Gomrath it still gave me a new piece of something I’m still very attached too.

Boneland by Alan Garner

Lesley from UK I’m with most people on this one. Jan 26, refgoddess rated it it was amazing. Sep 22, Brian Clegg rated it liked it. In fact I would garnr so far as to say it is one of the most complex, multi-layered books I have come across.

Much of it felt confused and repetitive. When we love something, we want it to continue but we’d be unreasonable to think that Garner shouldn’t develop his work because we want much of the same.

Books by Alan Garner. There bonelnd undoubtedly much to be explored. Because of these problems, I was not enjoying the book.