Ariane came to visit Sylvie at midwinter, hoping to rekindle the old magic of their girlhood game the Nine Worlds, a fantastical universe founded in a handful of marbles and a tarot of cards, whose myths and kingdoms the two friends had chronicled between them But when Sylvie disappeared in a moonlit wood, Ariane followed her not into the familiar ground of their fantaAriane came to visit Sylvie at midwinter, hoping to rekindle the old magic of their girlhood game the Nine Worlds, a fantastical universe founded in a handful of marbles and a tarot of cards, whose myths and kingdoms the two friends had chronicled between them But when Sylvie disappeared in a moonlit wood, Ariane followed her not into the familiar ground of their fantasy, but into the thorns and winter of a Cloud they had never invented, a world where ballads were constellations and the moon hunted souls by night
Moonwise Ariane came to visit Sylvie at midwinter hoping to rekindle the old magic of their girlhood game the Nine Worlds a fantastical universe founded in a handful of marbles and a tarot of cards whose my
A tangled wild wood of a book, written in a sort of low Jacobean style that I found mostly delightful but occasionally infuriating It s a quest story, except not Its magic is very much in touch with the seasons, the turning of the year it builds a world in which the bones of myth jut up out of the earth, the one subtending the other Also the first and probably the last book that I ve read in which knowing the vocabulary of contra dancing came in handy A wonderful book to dip into and savor a lit [...]
There is a type of young woman we have all either known or been who worships at the alter of the Romantic plays old border ballads on pennywhistle, recorder, or hammer dulcimer tacks a hand lettered sign reading MAGIC IS AFOOT on her dormitory room door reads the Tarot for friends and The White Goddess for pleasure and treasures a hundred obscure books by measure of how close they come to an ideal world in which gypsies and scarecrows, old marbles and long skirts, elves, quilts, candles, hot cho [...]
What can I say about this gorgeous little book This world contained within two, flimsy paperback pages It s stunning There are, I d imagine, a lot of folks who wouldn t find it as endearing as I, that would find it tiresome and confusing That s fine It s not a book for everyone It IS, however, a book for those who love exquisite world building and who love language Correction Gilman doesn t build a world it s already there and she is simply its scribe She uses words in their truest and, sometime [...]
Probably the most poetic prose you ll ever encounter in a novel this book is filled from beginning to end with delightful phrases, beautiful imagery, little bits of word play, achingly beautiful prose The story echoes many traditional myths and folktales, and is engrossing in itself, but it s the fabulous writing that makes this one of the best fantasies ever written.
I tried several times to get through this one but finally gave up The author is a little too fond of arcane words and while having a good vocabulary is certainly desirable, hauling around a heavy unabridged dictionary is a lot of work for a paperback I was reading for fun.
I have a hard time rating this Individual sentences were beautiful, and by this I mean all of them and not just some of them.I had a difficult time following most of the time, though Second guessing whether what I was reading was a metaphor, or meant to be taken literally Or both This book references things than I have read, so my inability to catch some of the references didn t help me, either.A beautiful, frustrating book.It is also possible that I couldn t follow because I was reading this b [...]
I feel like I need to preface this review if you are a hardcore fantasy fan this might be something you should struggle through for the few moments of clarity and true fantasy In my experience this is a seminal piece of fantasy writing, but its not an easy read by any means.I had incredibly hard time reading this book because while the language was beautiful and Shakespearean, it was very difficult to parse out what was actually being said due to the use of rural speech patterns and old English [...]
This is not a book review It is not even the opposite of a book review It is a sideways book review that takes a trip into the unknown lands of Faery, but not too far in because the reader is unable to figure out what the heck is going on, but the words look pretty so she keeps trying to delve deeper into the book Unfortunately, she is soon brought up short by not being able to follow what the heck is going on, because the prose is not only purple, its purple in a completely different language I [...]
This lyrically written book is presumably set in modern Britain, but the language used to tell the story is old and fey When young and practical Ariane comes to visit her best friend, Sylvie, in a house in the woods, Sylvie is lured away into a dark otherworld of witches and tricksters There are stories woven throughout, which Ariane uses as a sort of map to find her friend It s the language here that makes this book stand out, because it defines the world and the story you soon become lost in.
This is thin on plot a mysterious man, two women and their fantasy world Cloud, and something of quests but oh, how the language is rich Unfortunately, it also contains a lot of dialect or archaic vocabulary that I never did manage to find in the dictionaries I had at home, so it s entirely possible I missed out on whole swaths of the action Not something I d recommend for everyone, but if you like the first chapter, definitely give it a go.
Seems a bit like Lud in the Mist, with slightly obscure language I consider myself an extremely experienced end user of English but there were a couple words I had to look up because I couldn t completely infer their meaning from context this doesn t happen to me very much Seems intriguing, but my hands are just too full right now.
There should be a category for about to give up on under the currently reading heading I m finding it pretty much unreadable I like the author personally and have always found her witty and interesting I read her LJ posts see nineweaving I have been trying to drag myself through this book and just can t.
I really liked this book but hardly anyone I know did It s a verbally beautiful book that I think you have to read a few times For one thing the book spirals into the story so as you go inward it becomes clearer and you understand the journey the two women take The dialect Gilman uses often puts people off I think But I read it over and over for the words and the invented mythologies.
I m not a poetic person, so all of this just annoyed me Also here I was thinking I had a pretty decent vocabulary, yet I needed to find a dictionary to help me than once for each page The book sounds interesting and I wish I could finish it and find out what happens, but I just couldn t get into it, oh well.
felt the need for a dictionary about every other sentence got rather lost in the plot and wondering exactly what was going on difficult to slog through kept the book with the intention to reread and hopefully make sense of it one day.
I remember this one The writing is poetic and the idea a good one, but the language is too dense in places and impedes the flow of the story I ought to read it again sometime it s been many years and my opinion may change.
This book caught my eye when it first came out At times it was a struggle to read, not because the prose is awkward far from it or difficult which it is but because the tone tended to sustain itself Gilman s abilities have soared far beyond.
I found that the words hid the story.
More like failed to read Twice Could not get past the first 30 pages Too much effusive description before you know anything about the characters.
I re read this book every Autumn I love the rhythm of her prose Had a hard time when I first started reading it until I started reading it out loud Beautiful book