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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of A Castle of Bone. Apr 13, Leonie rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy. A strange story, more about atmosphere than anything, but a beautifully effective one in my opinion. Lots of imagery that stays with me, and mythological allusions conveying the breadth and mysteriousness of time.
The writing is neat and incisive, and I thought the characterisation was interesting - none of them were wholly likable, but they felt uniquely themselves and I would have liked to know more about them. Jul 12, Maggie rated it really liked it Shelves: ya-and-kidlit. This book is quite intense. Frankly, it's probably of more interest to children's lit aficianados than to actual children, although it might appeal to introspective, dreamy types.
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View 1 comment. Feb 02, Dantanian rated it really liked it. Unusual and poetic book Not an easy one to quite describe, but good, good writing with an unusual presence about it. Feb 11, Metaphorosis rated it really liked it Shelves: rev , reviewed. Any book where children have to do with a door to a magical world has to contend with comparisons to Narnia, especially if the children are two boys and two girls, and the door is via a magic wardrobe.
That said, there's enough that's different here for the book to stand on its own. I know that the book worked well for me reviews. I know that the book worked well for me when I was young, though I don't recall if that was pre or post-Narnia. I also didn't recall until this read how well this with its enigmatic stranger set me up for Thomas Covenant which this book predates.
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Other than the mechanism which is different in detail , this story isn't really that similar to Narnia. For one thing, almost all the action takes place in the real world. For another, the wardrobe appears to have quite a different function at first. While the story worked for me as a child, and I strongly remember the impression it left if not much more , as an adult, I was less taken with it. There's quite a lot of deliberate symbolism, but it doesn't really add up to much, and the story ends without many of the mysteries explained.
It's more like the first half of a story than the whole thing. It does wrap up a bit at the end, and apparently it was enough for a child. This time through, though, it left me unsatisfied and disappointed at what I remember as a very good book. All in all, a fun light read, but perhaps best for young children who will accept vague symbols as significant mysteries.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Interesting, but very weird. I'd probably have gotten more out of it if I knew more about Arthuriana. Especially strange for a children's book--it has lots of metaphysical symbolism, and a very frank portrayal of a dysfunctional family, which might have been its strongest point. This was an OK story. GeraniumCat rated it it was amazing May 02, Jude rated it it was amazing Nov 11, Rhonda rated it liked it Aug 20, Xanthippe rated it really liked it Jun 01, Leonard rated it really liked it May 24, L Harrelson rated it liked it May 31, Hrad Valdstejn.
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