Sunday, 12 August 2007

Book Review: The Dark Is Rising (Susan Cooper)

People have been telling me to read this book for ages now, and I finally got a copy the other day and finished it in a couple of days.

And now I wanna get the other four books...

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Title: The Dark Is Rising (Book 2 of The Dark is Rising Sequence)
Author: Susan Cooper

Synopsis:
When the Dark comes rising, six shall turn it back, Three from the circle, three from the track; Wood, bronze, iron; water, fire, stone; Five will return, and one go alone.

With these mysterious words, Will Stanton discovers on his 11th birthday that he is no mere boy. He is the Sign-Seeker, last of the immortal Old Ones, destined to battle the powers of evil that trouble the land. His task is monumental: he must find and guard the six great Signs of the Light, which, when joined, will create a force strong enough to match and perhaps overcome that of the Dark. Embarking on this endeavor is dangerous as well as deeply rewarding; Will must work within a continuum of time and space much broader than he ever imagined.

What I Liked:
  • It's a classic!
  • I love the title, and the poems
  • It made me wanna buy the rest of the books
  • Reminds me of the first time I read The Hobbit. Which is a good thing.
  • I like how down to earth but yet all fantasy-like it all is
  • It's pretty exciting!
  • It's better than Harry Potter!
What I Didn't Liked:
  • What a sec, you mean this whole thing happened in the SAME PLACE but in DIFFERENT TIMES?
  • Man, now that I've read the book, the movie looks like its gonna sucks. BIG TIME.

Summary:
The Dark Is rising. How cool a title is that? I actually once thought it was a modern book, but then later I found out it was written in the 60's/70's.

Don't worry though, the language is not archaic like other of my favorite 'pre-modern fantasy' like LOTR, Narnia etc; though it does kinda read a little like a combination of Narnia and Enid Blyton. Not that it's all kiddy-like or preachy like Narnia, mind you. It's just nice to read a classic fantasy written that way, makes you feel the way you felt when you read The Hobbit.

And Deathly Hallows be damned - this is a 'quest for numerous artifacts' kinda book that is way better written and much more exciting that that written-for-movie Potter book. It's written well, the story is simple but engaging, and it certainly didn't need 607 pages to get the story told.

Read it - it's one of those classic fantasy stories that deserve way more attention than it's getting. And judging from the trailer, the movie is gonna suck, because it just butchers the entire story. So go read it.

Oh, BTW, this is actually the second book in the series of five books. But don't worry, all the books are stand alone.

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