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Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Autor/a de The Mercies

12+ obres 2,369 Membres 90 Ressenyes

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Obres de Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The Mercies (2020) 1,000 exemplars
The Girl of Ink & Stars (2016) 462 exemplars
The Deathless Girls (2019) 265 exemplars
The Dance Tree: A Novel (2022) 177 exemplars
The Way Past Winter (2018) 133 exemplars
Julia and the Shark (2021) 84 exemplars
A Secret of Birds & Bone (2020) 42 exemplars
Leila and the Blue Fox (2022) 25 exemplars
In the Shadow of the Wolf Queen (2023) 24 exemplars
Last March (2012) 2 exemplars

Obres associades

The Writer's Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands (2018) — Col·laborador — 399 exemplars
The Haunting Season: Ghostly Tales for Long Winter Nights (2021) — Col·laborador — 187 exemplars
The Winter Spirits: Ghostly Tales for Festive Nights (2023) — Col·laborador — 58 exemplars


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Data de naixement
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England, UK
Lloc de naixement
London, England, UK



Goodreads' ratings suck because I don't fall in love with a lot of books. Does it merit one star? Two?

The Dance Tree follows Lisbet, a young woman in 16th-century Strasbourg during the Dancing Plague, whose sister-in-law comes home after a mysterious seven years in penance. Her best friend is acting weird, her husband doesn't seem to love her anymore, and her mother-in-law is a witch. Oh, and women are starting to dance randomly in town for days on end.

What ensues is a drama anyone with a pulse could see through immediately, leaving the reader having to pretend they didn't figure out the big lesbian secret for over a hundred pages, and then the ending aftwards. I hate to be a hater, but this just didn't work as well as it could have. It's not terrible—just so meekly passing that it's a bit insulting. The prose is overwrought in a way that is unfortunately very in style right now, too saccharine and not thoughtful enough to lend itself to any overarching theme, instead relying on its imagery and "poetics" to cover the prose's lack of meaning. To add insult to injury, the plot is predictable and consequently annoying. The characters are equally stock-still and caricatures of themselves, and there is an undeniable modernity to the way they all act, think, and carry themselves.

So, I’m raising this to two stars beyond these criticisms because it is not a terrible book. It’s fine. It is just thoroughly whatever.

Who is this for? After such high reviews, I wanted to read the author's book The Mercies, but I just don't know anymore. I need to pick better.
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Eavans | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | Feb 22, 2024 |
I wish books came with a fantasy rating (1 – real, 10 – pure fantasy) so fools like me (who can probably cope with a 4 or 5 on the scale) wouldn’t find themselves reading 6 -10s and being plagued by the nonsensical and make-believe. I would say ‘The Girl of Ink and Stars’ would be a 7 or 8, add to this that it’s a book aimed at a more youthful audience and the result is that it wasn’t really the book for me.
It is the story of a young cartographer’s daughter living on an island ruled by a strict governor who won’t let its people leave for reasons only he knows. Furthermore, large parts of the island are off limits and visiting them is a punishable offence. Yet, after the death of a young girl, the governor’s own daughter flees into the isle’s unmapped regions in order to discover what mysterious entities may have attacked her classmate. As her friend, Isabella and her father’s hand-me-down cartography skills smuggles herself onto the search party so that she can both explore the island, discover its mysteries and rescue her friend.
Despite the book not really being my cup of tea, there are without doubt good things about it: Kiran Millwood-Hargreaves clearly has a way with words and some of the descriptive language and similes were very well chosen. IN my humble opinion there is an ample amount of magic to entertain the young readers as well as bringing to the fore important themes like loss, injustice, control, remembrance and redemption, but there are also fundamental plot points that are a little flimsy and unbelievable.
But, as my girlfriend has so politely reminded me as I read this back, the age factor - that I am a 36 year old man – is a huge caveat to my critique of the book. I am a primary school teacher however so retain the right to some authority on YA literature haha. Truth be told, it’s a shame the book deals with such adult themes because my main aim for reading it was to be able to recommend it to some children in my class but they are too young for it. Anyway, I digress. The Girl of Ink and Stars is worth a look and a decent read for the young, adventurous soul - not so much for thirty something males or people with an aversion to the fantastical!
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Dzaowan | Hi ha 15 ressenyes més | Feb 15, 2024 |
Vardø è quel posto che vai a cercare su Wikipedia perché è così a nord che devi sapere se esiste davvero o fa parte di qualche posto mitico tipo l’Iperborea. Ebbene esiste e vanta di essere il comune natale di John Norum, il chitarrista degli Europe. Pensa un po’.

Purtroppo nel XVII secolo è stato anche teatro di una terribile caccia alle streghe, che portò alla morte di più di novanta persone, sia norvegesi sia sami, in prevalenza donne, ma anche uomini. E proprio dagli eventi che scatenarono quella caccia – una terribile tempesta in mare che uccise decine di uomini e un re desideroso di giocare al solerte emissario di dio – prende avvio il romanzo.

Nel complesso è stata una bella lettura e anche molto coinvolgente, a mano a mano che l’autrice mi faceva conoscere le abitanti di Vardø. Tuttavia ho avuto l’impressione che la storia venisse retta unicamente dalla reazione emotiva che suscita leggere di persone incolpate ingiustamente, torturate e infine bruciate sul rogo. Se poi ci aggiungiamo anche il terribile rapporto tra i generi all’interno dei matrimoni descritti, non è difficile parteggiare per le cosiddette streghe e odiare a morte i loro aguzzini, insieme alle loro accusatrici.

Alla fine, mi è sembrato un po’ pochino rispetto al potenziale della storia: mi è mancata la sostanza in un tema – quello della caccia alle streghe – ampiamente indagato e che ha bisogno di un maggior impegno letterario per arrivare davvero allǝ lettorǝ.
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lasiepedimore | Hi ha 47 ressenyes més | Jan 17, 2024 |
Cover of THE GIRL OF INK AND STARS stirs a compelling mystery of freedom rising from the top of her head.

Latitude and Longitude are fun to locate on a real map.

Deaths are enough to fill a cemetery, from twin brother and mother and friend, Cata, to cruel Governor and his faithful companions.

It made No Sense to kill off yet another friend = Lupe!!!!!

With so many dead already, this "twist" throws the plot ending way off.
m.belljackson | Hi ha 15 ressenyes més | Jan 14, 2024 |



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