The Dark Is Rising - Book Group discussion thread

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Jan 2020
4:22pm, 11 Jan 2020
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Relationship between Urban Fantasy and Magical Realism?
Jan 2020
6:15pm, 11 Jan 2020
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I was wondering that, too, Columba.
Jan 2020
12:37pm, 12 Jan 2020
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Ooh that’s interesting, and probably has as much to do with tone. And it’s all (obviously) very subjective. Rivers on London is definitely UF though
Jan 2020
1:07pm, 12 Jan 2020
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The first crusade and a Christian middle east: a Pope Urban fantasy 😀.

By Fantasy Fiction I suppose I meant a top-level separation in having Good and Evil and Magic, rather than science fiction with Right and Wrong and Technology. To work for me, both need to have underlying limiting rules, otherwise too much is possible, and my belief is de-suspended. Vampires can only come into your house if invited - so why would anyone invite a vampire into their house - ah, well there is the story. I am prepared to work with the limits - could a Vampire enter your bike shed uninvited, do you need to be the owner-occupier of the house, how about a hotel room, a caravan, a tent?
UF was new to me too - GoodReads suggests "novels and stories with supernatural and/or magical elements set in contemporary, real-world, urban settings". A key test seems to be if the setting can be described as liminal (yes, yes, I used that word in my review. Not ashamed of it.).
Jan 2020
6:41am, 13 Jan 2020
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All this made me dig out my old copy of Storm Front.

Chapter 1 is *really* good if you like that kind of thing, and short. Treat yourself lunchtime and stand in a bookshop and read it. Philip Marlowe meets Albus Dumbledore. Great fun.
Feb 2020
11:55am, 6 Feb 2020
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I finished last night. I have mixed feelings, I did enjoy it, but I felt it was slightly too 'everything worked out' all neat and tidy in a slightly predictable way. I did not read it as a child, had never heard of it before. It leads very obviously to the next book, which I'm not sure if I'd want to read.

But I'm speaking as a 42 year old and maybe would have felt differently when a young adult. It's the type of thing I like, kind of fantasy stuff, but too mild for me. I really like the idea of things beyond time.

I'm going to let E read it, she's 8 and devours novels.

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