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Okay, this is it, the book that I have been waiting thirty years for. If the sleeper wakes, the dream dies… Professor Colin Whisterfield spends his days at Jodrell Bank, using the radio telescope to look for his lost sister in the Pleiades. At the same time, and in another time, the Watcher cuts the rock and dances, to keep the sky above the earth and the stars flying. Before the age of twelve years and nine months is a blank. After that he recalls everything: where he was, what he was doing, in every minute of every hour of every day.

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The story then shifts to an anonymous stone-age man watching stars, carving a bull in a rock, finding a woman and a child encased in ice and exposing them to the birds, and having visions of riding Grey Wolf. Boneland is the long-delayed 50 years! But the later novel is not a simple continuation of the plot and surely not of the style, genre, or narrative technique of the earlier ones.

But Boneland is much more openly interested in psychology and psychiatry than his earlier Cheshire books. As I read Boneland, in addition to the connection between the stone-age man and contemporary Colin, I wondered about things like, What happened to Susan, with whom he adventured in the first two books?

Why did Garner decide to write this third book so many years after the second one? I feel that this novel cannot comfortably stand on its own, but also that it is so different from the first two that it seems another animal. The Grey Wolf struck the damp earth and ran, higher than the trees, lower than the clouds, and each leap measured a mile; from his feet flint flew, spring sprouted, lake surged and mixed with gravel dirt, and birch bent to the ground.

Hare crouched, boar bristled, crow called, owl woke, and stag began to bell. And the Grey Wolf stopped. They were at the Hill of Death and Life. Below the scarp was tumbled with boulders to the land beneath. The brindled fields stretched to the hills". In addition to the visionary poetry of the stone-age passages, there are many sublime moments in the present, like when Colin shows Meg some goblin gold or gazes into a half a million or so years old black stone axe that contains stars and creation and is the first step towards the radio telescope.

Colin, Meg, and Burt are all appealing characters. The audiobook reader, Robert Powell, is superb. The audiobook production uses a slight echo effect for the stone-age passages, to make them sound sacred. I recommend the novel, but warn readers who loved the first two books not to expect a typical trilogy continuation and conclusion. I did find the Stone Book Quartet more satisfying. Perhaps because Colin and presumably Garner are "for uncertainty," believing that "all discovery is play" that "never finishes," that "there are no final answers," that time is multi-linear, and that "faith is the only truth, belief the only reality," the ending of the novel is ambiguous and difficult for this reader to pin down.

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The story then shifts to an anonymous stone-age man watching stars, carving a bull in a rock, finding a woman and a child encased in ice and exposing them to the birds, and having visions of riding Grey Wolf. Boneland is the long-delayed 50 years! But the later novel is not a simple continuation of the plot and surely not of the style, genre, or narrative technique of the earlier ones. But Boneland is much more openly interested in psychology and psychiatry than his earlier Cheshire books. As I read Boneland, in addition to the connection between the stone-age man and contemporary Colin, I wondered about things like, What happened to Susan, with whom he adventured in the first two books? Why did Garner decide to write this third book so many years after the second one?

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Boneland by Alan Garner – review

Alan Garner, and the cover of the 50th anniversary edition of The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, to which Boneland is a concluding episode. With their mixture of folklore and thrills, they lurk long in the imagination. Their heroes, siblings Colin and Susan, encounter a wizard, Cadellin, and become tangled in a battle against dark forces. Susan begins a process of quasi-deification — the last time her brother sees her, she is galloping with the Nine Maidens towards the Pleiades. In terms of style and subject matter the book is far removed from its distant parents. Garner has eschewed the more straightforward storytelling found in those for the oblique, jagged methods of his Red Shift. Time and space, Garner suggests, are bendier than we can know.

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Alan Garner to conclude Weirdstone of Brisingamen trilogy

Garner, described by Philip Pullman as "better than Tolkien", launched his career in with the fantasy novel The Weirdstone of Brisingamen. Susan is the unknowing owner of the Weirdstone, a magical jewel sought by the wizard Cadellin, the "svart-alfar" dark elves and a brood of witches. The author has now completed the trilogy with Boneland, out from Fourth Estate in August, which sees an adult Colin searching for his lost sister. The lack of the third book, I discovered, gave the readers of the first two a sense of urgency. There are nuggets in the text that hint of unfinished business. The links to the book-not-written had become subliminal cliffhangers. Why did it take so long for Boneland to gestate?

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Jun 08, Nigel rated it did not like it Flagged as the third in the Weirdstone trilogy and published 50 years after the first two extremely popular stories were written, this book came as a shattering disappointment to this loyal childhood devotee of Alan Garner. His renowned fantasies, aimed at ages, say, 10 to 13, and kind of a cross between Enid Blyton and Tolkien, were the must-read volumes among my young peers in the 70s. They were imaginative, original, fast-paced and utterly gripping and followed the adventures of Colin and Flagged as the third in the Weirdstone trilogy and published 50 years after the first two extremely popular stories were written, this book came as a shattering disappointment to this loyal childhood devotee of Alan Garner. Inspired by a devotion to Celtic myth and laced with a subtext of regret at the post-industrial erosion of nature and our faith in the mystical, the books were filled with poeticism and suspense.

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