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Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
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Over Sea, Under Stone (1965)

by Susan Cooper

Other authors: Margery Gill (Illustrator)

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Series: The Dark is Rising Sequence (1)

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Dark and deliciously suspenseful. I'm a little surprised it wasn't too dark and deliciously suspenseful for my somewhat sensitive children, but they usually have more trouble with movies than with books so maybe I shouldn't be surprised. I'm glad, though, because I enjoyed the book and now we can put the second in the series in our "lunchtime listening" queue. ( )
1 vote ImperfectCJ | Apr 28, 2016 |
I think this is the German version of Over Sea, Under Stone
  Revels | Mar 10, 2016 |
Ostensibly the first book in the Dark is Rising series, but I read it after I'd already been introduced to Will Stanton. It's my least favorite of the series and I like the Drew siblings the least of all the characters in the series, but it's still far and away better than all other fantasy. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
Description: On holiday in Cornwall, the three Drew children discover an ancient map in the attic of the house that they are staying in. They know immediately that it is special. It is even more than that -- the key to finding a grail, a source of power to fight the forces of evil known as the Dark. And in searching for it themselves, the Drews put their very lives in peril.

This is the first volume of Susan Cooper's brilliant and absorbing fantasy sequence known as The Dark Is Rising.

Thoughts: I received [The Dark is Rising], the second book in this series, as my SantaThing gift. Naturally, I couldn't read it until I read the first book in the series!

This book certainly felt like one written in 1965. The story was good but there is very little time spent on slowly building the character relationships or advancing the plot. It clips along rather quickly from event to event. It's still rather good, just missing a lot of that nuance and atmosphere that most really compelling books would contain today.

Rating: 3.5
Liked: 3.5
Plot: 3.5
Characterization: 3
Writing: 3.5
Audio: 4
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  leahbird | Jan 24, 2016 |
This has the potential to be a fun story, but the main characters are flat, their actions are unbelievable at times (even for the setting), and the writing is just so-so. Too many deus ex machina for one story. ( )
  memlhd | Jan 23, 2016 |
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Susan Cooperprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gill, MargeryIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jennings, AlexNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rikman, KristiinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Westrup, Jadwiga P.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Barney hopped from one foot to the other as he clambered down from the train, peering in vain through the white-faced crowds flooding eagerly to the St Austell ticket barrier. "Oh, I can't see him. Is he there?"
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On holiday in Cornwall, the three Drew children discover an ancient map in the attic of the house that they are staying in. They know immediately that it is special. It is even more than that -- the key to finding a grail, a source of power to fight the forces of evil known as the Dark. And in searching for it themselves, the Drews put their very lives in peril.

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Three children on a holiday in Cornwall find an ancient manuscript which sends them on a dangerous quest for a grail that would reveal the true story of King Arthur and that entraps them in the eternal battle between the forces of the Light and the forces of the Dark.… (more)

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