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Over sea, under stone by Susan Cooper
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Over sea, under stone (original 1965; edition 1965)

by Susan Cooper

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Title:Over sea, under stone
Authors:Susan Cooper
Info:New York: Collier Books, 1989, c1965.
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Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper (1965)

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I read this years ago and remembered it to be the least exciting of the Dark is Rising series. The audiobook reading of it was fine, but it was a little boring - though that may have been because I remembered the story (which is more than I can say for many books I've read!). ( )
  cindywho | May 27, 2019 |
This book is so much better by itself as opposed to being a park of 'The Dark is Rising' sequence. I read this many, many times growing up, conservatively, perhaps six times before I picked up 'The Dark is Rising'. 'Over Sea, Under Stone' was a brilliant, dark successor to books like E. Nesbit's 'The Enchanted Castle', or as a less moral Narnia book. I loved the idea of exploring an old house and uncovering an old mystery, treasure maps, etc.

The interactions between the siblings were pretty accurate, full of squabbles and understanding - and the villains were eerie, to say the least. Creepy, smiley bastards straight out of a Stranger Danger after-school special. Some moments, like during the mask festival, bothered me for a long time after reading it, simply because some turns of events were unexpected to say the least.

A great dark fantasy with only light touches on the conventions of the genre, with liberal bits of Arthurian mythology mixed in. The problem I have with the rest of the Dark is Rising sequence is how heavy-handed the mythology and magic became, the story became almost enslaved to it, to the point where the characters receded from front-and-center to little game pieces of a greater scheme. Which is fine, if that's the kind of story you started out with, but that wasn't the case with 'Over Sea, Under Stone'.

The Dark is Rising

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  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
I love this book and this series tons, but it didn't work out so well as a read-aloud with our 10-year-old. I'm a bit sad that he didn't enjoy it as much as I do, but maybe in a couple of years he'll revisit the series. ( )
  scaifea | Sep 22, 2018 |
I enjoyed the writing, and the characters quite a lot. The plot, on the other hand, felt weak. Events happened far too conveniently. The narration was good, and I recall being very impressed with the second book in this series. I've heard from others that this is the weakest book in the series, so I'll keep listening and see how it goes. ( )
  hopeevey | May 20, 2018 |
I happen to own the third book in this series, but decided to start the series at the beginning, so I got this out of the library. I read a lot of middle grade books with my 10 year old. It was interesting to get into this one, because compared to a lot of the other middle grade fantasy books I've been reading recently this is a lot slower and the children are a lot calmer than in some of the newer books. It took me a bit to get into it just because I expected a lot more action from the description, but once I put my expectations aside I was eager to watch the kids work through the mystery, and rooting for them when the unsavory adults were after them.
  GretchenLynn | Feb 2, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Susan Cooperprimary authorall editionscalculated
Gill, MargeryIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dillon, JulieCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jennings, AlexNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rikman, KristiinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Westrup, Jadwiga P.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For my mother and father, with love
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"Where is he?"

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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0020427859, Mass Market Paperback)

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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