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Foundling by D. M. Cornish

Foundling (2006)

by D. M. Cornish

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Rec. by LauraW for world-building. ?ŠCheck out all the appendices in the back - apparently they're about 1/3 the book.
Well, not quite. ?áIt's still a longer book than expected. ?áAnd still odd, in so many ways. ?áSome of the writing is awkward: I almost gave up after, Birchet was a torture masquerading as a cure," because Birchet is a medicine and so the phrase is reversed. ?áBut I'm glad I didn't, because there was also some lovely writing. ?áAlso, some of the world-building was cliche, and some very original. ?áAlso, it took me two days to read this, despite the fact that it was easy enough to read and sufficiently engaging. ?áAlso, I'm glad I finished, but have no interest in reading the rest of the trilogy (especially because the titles of the next two books are spoilers). ?á I wonder if D.M. Cornish is a pen name for two writers, a la' Donny and Marie from Cornwall or something, as some parts & aspects of the book seem so much better than others. ?á

Well, anyway, to those who have read it, I respect your opinion whether you loved this or abandoned it with disgust. ?áAnd while I can't recommend it, I won't discourage those still considering it from trying it for themselves." ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Yes, but Kindle. Unsure.
  Xleptodactylous | Apr 7, 2015 |
Rossamund is a boy with a girl's name. He is an orphan and has spent his whole life at Madame Opera's Estimable Marine Society for Foundling Boys and Girls. He is now off to start employment. Due to his inexperience, a whole series of adventures or misadventures occur and his natural honesty and goodness help him to win friends. The story is set in a world where humans and monsters are at odds with each other and monster fighters are heroes.
I really liked it. It took me a few chapters to get into the world and figure things out, but once I did, I settled right in. One interesting feature of this book is the definitions at the start of each chapter. Also, my copy had great drawings of the different characters, which I liked. The book was much shorter than it looked due to the extensive glossary provided at the end. ( )
  nittnut | Mar 11, 2015 |
I have a confession to make. This book has been sitting on my shelf for years. I've picked it up and put it down before. Twice. It was in my donation pile for a while until I friend who had read it begged me to pull it out and give it another go.

I'm glad I was convinced.

The opening of Foundling is slow and cliched, let's just get that out of the way. The reason I didn't succeed with this book in previous attempts is the horribly cliched opening. Spoiler: it got better.

Once I'd pushed through the opening and realised I didn't need to consult the extensive glossary at the back of the edition I read to understand what was going on this book was a rare thing. It's original! The world and the magic are very cool and very different. The play on morality that went throughout was really well-done, too, I loved seeing the shades of grey through Rossamund's eyes.

While nothing seemed to *happen* in this book I don't think it lacked for it. Some books need a plot and double-crosses and a driving pace to keep everything hanging together, this book didn't. It was a beautifully easy to read, fascinating introduction to the world, the magic and the concepts Cornish is playing with in this series.

I'm fascinated as to where he's going with it and expect to be thoroughly rewarded with an excellent opening up of the sort of dark can of worms that only really good fantasy can pull off. ( )
  heaven_star | Oct 20, 2014 |
Full review: http://tenaciousreader.wordpress.com/2013/12/27/foundling-by-d-m-cornish/

Pretty much, not sure why I gave this book 2 whole stars. It's a gigantic info dump, a character that acts and is treated like a child much younger than I think he was actually supposed to be. It's message is as subtle as a billy club to the face. The concept was the only thing about this book that worked for me. ( )
  tenaciousreader | May 24, 2014 |
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foundling (noun) also wastrel. Stray people, usually children, found without a home or shelter on the streets of cities or even, amazingly, wandering exposed in the wilds. The usual destinations for such orphaned children are workhouses, mills, or the mines, although a fortunate few may find their way to a foundlingery. Such a place can care for a small number of foundlings and wastrels, fitting them for a more productive life and sparing them the agonies of harder labor.
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Rossam√ľnd, a young boy with a girl‚Äôs name, has never known his parents, and has lived his entire life at Madame Opera‚Äôs Estimable Marine Society for Foundling Boys and Girls, shielded from the horrors of the outside world. When he comes of age, however, a mysterious leer named Mr Sebastipole offers him a job as a lamplighter along the monster-fraught Wormway, far to the south. With his trusty almanac to guide him, Rossam√ľnd must journey to High Vesting in the state of Brandenbrass, down the black waters of the Humour river, led by mysterious and sinister companions that are more often foe than friend. The outside world is a terrible, dangerous place for a young Foundling boy.
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Meet Rossam√ľnd?a foundling, a boy with a girl?s name who is about to begin a dangerous life in the service of the Emperor of the Half-Continent. What starts as a simple journey becomes a dangerous and complicated set of battles and decisions. Humans, monsters, unearthly creatures . . . who among these can Rossam√ľnd trust? D. M. Cornish has created an entirely original world, grounded in his own deft, classically influenced illustrations. Foundling is a magic-laced, Dickensian adventure that will transport the reader.

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Having grown up in a home for foundlings and possessing a girl's name, Rossam√ľnd sets out to report to his new job as a lamplighter and has several adventures along the way as he meets people and monsters who are more complicated that he previously thought.… (more)

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