This book combines elements of Treasure Island, Oliver Twist and Frankenstein. A boy cursed with a girl's name, Rosamund has had a difficult life in the orphanage. It was made bearable by three adult staff members who have taken care of him since the day he was left on the doorstep. He longs for a life at sea, like his hero Master Fransitart, but instead is selected to become an apprentice lamplighter. Foundling tells the story of his travels through an amazing world called the Half Continent, and the many terrifying, bizarre and interesting people he meets along the way. D.M. Cornish has invented whole new languages that sound really familiar. One of my favorite things about this book is the masterful foreshadowing. All the clues are there, if only you pay attention.
Rosamund meets a glammergorn, a small monster, called Freckle, who seems to know all about Rosamund. They have a long conversation, but Rosamund ends up with more questions than answers.
Rosamund meets Mr. Fouracres, a postman. Fouracres is the first person Rosamund has ever met who not only has conversations with monsters, but admits to having them as friends.
Foundling - A Tale of the Half Continent
Humphrey Bower does an amazing job narrating this story. He has to create a wide variety of voices for non-humans.
One of the very best audiobooks ever. It was designed to be read aloud, and I love Jim Dale's voices. I don't understand why he made the twins Irish, but it worked for me.
The story reminds me of the work of Isak Dinesen, because it's so imaginitive and the descriptions make everything come alive.
I didn't want to listen to it all in one sitting. I had to ration my self to a few minutes at a time because I didn't want it to end. It's the kind of book you can listen to over and over and hear something new every time.
Deborah Harkness has taken the vampire genre to a whole new level. The settings are described in rich detail, evoking locations from Oxford, England to Medieval France to upstate New York. Meticulously researched, it combines history and science to explain the supernatural. Modern science is woven seemlessly into the plot contrasting with the rich alchemical symbolism. As a love story, it is compelling. Two strong characters who slowly come to acknowledge their feelings for each other. Bring on volume two!
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