Boneland is Alan Garner’s continuation of the story thread which began in his first and enduringly popular fantasy children’s novel, The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, published in 1960, it has never been out of print. The Moon of Gomrath followed in 1963 taking the story further with the same two children, Colin and Susan. But Boneland is particularly fascinating because it takes the story into adulthood, with Colin again the main proponent. Boneland is read by the experienced actor Robert Powell, at the request of Alan Garner himself.
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Not an easy book to listen too, quite complicated and a bit surreal. Slightly disappointed as it is not really Werdstone 3 in my opinion. Same scenery and Colin was the main character but very much different story to other two books in Weirdstone trilogy, not what I was expecting. Despite this I can't say I didn't enjoy the book.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
The ending felt a bit quick and not conclusive. Will the Trilogy have another book??
What three words best describe Robert Powell’s voice?
Very easy to listen too.
If this book were a film would you go see it?
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
When I stumbled across Boneland I was over the moon, and even went so far as to immediately call my wife and excitedly tell her that the Wierdstone duology had a third part. I bought and downloaded it immediately and couldn't wait for my drive home to find out what had happened to Colin, Susan, Gowther, Fenodyree, Cadellin and their other friends and enemies.
After a hopeful start things began to go down hill fairly quickly, but I stuck to it in the hope that somebody new and exciting, or even someone from the previous books, would make an appearance and drag the book back from madness towards something magical and enchanting, but in vain.
I stuck with it right to the end, always hoping, but when the book came to its abrupt end I was left thinking 'So?' and 'Why?'. The feeling of involvement in the narrative which had gripped me through both of the other books never made itself felt in Boneland and I felt real sadness that the magic of Weirdstone appeared to be gone forever, never to be extended. Thank goodness that I have both of the other books in my Audible library, which I re-visit when the need for an escape to magical adventure takes me.
If you are looking for an extension to the excitement of the first two book in this trilogy, I don't think that Boneland will be a particularly enjoyable work for you. If it's your first visit to the trilogy, it might just work as a standalone listen, but personally I'd suggest you listen to the other two and spend a credit on something else.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
As a child I absolutely adored Alan Garner's novels - Weirdstone, Moon of Gomrath and Elidor were 3 of favourite books. I was so looking forward to Garner's return to that territory but this book was a severe disappointment. The 'plot' is nigh on incomprehensible and it is an extremely dull listen. About the only thing going for it is its very short. Sadly disappointing.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Don't expect a children's book or a simple follow up to Weirdstone and Moon of Gomrath. This story raised more questions than it answered. The writing is extraordinary, drawing you into the mythology of the landscape and events far beyond what we can understand.
Colin can't remember his life before the age of 12 and his sister has vanished. Why can't he leave his home, where is Susan, who are the chauffer and the psychologist? A much older story is interwoven with Colin's search for his sister.
This is an impossible book to review but if the first two books made an impact on your childhood that you haven't quite shaken off then give this a try. It's strange and wonderful and I can't stop thinking about it. Robert Powell's narration is also excellent.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
What could Alan Garner have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
.... The Weirdstone was the first book I remember reading as a child ... and I have returned many times to re-read ... I just loved it ..... Boneland is a world away from my childhood ... and therefore one of the biggest disappointments ... so sorry Alan to be so negative .. but I was expecting to be transported back to wizards .. and dwarfs and the excitement of a previously tasted treat ... I was left wanting ...
Did Robert Powell do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?
yes ... Robert Powell is excellent
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
huge disappointment ... even sadness
Any additional comments?
try again . please ... .... this time for us 50 year old kids ..... who love childrens' books !
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
This is probably Garner's most powerful book next to Red Shift and Robert Powell reads it brilliantly.
Read 50 years on from the others. Would be difficult for a child in comparison with the first two.