Audiobook CD - 2011
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"Seven linked vignettes unfold on a Scandinavian island inhabited--throughout various time periods--by Vikings, vampires, ghosts, and a curiously powerful plant"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY Random House, p2011
ISBN: 9780553552133
Characteristics: 5 sound discs (5 hrs., 49 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Rhind-Tutt, Julian 1968-


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m2 Aug 24, 2014

This book is a disturbing read and it is also confusing to read; the story starts in 2073 and goes back in time, following a series of 7 incomplete vignettes until you finally learn what's going on in the last few pages and the epilogue. I listened to this on audiobook and while the actor was terrific, I often felt confused and wanted to re-read or flip back to an earlier section to figure out what was going on -- also he spoke very quietly in some sections of the audio and this 53 year old had some trouble hearing. Essentially, Sedgwick is exploring the 'killing of the king' folklore/mythology motif in these interlocking stories, but the stories and the characters are sort of half - drawn, evoking atmosphere but not bringing any clarity until the end.

I think the story is stunning and shocking and fascinating -- but not satisfying or well written. It really surprised me that this book won the Printz in competition with John Green's gorgeously constructed Fault in our Stars.


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