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Post by Mrs Figg on Thu Apr 17, 2014 6:26 pm

Alan Garner can do that for me nearly as much as Tolkien.

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Re: Six Books, One Scene Each

Post by halfwise on Thu Apr 17, 2014 6:40 pm

didn't know him, looked him up, looked interesting.

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Re: Six Books, One Scene Each

Post by Mrs Figg on Thu Apr 17, 2014 8:39 pm

try Weirdstone of Brisingamen and Elidor, both superb tales, Garner is seriously underrated like a lot of writers who are known for childrens fantasy books. In Weirdstone Garner wrote the most claustophobic cave sequence I have ever read. It always makes me squirm.  Very Happy

''Although Garner's early work is often labelled as "children's literature", Garner himself rejects such a description, informing one interviewer that "I certainly have never written for children" but that instead he has always written purely for himself. Neil Philip, in his critical study of Garner's work (1981), commented that up till that point, "Everything Alan Garner has published has been published for children", although he went on to relate that "It may be that Garner's is a case" where the division between children's and adult's literature is "meaningless" and that his fiction is instead "enjoyed by a type of person, no matter what their age."

''The English author and academic Charles Butler noted that Garner was attentive to the "geological, archaeological and cultural history of his settings, and careful to integrate his fiction with the physical reality beyond the page." As a part of this, Garner had included maps of Alderley Edge in both The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and The Moon of Gomrath. Garner has spent much time investigating the areas that he deals with in his books; writing in the Times Literary Supplement in 1968, Garner commented that in preparation for writing his book Elidor:
I had to read extensively textbooks on physics, Celtic symbolism, unicorns, medieval watermarks, megalithic archaeology; study the writings of Jung; brush up my Plato; visit Avebury, Silbury and Coventry Cathedral; spend a lot of time with demolition gangs on slum clearance sites; and listen to the whole of Britten's War Requiem nearly every day''
In the fiftieth anniversary edition of The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, published by HarperCollins in 2010, several notable British fantasy novelists praised Garner and his work. Susan Cooper related that "The power and range of Alan Garner's astounding talent has grown with every book he's written", whilst David Almond called him one of Britain's "greatest writers" whose works "really matter". Philip Pullman, the author of the His Dark Materials trilogy, went further when he remarked that:
"Garner is indisputably the great originator, the most important British writer of fantasy since Tolkien, and in many respects better than Tolkien, because deeper and more truthful... Any country except Britain would have long ago recognised his importance, and celebrated it with postage stamps and statues and street-names. But that's the way with us: our greatest prophets go unnoticed by the politicians and the owners of media empires. I salute him with the most heartfelt respect and admiration."
Another British fantasy writer, Neil Gaiman, claimed that "Garner's fiction is something special" in that it was "smart and challenging, based in the here and the now, in which real English places emerged from the shadows of folklore, and in which people found themselves walking, living and battling their way through the dreams and patterns of myth." Praise also came from Nick Lake, the editorial director of HarperCollins Children's Books, who proclaimed that "Garner is, quite simply, one of the greatest and most influential writers this country has ever produced."
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Re: Six Books, One Scene Each

Post by RA on Sat Apr 19, 2014 2:52 am

A very tough challenge - honestly I think my enjoyment over what varies greatly depending on my mood. But here goes

I really liked farmer Maggot's character and his resilience; It was neat that wasn't cowed by the Wraiths when he was escorting Frodo. He really painted a picture for me of the various kinds of hobbits there are out there in the world.

The Council of Elrond scene. I liked the collaboration between all these lords and the exposition was cool. Bilbo had a funny moment there that reminded me of the Bilbo from the Hobbit.

Merry and Pippin's description of the Ents' march to Isengard. Pippin's description make it sound as though seeing the whole forest move with you isn't something words will do justice. I guess the description felt more real as a result than if the book went into great lengths to try and describe it vividly.

A window on the West. Faramir is so cool. I think its neat that there are characters who can hold to their convictions when temptation presents itself. The scene where he presents himself and claims how fate has dropped this into his hands and then laughs quietly and recites his vow, that's my favorite moment with Faramir.

Gandalf's trial at the gates of Minas Tirith where he is all that stands between the Witch King and the city. I imagine the scene being very tension filled with neither side wanting to be the first to show any sign of weakness.

I like the part in the scouring of the Shire where Frodo and the other others are being escorted by the Shirrifs; it was a cool reflection on their characters and how much they had all changed. They were now intimidating to this band of volunteers  Laughing 

It's really tough because I don't necessarily like these particular scenes more than a few others I have in my mind right now, but if I had to choose there you go  Very Happy 

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Re: Six Books, One Scene Each

Post by Pettytyrant101 on Sat Apr 19, 2014 2:04 pm

Oooh good choices RA- this is proving a harder challenge than I thought!

Maggot was on my book 1 list too, good choice RA.
But now I need a book two moment.

I think I have to give it to the wonderful atmosphere generated at Weathertop at the campfire, with the Tale of Luthien and the description afterwards, with the rock outcrop silhouetted against the horizon. The build up is pitch perfect.

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