Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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Seven stories of passion and love separated by centuries but mysteriously intertwined--this is a tale of horror and beauty, tenderness and sacrifice. An archaeologist who unearths a mysterious artifact, an airman who finds himself far from home, a painter, a ghost, a vampire, and a Viking: the seven stories in this compelling novel all take place on the remote Scandinavian island of Blessed where a curiously powerful plant that resembles a dragon grows. What binds these stories together? What secrets lurk beneath the surface of this idyllic countryside? And what might be powerful enough to break the cycle of midwinterblood? From award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick comes an audiobook about passion and preservation and ultimately an exploration of the bounds of love.
Publisher: New York : Listening Library, 2014
ISBN: 9780553552140
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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