Midwinterblood

Midwinterblood

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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IndyPL_SteveB May 24, 2019

A fine piece of writing, more complex and interesting the deeper you go into it. The book is a collection of seven short stories about a Scandinavian island, but the effect is that of a novel. The first story is almost horror, set in 2073, as a reporter, Eric Seven, travels to Blessed Island to find out whether the rumors about a mysterious flower which confers long life are true. As he meets the people who live there and becomes attracted to the beautiful Merle, he begins to forget why he came. Each subsequent story takes place at an earlier time: 2011, 1944, 1902, etc. back to an unknown time when Vikings lived on the island. Each story helps to explain some part of what we witnessed in the first story and what we witness in each story down the line.

*Midwinter Blood* is carefully written for the connections between the stories, yet each is moody and haunting. It’s the sort of book that gives you dreams for days afterwards. Also, a well-done audio book, with atmospheric narration by Julian Rhind-Tutt.

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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