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Over Sea, Under Stone
Over Sea, Under Stone | Susan Cooper
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On holiday in Cornwall, the three Drew children discover an ancient map in the attic of the house that they are staying in. They know immediately that it is special. It is even more than that -- the key to finding a grail, a source of power to fight the forces of evil known as the Dark. And in searching for it themselves, the Drews put their very lives in peril. This is the first volume of Susan Cooper's brilliant and absorbing fantasy sequence known as The Dark Is Rising.
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merelybookish
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Well, I loved this! It was iffy at first (all that talk of the natives) but then Simon, Jane & Barney found a map and their real quest (to find the grail) began. I loved the writing esp. the description of the Cornwall landscape. I loved how fully each kid was characterized. I loved the range of adults. I loved that it felt truly menacing at times. I loved how Arthurian myth was woven into the everyday. So fun! Now to wait for Book 2!

batsy Ooh, yay! So glad you enjoyed. ❤️ 2w
LeahBergen I‘ve meant to read this series for years! 1w
Larkken this series is 🌟 🌟 🌟 preach!
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merelybookish @batsy I really did! The writing was beautiful and I was genuinely scared a few times. The situations felt real even with the fantastical elements. 1w
merelybookish @LeahBergen I had never heard of it till I went searching for a book published in 1965 for a challenge. But I'm so glad I discovered it. It's middle grade British fantasy at its best, I'd say. You should give it a go! 1w
LeahBergen I definitely will! And I love this Puffin cover. 😍 1w
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merelybookish
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I'm excited to read this beloved work of British fantasy for children...but I do wish they'd stop talking about fighting the natives. 🙄

TobeyTheScavengerMonk The rest of the series is exponentially better! 2w
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Darklunarose
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I started reading this series as it was part of a recommended reading list in another book by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart and was instantly charmed. Though it is a little hard to read as she writes the accents really well. A lot slower then other books in the series but still a pick.

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Onceuponatime
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Finished this tonight as I sit here at the emergency vet with the doggo. I‘ve heard from many people that this series had a huge impact on them them as kids. I had never read it and decided it was time. I found it very underwhelming...slow pace, flat characters I never really cared for or connected with. I wanted to like it so much more! 😬

Bookwormjillk I hope your dog is okay. 3mo
TrishB Hope Doggo ok. Looks like my Sansa 🐶 3mo
Libby1 Get well soon, sweet doggie! 3mo
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Soubhiville I hope your pup is alright! 3mo
mabell I hope your pup is doing ok! ❤️ 3mo
Lcsmcat I hope your puppy is ok. 3mo
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WhatThePuck
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Mehso-so

This book was a very slow read for me. The plot was there, the interest was there, but the pace and excitement were lacking. I never found myself saying "just one more page." A lot of times I made myself read further to a stopping point when I would've rather put it down mid paragraph. Lackluster is the word that keeps coming to mind. 3/5 ⭐'s

mcipher I loved these all as a kid, then re-read last summer and was surprised by how kind of boring they are - but loved them anyway because of the feeling they evoked for me. Did you read this now for the first time? 3mo
WhatThePuck @mcipher yes, first time for me. I'm moving on to the second book, The Dark Is Rising. 🤞🤞 3mo
mcipher That one is my favorite - hope you like it more!! 3mo
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xicanti I loved these books SO MUCH when I was 10, and they bored me silly when I tried to reread them in my early twenties. Sadness. 3mo
Onceuponatime I‘m reading this now and came to Litsy to see what people think of it...because Im finding it pretty slow. I‘ve heard people rave about this series and how much they loved it when they were young, but I am about to bail on it. 😢 Have you started the Dark is Rising yet? Is it better? 3mo
WhatThePuck @Onceuponatime I'm not very far into the 2nd one, but it already appears to be faster paced. 3mo
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TK-421
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I've been wanting to reread The Dark is Rising sequence for quite awhile--maybe this year? The Sword in the Stone is still on the #neverendingtbr list. #Stone #ReadingResolutions

LibrarianRyan I love this series. I too have been wanting a reread. I even have a set already. 10mo
TK-421 @LibrarianRyan 🙌 My first encounter with this series was in grade 9 English when we were assigned The Dark is Rising. I recall daydreaming about it on the bus on my way to school & I don't remember being affected that way by a book since reading The Egypt Game & Ring Rise, Ring Set in elementary school. It wasn't until I was in my late 20s or early 30s that I realized The Dark is Rising was part of a series. 10mo
LibrarianRyan @TK-421 I read it pretty young. It was part of my read the entire library while living in Alaska. I didn't read Egypt Game until I was an adult. I had friends who loved it and I think I missed something. To me, the Westing Game. OMG!! 10mo
TK-421 @LibrarianRyan I'm sure I read The Westing Game when I was about 13, but I don't remember a thing about it! I'm looking forward to rereading it. Yeah, I have fond (though vague) memories but I'm not sure how the Egypt Game will hold up reading it as an adult 30+ years later. 10mo
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Brooke_H
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Bedtime reading interrupted by dog licks.

BookaholicNatty ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
CouronneDhiver Aww 😍😍 12mo
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NHLibrarian
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The rest of my Friday is looking pretty good.
🔥🍵📚

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LibrarianRyan
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Okay I am going to hit a few with this post. It's a fantasy #saga that was made into a depressingly okay movie about 10 years ago. Some were #publishedinthe70s as they range from 1965-1977. This was such a fantastical #journey when I was a child that when I saw a box set I had to buy it. One day I will pass it to my nephew even though I have had this set so long it's yellowed. All these books #gotogether never to be parted. #junliantjuly

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Love love love love love. 1y
LibrarianRyan @TobeyTheScavengerMonk I know right. I picked up a box set years ago for a reread and haven't gotten to it yet. 1y
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batsy
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Some of my favourite #fantasy books. Love the books that depict growing strangeness and unease when the lines between this world and an unknown one start to blur, with elements of mythology, folklore, and the old religions. #ReadingWomenMonth @thereadingwomen

saresmoore Have you ever made reading lists by topic or genre? Because I would love it if you did. 😁 2y
batsy @saresmoore Oh no ... I might enjoy it just little *too* much 😁 2y
saresmoore Well, if you ever feel so inclined as to create one, please do let me know! 2y
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bookwrm526
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I already used this for one #aprilbookshowers prompt, but since I finished it now and it fits the prompt for today, I'm using it again - three #siblings go on an Arthurian themed adventure. I liked the relationship between the siblings. They worked together well, if sometimes grudgingly, but they each also got to have their own piece of the adventure! Here's a picture of my sibling (and mom), while we are on the topic :)

leslieisreading I LOVED those books when I was growing up! 👍🏻 2y
bookwrm526 @leslieisreading I had never heard of them, somehow, but one of the hosts of the Get Booked podcast recommended them. 2y
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bookwrm526
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My #currentread fits the #mythology prompt for today! Arthurian mythology abounds as three children try to help their great uncle on an adventure! #aprilbookshowers @RealLifeReading

CrowCAH Beautiful scene! 2y
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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The #spinepoetry has been amazing today. I decided to get in on it in my classroom and I'll do another tonight if I get the chance.

Over sea, under stone
They led the way
Over the wall
Out of the dust
Standing tall

Witness
Pure sunshine,
Bright shadow

#marchintoreading

Oryx So cool. Hadn't heard of spine poetry! Will have to give this a go. 2y
Rachbb3 👍👏👏 2y
saresmoore Nice! 2y
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LeahBergen Good one! 2y
Onlaughterandliteracy I love this! I plan to do this with my classroom in April for poetry month. Do you have any guidelines you gave the kids that were helpful? 2y
Loreen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @Onlaughterandliteracy This one was just me with my classroom books, but I definitely think it could work with students. It would be great to do in the library, then not only do you get the poetry but the kids are finding books they might not otherwise. 2y
readinginthedark 👏🏻 2y
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hlgreenfield
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Finished this last night. Was a fast read and engrossing enough, but not my favourite book ever. I was undecided between giving it "pick" or "so-so" but in the end I had to go with pick, I did enjoy the characters and it certainly leaves a promise of lots of interesting things to come. I enjoyed it enough to want to read the rest of the books. Being a children's book there were some twists that were obvious and so, but all in all a fun read.

Peddler410 I‘m reading this to my daughter — it‘s her current postal book club book. I read the others in the series in college but never read this one. Have you finished the series? 11mo
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hlgreenfield
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The story of how I got this book: when I was about 8-9 years old and fully obsessed with Harry Potter a friend of my parents told me she'd read a book series when she'd been my age that she loved and thought was a perfect fit - she gave me her whole collection...At the time I couldn't read in English so I stored them to read later and forgot about them - they were mentioned in the latest book I read and I knew it was time to read them!

TobeyTheScavengerMonk This one is a little slow, but book 2 is incredible. 2y
hlgreenfield @TobeyTheScavengerMonk I was finding it a bit slow, but I was enjoying the characters enough that I'll probably be giving the rest of the series a chance! ( Unless it suddenly gets very bad in the second half of the book) 2y
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