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Subject: Susan Cooper Dark is Rising Series
Date Posted: 11/20/2008 2:25 PM ET
Member Since: 8/12/2008
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Wow...how did I miss this series? Written in the 60s...Newberry award winner, great fantasy series for young readers! When I was growing up (long, long ago) I read all the standards: Llloyd Alexander, Narnia, etc. Loved fantasy and sci fi. Always looking for something new. But I somehow missed this series so far (read the first book, "Over Sea, Under Stone" and now am reading the second book, "The Dark Is Rising") These are listed as young adult on Amazon; I think they would be great for the younger crowd! I'm going to buy the set for my nephew, who is in 6th grade and just finishing the Lemony Snicket series.

So, if you too somehow missed this series, pick it up! I got my books from the library, but they are available on PBS also. If I like the series enough, I may just order a set to keep.

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Date Posted: 11/20/2008 6:36 PM ET
Member Since: 6/23/2006
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I just finished Over Sea, Under Stone and it was very good.  I happened to pick it up at a FOL sale where it was only 1 of 2 books I found. I'm excited to find the next one in the series, as well :)

Date Posted: 11/20/2008 10:24 PM ET
Member Since: 12/21/2007
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The second book of the five, The Dark is Rising, is on my all-time top 5 YA books. It is a gem of story-telling, and I always feel replete and sigh with regret that it is over at the end. I like the whole series, but that book is the acme. It's a good sign that you both liked the first book--it was written much earlier than the others and many people feel it is the weakest book of the set, but I like it quite well.
Date Posted: 11/21/2008 8:07 AM ET
Member Since: 5/18/2008
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Well, when I read them I liked the first one very well, but the rest disappointed me. (I have this certain checklist that I go through when I'm reading fantasy--things that I don't like to see, and things that I do.)  I really didn't like how all of the regular humans are just oblivious to what is going on--and when one of them chances to figure something out, they get BRAINWASHED! That really ticked me off. :-) But they are written well. Have you seen the move, "The Seeker?" That is The Dark is Rising--butchered. Even though I didn't like the series, the movie was messed up! *grin* oh, well.

 

HML

Date Posted: 11/24/2008 6:02 PM ET
Member Since: 2/7/2008
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Oh, I  LOVE these books - especially the second and fourth. Jane and Simon and Barney are all right, but my 12 year old heart belonged only to Will. A few years ago before we left the UK DH and I were driving through Wales and we just happened to drive past Cader Idris (see Bk 4), and I made him drive all the way up (as far as we could before the road ran out.) It was magic! Misty and gorgeous and just as described in the book. His mother had read them all to him as a kid as bedtime stories so he didn't think I was a complete nutter, fortunately.

I'm currently on my third keeper copy of the five books in one, I re-read them so often. They truly are classics.