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Andrea K Höst

Australian writer of science fiction and fantasy.
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen - Alan Garner Garner writes like a book of legends. The names are strange and sonorous, the story one of danger, and honour, of old magic and new friends. There is much chasing, and hiding, and monsters to send any child scurrying under the covers.Although you could make comparisons to Lewis or Cooper, Garner's stories read very differently. The children, Susan and Colin, are not strongly characterised. They are good and brave and there's little more told about them. The creatures of legend they meet are the richly-coloured ones, the subject of the story, and the two children merely the eyes through which we are permitted to visit them.'Weirdstone' is the stuff of myths and ancient heroism, and particularly of horror. These are the stories you read to children who delight in shivering at the fingers reaching in the dark.