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Colin Meloy

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14 verk 4,299 medlemmar 162 recensioner 3 favoritmärkta

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Colin Meloy was born in Helena, Montana on October 5, 1974. He graduated from the creative writing program at the University of Montana in Missoula in 1998. He became the singer and songwriter for the band the Decemberists. In 2004, he wrote a 100-page book on The Replacements' third album, Let It visa mer Be. He is also the author of the children's series The Wildwood Chronicles, which is illustrated by his wife Carson Ellis. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre

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Verk av Colin Meloy

Wildwood (2011) 2,443 exemplar
Under Wildwood (2012) 783 exemplar
Wildwood Imperium (2014) 495 exemplar
The Replacements' Let It Be (2004) 123 exemplar
The Stars Did Wander Darkling (2022) 95 exemplar
Everyone's Awake (2020) 39 exemplar
Colin Meloy Sings Live! (2008) 1 exemplar

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Your adolescence is not that unique or interesting. It's certainly much less unique and interesting than this album, which plays a fairly minor part in this boring memoir.
 
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ecdawson | 5 andra recensioner | Jan 22, 2024 |
Brightly illustrated rhyming poem about a family who cannot fall asleep due to mysterious circumstances. Hilarious illustrations and verse. Middle elementary level, some extremely high vocabulary for rhyming sake(chintz?).
 
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zrobinson | 4 andra recensioner | Jan 18, 2024 |
Mostly, I thought it was too long, but I also thought it was too twee and derivative. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Amanda Plummer and I thought she was purposely trying to put the emphasis in weird places in sentences, which just compounded my annoyance with the book overall.

Wildwood gets two stars instead of just one because it's serviceable. If a kid really wanted a long fantasy similar to C.S. Lewis, I wouldn't tell him NOT to read this.
 
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LibrarianDest | 106 andra recensioner | Jan 3, 2024 |
Maybe Archie Coomes has been watching too many horror movies.

The story follows teenager Archie Coomes and a group of his pals as they investigate the sinister happenings that are quickly taking over their peaceful seaside Oregon town. What's going on with the appearance of three strangers who seem new to being human? Why do old photographs indicate some ancient evil at the heart of the town’s founding? And why are all the adults suddenly replaced with sticky, odd-smelling replicants? It's up to our kid protagonists to find out and save the day!

I found The Stars Did Wander Darkling to be a fun, creepy, attention-grabbing story, that has echoes of Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Stranger Things, and the Goonies in its DNA. It's 1980s Oregon setting was engrossing for me (I love the state of Oregon). I love the folk horror vibes - and even the folk horror/black metal stylings of the cover text. It's squarely in my aesthetic wheel house- so kuddos, to Carson Ellis. However, a long and slow buildup culminates in a rushed climax and resolution (that's a bit ambiguous) which is keeping me from getting this book a glowing 5 star review.

I will say I found the final chapter to be cinematic, disturbing, and sad. SO it does end in an effective manner. It just rushes to get there.

The book references a lot of nostalgic media that younger readers wouldn't know but it's a fun bit of a trip for older readers. This book is full of authentic chills and splashes of gore (which surprised me!) - and I think is suitable for middle school readers on up.

I'd be curious to read a sequel to this book, as I think there were a lot of great seeds planted for expanding the lore Meloy sets up.

The Stars Did Wander Darkling by Colin Meloy is an enjoyable classic coming of age horror novel about the bonds of friendship, respecting the land, and the horrors of history. It's ending is a bit rushed but overall, the book is a spooky and nostalgic delight.
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ryantlaferney87 | 5 andra recensioner | Dec 8, 2023 |

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Statistik

Verk
14
Medlemmar
4,299
Popularitet
#5,844
Betyg
½ 3.6
Recensioner
162
ISBN
123
Språk
9
Favoritmärkt
3

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