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Frances Hardinge

Autor(a) de The Lie Tree

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About the Author

Frances Hardinge was born in 1973 in the United Kingdom. Her first novel, Fly By Night, won the Bradford Boase Award in 2006. Her other books include Verdigris Deep / Well Witched, Twilight Robbery, and A Face Like Glass. Cuckoo Song won the Robert Holdstock Award for Best Novel at the British mostrar mais Fantasy Awards in 2015 and The Lie Tree won the 2015 Costa Book of the Year award. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Obras de Frances Hardinge

The Lie Tree (2015) 1,634 cópias
Fly by Night (2005) 1,471 cópias
A Face Like Glass (2012) 749 cópias
Cuckoo Song (2014) 725 cópias
A Skinful of Shadows (2017) 583 cópias
Gullstruck Island (2009) 510 cópias
Verdigris Deep (2007) 501 cópias
Deeplight (2019) 425 cópias
Twilight Robbery (2011) 362 cópias
Unraveller (2022) 180 cópias
The Island of Whispers (2023) 22 cópias
Halfway House 3 cópias
Hayfever 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron (2012) — Contribuinte — 315 cópias
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume One (2007) — Contribuinte — 201 cópias
Mystery & Mayhem: Twelve Deliciously Intriguing Mysteries (2016) — Contribuinte — 55 cópias
Fearsome Magics (2014) — Contribuinte — 49 cópias
The Outcast Hours (2019) — Contribuinte — 44 cópias
La Femme (2014) — Contribuinte — 11 cópias
Subterranean Magazine Winter 2014 — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
Twisted winter (2013) — Contribuinte — 4 cópias
BBC Proms 2019 : Prom 44 : Belshazzar's Feast [sound recording] (2019) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
BSFA Awards 2022 (2023) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK
Locais de residência
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
University of Oxford (Somerville College)




Reading the finalists for the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book often makes me despair. Does the genre of young adult sf&f have to be so, well, generic? Saying Frances Hardinge "transcends" genre is condescending, but she does refuse to be hemmed in by it, I think. Unraveller is squarely YA, in that it's about young people coming into adulthood and learning to navigate that, but it's not the currently overly common YA narrative of villages getting attacked and people going on quests, which are clearly written by writers who have watched a lot of Avatar: The Last Airbender but not read many actual books. (Though if that's what the market wants, can we blame them?)

Anyway, Unraveller is set in a fantasy world where a sufficiently angry person can incubate inside themselves a "curse egg," which then allows them to hit the target of their anger with a curse—usually a thematically appropriate but disproportionate punishment. If, for example (minor spoiler here), you are a boat inspector who goes around fining people for illegal fishing, maybe you get transformed into bait for the hook of a fisherman. One of the two main characters has the talent of "unravelling"; he can follow the threads of a curse and unravel it, which usually required him to emotionally understand the curser and set things right. The other main character is a girl who he uncursed; she was transformed into a bird... and still sometimes finds herself yearning for that way of being.

So, as I am coming to realize is typical of Hardinge, we have an interesting secondary world but also a set of concepts that are thematically rich. No one would ever be tempted to use the term "magic system" to describe this book. There are a lot of really great sequences in this novel, as the two protagonists travel from place to place, unravelling curses, but also slowly realizing that there's a conspiracy they need to unravel too, a plot to leverage the power of cursers in a systematic way. Hardinge is an evocative writer, and her dark landscapes throb with life.

Compared to the previous Hardinge novels I've read, I would rate this below The Lie Tree and A Skinful of Shadows but above Deeplight. Though I liked a lot about this novel, I felt like its ambition somewhat outreached its grasp. There were a rich set of associations here, but by the novel's end, I didn't think they'd totally cohered. The metaphorical associations resonating in Unraveller's conception of cursing didn't pay off in the plot about the conspiracy. In our era of populist leaders leveraging anger to dark purposes, it seemed to me that there was some potential in how the conspirators were taking people's curses and misdirecting their anger to fulfill their own ambitions, but this wasn't really present in the text. I also found the conspiracy plot a bit jerky in the way it unfolded.

But, you know, give me a flawed Frances Hardinge novel over a successful A:TLA ripoff any day. So many of those books are completely forgettable; this book contains images I will remember for a long time.
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Stevil2001 | outras 9 resenhas | Jun 7, 2024 |
“You couldn’t trust people. Dogs snarled before they bit you, but people often smiled.”

I picked this up simply because the cover and title were interesting, having no idea that this was actually a children’s book! However it was very enjoyable and one of the most appealing and unique stories I’ve read in a while.

The main character was strong and entertaining, without being your typical naïve beauty. Bear was also a fun addition. It was refreshing to read a YA book that had no romance. Not everything needs to revolve around a very old vampire seducing a very young child!… (mais)
moosenoose | outras 26 resenhas | Apr 4, 2024 |
To anyone that follows me---READ. THIS. BOOK.

The story blew me away and I can't explain, because to do so is to spoil elements of the book.

Just read it and don't read any book descriptions.
Trust me on this.....
jazzbird61 | outras 25 resenhas | Feb 29, 2024 |
This is a 2024 Lone Star novel.

I don't think I'm a Frances Hardinge person. It took me FOREVER to read this book, and I had to make myself pick the book up. I had trouble following what was going on, as the characters are moving around constantly. The initial catalyst got lost in the moving around with Kellen unravelling curses.

So, Kellen unravels curses. Someone seems to be collecting cursers; Kellen and Nettle are recruited to help discover what is really going on, only to discover the Kellen has unknowingly been cursed. You'll meet Nettle's brother, a bird, who helps them as needed. They run about meeting different people, unravelling curses, and try to solve the overall mystery.… (mais)
acargile | outras 9 resenhas | Feb 20, 2024 |



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