Fire and Hemlock
Polly Whittacker has two sets of memories. In the first, things are boringly normal; in the second, her life is entangled with the mysterious, complicated cellist Thomas Lynn. One day, the second set of memories overpowers the first, and Polly knows something is very wrong. Someone has been... show more
Polly Whittacker has two sets of memories. In the first, things are boringly normal; in the second, her life is entangled with the mysterious, complicated cellist Thomas Lynn. One day, the second set of memories overpowers the first, and Polly knows something is very wrong. Someone has been trying to make her forget Tom - whose life, she realizes, is at supernatural risk. Fire and Hemlock is a fantasy filled with sorcery and intrigue, magic and mystery - and a most unusual and satisfying love story. Widely considered to be one of Diana Wynne Jones's best novels, the Firebird edition of Fire and Hemlock features an introduction by the acclaimed Garth Nix - and an essay about the writing of the book by Jones herself.
Publish date: April 12th 2012
Pages no: 438
Edition language: English
I love Diana Wynne Jones; the wit, the insight, the strong characters of both sexes, the innovation... But... a “romantic fantasy” and “thoroughly satisfying love story” this aint.The book is brilliant, undoubtedly. A modern (circa 1980s England) fairytale retelling of Tam Lin, with several other fa...
I had a lot of fun reading Fire and Hemlock, and if you like DWJ, don’t miss it. I won’t review it, but I’d like to make an easy reading guide with the products of what I've read and thought that will allow me to remember how things work. The mechanics are by no means simple, but I believe the book ...
[This review is day one in my 30 Day Book Challenge - my favourite book]I first read Fire & Hemlock when I was around nine. Since then, I'd estimate that I've read it anywhere between five and seven times. Each time, it has enthralled me, and, on my third reading (probably around ten), I promptly de...
As much as I love Ms. Jones, I could not get into this book. It promised me a protagonist with two sets of memories. Instead I got a teenager sitting down one day and recounting her childhood as if it was full of details that she'd merely not thought of in a while, not a completely new set. There...
Um. Totally have no clue how I feel about this one. At all.