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Catherine Fisher

Forfatter af Incarceron (book 1)

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Catherine Fisher was born in Newport, Wales in 1957. She graduated from the University of Wales with a degree in English. She is a fantasy writer and poet. Her books include The Conjuror's Game, The Snow-Walker's Son, and Sapphique. She also writes the Book of the Crow series and the Relic Master vis mere series. She has won numerous awards including the WAC Young Writers' Prize for Immrama in 1989 and the Mythopoeic Society of America's Children's Fiction Award for Incarceron in 2007. She has worked in education and archaeology and as a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Glamorgan. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre


Værker af Catherine Fisher

Incarceron (book 1) (2007) 3,540 eksemplarer
Sapphique (2008) 1,562 eksemplarer
Oraklet (2003) 416 eksemplarer
Obsidian Mirror (2012) 343 eksemplarer
The Dark City #1 (Relic Master) (1998) 330 eksemplarer
The Snow-Walker Trilogy (2003) 275 eksemplarer
Månens bjerge (2004) 229 eksemplarer
Darkhenge (2005) 207 eksemplarer
Dødens Have (2005) 194 eksemplarer
The Lost Heiress #2 (Relic Master) (1999) 179 eksemplarer
Darkwater (2000) 163 eksemplarer
Corbenic (2002) 149 eksemplarer
The Hidden Coronet #3 (Relic Master) (2000) 149 eksemplarer
The Margrave #4 (Relic Master) (2001) 140 eksemplarer
The Slanted Worlds (Obsidian Mirror) (2013) 135 eksemplarer
The Clockwork Crow (2018) 118 eksemplarer
Circle of Stones (2010) 117 eksemplarer
The Door in the Moon (2015) 95 eksemplarer
The Snow-Walker's Son (1993) 67 eksemplarer
Relic Master Part 1 (2013) 55 eksemplarer
The Ghost Box (2008) 48 eksemplarer
The Lammas Field (1999) 41 eksemplarer
The Velvet Fox (2019) 41 eksemplarer
Relic Master Part 2 (2009) 40 eksemplarer
The Empty Hand (1995) 33 eksemplarer
The Speed of Darkness (2016) 26 eksemplarer
The Candle Man (1994) 25 eksemplarer
Belin's Hill (1997) 22 eksemplarer
The Conjuror's Game (1990) 19 eksemplarer
The Soul Thieves (1996) 19 eksemplarer
Fintan's Tower (1991) 19 eksemplarer
The Midnight Swan (2020) 17 eksemplarer
At the World's End (2015) 13 eksemplarer
The Red Gloves and Other Stories (2021) 9 eksemplarer
Quilting in Squares (1982) 7 eksemplarer
The Magic Thief (2010) 6 eksemplarer
Pan Book of Dogs (1976) 5 eksemplarer
The Crystal Stair (2016) 5 eksemplarer
The Bramble King (2019) 5 eksemplarer
The Hare and Other Stories (2006) 4 eksemplarer
Altered States (1999) 4 eksemplarer
Incarceron / Sapphique (2012) 4 eksemplarer
The Unexplored Ocean (1995) 2 eksemplarer
Immrama (1988) 2 eksemplarer
The Tunnel (2018) 2 eksemplarer
The Yellow Nineties 1 eksemplar
Folklore (2006) 1 eksemplar
First Impressions (2007) 1 eksemplar
The Weather Dress (2006) 1 eksemplar
KEFERI 1 eksemplar

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Great writing, a nice quick pace, and a driving plot kept me from putting this book down much once I'd started in on it. Still, it wasn't totally satisfying for me.

The dystopian world Catherine Fisher creates in the book is totally intriguing: After a violent upheaval called the "Time of Rage" the government takes control and puts all the criminals (along with the meek and the poor, I think) into a vast prison called Incarceron. Incarceron is supposed to be a utopia, but the sentient (artificial?) intelligence that controls the prison turns it into a hellish wasteland. Meanwhile, outside the prison, the elite are forced to live in a false feudal-ish era because the government has decreed that modernity and change are dangerous.

So you have a 17-year-old boy, Finn, and his motley group of friends inside Incerceron trying to get out. And you have a girl, Claudia, trying to discover the secrets of Incarceron to escape an arranged marriage to the future King. Not a bad setup.

My criticisms are largely matters of taste, I guess. None of the characters were particularly likable. Finn and Claudia were both hella angsty. And there wasn't very much in the way of humor or good feelings. If you don't mind 442 pages of dark, dreary, and tense then this will surely thrill you. As for me...I wasn't thrilled.

Another criticism, and a tiny bit of a spoiler, is that this book seems to be true sci-fi, but kind of drifts into fantasy in the end, by which I mean the conclusion lacked a logical explanation. Maybe the second book will do a better job of explaining Sapphique (I'm guessing so, since it's title is "Sapphique"). We shall see.
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LibrarianDest | 186 andre anmeldelser | Jan 3, 2024 |
This book would make a wonderful film, with its cinematic blend of 18th-century costume drama, mythological fantasy, and post-apocalyptic cyberpunk fun. Fisher tells an engaging story that has a bit of a Golden Compass feel to it.

However, the characters weren't compelling enough for me to consider picking up the sequels. It wasn't just that Claudia didn't interest me (I have a low tolerance for rebellious princess-types). Finn was even likable, and his quasi-mystical seizures gave a lot of texture to the story.

Yet both leads lack depth - not only do they not change during the story, but the reader knows everything there is to know about them by about page 50. In general, none of the emotional moments or reveals in this story surprised me, and there are few moments when the main characters surprise themselves. Which would be fine for many action-driven YA novels, but the narrative seems to demand a bit more that what Fisher gives us.

So, an imaginative book but not one that appealed to me as an adult reader who enjoys complex characters.

(Minor quibble: Sapphique sounds less like a trickster god and more like a Francophone feminist bookstore. But maybe that's just me.)
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raschneid | 186 andre anmeldelser | Dec 19, 2023 |
This is the second book in the Clockwork Crow series. After she has rescued Tomas from the Fae Folk, Serene is content to live happily ever after at Plas-y-Fran and enjoy the summer. Things are going great until Tomas and Serene are alone for a while and a mysterious governess comes to the house. Along with her, she brings a carousel that is not like any ordinary carousel. It is magic and seems to have bewitched the whole family except for Serene. It is up to her and the crow to save the whole family and banish the strange happenings from the house for good. I would recommend this for anyone who has read the first book in the series. You can read them independently, but it would be better to start with the first book in the series.… (mere)
SWONclear | 8 andre anmeldelser | Apr 11, 2023 |



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