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War for the Oaks (1987)

af Emma Bull

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Eddi McCandry, an unemployed Minneapolis rock singer, finds herself drafted into an invisible war between the faerie filk.
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Emma Bull is an author I have been meaning to read for a long time. She was one of the first to start the whole sub-genre of urban fantasy. And although urban fantasy can contain rubbish so can any other genre, it also contains gems.

War for the Oaks was not one the books that I added to Mount TBR over the years, but it was the first book by Bull that I came across when browsing the library catalogue, and I had heard mention of it. More than enough reason to pick it up.

The novel centres on Eddi McCandry, a rock and roll singer who has just broken up with her boyfriend and left her band. She has also just been chosen by the Seelie Court as the mortal they will bind to them on the battlefield. Discovering that faeries exist was shock enough, discovering that they want her in order to bring mortality to war is on a whole different level.

Just as important as the fey in this story is the music. Eddi is a musician and singer. That’s who she is, and it is part of the reason the Phouka gives for having chosen her. If you aren’t into music then you may find some aspects of the book a little skim-worthy. I’ll admit I found that some of the descriptions of the music and band scenes went on a little too long, but music isn’t really my thing. I listen to it, I enjoy it, but I’m pretty much as far from a musician as you’ll get. I still enjoyed the majority of it, and I really liked the way the music became part of the plot.

I also loved Eddi and Carla’s friendship. They really felt like real characters with real history.

Overall I enjoyed it, and I think I will be reading more Bull1 in the future. So far I have her Falcom and Territory on Mount TBR, anyone got any other titles they think are better by her? ( )
  Fence | Jan 5, 2021 |
I saw this on a list of UF books and when I read that this was the 'defining novel for urban fantasy' I couldn't pass it up.

It really was a treat, and I can see the places where authors nabbed from and ran, or used similar tropes and tricks. I do appreciate that not everything was explained on the page, and that the reader is forced to think about what would happen next.

I do wish there had been more of that final battle explained. Did the 'ointment' wear off, or something? There is no excuse for there to be so few details about that battle. It was hellish, yes, and I'm sure fugue state had something to do with it, but there wasn't even a hint of magic messing with perceptions, here. A few pages of gore might have even helped the reader get a sense of foreboding for what would happen next.

I did like the response to that final battle, though. That was pure Eddi, and I appreciated in full what went down. I do hope Eddi taught a lesson to Faerie about the extremes of human emotion and how they can overwhelm even strong Fae.

There were a few dated references, and a few things that were....perhaps accepted at the time, but are no longer. It didn't take away from the overall feel of the book, but it was a bit of a shock to read nonetheless. ( )
  m_mozeleski | Aug 22, 2020 |
76 points/100 (4 stars/5).

Eddi McCandry is a musician, and when coming home from a gig one night, she runs into the fae. Now they want to use her in the war between Seelie and Unseelie. She is just a musician, what possible use could they have for her?

I really enjoyed reading this book. I'm reading this for the r/urbanfantasy book club. I typically avoid older urban fantasy, or older anything really. I could really tell this was an older book. The word choices are completely different than what we would choose today. The story itself have remarkable similarities, though. I amused myself while reading this by coming up with all the ways this is similar to other series I have read in the genre. There are many of the tropes we have come to know and love (or hate), but this is the precursor to many.

Eddi is an okay main character. For urban fantasy, she is different than what you see today. She isn't a detective, she isn't a vampire slayer. She didn't stumble into some grand adventure she just couldn't stay away from. She is just a chick with a guitar and a really good voice, and was chosen for a goal. Eddi has normal, everyday worries like how is she going to make money, transportation, and her friends. Then there is the added stress of what the fae want from her. She isn't the best character in this book, that would be the Phouka. She is full of flaws, but she is the one the fae chose.

This book surprised me with how much the romance subplot took up. It shouldn't have, perhaps. It has just as much romance as modern urban fantasy does. However, I haven't seen as much hate on for this book as I have for others in the genre regarding the romance. But, that is another long drawn out randt, and this isn't the place. It is, perhaps, a bit of a obvious romance from the start. I liked it, it was cute and fulfilling. It is the romance that most of us, perhaps, want in our lives.

I'll confess that I didn't give one lick about the band and music aspects of this story. I was rather bored by it all, honestly. It isn't really anything that personally interests me. I find it weird that song lyrics are in a book, anyway. Maybe I'm not.. knowledgeable about late 80s music, but I could not even tell if those were real lyrics or not. I just didn't care enough to bother even look them up. I will give her props if she made it all up though, that isn't easy.

I loved the fae. You may not know this, but I absolutely love fae in my series. They're my favourite urban fantasy creature. This book did not disappoint me. I'm often disappointed with fae in urban fantasy. They're always written so poorly. I loved the way Emma Bull wrote these fae, so much. It is my favourite part of the entire book. Every bit with the fae in it was a bit I was hanging on to every word on.

The ending, though. Wow, was I caught off guard by that ending. The book is very serious the whole way through until that ending. It felt like an anime ending. I seriously stopped and laughed for five minutes solid when I got to that proposal. It felt so cheesy. I was not expecting that at all. I was expecting a more... tragic ending than I got. Just, this is such an old book, how does it have an anime ending? I'm still in awe of this fact.

This was definitely worth reading the once. I enjoyed the story, but I don't believe I'll read it again. I may check out more of Emma Bull's urban fantasy works, though. Especially if it will give me more good fae. ( )
  keikii | Jan 23, 2020 |
This book is listed on some "must read" lists for fantasy as the first urban fantasy. Now I am not an urban fantasy reader but had a copy. I wasn't enamoured of it. In fact around about page 100 I nearly gave up. The beginning is really boring. I then skim read for a bit and the novel picks up a bit once the war begins. So I did finish it and the end is much better than the beginning but my reaction was still "meh". I just don't like urban fantasy much and a lot of this book was like treacle to read. ( )
  infjsarah | Jan 13, 2019 |
Eddi McCandry is in a band that’s going nowhere and in a relationship with the band’s leader that’s heading the same way when after their latest gig ends badly is accosted on her way home after quitting from both. There’s a war brewing between the Seelie and Unseelie courts of Faerie that would lack meaning without a mortal’s involvement and it appears Eddi has just been drafted. Until the conflict begins in earnest she is assigned a protector in the shape of a phouka and despite Eddi’s best efforts won’t leave her side. Needing something to occupy her time and take her mind off upcoming events Eddi, at the urging of Carla (best friend and drummer from the band she just quit), starts a new band and sets about recruiting members. The phouka will act as roadie. Can she live to see the end of the conflict and even make a success of both sides of her new life?

This accomplished debut novel is regarded as a forerunner for the urban fantasy genre that blends the world of magic with the one we know as real. It also deals heavily with the life of a musician and all that that entails with occasional song lyrics being inserted into the story. It’s very firmly set within the time period it was written with the culture, music and fashion all being late 80’s. There’s a good sense of place with the Minneapolis backdrop to the story featuring prominently. My copy of the book includes a couple of scenes from a screenplay written by the author and her husband and a few notes about why and how they wrote it. An enjoyable early work of the genre. ( )
1 stem AHS-Wolfy | Oct 14, 2018 |
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Whenever I describe my Tufa novels, The Hum and the Shiver and the upcoming Wisp of a Thing, to potential readers, they immediately mention two literary antecedents. One is the Silver John stories and novels by Manly Wade Wellman, which I discussed here. The other is Emma Bull’s 1987 novel War for the Oaks. ... As with the Silver John stories, I now understand why people make the connection to my Tufa books. In this case, there are both musicians and faeries, and a sense that magic resides in music. But also as with Silver John, I think that similarity is mainly a surface one. Which, again as with Wellman’s tales, actually delights me, because it means I can enjoy War for the Oaks with a clear conscience.
tilføjet af legallypuzzled | RedigerTor.com, Alex Bledsoe (pay site) (Apr 29, 2013)
 
In short ... I just can’t imagine anyone not liking War For the Oaks. It has everything you could possibly want in a book except pirates and space ships - and the phouka wears a sort of piratey ruffled shirt at one point so that partially covers the pirate angle. It’s funny, it’s sad, it’s thought - provoking, and did I mention that it is sexy as hell? With all those significant glances and enigmatic statements and, oh yeah, some really hot, if not extremely explicit, sex? Just go read it; if you combine it with some good coffee and some good songs in the background, I can almost guarantee you the perfect day.
tilføjet af legallypuzzled | Redigersmart bithces, sb sarah (pay site) (May 2, 2011)
 

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