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Summerland Summerland is the story of a young hero on a quest through the strange world of the American Faery This is a fantasy for readers of all ages set against the background of the American myth The Clam I

  • Title: Summerland
  • Author: Michael Chabon
  • ISBN: 9780606292559
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Summerland By Michael Chabon, Summerland is the story of a young hero on a quest through the strange world of the American Faery This is a fantasy for readers of all ages, set against the background of the American myth The Clam Island fairies are in grave peril War is coming, another battle in an ancient conflict When the band sends for a champion, they get an 11 year old boy named Ethan Feld HeSummerland is the story of a young hero on a quest through the strange world of the American Faery This is a fantasy for readers of all ages, set against the background of the American myth The Clam Island fairies are in grave peril War is coming, another battle in an ancient conflict When the band sends for a champion, they get an 11 year old boy named Ethan Feld He hates baseball and wants to quit his losing team, but Jennifer T Rideout loves baseball and won t let him quit The two find themselves on a journey that includes zeppelins, werefoxes, Indian mythology, sasquatches, wendigos, and the haunted 161 year old husk of George Armstrong Custer Finally Ethan becomes who he is a changeling, a hero, and even a man Publisher Statement

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    1. A review from 2002 and the Washington Post, written before Coraline was published It is possible to look at the growth of the phenomenon of crossover fiction essentially, Children s or Young Adult fiction which is enjoyed and consumed in quantity by adults in several different ways You could view it as a sad symptom of the creeping infantilisation of the culture You could see it as a triumph of marketing Or, optimistically, you could view it as a need by adults for Story, without which children [...]

    2. The perfect love child of Shoeless Joe and American Gods, and one of the best tween age novels I ve ever read This is the first of Michael Chabon s books that I ve read, but it s obvious on every page that he isn t a children s author, but simply a great writer who decided to write a children s book Better than merely utilitarian, Chabon s language is a joy to read accessible enough that my then 9 year old stepson enjoyed it, yet I was kept on my toes by the rich, sharp imagery and inventive use [...]

    3. Convoluted I desire to give this 500 pg hardbound book away a child who LOVES baseball, and who doesn t mind fantasy This was def the wrong choice of book for the first Chabon book I ve ever read But I am stubborn, and thought I could get into the story given I was educated as to Chabon s headspace after having lost a child, his grieving, his love of baseball, his wanting the remaining kids to have a story with hidden lessons.Not a book for me But I can definitely spot the jewels of the bookke P [...]

    4. Imagine Lord of the Rings if the characters stopped every couple days to play baseball.Working within an amalgamation of Norse, Greek, and Native American mythology as well as American tall tales, Chabon tells a not atypical coming of age quest story tied inextricably to baseball Baseball, as it turns out, is not only America s pasttime, but also a sacred institution on the other planes of existence Ethan, a kid who hates baseball, must learn to love it as he battles his way across the Summerlan [...]

    5. pi o meno tutto quello che sapevo sul baseball fino a una decina di giorni fa veniva da che botte se incontri gli orsi con walter matthau allenatore ad alto tasso alcolico di una scalcinata squadra di ragazzini effettivamente non molto per sviscerare i segreti della major league, e poco come ho constatato anche per apprezzare quest opera di cui temevo la definizione trappola romanzo fantasy per lettori di ogni et.pi del fiuto poterono l autore e una bellissima copertina, ma stato un errore perch [...]

    6. one of the many qualities that sets michael chabon s writing well beyond the realm of his contemporaries is his obvious love of craft throughout his works it is apparent that he finds sheer joy in the art of storytelling chabon s enthusiasm for literature is far reaching, as is evidenced by his ability to write engagingly well in many a different genre no two chabon books are ever all that similar, and as his career evolves, he seems set on authoring works entirely unlike their predecessors lite [...]

    7. I had some problems with the writing style of this book, and it had a convoluted plot, but I did sort of fall in love with this fantasy book I love kids lit and I m a baseball fan, so this was right up my alley He really knows baseball and my favorite part in the book was the comment about the designated hitter for me that alone was worth the read.

    8. Yet we know that no branch is utterly severed from the Tree of Life that sustains us all Peter Hewitt, as quoted in a Unitarian hymnal.Michael Chabon s Summerland offers a tale both staunchly traditional and boldly imaginative, weaving elements of Norse mythology together with Native American legends, tall tales, and just a dash of science fiction And baseball than anything else, this book is about baseball But don t let that put you off, even if you don t care for the game and I must admit I m [...]

    9. I guess if I were eleven years old, this book would ve been alright But, coming from a Pulitzer winning author, I was kinda expecting a 500 page kids fantasy novel to be at least moderately entertaining for adults as well Chabon s prose is excellent, but he tries too hard to be quirky and, therefore, the story never really sucks you in the way it s supposed to because nearly everything that happens in the plot feels random and silly The basic premise of SUMMERLAND is that a boy selected to be Ea [...]

    10. They traded in their hell hammers for bats, and their iron slippers for lace up leather spikes That s how all the demon virtues patience, deception, quick hands, craftiness, an eye for the mistakes of others they all got dragged deep into the game No, Mr Chabon wasn t talking SPECIFICALLY about the New York Yankeesbut we all get the reference, right You know the feeling you get when you start reading something and internally you re going, yeah, what he said, uhhuh, yup, oh yeah and you realize t [...]

    11. The description sounds good, eh I read this aloud to the kids About a hundred pages in I started having misgivings I did not enjoy this book But the kids would ve been out of sorts had I not finished it they ll listen to almost anything I don t really have anything good to say about this book While I ve read other books by the author and really liked them, this one counts as a FAIL For the record, my wife really enjoyed it Here s what I didn t like about it a the writing style too flowery hard t [...]

    12. I loved this book Not quite as much as Kavalier Clay, but still in the five star range It had a kind of Neil Gaiman y take on myth I love books that explore myth or archtypes in a modern context, but this was a really good example I have to admit the characters were far likeable and accessible to me than many of Gaiman s characters I enjoy baseball but I can t say I m a big baseball fan this really conveyed a sense of what the true fans see in it I haven t read Chabon s works other than this an [...]

    13. Listened to this with the kids on the road to New York I d listened to it on my own years ago, and have waited for the time when they were old enough, into baseball enough, etc I bought it for other kids But as Cubs fans say, THIS was the year The kids loved it fairies AND sports Best of all possibles Chabon does well reading, too, even with such a long book 12 discs Don t know how old you have to be to read it in paper I keep buying it in paper and then giving it away before I try I keep tellin [...]

    14. name a writing gimmick that is used in fantasy, particularly young adult fantasy, and i m sure it was employed here an alternate reality that is tied to our reality that explains all the mythological and fantastical characters in our collective mythos yes time works differently in this world, so you can be there and be gone for a lifetime or only a few minutes or SHOCK even go back in time yes a powerful nemesis who is actually the embodiment of every known evil since the beginning of time, incl [...]

    15. This book does not read like a children s book It reads like a book for adults trying to recreate the feeling of a children s book That is why it seems patronizing and artificial and riddled with cliches At this point any novel that features the magical elderly black man trope should be condemned Earlier writers could be excused but welcome to the 21st century.

    16. Featured in my Top 20 Books I Read in 2016 youtube watch v 4X6OQIs Michael Chabon the most American American who ever lived Probably, for a variety of reason and Summerland is indeed the most American fairy tail ever told Read it if you like baseball, or America, or Michael Chabon, but especially if you like baseball.

    17. I dearly love Michael Chabon s ability to write but this baseball fantasy legend struck out with me The main characters were decently drawn but the story kept falling through holes in the scenery, following Ethan on a shaky path After 150 pages, I decided that I just couldn t force myself to finish it and was enticed by other spines in bookcase That s disappointing because after Chabon masterpieces in The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay, The Final Solution, and Manhood for Amateurs, I was an [...]

    18. Summerland, by Michael Chabon, is a baseball themed novel about Ethan Feld and his friends Jenifer T Rideout, Thor Wignutt, Cinquefoil the ferister, Taffy the sasquach, Cutbelly the werefox, Grim the giant, Pettipaw the wererat, and Spider Rose the ferisher attempt to defeat the evil Coyote he s not a coyote, that s just his name In this novel, Ethen starts out as a kid who is not that good at baseball and is on the worst team in Summerland His dad loves baseball, so Ethan tries harder to get be [...]

    19. The Pulitzer Prize winning author take a stab at writing for young adults A very clever fantasy incorporating our real world with a parallel one that most mere humans don t know about, this is adventure and fantasy in brilliant colorful language and solid, interesting characters, mostly young or not human Ethan Field, the protagonist young fellow, is wonderful as he embarks on the challenge of rescuing his father from evil Coyote, and ends up working to save the world while he s at it The fantas [...]

    20. While I had trouble falling into the story, the writing, as would be expected with venerable Mr Chabon, was superb I read this book on the recommendation of my daughter and my wife as they both really loved the book As a kids book goes, this thing is packed with everything that make children s literature memorable and stuffed with so much that I hope children everywhere get the opportunity to read this book Using baseball as The Creation Story, Michael Chabon delightfully spins every complicate [...]

    21. Summerland came out a couple of years ago, a young adult novel by prize winning writer Michael Chabon I bought it because I like the author s other work, and I was intrigued by the baseball aspect of the structure Basically, it is an end of the world story in which baseball plays a role in not only daily life but in the possibility of salvation It sounds weird, and it is which made it all the interesting to me A boy who can t hit or field becomes our best hope in a struggle with dark elements w [...]

    22. It s been a few days, and I m still not quite sure what I think of this book It s long, and I finished it, so I suppose that s a good sign It made me want to love baseball like I had just finished watching Field of Dreams.UPDATE From a few months on, I can say that I enjoyed it and have fond memories of it.I do have one minor gripe, though Edwin Schr dinger s point with his famous cat example is that a thing cannot be both alive and dead at the same time the cat is either alive or dead, but not [...]

    23. MAN I really liked this book It was better in the middle than the end, but that s okay, that might be how I feel about all kid goes on a magical journey, Joseph Campbell type stuff.So The storyline was familiar, as I already sort of alluded to above But I didn t mind, because the writing is clever, the ideas are cute, and the characters were likeable, and not too cliche Most importantly, the story was FUN Hooray for Summerland and also for baseball Everyone who liked Harry Potter should read Sum [...]

    24. Best fantasy book about baseball, faeries, zeppelins, American Indian mythology, and Sasquatch ever written.

    25. The pace is a bit slow, but that seems to fit because the story is about baseball Also multidimensionality and the eternal fight of good against evil.

    26. I sold this to Nate as our next long audiobook as Baseball with faeries, like Fablehaven I didn t bother explaining that Michael Chabon is a Pulitzer winner, though I might have offered Hall of Fame membership as a simile for that accomplishment But I was certainly excited to try something that wasn t going to make my ears bleed as a reader of dubious talent flayed them with braided ropes of mangled phrases.I ll need to check out the Pulitzer winner and others soon, but Chabon did not disappoint [...]

    27. Summerland is your basic children s adventure where some kid is summoned in a fairy land as a champion and given the task to save it from some villain A twist is that it is supposed to do that by playing baseball instead of using magic swords or spells A lot of effort is given to flesh out the setting Clam Island, the place on which the story takes place, feels very lively and memorable thanks to the numerous descriptions of how people live and work Aesthetically speaking, I didn t like it much [...]

    28. A really fun book I m pretty sure 11 year old me would have absolutely loved it Plot reminded me of A Wrinkle In Time unpopular misfit kid and pal go on adventure to rescue a parent with help from mysterious and mythological creatures but much longer with lots of baseball thrown in the mix I didn t like it as much as A Wrinkle in Time mainly because I didn t find the baseball stuff all that interesting but it was still a really good book If you ve got a kid in your life who plays little league, [...]

    29. Wildly imaginative and wondrous, but hindered by it s conceit mythology via baseball and a bit wordy but that s Chabon, so I still enjoyed every bit of it.

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