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Catherine Fisher

Autor(a) de Incarceron

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About the Author

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 mostrar mais 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) mostrar menos


Obras por Catherine Fisher

Incarceron (2007) 3,493 exemplares
Sapphique (2008) 1,543 exemplares
Obsidian Mirror (2012) 338 exemplares
The Dark City #1 (Relic Master) (1998) 328 exemplares
The Snow-Walker Trilogy (2003) 273 exemplares
Darkhenge (2005) 205 exemplares
The Lost Heiress #2 (Relic Master) (1999) 176 exemplares
Darkwater (2000) 153 exemplares
Corbenic (2002) 148 exemplares
The Margrave #4 (Relic Master) (2001) 140 exemplares
Circle of Stones (2010) 116 exemplares
The Clockwork Crow (2018) 116 exemplares
The Door in the Moon (2015) 91 exemplares
The Snow-Walker's Son (1993) 66 exemplares
Relic Master Part 1 (2013) 53 exemplares
The Ghost Box (2008) 46 exemplares
The Velvet Fox (2019) 40 exemplares
The Lammas Field (1999) 39 exemplares
Relic Master Part 2 (2009) 39 exemplares
The Empty Hand (1995) 32 exemplares
The Speed of Darkness (2016) 25 exemplares
The Candle Man (1994) 25 exemplares
Belin's Hill (1997) 22 exemplares
The Conjuror's Game (1990) 19 exemplares
The Soul Thieves (1996) 18 exemplares
Fintan's Tower (1991) 18 exemplares
The Midnight Swan (2020) 16 exemplares
At the World's End (2015) 13 exemplares
Quilting in Squares (1982) 7 exemplares
The Magic Thief (2010) 6 exemplares
The Crystal Stair (2016) 5 exemplares
Pan Book of Dogs (1976) 5 exemplares
The Bramble King (2019) 5 exemplares
Incarceron / Sapphique (2012) 4 exemplares
Altered States (1999) 4 exemplares
The Hare and Other Stories (2006) 4 exemplares
The Unexplored Ocean (1995) 2 exemplares
Immrama (1988) 2 exemplares
The Tunnel (2018) 2 exemplares
Folklore (2006) 1 exemplar
First Impressions (2007) 1 exemplar
The Weather Dress (2006) 1 exemplar
KEFERI 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Dragon Days (2004) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



YA Arthurian Mental Illness em Name that Book (Março 2016)
YA fantasy series, young priestess, child-god em Name that Book (Agosto 2010)


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 | 187 outras críticas | 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 | 187 outras críticas | Dec 19, 2023 |
LisaBergin | 15 outras críticas | Apr 12, 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.… (mais)
SWONclear | 8 outras críticas | Apr 11, 2023 |



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