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The Absolute Book: 'An INSTANT CLASSIC, to rank [with] masterpieces of fantasy such as HIS DARK MATERIALS or JONATHAN STRANGE AND MR NORRELL’ GUARDIAN (original 2019; edição 2022)

por Elizabeth Knox (Autor)

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A bewitching epic fantasy about a revenge killing, a mysterious scroll box that has survived centuries of fires, and the book that changed everything "Intricately plotted and gorgeously written, The Absolute Book is a cinematic tale that is by turns dark and dreamlike, yet ultimately hopeful." --Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches   "An instant classic . . . It is everything fantasy should be." --The Guardian Taryn Cornick believes that the past--her sister's violent death, and her own ill-conceived revenge--is behind her, and she can get on with her life. She has written a successful book about the things that threaten libraries: insects, damp, light, fire, carelessness and uncaring . . . but not all of the attention it brings her is good. A policeman, Jacob Berger, questions her about a cold case. Then there are questions about a fire in the library at her grandparents' house and an ancient scroll box known as the Firestarter, as well as threatening phone calls and a mysterious illness. Finally a shadowy young man named Shift appears, forcing Taryn and Jacob toward a reckoning felt in more than one world. The Absolute Book is epic, action-packed fantasy in which hidden treasures are recovered, wicked things resurface, birds can talk, and dead sisters are a living force. It is a book of journeys and returns, from contemporary England to Auckland, New Zealand; from a magical fairyland to Purgatory. Above all, it is a declaration of love for stories and the ways in which they shape our worlds and create gods out of mortals.… (mais)
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Título:The Absolute Book: 'An INSTANT CLASSIC, to rank [with] masterpieces of fantasy such as HIS DARK MATERIALS or JONATHAN STRANGE AND MR NORRELL’ GUARDIAN
Autores:Elizabeth Knox (Autor)
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3.5 stars ( )
  danielskatz | Dec 26, 2023 |
Rich, wonderful (as in ‘full of wonder’), challenging, well-written. I kept thinking about it for a long time after I had finished reading it (twice), which is always a good sign. ( )
  Edward528 | Dec 23, 2023 |
After three attempts due to this being a favorite author, I've decided to throw in the towel. I am not the right audience for this one. ( )
  sgwordy | Dec 31, 2022 |
(8.5) During the reading of this book, I was reminded of the Booker Prize winner The Luminaries, by New Zealand writer Eleanor Catton. Not because of a similarity in plot line, but more due to the complexity of the story line and the wonderful descriptive, lyrical language. It is also a substantial book at 652 pages.
The book moves between the events in contemporary times and an alternate world of the Sidhe (Celtic faery people) and the Taken, the humans they have removed from our world, often due to their dire situations.
I found myself rereading passages at time as it does require a heightened level of focus to understand or anticipate what is happening. I admit to being lost when the MI5 were involved, trying to find a link between to men who died linked to a compound in Pakistan. However, by the closing pages all the inter-connections have been revealed. Probably a book that would be better appreciated on second reading. Maybe a book to be tackled over a quiet holiday break with no distraction. The language is great and I did come across a new word - inspissated which had me reaching for my Oxford dictionary.
there were also some frightening, thrilling scenarios and fantastical creatures which kept you on the edge of your seat.
There are so many themes running through this book, murder, revenge, the preservation of books and libraries, religion and the human race's environmental impact on our world. ( )
  HelenBaker | Nov 14, 2022 |
‘The Absolute Book’ is full of all the things I love in a fantasy - folklore, Norse mythology, angels and demons and a journey to purgatory! I could have really loved it if all these elements were fully fleshed out and well connected. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case.
The core plot is really very simple, the familiar tale of humans finding themselves in a fantasy world and going on a quest to find a magical item.
The first part hooked me. The important message about libraries looked promising. Then the plot thickens … a lot. There are so many different plots and characters that I constantly struggled to keep up; frustrating gaps in the narrative; and pages upon pages of descriptions that should have been edited – or even edited out. Forty pages about rolling a tyre along the beach? Seriously? This should have been a major point but it just went on and on and on.
The story is so disjointed that I had to repeatedly go back to see if I’d missed something - but when I went back and re-read passages I thought I'd skipped over, I realised that I wasn't actually missing any information: the information just wasn't there.
I normally love a long, fantasy epic, but this one was pretty much wtf is happening 50% onwards… ( )
  Jawin | Aug 24, 2022 |
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This is all to say that the experience of reading the New Zealand writer Elizabeth Knox’s contemporary fantasy novel The Absolute Book reminded me of how I felt reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell or The Left Hand of Darkness or His Dark Materials or, to move out of genre, Life After Life or The Underground Railroad. I felt that my position in relation to the book’s capacious intellect and imagination and moral purpose was a vertiginous one. It was thrilling and frightening, reading this book.
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I am Envy, begotten of a chimney-sweeper and an oyster-wife. I cannot read, and therefore wish all books were burnt. I am lean with seeing others eat. O, that there would come a famine through all the world, that all might die, and I live alone! Then thou should’st see how fat I would be. But must thou sit and I stand? Come down, with a vengeance!

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When Taryn Cornick's sister was killed, she was carrying a book.
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A bewitching epic fantasy about a revenge killing, a mysterious scroll box that has survived centuries of fires, and the book that changed everything "Intricately plotted and gorgeously written, The Absolute Book is a cinematic tale that is by turns dark and dreamlike, yet ultimately hopeful." --Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches   "An instant classic . . . It is everything fantasy should be." --The Guardian Taryn Cornick believes that the past--her sister's violent death, and her own ill-conceived revenge--is behind her, and she can get on with her life. She has written a successful book about the things that threaten libraries: insects, damp, light, fire, carelessness and uncaring . . . but not all of the attention it brings her is good. A policeman, Jacob Berger, questions her about a cold case. Then there are questions about a fire in the library at her grandparents' house and an ancient scroll box known as the Firestarter, as well as threatening phone calls and a mysterious illness. Finally a shadowy young man named Shift appears, forcing Taryn and Jacob toward a reckoning felt in more than one world. The Absolute Book is epic, action-packed fantasy in which hidden treasures are recovered, wicked things resurface, birds can talk, and dead sisters are a living force. It is a book of journeys and returns, from contemporary England to Auckland, New Zealand; from a magical fairyland to Purgatory. Above all, it is a declaration of love for stories and the ways in which they shape our worlds and create gods out of mortals.

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