Lud-in-the-mist

Lud-in-the-mist

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Between the mountains and the sea, between the sea and Fairyland, lay the Free State of Dorimare and its picturesque capital, Lud-in-the-Mist. No Luddite ever had any truck with fairies or Fairyland. Bad business, those fairies. The people of Dorimare had run them out generations ago--and the Duke of Dorimare along with them. Until the spring of his fiftieth year, Master Nathaniel Chanticleer, Mayor of Lud-in-the-Mist and High Seneschal of Dorimare, had lived a sleepy life with his only son, Ranulph. But as he grew, Ranulph was more and more fond of talking nonsense about golden cups, and snow-white ladies milking azure cows, and the sound of tinkling bridles at midnight. And when Ranulph was twelve, he got caught up with the fairies, and Nathaniel's life would never be the same.
Publisher: Blue Ash, OH : Prologue Books, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781440543388
1440543380
Branch Call Number: SCI-FIC MIRRLEE 2013
Characteristics: 286 pages ; 22 cm

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IndyPL_SteveB Jul 11, 2019

One of the strangest and most beautiful fantasies ever written, a poetic and unpredictable story of a country which borders the world of Faerie. Hundreds of years ago, the land of Dorimare traded with Faerie, especially the “fairy fruit” which could make people act peculiar. Eventually the stuffy upper class of capital city Lud-in-the-Mist made it illegal to import fairy fruit, or to mention it by name, or even to acknowledge the existence of the fairies. But when the son and daughter of Mayor Nathaniel Chanticleer are exposed to smuggled fairy fruit, the evasions of the town collapse and chaos threatens to take over. In some fantasy novels you could predict the plot from there. But in this one, that is perhaps 5% of what the book is about.

The book is filled with colorful, peculiar names and characters to match. It contains some of the most wonderful descriptive language you will ever read. It’s not just about breaking away from conventional life and embracing change, as a simpler writer might focus on. It’s about life and death and love of family and making things right. And it’s about the little details of life that we sometimes forget to notice. It requires some patience to get started because the style will be different from what you are used to. There are many unusual words; so having a dictionary handy might be a good idea. But I think that it is magnificent. It is definitely a book that deserves to be remembered.

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GuyN
Feb 15, 2012

Hmmm. How shall I describe this lovely, leisurely unique book? Is it a cozy fantasy? A whimsical faerie fantasy? A study in layers of personality and morality? All of these and none. It is a classic, however you look at it both in language and in setting. It is not for the action/plot driven reader, but if you take time to digest your English you may love this unique book. See the quote I have entered to determine if you like its intricate but rewarding style

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IndyPL_SteveB Jul 11, 2019

Master Nathaniel, I'd like to reason with you a little. Reason, I know, is only a drug, and, as such, its effects are never permanent. But, like the juice of the poppy, it often gives a temporary relief.”

“Not a soul did Master Nathaniel pass after he had left the village, although from time to time he saw in the distance labourers following the plow through the vineyards, and their smocks provided the touch of blue that turns a picture into a story.”

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GuyN
Jun 18, 2012

Whatever there was of ridiculous or lovable in each member of the group was distilled into one of these jokes so that at will one could intoxicate oneself with one's friends' personalities--swallow as it were, the whole comic draught of them. And seeing that in these old jokes the accumulation irritation that inevitably results from intimacy evaporated and turned to sweetness, like the juice of the grape they promoted friendship and cordiality.
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