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Dandelion Fire (100 Cupboards Book 2) (The 100 Cupboards) Paperback – December 8, 2009
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Dandelion is much richer, both as a narrative itself and in its themes and messages, than was 100 Cupboards. As a necessity then, the situations are a bit more intense, the quest is a bit more serious and life-threatening, as is typical of the middle book of a trilogy.
The writing too is richer and has more depth; Wilson's charm is in his use of language and part of that involves his staggeringly fine prose. He relies heavily on metaphor, not in a strictly English-major sense, but in the broad sense of letting the mind of the reader assemble the picture via some back-ended sentences that seem to go around the block to get next door. That is an intentional and magnificent way of using not merely the words but the spaces between the words, to create meaning. It is not merely in what he says, but also in what he does *not* say that the reader finds meaning. His method of writing is associational rather than flatly literal and subtractive; instead of spoon-feeding he allows meaningful associations to cluster together. But do not fear; it is not difficult reading either and he is careful not to overwhelm the reader with that sort of thing.
But by far the best thing about this book is the thematic message, which is why I was surprised to see a couple of reviews claiming there was none; it is rather like God in The Lord of the Rings. It is everywhere present but nowhere mentioned.Read more ›
Since he'd come to live with his aunt, uncle, and cousins in Kansas, Henry discovered the hidden wall of cupboards accidentally, and learned that each one leads to a different time and place. Built by their grandfather, who listed the combinations to the different worlds in his journal, the cupboards can only be traveled through via the large cupboard in Grandfather's room, which had been locked tight until the battle with the witch of Endor.
Henry's aunt and uncle receive a letter from his parent's lawyer saying that Henry must return to Boston in two weeks. Henry can't stand the thought of going back, especially now that he might have more of a history in one of the cupboard worlds than he'd ever imagined, and he grows desperate to escape through the door to Badon Hill, which calls to him in his dreams.
Henrietta, who'd stolen the key to Grandfather's bedroom so that she could explore the cupboards on her own, finally relents, and she and Henry go behind the barn to retrieve the key. While Henry keeps watch in the growing storm and Henrietta digs, he spots a curious dandelion that appears to glow. Reaching for it, Henry sees a flash of light and is knocked unconscious, with only a dandelion shaped burn on his hand to indicate what happened.
After a stranger visits him in his dreams, and he awakens blind, Henry knows that he must escape into the cupboards to find a better explanation of what's happening to him. Unfortunately, less compassionate forces are already interested in his growing abilities...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First book was definitely great. This book was disappointing from the get go. Slow and confusing. It was like someone who tells a story and just assumes you know all the people... Read morePublished 21 days ago by pratt
Our family had read the first book in the series, 100 Cupboards, and was very anxious to continue the series. This book has been a huge disappointment. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jennifer A. Thompson
This is a great series. The writer has a beautiful way of using words and describing things, and it makes it very enjoyable. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I thoroughly enjoyed the 100 Cupboards series books. Great for ages 10 and up! Very imaginative and suspenseful!Published 3 months ago by Carole S.
although it breaks the standard trilogy formula, it had me salivating at the prospect of reading the conclusion... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sara Simons