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"Without doubt Mr Alan Garner is one of the most exciting writers for young people today. He is producing work with strong plot structure, perceptive characterisation and vivid language." - Times Educational Supplement
"The Owl Service is not meant only for children or anyone else; it's a novel; and not many better novels will be published this year." - John Rowe Townsend, The Guardian
"Alan Garner is one of the outstanding present-day writers for children; and The Owl Service takes him a step further into more magical, legendary, adult worlds than he's gone so far." - Isabel Quigly, Catholic Herald
"No confirmation of the stature of Alan Garner as a writer of children's fiction is needed: if it were, his latest novel, The Owl Service, would establish it beyond doubt." - Financial Times --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Alan Garner packs a lot of story into a short book in Red Shift. Three stories in fact. Intertwined in the narrative and connected through time by a geographic location, The Mow... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael Dea
I had never heard of Red Shift before last week, though I had long wanted to read something by Alan Garner. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Oddsfish
This is one of those books that I found to be a great idea, but poorly executed. The dialogue is jerky and hard to follow as are the time shifts. Read morePublished 22 months ago by J. Smallridge
This is a beautiful and evocative story that really stays with you. Definitely one of my all-time favourite books. Garner is a real master!Published 23 months ago by Maria Haskins
Awful, confusing, boring; A classic Disappointment. Don't borther with this book mistaken for "Classic Literature" It's NOT!
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"Red Shift", by Alan Garner, is a good try that fails. The novel weaves three separate stories separated by centuries, sharing only a mysterious location ("Mow Cop", in western... Read morePublished on November 13, 2011 by Robert H. Stine Jr.
I first read this around the age of 15, and it left a deep impression. I came back to it recently when picking out books for the next generation, and read it again. Wow. Read morePublished on December 13, 2010 by Amazon Customer
It was dark and I was lost driving home. I tried to take a shortcut across the Staffordshire Moorlands. Something said I should turn left to cross the ridge to the next valley. Read morePublished on September 27, 2001 by Amazon Customer