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1. “Mermaid Parade,” Phosphorescent
I listened to this song over and over while I wrote the last major scene of the book. Somehow, the feeling of bittersweet loss here seemed to just fit with what I was trying to evoke at the end. It’s such a sad story, this one.
2. “The Mother We Share,” Chvrches
Confessional: in fifth grade, I read all of Piers Anthony’s Xanth novels back to back, mostly in bed, listening to tapes on my old Sony Sports Boombox. I would set my alarm and wake up at dawn to read before school; after school, I would climb back into bed and keep reading. I listened exclusively to Scritti Politti and Depeche Mode and Yaz. Any music now that deliberately calls on that golden era of British synthpop makes me think of reading too much.
3. “Native Dreams,” Rose Windows
I can only aspire to the level of epicness that is evident in this song; if only Wildwood Imperium was half as epic, I would be satisfied. I hear marching armies and bloodied battleaxes when I hear this song. This band is so, so good.
4. “Little Red Riding Hood Hit the Road,” Robert Wyatt
For whatever reason, I keep coming back to the Canterbury scene of the early seventies when I think of music that is evocative of the book. Maybe it’s because there’s a funny kind of straddling going on with this top-shelf, university-educated prog music—it has one foot steadily set in the world of folktale and the other foot somewhere toeing about in deep psychedelia.
5. “In the Court of the Crimson King,” King Crimson
More Canterbury scene; this one mentions a fire witch and has a killer riff. And it’s fairly long. I would recommend listening to this song while reading the first chapter of Wildwood Imperium.
6. “The Lady Rachel,” Kevin Ayers
Two things going for this one: Kevin Ayers was a veteran of the Canterbury prog scene, and the titular character in this song shares a name with one of the main characters in Wildwood Imperium. Reason enough!
7. “Janitor of Lunacy,” NicoWhenever I think of the Verdant Empress, who we meet in the first section of the book, I think that were she at any point to burst into song, she’d likely sound a whole lot like Nico. I’m not sure
what a janitor of lunacy is (apparently Nico’d written this one about Brian Jones), but it’s a kind of creepy that I can really get behind.
8. “I’ve Been a Mess,” American Music Club
I picked this song mainly because of the first line of the first verse: “Lazarus wasn’t grateful for his second wind.” Not to get to spoiler-y here, but I think it’s a sentiment that Alexei, the mechanical boy prince, would relate to.
9. “Night Before Mutiny,” Serafina Steer
“Queen of a wide open sea.” This song makes me think of the loneliness of the ocean, of those who ply the waters of the seas. Prue, later in the book, gets a brief taste of this loneliness and she does not find it to her liking one bit.
Gr 5–8—Wildwood's varied cast of characters gathers once again. Prue, the Oregonian outsider whose "Bicycle Revolution" toppled a repressive government, now obeys the Council Tree, which prophesies that peace will come if engineers Esben and Carol Grod awaken the Dowager Governess's mechanical son. Add the Unadoptable children, the tyrant of the Industrial Waste, the fate of Curtis and the Bandit King, the power hungry Verdant Empress, and the crumbling interim Wildwood government, and the result, ending with reunions and rescues, requires notetaking to keep the details straight. Meloy uses a Dickensian style of alternating chapters to interleaf more than five concurrent story lines. Readers will need to be familiar with the previous books. There is little recapitulation of past events here, and chapter transitions can be confusing. Character development necessarily takes a backseat to events, although the unhinged Jeoffrey Unthank's dramatic reappearance is a delightful cameo. Prue's quest, while important, doesn't seem to personally resonate with her, and there's not much space given to her feelings on the matter. Given the challenging scope of this work, however, Meloy reunites his characters in a manner most of the series readers will find satisfying.—Caitlin Augusta, Stratford Library Association, CTSee all Editorial Reviews
My daughter loves this book and she is going into 5th grade.Published 3 days ago by Florentina Filip
Writing a bit plodding, but where else will you find a big elevator shaft chase?Published 10 days ago by Dr Crone
Wonderful series- I really enjoyed it! I am hoping to buy the paper series to share with my students. Took me a year to get through the whole series! Thank you.Published 1 month ago by Jo
Good book. I believe the first in the series was best but the second was pretty good. This one falls well short of the first two and leaves something to be desired, but is still... Read morePublished 1 month ago by justin apsley
This is the third book in the Wildwood Chronicles Books. They. Are. Fabulous. They are young adult, but I read them aloud to my 9 and 10 year old for read-alouds, so it has been... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Geoff Lynch
An incredible series! My son and I loved reading this together aloud. Might be a bit too wordy for younger kids, due to it's impressive word usage, but we read this series between... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jennifer
This was a gift for my daughter so my feedback is based on the fact that she loves itPublished 5 months ago by emmy
Totally fresh and different series. Great for my 9 year old. I truly enjoy the stories myself.Published 7 months ago by JK