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The Official Wildwood Imperium Playlist - Created by Colin Meloy

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,” Nico

Whenever 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.

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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, CT

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: Wildwood Chronicles (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray; First Edition edition (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062024744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062024749
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Colin Meloy is the charismatic lead singer and songwriter of The Decemberists, a highly celebrated (and uncommonly literary) band that has sold in excess of 1 million records. Colin has been recognized as much for his musical abilities--his ear for inventive and timeless melodies and his lilting vocals--as he has been for his unmatched lyrical prowess. Crafting each song as a vivid, imaginative story unto itself, he's become one of the most distinctive and appreciated voices of our time. WILDWOOD marks Colin's debut as children's author. Follow Colin on Twitter, @colinmeloy.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By book worm on October 18, 2014
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Fiction and fantasy fans alike, here is an excellent series for anyone. As the third and last book in the Wildwood trilogy, it introduces new characters such as a reanimated Alexei, and brings back old favorites, like Aisling. In total, there are maybe two grammar or spelling mistakes, but the writing is so beautiful that those infractions are easily forgiven. The battle for righteousness grows even stronger and the Dowager Governess in her new form is competely reaveled. Spoiler alert!! One key character is killed and brought back to life. This book contains no swearing or other items that aren't appropriate for kids, although there is some mild violence, many different story lines and something that children younger than eight might find "scary". Recomended age: 8+. This is one of those series where you have to read the books in order, but i can assure you, that eveything from the astounding illustrations to the fantastic writing style will mame this a favorite for years to come. READ THIS BOOK!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SarahMC on September 22, 2014
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Bought this edition from the States as I could not find a UK supplier. The paper quality and finish (ragged cut page edges) is no where near as good as the UK versions of books I and II that I have and this edition does not have the listed colour plates. I am certain that Colin Meloy's text will be superb but overall I am disappointed with the quality of the publication especially as it is to be a gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on March 8, 2014
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I really liked it, but it felt like another book needs to happen because much of what was introduced in the the second book was left unexplained, as well as element introduced in the installment. I would maybe give this 3.5 starts because of it. I still really enjoyed this series and it has made hiking through forest park even more special (if that is possible).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Stowell on April 6, 2014
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I own and read all three books of the trilogy. They are treasures, each and every one. The final book seems the most complicated in terms of how the author deals with fate, life and renewal of life. Although there is a lot of action, there is also a deeper message that has a resonance for all life events, and uses archetypal imagery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J.A.H. Groot on March 7, 2014
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And again .... long waiting for this book was rewarded! Fantastic story to read for young and old. To really enjoy this one I would recommend reading first the "the wildwood chronicles" and " Under wildwood".
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The best of the trilogy, our heroes pass into adolescent maturity overcoming (barely & with luck), not one, but three increasingly challenging adversaries- the final a supreme force of nature bent on nothing less than the utter devastation of not just Wildwood, but the "Outside" world as well! I caught many well crafted passages reminding me strongly of master storyteller Ray Bradbury in this wonderful book. If you've been following this story from the first book, you won't be disappointed in this final(?) masterpiece!
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excellent piece of fiction. better than the first book. captivating, interesting, cool, magical. it was the bomm. I loved it.
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By J. Tim Willis on May 20, 2014
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I quite enjoyed this...so did my eleven year old son. Well done Colin Meloy, and Carson Ellis, the illustrations are wonderful!!
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