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The Foundling's Tale, Part Three: Factotum Hardcover – November 11, 2010
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About the Author
He spent most of his childhood drawing, as well as most of his teenage and adult years as well. And by age eleven he had made his first book, called "Attack from Mars." It featured Jupitans and lots and lots of drawings of space battles. (It has never been published and world rights are still available.)
He studied illustration at the University of South Australia, where he began to compile a series of notebooks, beginning with #1 in 1993. He had read Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast novels, The Iliad, and Paul Gallico's Love of Seven Dolls. Classical ideas as well as the great desire to continue what Mervyn Peake had begun but not finished led him to delineate his own world. Hermann Hesse, Kafka and other writers convinced him there were ways to be fantastical without conforming to the generally accepted notions of fantasy. Over the next ten years he filled 23 journals with his pictures, definitions, ideas and histories of his world, the Half-Continent.
It was not until 2003 that a chance encounter with a children's publisher gave him an opportunity to develop these ideas further. Learning of his journals, she bullied him into writing a story from his world. Cornish was sent away with the task of delivering 1,000 words the following week and each week thereafter. Abandoning all other paid work, he spent the next two years propped up with one small advance after the other as his publisher tried desperately to keep him from eating his furniture.
And so Rossamund's story was born - a labor of love over twelve years in the making.
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When last we left our intrepid heroes, Rossamund the Lamplighter had been accused of being a . . . well . . . a rossamund. Which is to say, he's accused of being a monster in man's form. Rescued from his accusers by the always impressive Europe, the Branden Rose, Rossamund has become her factotum to escape the public eye.Read more ›
Eventually I'm going to have to shell out some extra dough for an import edition with the REAL title, the good, catchy, original title, and artwork appropriate to the atmosphere of the piece, as well as matching the previous books of the trilogy on my shelf.
Cornish delivers the goods, thankfully. It's a great story. But this one was packaged by tasteless cowardly MORONS. At least the madness is only here in the States.
I didn't want it to end, something that hasn't happened since I read Lord of the Rings a gazillion years ago. But more than that, the ending took me by surprise, I wasn't expecting things to turn out quite as they did, which has left me longing to continue traveling with Rossamund and learn more about his unique world and its history. Perhaps D. M. Cornish will tell us more about Rossamund's life. Perhaps, as young adults, he will let the young hero meet up once again with Threnody from book two. But that is probably only a dream this reader longs for.
I would tell anyone who wants to read these book to have all three of them at hand so that there is no pause between one book and the next, else you might lose the flow of the story and become confused by the wordage. I would tell them not to be intimidated by the length of the books. I would tell them to go slowly, to savor the language and style of writing. I would tell them to explore the glossary and appendix as it can only help a reader become more grounded in the story. I would tell them to allow themselves to become immersed in this strange new world which is both terrible and beautiful, bizarre and homely all at the same time. I would tell them to open their hearts to both monster and human alike as both have their good and evil sides.
I could not, however, be somewhat disappointed with several aspects of the third novel, Factotum. Don't get me wrong though, I enjoyed this book even more than the previous two, but the conclusion left me feeling that all the loose ends had not been covered.
After building up the complex relationship between Rossamund and Threnody in the first two books, she just disappears in the third altogether in the concluding third book - what gives? Numps also all but disappears, along with Sebastipole, a character that we grew very fond of and attached to as one of Rossamund's few supporters.
The story-line for the conniving of the Master-of-Clerks, and the sinister Swill do not seem to play out fully, but end abruptly with their demise - I would have hoped for a greater exploration of what motivated them, and was expecting that there would be an ultimate showdown between these deadly characters and Rossamund .
Perhaps I am being a bit too fussy, but I would have liked a neat clear 'feel good' ending. I can only hope that a fourth book might be in the offing...
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Surprisingly amazing series. I thought that they would be childish, but they are dark and intense.Published 20 days ago by kate
Loved this series! Rossamund Bookchild is definitely one of my all-time favorite characters. Excellent book.Published 8 months ago by Scarlett Stewart
The story for this book is amazing, I've really enjoyed this whole series. I am looking forward to any other books by D. M. Cornish.Published 11 months ago by Allesha
Great series. It's a little hard to understand due to some of the unique words that the author uses, however these are very effective in conveying the fact that these characters... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Fuzzbucket