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War for the Oaks [Mass Market Paperback]

Emma Bull
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1.0 out of 5 stars Irritating Oct. 27 2009
Format:Paperback
I initially bought this book because one of my favourite authors suggested Emma Bull's novels as an example of good contemporary fantasy/sci-fi. I guess we don't share the same taste in books because I thought this novel was what-the-hell?

I had a really hard time following Bull's storyline with my imagination. Often I would find myself cruising along a few pages enjoying what I read only to find that the next few pages make almost no sense to me. The depiction of chronological events and the descriptions of the environment and surroundings make this book more analogous to a skipping CD or a broken record leaving me with a confused scowl on my face as I re-read the pages to try to make sense of what is going on. I ended up throwing it out my window before finishing it.

Don't waste your time and money on this. Read Tad William's War of the Flowers instead.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but not something I'd read again. May 8 2004
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Format:Paperback
Some good writing interspersed with long boring sections of "deep and meaningful" lyrics when then band plays. Some of the sections were so slow I skipped over them-and didn't miss anything.
Don't know that I'd read more by this author.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A good book got lost in all the waste July 8 2003
Format:Paperback
Books like this are the reason I tend to avoid fantasy novels. Emma Bull's War for the Oaks has everything I don't like about the genre: stilted fairy dialogue and a preponderance of overblown florid prose.
Unfortunately, there is a decent novel hiding underneath all the garbage. Eddi McCandry is a rock chick who unwittingly becomes selected to be the mortal mascot for a war between the light and dark sides of Faerie. The scenes with Eddi and her friends and bandmates Carla, Dan, Willy, and Hedge are what make this novel tolerable. The music scene of Minneapolis is given some play and makes me want to visit.
But interspersed between these really cool scenes about a rock band on the make are purple patches of fairy-type creatures (each, it seems, with a different style of speech) and their silly little battles with each other. This war they're fighting seems like nothing more than a couple of egos playing "Yes I will; No you won't" over and over again. I didn't give a whit about it and tended to skim those scenes after a while.
A novel about Eddi and her friends would be a fun book indeed, but War for the Oaks was in many ways underwhelming. I don't regret reading it (at least now I know what my friends at Green Man Review are talking about), but I don't know if I'll search out any other Emma Bull novels to read any time soon. Specifically, the transition between different styles of speech hurt my head after a long time reading, and I would have to read something else to take my mind off it.
It's considered a classic of the genre, so if you like a combination of low and high fantasy, you'll likely find something to enjoy in War for the Oaks. However, if fighting fairies aren't your cup of tea, or if you prefer tightly-written fiction, stay far away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gorgeous piece of writing . . . June 8 2003
Format:Paperback
I first read this lovely, lyrical invention of urban rock ï¿n' roll fantasy when Emma was pretty much an unknown quantity, a California transplant in Minnesota writing and singing with Cats Laughing. While she has (unfortunately) never quite hit the Big Time, she spawned a number of imitators. But she still does it better than anyone. Eddi is a full-time rocker, a rhythm guitarist with the gift of musical poetry. She's also just the mortal the forces of Faerie need to bring death to their hidden wars, fought in the parks and by the streams of Minneapolis. To protect her between battles from their equally magical opponents, the Seelie Court sends a phouka, a tricksy sprite who moves into her life and eventually into her heart. But this is more than just a fairy tale: It's a story of art and the people who create it, the band Eddi builds with the help of two fey musicians, and the magical power she herself acquires. The characters are richly drawn and fully realized and Emma's ability to put the reader into the process of making music is truly spine-tingling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This in my "go-to" book.... April 19 2003
Format:Paperback
the one that, when I have nothing new to read, I go back to the shelf and pick this one up again. And again. I am thrilled that it has finally been reprinted - I wore my old copy out. That first copy was given to me as a gift, and was my first experience with the urban faerie genre. I've read every urban faerie novel I can get my hands on since, hoping to find another one this delightful. So far, no luck.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At last, a reprint! Feb. 23 2003
Format:Paperback
I can not highly recomend this book enough, assuming you like 'urban fairie'. It's funny and sweet and sad and pulls you in. Its hard to put into words, and there are many other reviews that describe more. Vaguely it has some similarities to DeLints urban fairie but with more humor. Yet its a serious book, not a comedy. I do love a book where the lead female a has a good case of 'smartmouth'. But for while it was out of print, the average price on the used market was [$$good}! And that is for a plain ordinary unremarkable book in no more then average condition. Is THAT a clue? It took me two years before something came up for less, and thats using some special internet firms that search THOUSANDS of books sellers lists and notifiy you when there are matches. Im not sure why Emma Bull is rather unknown, but her style is unique. This is the lightest of her books, many of them are deeper, so perhaps not everyone enjoys reading them. THIS book though is as close to 'universally popular' as I think something can get,(except for evanovich's mysteries). If i tried to describe the wardrobe thing I think it would detract, but I can say that I never looking at picking my clothes without a giggle now. And I notice that books that DONT describe what people are wearing gets a down from me. I did notice that Charlene Harris (?) of the southern vampire series does this very well too! But someone else might make it tedious. its the WAY she does it, not what she does.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Books I've Ever Read
War for the Oaks is urban fantasy at its best. Her writing style isn't grandiose or epic the way Tolkien or Lord Dunsany's is, but it has a gritty, lyrical beauty. Read more
Published on Jan. 14 2003 by "ladylylia"
5.0 out of 5 stars Urban Fantasy/Mythic Fiction, Just read it
This is the book which began it all for me. I loved this book, and though I am now addicted to authors like Charles de Lint and Terry Windling (check out her web page for some... Read more
Published on Nov. 28 2002 by Kestrell
4.0 out of 5 stars Fey, death, and Rock 'n' roll . . .
I read this book about three years ago, back when it was still out of print, and I was very excited when I heard it was being reprinted. Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2002 by Stephanie Zuercher
4.0 out of 5 stars Rockin' in the Sidhe World *grin*
Anyone who likes urban fantasy should go "back to basics" and pick up this defining classic of the subgenre. Read more
Published on Sept. 13 2002 by Kelly (Fantasy Literature)
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic.
One of the first and perhaps the best contemporary "faerie" story. I bought it when it originally came out many years ago and have re-read it often since then; each time... Read more
Published on March 1 2002 by Tia126
3.0 out of 5 stars slow and pondering
The premise of this book is great but the writer doesn't get to it until past the middle of the book. Many pages are spent describing the mundane daily life of the main character. Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2002 by William E. Warner
4.0 out of 5 stars Read it!
War of the Oaks is another great spin on the world of the Fey. The story, character development was right on. Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2002 by "hr2go"
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