The Wolf in the Attic

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  • Title: The Wolf in the Attic
  • Author: Paul Kearney
  • ISBN: 9781781083628
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Paperback
  • A novel that will enchant readers of J.R.R Tolkien, C.S Lewis and Philip Pullman The fantastical appears in the middle of 1920 s Oxford as a young refugee looking to escape her grim reality rubs shoulders with two of the founding fathers of modern fantasy, Tolkien and Lewis.1920s Oxford home to C.S Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien and Anna Francis, a young Greek refugee lookiA novel that will enchant readers of J.R.R Tolkien, C.S Lewis and Philip Pullman The fantastical appears in the middle of 1920 s Oxford as a young refugee looking to escape her grim reality rubs shoulders with two of the founding fathers of modern fantasy, Tolkien and Lewis.1920s Oxford home to C.S Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien and Anna Francis, a young Greek refugee looking to escape the grim reality of her new life The night they cross paths, none suspect the fantastic world at work around them.Anna Francis lives in a tall old house with her father and her doll Penelope She is a refugee, a piece of flotsam washed up in England by the tides of the Great War and the chaos that trailed in its wake Once upon a time, she had a mother and a brother, and they all lived together in the most beautiful city in the world, by the shores of Homer s wine dark sea.But that is all gone now, and only to her doll does she ever speak of it, because her father cannot bear to hear She sits in the shadows of the tall house and watches the rain on the windows, creating worlds for herself to fill out the loneliness The house becomes her own little kingdom, an island full of dreams and half forgotten memories And then one winter day, she finds an interloper in the topmost, dustiest attic of the house A boy named Luca with yellow eyes, who is as alone in the world as she is.That day, she ll lose everything in her life, and find the only real friend she may ever know.

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    1. Anna is a heart-rendingly lonely little girl. A Greek refugee in 1920's Oxford, her memories of a warm and sunny, loving home seem almost like fantasies of a lost paradise. Now, everything is cold and grey. Her father has retreated into desperate, fervid political meetings with other Greek expats - and the bottle. Removed from public school because of bullying, Anna has just her tutor, and the doll whose friendship she knows is purely imaginary. Free to wander the streets (and the woods) unsuper [...]

    2. Eleven year old Anna Francis and her father are Greek refugees living in Oxford in the 1920s after being forced out of Smyrna by the Turks and rescued by a British ship. Anna's mother taken by the Turks and her big brother Nikos, a soldier may be dead. Anna is home schooled and keeps away from the local children who taunt her for her olive skins and dark features. With her father distracted organising a Greek refugee committee and away in London a lot, Anna spends a lot of time on her own explor [...]

    3. This book was an uneasy blend of historical fiction and fantasy, two very different genres I had been hoping would integrate seamlessly like in other books of its kind I've read. But the two genres didn't blend much at all in this book since the first half was mostly historical fiction and the second half was mostly fantasy based on Old World mythology and folklore of a kind which wasn't my thing. The writing was beautiful, though, with much loving attention given to details in that setting, but [...]

    4. Dead trees all around and everywhere, all of us everyone deadened inside, where everything in sight is the color of a dying leaf. We are all dying, never to be in a song again. So what song can we really follow all the home. This haze, all the hues are golden here. This warm lull, a wet breath, before the winter's song is quite heady. Thick dryness in the brisk air, heavy and breathless, but not in distress, not yet anyway. It is finally that time of the year again. So of course, the moon is urg [...]

    5. Received to review via NetgalleyThe Wolf in the Attic is a bit of an odd one. I have quite a few reservations about it: firstly, I’m not sure about the narrative voice. It took ages for me to pin down how old Anna was supposed to be, based on the words and phrases she used, and the general tone. I know she’s actually a refugee whose first language was Greek, but instead she comes across as slangy (saying things like “what rot!”). I also wasn’t sure about the inclusion of Tolkien and C. [...]

    6. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.I'm unable to decide if this book was bad, or just not my kind of thing.Kearney can use words. He has many beautiful turns of phrase and creates original imagery.Kearney has read, and included a great deal of mythology in this book, from Ancient Greek, to Druidic religions, to werewolves, and even the lives of two famous writers.Neither of these are bad things, and yet at the end of this book I was left with the feeling [...]

    7. I'd heard of Paul Kearney before, but I'd never read him. And seeing as he is Irish I figured I really should give him a try so when I saw this in the library I picked it up. And I really loved it. It's a small story, in a way, the story of one girl making her way in a strange land. A refugee who doesn't really remember the home she has left. A girl who has lost so much and has no idea where she is going. And then she meets Queenie and Luca and maybe she has found a future? It is a wonderful ble [...]

    8. While I found aspects of this story entertaining and engaging I had a number of issues with the book as well.First the things that I liked: I enjoyed the story telling itself, and I enjoyed the setting. I found myself vividly immersed in Anna's surroundings. I also enjoyed her interactions with the other characters she met. The dialogue was generally well written and engaging with only one or two exceptions (which I'll get to in the negatives). I like that Anna is bold, adventurous and stubborn, [...]

    9. It’s 1929 and eleven year old Anna Francis lives with her father, George in a damp, lonely old house in Oxford, England. Life hasn’t been great for them since they fled Greece. Her mother and brother were both killed at the hands of the Turks who destroyed their city. Her father is no longer the pleasant man who educated her in the Greek myths and read to her when she was small. He’s wasted away their money and spends his time drinking and holding meetings with other expatriates. Anna’s [...]

    10. I am Anna Francis, wanderer, adventuress, and I feel that the snowy dark is smiling on me because it knows the love I have for it. I am a creature now of shadows and the dusk.First of all, this book was definitely not what I expected. Although it was catergorised as Science-Fiction and Fantasy, the description gave nothing away so I didn't really know what I was getting into.Kearney definitely knows how to write. The strong, emotive language carried the book and threw me right into the wonders o [...]

    11. Lazy like the River Thames at its source, Anna's story trickles out; swirling in eddies and rushing and riffling when the rains start falling. The Wolf in the Attic by Paul Kearney has as much or more mythical flavor as supernatural elements. A brave young girl becomes a woman while on the run in the rain under a full midwinter moon. Everything and everyone she's ever known are gone in an instant. Under threat of the workhouse in this olde Oxford, it's a choice between grabbing her doll Pia and [...]

    12. I HATE giving one star reviews but this book was cutting it close. I didn't solely because I couldn't finish the book so who knows, maybe it got better. (I doubt it) First, the writing was excruciating, Kearney obviously knows how to word beautiful sentences, however, so much of the book seemed pointless - run on sentences about the same thing over and over again. I get it, this girl is poor and she's Greek but she's not supposed to act like it or tell anyone. Also, spoiler here, Anna watches a [...]

    13. Going by the description, this doesn't really sound like something I would be drawn to. Historical fiction about a refugee girl from Greece in 1920's Oxford, meh. But that cover, man, it got me. Also the name--I am an absolute sucker for animals in book titles. In fact, I read two Wolf books back-to-back! I'm so glad that the hype made me pick this one up, because it is absolutely magical. It reminded me strongly of Among Others--not really in plot, but definitely in mood. Anna, our main charact [...]

    14. Yep - not what I was expecting and it certainly worked well for me. 4.5/5 probably. Review nearer publication

    15. I've said it before and I'll say it again. Paul Kearney remains what could well be the most underrated and underappreciated fantasy author on the market today. Best known for his military fantasy and epic fantasy novels/series, The Wolf in the Attic represents a vastly different sort of tale from what he has accustomed us to. It's an enchanting and magical story, akin to the sort of bewitching books Neil Gaiman is known for. This one reminded me of The Ocean at the End of the Lane, yet it resoun [...]

    16. Spoiler warning – I'm going to discuss the ending of the book, so don't read this if you plan to read it yourself.Okay, so, The Wolf in the Attic.I'm not really sure how to feel about this – it is well written, and the point of view works well, at least for the better part of the book. I became invested in Anna as a character, and wanted her to succeed.When the 'mythological' elements work, they work really well, and are almost evocative of something like the better entries in Susan Cooper's [...]

    17. This is a truly beautiful book, beautifully written, with a deeply human message at its core. It would be easy to say it is set in Oxford in 1929, but the setting is far more complex than that. While the city is present and vivid on the page, and even the country around it is vibrant of the winter’s life and mysteries, what really is at the heart of this book is something that goes beyond it. A place called the Old World, where doors get opened on New Years Eve connecting the before and the af [...]

    18. I received an electronic reading copy of this publication in exchange for an honest review.2/5 StarsThe thing about The Wolf in the Attic is that it is full of so many lovely metaphors and messages in this book. The language is superb. The writing is quite lovely. Unfortunately, the story is not. A lot of the "history" in this book doesn't really feel all that relevant to the story as a whole. I suppose it helps to add a little more substance to the character, but I feel the story could have the [...]

    19. This book was - almost nice. And that was enough for me to read it from start to finish in two days, without undue pressure or stress on the brain. The prose is consistently solid, though the voice is sometimes a little mannered. The individual elements of the novel are well wrought and interesting, though they feel very (very, very) similar to the elements which appear throughout Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching series, sans humour and plus racism.Yep, serious racism, which I'll get to later be [...]

    20. You're 12 years old, and an immigrant in Oxford, England. Your mother is dead, and your father? Well, part of him seems to have died when she was yanked from his arms by those same people who made sure you could not stay in your homeland. Then, one night, while wandering outside, you come across a boy with strangely shining eyes fighting for his life. And little-by-little, you learn that the world you thought you knew is populated by people and things long ago forgotten, but still wielding enorm [...]

    21. I was about a third of the way through this, and thinking it might make a nice present for a certain 12 year old I know the end, I'm thinking I know several kids who WILL be getting this.I have to be honest, the name dropping of C.S.Lewis and Tolkien went right over my headi thought they were just characters that were coming into their own in the next book. there a next book?There were no surprises when Luca turned out to be a wolf, the title itself gives that away, but there were some great twi [...]

    22. fantastic and gripping.I have laught and weep and fever with Anna.I give five stars, clearly a recommendation and one of my Highlight for this year.

    23. 3/5 Rating Review originally posted at MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape and The Speculative HeraldThe next time someone ask me what “beautiful story” is, I will tell them to read this.*Discalimer: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest opinion and review.Next time someone asks me what a "beautiful story" is, I will tell them to read this. From the warm and smooth prose style, to the main character's personality, and her narrative voice, to  the plot [...]

    24. Another excellent book from a master storyteller. Kearney surprised me with many things in this book, but the end result was well worth the time invested in The Wolf in the Attic. My full review will follow soon(ish).

    25. Firstly Paul Kearney writes beautifully. The descriptive passages are wonderful and can make you smile, want to weep, or send shivers down your spine.Then, this is an interesting concept, and the introduction of JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis actually helps to ground the story in time and place.All in all a good read.

    26. I used to play tennis, a lot. I'd have tennis lessons three to four times a week, my mom and sister would shuffle me down the courts and every time I fell trying to catch that damned yellow ball I'd pretend I meant to do it. I can't say I remember those lessons or those bruises, but I can say I remember what came after. We'd go home, get cleaned up and while we had a snack we'd watch Dark Shadows. My mom loved that show, and so naturally I did as well. I'd sit and soak that show up like a sponge [...]

    27. Please check out all of my reviews at ultraviolentlit!In the 1920s, young Greek refugee Anna Francis lives in Oxford with her father. Fleeing the Turkish invaders during the war, they lost Anna’s mother and brother in the escape to England – and Anna’s father has never recovered from their loss. He neglects his daughter in favour of drinking and gambling, and twelve-year-old Anna is left to wander the streets alone.Anna finds herself in all kinds of dangerous situations, witnessing a murde [...]

    28. original rating 3 starsnew rating 1 star*WARNING THERE WILL BE SPOILERS BELOW*After finishing this book in July of last year this book continued to stay with and I kept thinking about it. Usually, that's a sign of an amazing book, in this case not so much. The thing that stuck with me was what I personally view as lazy storytelling in the last 5% of the novel, up until the very last part of the novel I thought that this was going to be a 4 star read for me, the concept for the book was interesti [...]

    29. When it comes to the world of fantasy fiction it seems to be getting much more difficult to find a good standalone novel. This, for me at least, made The Wolf in the Attic' by Paul Kearney nicely refreshing.Eleven year old Anna Francis is a Greek refugee living with her father in 1920's Oxford. We first meet her as a very young child in her father's arms on a burning quayside of her homeland fleeing from the invading Turks having already lost her mother and brother in the slaughter. This horror [...]

    30. I receieved a copy of this book via NetGalley in return for a fair and honest reviewThis was at times a wonderful book full of escapism and epic adventure for the wonderful character, Anna, as he seeks to find answers on the streets of Oxford of who she is and who she was, as she remembers the fire that took her mother from her, and left her and her Pa now living in England. The move to England and loss of his wife has taken its' toll on her father who seems to want to forget the world he lives [...]

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