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From the Hardcover edition.
Posted September 18, 2013
Result 1 ~ Bios
<br>Result 2 ~ Map
<br>Result 3 ~ Main Camp
<br>Result 4 ~ Leader's Den
<br>Result 5 ~ Warriors' Den[just go there, I won't post WARRIORS' DEN; if I get locked out, I can report there.]
<br>Result 6 ~ Apperentices' Den[Look up and see why I'm not posting APPERRNTICES' DEN.]
<br>Result 7 ~ Elders's Den
<br>Result 8 ~ Nursery[not posting NURSERY.]
<br>Result 9 ~ Medicine Den
<br>Result 10 ~ Training Grounds[not posting TRAINING GROUNDS.]
<br>Result 11 ~ Moonpool
<br>Result 12 ~ Moonstone[a back-up of Moonpool.]
Posted March 12, 2012
I really, really wanted to like this book. A modern retelling of the epic of Gigamesh? What a neat idea! I teach sixth grade social studies (ancient history to the Renaissance) and am always looking for ways to bring the older stories to life for my students. I hadn't run into any modern versions of this story yet, and was pretty excited. Initially the novel did have promise, but it never truly delivered on it.
For one thing, I never felt as if I really connected to the characters. I didn't find myself really caring all that much about either Gil or Enko or what was going to happen to them. For the most part I kept reading because at first hoped it would get better and later on I figured well, I've gotten this far, so I might as well soldier on...and then, bam! It was over. Can you say anticlimactic? It really didn't leave the reader with a sense of completion, and Gil definitely doesn't reach anything near the epiphany that the original character in the epic does.
Another aspect of the book that I wasn't crazy about was the style of writing. There were far too many short, choppy sentences within short, choppy chapters. One thing I did like, though, was the sprinkling of French Canadian throughout--that was pretty neat, and Gil's attempts to pronounce them (cleverly showing the reader how to say a lot of the phrases) was a nice touch. And how many books have characters enjoying poutine in them? Not nearly enough! (Yes, it does sound and look pretty gross. But oh my goodness, it is delicious! Its inclusion alone is almost worth two stars!)
In all, it was an okay read and one I have already mentioned to my classes. It definitely won't go in my "to be re-read" pile, though.