War for the Oaks: The Screenplay

War for the Oaks: The Screenplay

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by Emma Bull
     
 

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ISBN-13:
9781932983081
Publisher:
Hollywood Comics
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Series:
Black Coat Script Library Series
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.41(d)

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War for the Oaks: The Screenplay 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
dalnewt More than 1 year ago
This book is simply captivating. It's the story of Eddi, a singer/songwriter/musician, who leaves a lackluster band led by her egotistical boyfriend and encounters the fey on her walk home. The seelie court of faerie has decided to bind her to them in their upcoming war against the unseelie. Despite Eddi's reluctance to involve herself in a fey war, the phouka, (a shapeshifter responsible for recommending Eddi to the seelie court), insists she's endangered and forcibly moves into her apartment. He becomes her roommate cum bodyguard and, eventually, her roadie. With encouragement from the phouka and her drummer, Eddi auditions new band members including an arresting lead guitarist named Willie Silver. The book seamlessly segues from Eddi's entertaining/humorous/touching interactions with the phouka to band practice/gigs to encounters with and attacks by the fey, including some romancing by a faerie lord. Further, there's fey battles in Minneapolis parks/greens, and fey partying accompanied by love. It all culminates in the ultimate gig. If you like rock combined with fantasy, fantasy combined with romance and/or fantasy about faeries/magic, then read this fantasy. This book is one of the few fantasies which offers an intensely satisfying read on multiple levels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only reason why I expected this book to be a bad read was solely because of the protagonist's music career (never cared for music fame fiction) but it included mythology and folklore that absolutely adored
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afar More than 1 year ago
Amazing, the book is beautifully written. 
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MissPrint More than 1 year ago
I've come to the conclusion that any story with a phouka (alternately spelled pooka) is better for it. Harvey (with James Stewart) made brilliant use of this creature. Emma Bull does the same in War for the Oaks. Originally published in 1987, this book is set in Minneapolis where Eddi McCandry is trying to make a living as a rock and roll musician. When the novel starts, Eddi's prospects in the music department are not so good. To make matters worse, she is soon recruited by the Seelie Court to help them make war. That's right, Eddi is drafted into a faerie war. In order to keep her safe (until she has to risk her life in battle), the phouka is dispatched as her bodyguard. There is something kind of awesome about a book that can combine rock music with something as fantastical as faeries. Bull does it wonderfully. Each chapter title is a song. Music excerpts abound throughout, sure to entertain even those of us unfamiliar with music of that period. Bull also spends a lot of time describing the process of making music--what the band sounds like on stage, how rehearsals go, etc. Instead of being boring or draggy, they're really interesting and show how very much effort goes into this process. At times the plot seemed a little predictable, but I'm still not sure if that's just because I've been reading quite a few fantasy books lately instead of from anything in the writing. It doesn't really matter though because it's not a bad predictability. Rather, it's the kind that leaves a sense of satisfaction because it feels like the plot is going along as it should be. Bull's writing style was down to earth without being stale and her characters will not easily be forgotten. The phouka, in particular, is a favorite for too many reasons to enumerate here. So, if you haven't guessed, I strongly recommend this book. If you like music, if you like phoukas, if you like fantasy, if you need something to read, if you believe in magic--this book is for you.
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m_genova More than 1 year ago
This may be my all-time favorite example of urban fantasy. It is certainly one of my all time favorite novels in any genre. Had Emma Bull written this a few hundred years ago, it would no doubt be a classic fairy tale. That it was written much more recently should not be held against it. Bull weaves a fantastic story, a war between the Seelie and Unseelie courts using weapons both ancient and modern, and across battlegrounds of deep forests and human hearts. The characters are very realistic, human when they're supposed to be and something else when they're not. The language and action flow naturally, carrying the reader along with them. This novel belongs in the library of anyone who loves urban fantasy or fairy mythology.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was good. It took some patience- slow at times, but a nice kind of slow- I liked this book. I did love one of the characters 'the Phouka', though I still would not say this is one of my favorite books. I did not find myself drawn to Eddie, the main character, and I think that diminished my engagement with the story. I do not regret the time I spent reading it, though I would not say, 'You MUST read this book.' It is not a page turner. It did not keep me reading into the night as the book I have included below did. But still...I am glad I read it. If you enjoy fantasy, I think you would like it too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply Amazing. This book has all the elements of a perfect fairy tail with a modern twist. I've read it a million time & wonder why more people don't know about it. Extremely under-rated book. Go buy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Edgy, original, entertaining. The combination of music and magic made for an interesting combination, especially against the background of urban landscape contrasted against a very faerie war.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 'A War for the Oaks' Emma Bull captures the true spirit of Urban fantasy exactly the way it should be portrayed. Beyond authors like Charles de Lint, this author comes foward with a voice, and a story that make you glad to participate from begining till end. If only there were more authors like her Urban Fantasy would be in a much better place, instead of being merely as a passing phase.