The Wooden Sea / Edition 1

The Wooden Sea / Edition 1

by Jonathan Carroll
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Tom Doherty Associates
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The Wooden Sea / Edition 1

For connoisseurs of the strange and fantastic, a new book by Jonathan Carroll is something to be both anticipated and savored. Ever since the publication of his celebrated first novel, The Land of Laughs, he has been delighting readers with his uniquely quirky characters and overflowing imagination. Authors such as Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Ruth Rendell, and Pat Conroy have praised his work over the years. He creates worlds just around the courner from our own everyday lives, where the dead sometimes speak, where your best friend is transformed into something no longer human, or wher eyou canmeet earlier—and later—versions of yourself.

From the moment a three-legged dog limps into the comfortable life of Police Chief Frannie McCabe and drops dead at his feet, McCabe finds himself thrust into a new world of unaccountable miracles and disturbing wonders. The small town of Cran'es View, New York, has long been a reassuringly familiar place for Frannie, a haven full of small comforts and domestic harmony, but now he finds himself afflicted by strange and inexplicable omens, such as a mysterious, multicolored feather that keeps insinuating itself into his past, present, and future, all of which now converge to throw Frannie's once ordinary life into doubt. Like it or not, Frannie has come face-to-face with the uncanny, and what he does over the next few days may have uncanny, and what he does over the next few days may have unforseen consequences for the entire world.

A rich stew of intrigue, wonder, and redemption, The Wooden Sea is Jonathan Carroll's most ambitious and visionary work to date.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900765300132
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 02/09/2002
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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Wooden Sea 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
SteveTheDM More than 1 year ago
The story starts off with a one-eyed, three-legged dog expiring like an old wounded warrior, and then things get stranger and stranger. “The Wooden Sea” is a novel I picked up thanks to a recommendation in the “2003 Nebula Awards Showcase” as an example of the direction the fantasy genre was heading. And “fantasy” here means fantastical, not medieval. I think if I had to give just one label to this book, it would be “surreal.” The book starts off odd, then gets strange, and then gets truly weird. The lead character, a police chief in a small town, was extremely well rendered, and shows some real growth both prior to the timeline of the novel and within the novel as well. The novel does suffer from something I think a lot of modern surreal novels suffer from, though... Things are somewhat explained by the end, and the explanation seems contrived and a bit too tidy. Somehow, the magic of the bizarre needs to be left as mysterious magic, and when it gets explained, it’s somewhat of a let-down. (I got this same feeling from Stephen King’s recent behemoth, “The Dome,” but Carroll’s reasoning here is significantly better than King’s was.) But if you like strange, give this one a shot! 4 of 5 stars.
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I bought this book on a whim... the reviews looked interesting. Whether good or bad, I've definitely never read another book quite like this one. It's a page-turner and a fairly easy, enjoyable read. Carroll's imagination is impressive and it is impossible to predict where the next page will take you. I recommend the book. Although I can't give it the full five stars, I will say that I recently purchased his latest work, White Apples, and am looking forward to starting it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jonathan Carroll should be declared a national treasure. The breadth and scope of his imagination is staggering.The fact he has turned out novel after novel of the highest quality over the past two decades only adds to his stature. A good writer does it once in a while. A great one does it again and again and that is Carroll. I'm embarrassed to say I was so eager to read this book that I bought a bound galley of it for a ridiculous price at eBay. But now that I've read it, I'm glad I did. If you've read the other two books in this 'Crane's View Trilogy' you'll be delighted to know the protagonist is Frannie McCabe,the sexy chief of police. And boy, does he have a story to tell. Jonathan Lethem, who won last years' National Book Award in the US said this: 'The Wooden Sea is one of his funniest, strangest, and most melancholy offerings.' It is also one of his very best.