- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Marvel; 1 edition (1 October 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786808772
- ISBN-13: 978-0786808779
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 21 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 476 g
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Great Fantasy by Michael Chabon18 August 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
I am a big fan of Michael Chabon’s writing and this novel is no exception. The author explains at the beginning that he believed in fairies when he was young and had a deep and abiding love of baseball. He wanted to read a book about baseball to his children but could not find one that was suitable. So he wrote one that combined baseball and fairies in a way that both children and adults would enjoy. This book is a result. Ethan Feld, the main character, lives on an island off the coast of Washington state called Clam Island where baseball is the main pastime. He is a terrible player. So when a hundred-year-old recruiter from the negro leagues named Ring Finger Brown recruits him to save the Summerlands on Clam Island, along with his friend Jennifer T. Rideout, by playing a succession of games against giants and other formidable opponents, Ethan screws up his courage and accepts the challenge.
Patience for adult readers will be rewarded. Young readers will engage right away.25 December 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
Young teens will like this from the first page. As an adult, I found it took some patience, but I was eventually rewarded for it. Loving baseball certainly helps, but with a little imagination, the adult reader can draw a lot of analogies to the trends of our times in terms of cultural forces - political, economic and social - pushing for a flatter, less colorful, less magical world and those of us on the other side of all those things. All the while, Chabon's rich and splendid descriptive language remains as active here as in his other works. Not sure the author needs to go in this direction ever again, but I am eager to try his newest work on the strength of all of his prior work.
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cute but long9 September 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
Likable characters, fascinating concepts, compelling motivation--on the surface this book has everything it takes to make a great story, but for some reason it fell pretty flat for me. I like long books--nothing delights me more than knowing I'll have at least a few days to spend in a new world--but I think this story could have been about half the length and still included everything necessary, and as a result of some slash and burn editing, would have been a tighter story. We read this in my book club and while there was one who absolutely loved the book, most of the others felt as I did. That it went on longer than necessary and as a result got a little boring. However, it was a cute story with some genuinely funny moments and I completely identified with Ethan's baseball woes at the beginning since that was me exactly in my high school gym class where all we did every spring was play softball. I have detested baseball & softball ever since so the copious baseball scenes once they're in the Fae dimension got incredibly tedious for me. I did, however, LOVE the "scampering" concept and all the world-tree mythology. I won't read it again, but it was worth reading once just for that.
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Baseball, Faeries & epic battles of Good vs.Evil2 October 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
I don't know anything about baseball. I know a lot more now thanks to Micheal Chabon's imaginative and inventive storytelling. The cover grabbed me and wouldn't let me go. The characters kept me coming back again and again to find out what happened next in this story about hope and renewal in spite of evil and imperfect circumstances. I think the book is worth reading for the lengthy prologue and the last paragraph alone, which I am tempted to memorize. Chabon built himself a new fan with this book. Possibly more. About half way through I liked the story so much I bought copies for my 12 year old son and my 12 year old nephew - who's main focus in life is baseball. Finding a story that weaves in so many diverse elements is rare - and in this case - fun and instructive. The character of Coyote was expertly drawn and a good reminder of the true nature of Satan. I thought the last hit in the last inning breaking the windows of Heaven was awesome. Loved the time I spent in this story.
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Abandoned this one22 August 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
I love Michael Chabon's books - but I could not get into this one. It might've been easier if I hadn't read the introduction about why he wrote the book. After reading about his struggles during the time of writing I just could not divorce his pain from the story and so I eventually abandoned the book.