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  • Title: War for the Oaks
  • Author: Emma Bull
  • ISBN: 9780441870738
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Paperback
  • Eddi McCandry used to be the lead singer in a rock band, until they broke up and her boyfriend dumped her But her far from mundane life is about to be turned inside out when she s drafted to fight a faerie war that needs a mortal to make it all too real.
    War for the Oaks Eddi McCandry used to be the lead singer in a rock band until they broke up and her boyfriend dumped her But her far from mundane life is about to be turned inside out when she s drafted to fight a f

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    1. Oops I was browsing the recommended because of your shelf listings and I noticed that this book was not on my lists In fact, not on my FAVORITE SHELVES list I ve read it about 4 times so GET ON MY SHELF This book was written years before the trend of paranormal romance faerie crossing into urban environment became commonplace If you want to see one of the books that probably helped start ALL this paranormal stuff, here it is GREAT book for girls and boys alike I have it in 3 different versions, [...]

    2. I didn t know what to expect when I ordered a copy of War for the Oaks for one of my GoodReads group Right now, I have way too many books to read and not enough time to read them I certainly didn t expect that I d find a book that I had a hard time putting down and ended up finishing in two days As I understand it, War for the Oaks is an early example of urban fantasy What wonderful urban fantasy it was I loved the adventure and romanticism, the music and the fairies don t call them that Popular [...]

    3. Urban fantasy was my drug of choice in high school Before and phenomenal English teachers took their toll on my ignorant bliss, I was perfectly content to base my reading choices on cover designs and dust jacket flaps, the key to my satisfactions being that perfect blend of concrete grit and fantastical malevolence My tastes will never return to that simplicity, but rather than using that as a reason for forgoing the genre entirely, I chose to feed a favorable looking work to my far complex quo [...]

    4. Adult fey urban fantasy Eddi, a singer electric guitarist living in Minneapolis, finds herself chosen by the Seelie Court for a job nobody would be especially keen on the Seelie and Unseelie Courts, whose queens are resident in Minneapolis for reasons that are never quite addressed, are declaring a war for the city They need a mortal to make the stakes mortal ones.This is a classic of the genre I read it immediately after Robin McKinley s Sunshine, which frustrated me to pieces, and my first rea [...]

    5. War for the Oaks has the distinction of helping mold the subgenre of urban fantasy Since I ve already tackled many many UF titles, that particular context is lost on me What can t be denied, however, is Emma Bull s talent War for the Oaks is an excellent example of everything I ve come to love about the fusion of modernity and magic The main character, Eddi McCandry, is a blend of all we hope for in a heroine In the beginning she exhibits a bit of poor judgment and has a tendency to underestimat [...]

    6. So this is the book that kicked off Urban Fantasy It was OK, just OK The narration is somewhat annoying, which makes the characters somewhat annoying, but the action sequences make up for that I can t fault this book too much, though, since it s the first its kind and therefore, like most pioneering writing pieces, reads like a lengthy writing exercise than a book The story is about a young woman with great musical aspirations she wants to start her own band who stumbles across a fae war and ge [...]

    7. This book has been popping up on my recommendations list for probably a year now That, combined with the fact that there s a quote on front in which Neil Gaiman states, Emma Bull is really good which may seem scant praise, but is everything to a Gaiman fan , I finally decided to just go ahead and order it After reading it, I concur with Mr Gaiman Emma Bull is really good An urban fantasy set in the 1980 s, Bull takes full advantage of the time period by showcasing the music and the lavish, ridic [...]

    8. It is astonishing to think that Minneapolis was the center of the Faerie world in 1987 Who would of thought And yet, Emma Bull s absorbing novel provides eloquent testimony to the centrality of the City of Lakes to the Fey World.Undoubtedly there is some important event that transpired in the next decade, since by 2000 the Dresden Files are evidence that Chicago is the place to be I didn t realize for a while that this book was written so long ago I was enjoying the retro nature of the bands men [...]

    9. Yep, still excellent With it s wit, warmth, great characters and a story that gets you hooked, instantly Faeries, a chosen mortal, a fight between good of sort and evil, a lot of Rock n Roll and one sexy, irresistible Phouka.I love it b w the book was written in the 80 s References, clothes, songs A trip down memory lane

    10. This book is a very strong argument as to why frequent, extended descriptions of what the characters are wearing is a bad idea not only is it unnecessary, a lot of the time, but it makes the book feel very dated The fact that the descriptions are of what was fashionable in the late Eighties is even worse people actually wore that With shoulder pads Oh my Similarly ixnay on the awful rock lyrics.Anyway, I read War for the Oaks because I had heard so many people describe it as a classic of the gen [...]

    11. First half two stars, second half four stars I am definitely not the target audience for this I don t like UF, I don t like faeries, and I thought the music would be a saving grace because that s something I do love, but I still wasn t really getting into that portion.A friend pointed out to me that this was sort of the first UF written Looking at it from that perspective, and from the very important perspective that this was written in the 80s, things finally started clicking for me The second [...]

    12. 4.5 starsI understand this book was a pioneer in the urban fantasy world One could only wish that the subsequent urban fantasy was as good.At first it felt tired and old hat to me, but gradually, Emma Bull s world and characters began to build and before you know it, I was enchanted.It s a tour de force of music, magic, honor, courage, and love The Pouka is the most endearing and lovable character I ve come across in a long time Eddi s character gradually develops depth and the story takes off T [...]

    13. Neil Gaiman s quote on the book jacket for The War for the Oaks reads Emma Bull is really good I m with Mr Gaiman Good, but not great.I m not in one of my miserly moods, I swear The heroine, Eddi, has her own kind of magic that comes from her stage presence when she s playing with her band Shouldn t she have been , well, charismatic I liked a lot all of the parts when they are putting together their new band Those were really good again life stuff But what about Eddi After a whole book I feel li [...]

    14. I wish I understood the hype this book has commanded for over twenty years, but I can t I also wish I d heard of at least half of the songs mentioned stuffed, like in it Unfortunately, Emma Bull was under the impression that the contemporary hip iconic culture she shoved down the throats of her readers, the better it would be In doing this, and shamelessly using her own poor lyrics as filler, she managed to completely neglect her writing I can t even recall how many times I had to exclaim REAL [...]

    15. It gets a star because I finished it Don t read this book A mix between fantasy and a rock novel incorporating the worst aspects of both genres with an inability to compose a coherent action sequence.

    16. Eddi McCandry is a rocker with a big heart She attracts the attention of the Seelie Court and her life is turned upside down.I absolutely loved this If you know me, and maybe if you don t, you know that Charles de Lint is my favorite author This is something very much in the same vein as de Lint s best work I don t mean that it s a knockoff, it s just something that I enjoyed for a lot of the same reasons that I enjoy de Lint.These characters were awesome They re people or not that I would love [...]

    17. In my mind, this novel is the forerunner to a variety of urban fantasy ventures that have been written since and gotten attention e.g American Gods It s the Led Zeppelin to Gaiman s AC DC Or something like that that makes sense As might be expected from a book that drips hip despite its pop culture references now being 20 years old, an allusion to Homestar Runner is one of my favorite ways to summarize it Faeries are dragging us into their bloody war I don t want to take any chances We should [...]

    18. Can Eddi and her new band save Minneapolis from the Unseelie Court The Fey are not my favorite fantasy creatures, and this book got off to a weak start, but I was soon enjoying myself This is described as one of the pioneering works of urban fantasy It was written as contemporary fiction in the 80 s our heroes are fond of vests, denim jackets and high top sneakers and features an out of work singer guitarist who gets dragged into the middle of a Fairy war She s guarded by a fabulous phouka, sedu [...]

    19. Such a fun read As someone in the center of the Venn diagram of loves folk lore, loves music, and loves books, this was basically made for me If you like badass urban fantasy with great tie ins to Celtic lore and have fond memories of going to shows, you really need to check this outNTENT WARNING view spoiler A man hits his girlfriend There are brief depictions of war and death hide spoiler Things to love The phouka Yeah, I know Eddi is the main character, and she s pretty great But she s not th [...]

    20. I have a friend from Minnesota, about 4 years younger than me, who complained, nothing ever happens here Can t wait to join you in New York for college After reading Tam Lin and other works by The Scribblies, and now War for the Oaks, I ve got to say, No, no Actually, I think Minnesota is where it s at There are many shades of myself One is a girl who likes to walk barefoot through the forest and climb up treehouses, who picks daisies and makes snow angels Another is a girl who loves the mystery [...]

    21. This book was described as the foundation for urban fantasy ish, so I just had to read it Right off the bat I could tell where Holly Black got her inspiration from for her Tithe series as it was glaringly obvious even if I had only read the first few pages of that book Let me tell you, after reading poor novels from this genre I didn t have high expectations for it Well, this book completely blew the others out of the water and has definitely set the mark for others to meet The world she created [...]

    22. This book is probably pretty awesome if you are a 14 year old girl with black nail polish For me though, the only reason I m giving it two stars rather than none is a sort of sweet enthusiasm for her characters and theme that the author manages to project, despite her crap hand with plot and characterization It s a novel of fairy faeraiye Doesn t it seem that the blacker the nail polish, the vowels should go in that word warfare, with a rock n rollin Minnesotan named Eddi as the mortal lynchpin [...]

    23. In my opinion, you really can t call yourself an Urban fantasy fan if you haven t read this book This is one of, if not THE book that started it all.There are fairies but don t call them that if you know what s good for you of every shape and size, lust, love, rock n roll and a war between Seelie and Unseelie courts what could you want How about characters you care for almost instantly, magic that somehow makes sense even when it doesn t, and don t forget the magic of music.This is no cut and d [...]

    24. While I am not sure it is still the best example of urban fantasy out there Neil Gaiman, Jim Butcher, Charlaine Harris, Kevin Hearne, etc it is an important book as a prototypical work in the genre For that alone it is worth the read But it is also worth a read because it has a kick ass protagonist on a hell of a journey, some of my favorite Fae characters of all time especially the Phouka and a finale reminiscent of a certain scene in Scott Pilgrim vs the World.

    25. Some years ago in Minneapolis there was a very strange but quite good rock group called Eddi and the Fey I know this for a fact because I own the tour shirt Now granted the group, with its mix of human and nonhuman members may not have quite existed in the literal sense Nor may there have been the battle for Minneapolis But Emma writes the characters and the plot well enough that they do exist in the mind long after the last page And isn t that good enough sometimes

    26. This is, I believe, the book that kicked off the using music against the Sidhe subgenre that became so popular through the nineties When I first read it, I wondered if the influence had been Elizabeth Marie Pope s The Perilous Garde the idea of women writers catching, adding their own grace notes, and passing on ideas being exemplified so very well here.

    27. Ok, this is apparently the book that spawned the modern Urban Fantasy genre And it s about as 80s as you can imagine I mean c mon, they re in a BAND view spoiler They even save the day by having a battle of the bands Ok, of the band, that part was kinda anticlimatic hide spoiler But if you can embrace the 80s campiness, this is a fun foray into the history of a genre

    28. Sometimes, in order to enjoy a classic, you have to realize that it was not written today To read this book and criticize it for jumping on the fae shifter bandwagon is not recognizing that it started then bandwagon it did not join the train in progress I have heard about this book for years It was written before I became immersed in Urban Fantasy I m not completely sure how I missed it at the time it was written as it was also before my refusal to read Urban Fantasy yes, yes, we all go through [...]

    29. If I could I d give it 2 1 2 stars.The story of an ordinary girl or guy becoming extraordinary is common and essentially this is the formula used by War For The Oaks Eddi is your regular old rock musician living and playing music in the Twin Cities Until one day when things are really bad, she is against her will recruited into a war between the Seelie Court of Faerie and the Unseelie Court These immortal creatures want to be able to really kill each other and for that they need her, a mortal, o [...]

    30. Much to my surprise, my husband has lately embraced his inner geek, using my account to scoop up every sci fi dragon book ever penned And when I out him in front of family members and friends, I discover that many of them are secret dragon geeks, too Perhaps there s something to this fantasy lit It has at the very least piqued my curiosity Hence, I have been in search of sci fi fantasy that meets my special requirements I seek stand alone, sequel less novels, preferably with fairies and or secre [...]

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