05 July 2014
Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
In the story, Simon, Jane, and Barney Drew are on holiday (damn my American sensibilities love that phrase) in Trewissick visiting their great-uncle Merry, whom they affectionately call Gumerry. When they discover an old manuscript detailing a map, the three children set out on an adventure to discover a true buried treasure which relates to King Arthur.
One of the reasons I hate summarizing stories is my inability to truly capture what the story is about in my overly simplistic synopsis. At the same time, I can't make it any better without adding detail which I am loathe to do as I am one of those strange readers who prefers to know as little as humanly possible before picking up a book. I enjoy the discovery of reading, and I don't want to ruin it for anyone else. Even giving away something that happens on page 5 makes me uncomfortable. That being said, read ahead at your own super-minor-but-still-there plot spoilers.
The plot of this one is simple enough, and adults who read it won't find too many surprises here, which I found oddly comforting and simultaneously eye-rolling-inducing this time around. I needed the easy read as I've been in quite the reading slump this month. At the same time, I crave a bit more in my stories - more backstory, more mythology, more action, etc. And definitely more of the paranormal.
The lack of supernatural elements in this tale surprised me; I was under the assumption this series revolved around the otherworldly. Perhaps more is coming in the series as this first book definitely heavily hinted at agelessness and magical powers. But it only hinted. For the most part, this is a simple quest with a few bad guys, but no stress on any real power behind either party.
So far it may seem like I didn't enjoy the story, but I did. I plowed through it, easily reading despite exhaustion (due to long days playing and swimming and swinging and sliding with the nutter). I am excited to start the next installment in the series.
Have any of you read this series?