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The Halfmen of O review å eBook or Kindle ePUB Í When Nick uinn goes to spend a couple of weeks on his uncle's farm at Lodestone Creek he expects it to be like every other summer holiday His dopey cousin Susan is remote than ever but swimming and exploring will make up for the lack of companionshipBut Susan is spirited off down a disuO Cling and the Deathguard Nick follows to rescue her and the Woodlanders of O come to his aid They know that Susan is the only one who can save their world and perhaps her o. I didn't catch this series on my radar when they first came out wrong age then no children yet and then later on Well it's possible my son read them Certainly I've been aware and people coming into the bookshop people in their 30s and 40s often ask for them So finally I'm readingThis is an adventure where two youngsters and an old man go through a disused mine shaft and into a different world in which the humans have been divided into good and evil Of course evil has almost completely triumphed but Susan was marked at birth and it is her task to retrieve the two teardrops stored in the separate care of two very differing peoples by one of the last remaining Good people and put them together in the most dangerous place on the planet so that balance can be restoredI was so engrossed in this that I nearly missed my train stop twice I love the peoples and the parts of the world that they inhabit and the evil Halfmen are really uite scary The characters are not hugely developed but are each true to themselves and I found the pace excellent

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N ever but swimming and exploring will make up for the lack of companionshipBut Susan is spirited off down a disused mineshaft into the world of O and is taken prisoner by Od. I remember everyone raving about this book when I was in form 1 and 2 and thinking I should read that Well I finally made it 16 years later Aged 27 I can now say I have read another of New Zealand's classic children's novels and I can see why everyone liked it so much It was published in 1982 so it was old even when my peers were reading in the mid 90s but despite a few details that date it it is a timeless story as most fantasy should beThe balance of good and evil is at stake when Susan is tricked and forced into entering the world of O and her cousin Nick follows her to help her escape from danger It's a fast paced book despite the days of hiking the characters do and it is filled with wonderfully bizarre characters from the woodlanders to the stonemen the people of the sea and the birdmen I love the nickname Mixies given to normal humans by the Halfies or Halfmen it reminds me of the word moxie which is fantastic and should be a part of of everybody's vocabulary I had to look up 'carbide' and I imagine any child reading it these days would have to as well and I really wish I knew what it smells like because it is mentioned as an olfactory sense so often in the book albeit a nasty one that I feel it kind of sums up the whole experience of O I definitely recommend this book to all young readers aged 8 or 9 As I said it was popular among 11 and 12 year olds in the mid 90s and I hope it still is And even though it is a fantasy novel the fantasy is set against the reality of a Golden Bay farm lending the book a sense of 'Kiwiness' that I appreciated And here come my negative thoughts Why didn't it get 5 stars Well maybe it's conditioning from the hundreds of books I've read in my life and I'm well aware that this is a children's book but it didn't feel deep enough I wanted about the inner workings of the characters the protagonists the antagonists the creatures on the sidelines I wanted description of the places and characters I wanted to be able to see them in my mind I got the beginning of a sense of this in Morninghall and in the Throat of the Underworld but I wanted still Is this a result of watching too many movies of a diminishing imagination or just the fact that I'm an adult reading a kids book Anyway there you go The Halfmen of O is a fun and exciting children's fantasy adventure that I'm glad I finally read

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The Halfmen of OWhen Nick uinn goes to spend a couple of weeks on his uncle's farm at Lodestone Creek he expects it to be like every other summer holiday His dopey cousin Susan is remote tha. Read this in year 9 for English class Remember it having some scenes that really hooked me in but mostly being difficult to pull through though in fairness I have that feeling about the majority of assigned reading