War for the Oaks

War for the Oaks[PDF] ✅ War for the Oaks By Emma Bull – Tbjewellers.co.uk Acclaimed by critics and readers on its first publication in 1987 winner of the Locus Award for Best First Novel Emma Bull's War for the Oaks is one of the novels that has defined modern urban fantasy Acclaimed by critics and readers on its first publication in winner of the Locus Award for Best First Novel Emma Bull's War for the Oaks is one of the novels that has defined modern urban fantasyEddi McCandry sings rock War for PDF/EPUB ² and roll But she's breaking up with her boyfriend her band just broke up and life could hardly be worse Then walking home through downtown Minneapolis on a dark night she finds herself drafted into an invisible war between the faerie folk Now than her own survival is at risk—and her own preferences musical and personal are very much beside the pointBy turns tough and lyrical fabulous and down to earth War for the Oaks is a fantasy novel that's as much about this world as about the other one It's about real love and loyalty about real music and musicians about false glamour and true art It will change the way you hear and see your own daily life.

Emma Bull is a science fiction and fantasy author whose best known novel is War for the Oaks one of the pioneering works of urban fantasy She has participated in Terri Windling's Borderland shared universe which is the setting of War for PDF/EPUB ² her novel Finder She sang in the rock funk band Cats Laughing and both sang and played guitar in the folk duo The Flash Girls while living in Minneapolis Minne.

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  • Paperback
  • 336 pages
  • War for the Oaks
  • Emma Bull
  • English
  • 04 June 2014
  • 9780765349156

10 thoughts on “War for the Oaks

  1. says:

    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 SHELFThis 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 one day I'll get it signed

  2. says:

    💀 DNF at 44%Let’s see what can I tell you about this wonderfully captivating book apart from the fact that it’s supposed to be a pioneer of the Urban Fantasy genre? view spoiler I’m assuming that whoever said this didn’t have that kind of pioneer in mind when they made that particularly canny assertion Then again who knows? hide spoiler

  3. says:

    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 music plays a central role in this book I've read uite a few books that try to integrate rock roll but they usually end up being really really cheesy and imbued with that isn't it cool to be a rock star tone In this case music and the rock scene is simply a part of Eddi's life and Ms Bull handles it very well A few things do make the story a bit dated like some clothing descriptions and the constant references to how hot Prince is I never thought he was But most of the story manages to avoid most things that would make it seem exceptionally datedNow it's really possible that this book doesn't deserve five stars In fact it's uite likely it doesn't But I gave it the highest rating because I loved it and it was great escapism One warning this is chick lit I can't see much here that would appeal to most guys But I'm a girl and I liked it

  4. says:

    Urban fantasy was my drug of choice in high school Before Goodreads 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 uotas At best I'd be pleasantly surprised At worst my critiuing skills would be left thoroughly honed Either way I was confident I'd enjoy myself on the knee jerk gut level if nothing elseI was right about the enjoyment part However much I complain about stock plots and character tropes and the all too common utilization of burgeoning romance to drive the narrative and stopping just before commitment and faithfulness and all that uglier relationship jazz kicks in love is so unsexy when it lasts forever on it wasn't too long ago that I flat out enjoyed such things with nary a uibble Also I am such a sucker for snark it's embarrassing and this book reveled in itWhat I didn't expect is to find a perfect example of feminism in all its imperfections Here we have a female character slam dunking the Bechdel test but pinning all the real worth and character development on the way men perceive her She promotes understanding and nonviolence but only when provoked by external circumstances in a very level up Mary Sue manner fits every situation once the situation reveals itself in a dramatic enough manner Persons of color exist but so does a great deal of casual racism culminating in an endnote describing the author adapting the book for a movie and choosing to cut one of the persons of color in favor of expanding two white male character narratives predictable culmination anyone? In short female solidarity is actively developed the book flat out talks about women's rights at one point but there is no application of lessons learned in the development process to everyone else Also violence accepted as comeuppance for breaking up with a man UghAs for everything else The fantasy was handled well but compared to Clarke's complete and utter revitalization of the mythos in Jonathan Strange Mr Norrell there was nothing new to be found Also worthy of mention is the fact that the '80's were before my time so all accompanying references went over my head and had no favorable impact on my enjoyment The Robert Jordan Syndrome aka spending sizable paragraphs laying out character's outfits every few pages a list description method that was applied to anything worthy of visualization to a frustratingly banal degree didn't help either I did laugh though That's always good

  5. says:

    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 seuences 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 gets recruited She does get to put a band together all the while helping her fae friends take back—and this is where I can't stop laughing—Minnehaha Falls for the fae court It's one thing to read about other cities getting bombarded with and pillaged by otherworldly creatures but it's another thing entirely to read about your own hometown as a battleground Since I mostly read stories set in far off places and imaginary worlds it's a little unsettling—in a good way—to dive into a book that features Minneapolis as a secondary character I would have to say the experience is similar to a mild episode of meta awareness; you know you're reading but you can't believe you recognize every landmark and street corner in the book Who woulda thunk Nicollet Mall is actually a bridge between our world and the fae's? Or that fae factions used to duke it out every night right across the street from where I used to live?Urban fantasy has come so far from its origins that reading this book is like examining a piece of relic recently unearthed from some lost burial ground It's always interesting to read the book that started it all

  6. says:

    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 underestimate herself but over the course of the book she grows and learns We come to see her as a straight shooter with an abundance of fierce determination a woman who tries to fight for what’s right and inspires those around her to do the same She’s a likeable character and a true friend a person who believes in free will and accepting conseuences The characters surrounding her are each notable in their own ways but none so than the Phouka Assigned as her bodyguard he’s often mischief made real but it’s clear from the beginning that there’s a lot to him than clever uips and keen fighting skills He’s enigmatic and eccentric but endearing; it’s easy to share in Eddi’s growing trust in him Many of the powers of the Fae are not clearly defined; Bull picks and chooses which rules to share so the plot can glide along without the burden of weighty details She demonstrates respect towards her readers trusting that we are intelligent enough to pick things up along the way In light of all the clue by fours and info dumps I’ve been subjected to lately I’m immensely grateful for her polished method of delivery I do wonder how this came across to the audience of 1987 Bull uses much of the Fae lore we now find commonplace the Sidhe lords the Seelie and Unseelie Courts the Lady vs the ueen of Air and Darkness the talent of twisting the truth yet never lying Today’s UF readers are accustomed to these beings and the basic rules that govern them Would this have seemed ground breaking perhaps confusing to her initial readers?Bull’s writing style is pleasant It’s lyrical and fluid but never flowery or overcomplicated Her analogies are marvelous almost undetectable as they cast the desired atmosphere over a scene They evoke sensory experiences drawing us fully into Eddi’s perception and fostering a connection with the settings and characters Bull understands that small details are often the most significant She uses this knowledge to greatest effect when describing how two people fall in love through moments of stillness and unconscious gestures she recounts the many tiny thrills along the way This leads to one of my favorite passages “Every motion she made was slow as if she’d never before put her arms around a man and didn’t know for certain where everything fit When at last they were pressed close she didn’t think she’d know how to let go when the time came They summarized the course of passion with kisses a chaste half frightened brush of the lips metamorphosed into something fierce and fast burning which in its turn became a patient intimate touch full of inuiry and shared pleasure” It’s romance that a person who’s experienced love can relate to It’s the hesitancy and wonder that washes over us in that moment we decide “yesthis is the one” To capture it in such a way makes it all the sweet and realistic This down to earth style is a defining aspect of the bookwhich is why I have one complaint about the ending While every proceeding scene even those dealing with Fae illusion is so straight forward and comprehensible the final battle lapses into the abstract We understand what’s happening in the larger scheme but the particulars are lost amid the frenzy of magic Having felt so connected to the action until this point it came as an unpleasant shock to suddenly feel distant from events I’m not sure if this indicates a hasty wrap up or merely my own inability to relate to what Eddi experiences I wasn’t dissatisfied but the scene didn’t mesh perfectly with the rest of the story That one criticism aside War for the Oaks is a well executed book It’s easy to see how its release in the late 80s would have encouraged acknowledgement of the urban fantasy subgenre Reading it now 24 years after it was first published it doesn’t feel particularly dated even some of the clothes are back in fashion again Instead it’s as thrilling a stand alone as any current title with an effortless poetic slant and a fluidity that’s missing from many of today’s debuts It’s touted as an urban fantasy classic it’s than deserving of the label

  7. says:

    Adult fey urban fantasy Eddi a singerelectric 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 ueens are resident in Minneapolis for reasons that are never uite addressed are declaring a war for the city They need a mortal to make the stakes mortal onesThis is a classic of the genre I read it immediately after Robin McKinley's Sunshine which frustrated me to pieces and my first reaction to this was Oh thank god yay It has a lot of elements that are simply awesome The Phouka is a really fantastic character especially in his early scenes and the descriptions of the fey folk themselves are lively and convincing and imaginative Possibly the best thing about the book is the use of music though Eddi's band is central to the action and ultimately to the plot and the most powerful scenes are the ones in which they're playing and Eddi's feeling the chords slide and wail around her It's tricky to infuse a written work with a sense of music the emotions and the sounds as images so I have huge respect for the way Bull pulled it offBut ultimately this book wasn't as successful as I wanted it to be The main reason is again the main character Everybody around her believes that Eddi has something special she's electric and charismatic and no wonder the fey folk chose her But Bull never really managed to convey that electricity and charisma Eddi drives a good bit of the plot she's not a passive presence but she's simply not very compelling as a protagonist Except when she's playing and even then it's that she lets us inside the dynamic of the bandThe other problem I had was with the stakes I didn't really care about the outcome of the faerie war The battle scenes didn't catch me up At the end something happens to make this battle personal one of the central characters is in danger But I didn't care about that character either They weren't introduced in an especially sympathetic way and they were never developed enough to make up for it What really drove the story wasn't the faery war but the romance The romance is resolved about two thirds of the way through though and after that well I finished the book and I enjoyed the descriptions and the little details of the world but I wasn't invested much

  8. says:

    Part of the problem might be that I went into this book with unrealistically high expectations I’d been aware of War for the Oaks for a long time before reading it and I knew it was considered an influential classic of the Urban Fantasy genre Because of this I’d already perhaps unfairly assigned it some kind of legendary status in my mind But just because something is among the first doesn’t mean it is among the best; after finishing this I was left feeling underwhelmedThe book certainly does have its good points The music scene backdrop was fun and at times refreshing; the Fae had an otherworldly feel to them which was interesting to read about; and the prose itself was skillfully written But for me it always comes down to the characters I couldn’t feel any attachment to them and therefore I had no emotional engagement whatsoever with this bookI also felt the novel was really slowly paced This isn’t always a bad thing depending on the story but in this case it often seemed like a chore just to push through to the next chapter This might be excellent for the right reader but it wasn’t for me I’m glad I read it though if only as a historical entry in exploring the roots of Urban Fantasy

  9. says:

    This book has been popping up on my recommendations list for probably a year now That combined with the fact that there's a uote 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 ridiculously wonderful over the top 1980's clothing really other than perhaps the Glam Rock period of the 1970's there's no other time period in which a story such as this would work to such effect Eddi is a musician chosen by the fey to be the mortal who will bring death to the battlefield in the Seelie Court's battle against the Unseelie Court who will bring darkness and gloom to the city should they triumph Bull draws heavily on the folktales of Ireland and Scotland and her faeries are wonderful creatures seldom completely good or evil but always looking to bend events to their favor with no regard to the conseuences brought upon others My favorites include Hairy Meg a brownie from Scotland who brought her thick brogue and cantankerous temper with her and the hilariously mischievous phouka who serves as Eddi's bodyguard You can practically see these faeries as they may have been imagined by Jim Henson or Brian Froud Overall my only criticism is that the ending seemed a little anticlimatic it did seem a little too easy to defeat the ueen of Air and Darkness and shifts in time periods weren't always made clear Other than that an excellent book

  10. says:

    Reading this was like meeting the grandmother of October Daye and Kate Daniels Knowing it was one of the early books to really make urban fantasy a thing per Naomi Alderman’s introduction it’s amazing how fresh it must have felt back then — it stood up pretty well now but I found some aspects of it predictable because I know later books in the genre So many of the elements were in place as far back as this I had a lot of fun and the descriptions of Eddi’s band and the way they play the fun they have are really infectious It’s surprisingly vivid even for me and I don’t have a visual imagination at allLikewise the plot with Faerie and even the character arc of the phouka are all fairly obvious if you’ve been hanging around in urban fantasy — but it’s still well done and Bull does a great job of making her faeries genuinely strange genuinely different to the humans they interact withAll in all a lot of fun and I recommend it especially for those who enjoy urban fantasy but not only for them

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