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News: Dark is Rising Readathon
And now for something completely different...

A 40th Anniversary/Lifetime Achievement commemoration Worldwide Readathon of Susan Cooper's classic fantasy novel series "The Dark is Rising Sequence" is set to begin on December 7th, 2013 with the first book "Over Sea, Under Stone".

For those unfamiliar, the series is a children's book series from the '70's set in the UK and it stands both the test of time as the world has moved into a new millennium, and the test of age as many people (including me) still re-read at least some of it annually far into adulthood. For parents or family/teachers looking for info for younger folks, the reading level and themes are comparable to Harry Potter, however with less overt violence/action and with strong ties to Arthurian legend.

If you've read it before, why not read it again? Or if you've never read it now's a great time. (But never ever ever watch the movie because it is 100% wrong, oh god. D-:)

Details and links to sign up locations and dedicated readathon blog are at the Dark is Rising LJ Comm

Any signal-boosting or word-spreading that people might care to do for this would also be awesome.

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charis_kalos From: charis_kalos Date: November 26th, 2013 10:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh wow!

This is one of my all-time favourite children's fantasy series. And I remember the excitement I felt when studying King Arthur at uni to discover that the 'Loomis' name-checked at the end of Over Sea, Under Stone was a real Arthurian scholar. I am definitely in.
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: November 27th, 2013 08:07 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Oh wow!

lurkingwombat From: lurkingwombat Date: December 16th, 2013 12:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey there
I wanted to thank you for posting this. I signed up on FB as did J. She is currently on Greenwitch and I finished them the other day. I also thanked the people who came up with the idea :)
Now, because i didn't feel like leaving Wales just yet, I am re-reading the Prydain books by Alexander :) I mentioned this on the FB page and it looks like a few people there are going to re-read this series as well :)
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: December 16th, 2013 02:10 am (UTC) (Link)
There you go, instigating things internationally now.

I'm following along at the pace that will still let me do my annual holiday re-read of Dark Is Rising starting close to the solstice and then carrying on at the pace of the story, so I'm progressing slowly through OSUS still.
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