Cold Shoulder Road

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  • Cold Shoulder Road
  • Joan Aiken
  • English
  • 14 April 2018
  • 0440413419

About the Author: Joan Aiken

Cold Shoulder Road Epub ↠ Cold Shoulder PDF \ cold pdf, shoulder book, road epub, Cold Shoulder ebok, Cold Shoulder RoadCold Shoulder Road EpubJoan Aiken was a much loved English writer who received the MBE for services to Children s Literature She was known as a writer of wild fantasy, Gothic novels and short storiesShe was born in Rye, East Sussex, into a family of writers, including her father, Cold Shoulder PDF \ Conrad Aiken who won a Pulitzer Prize for his poetry , and her sister, Jane Aiken Hodge She worked for the United Nations Information Office during the second world war, and then as an editor and freelance on Argosy magazine before she started writing full time, mainly children s books and thrillers For her books she received the Guardian Award and the Edgar Allan Poe Award Her most popular series, the Wolves Chronicles which began with The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, was set in an elaborate alternate period of history in a Britain in which James II was never deposed in the Glorious Revolution,and so supporters of the House of Hanover continually plot to overthrow the Stuart Kings These books also feature cockney urchin heroine Dido Twite and her adventures and travels all over the worldAnother series of children s books about Arabel and her raven Mortimer are illustrated by Quentin Blake, and have been shown on the BBC as Jackanory and drama series Others including the much loved Necklace of Raindrops and award winning Kingdom Under the Sea are illustrated by Jan Pie kowskiHer many novels for adults include several that continue or complement novels by Jane Austen These include Mansfield Revisited and Jane FairfaxAiken was a lifelong fan of ghost stories She set her adult supernatural novel The Haunting of Lamb House at Lamb House in Rye now a National Trust property This ghost story recounts in fictional form an alleged haunting experienced by two former residents of the house, Henry James and E F Benson, both of whom also wrote ghost stories Aiken s father, Conrad Aiken, also authored a small number of notable ghost stories.


Cold Shoulder RoadCold Shoulder Road Epub ↠ Cold Shoulder PDF \ cold pdf, shoulder book, road epub, Cold Shoulder ebok, Cold Shoulder RoadCold Shoulder Road EpubHaving freed the children enslaved in the northern mines, Is Twite and her cousin Arun return to Folkestone to find Arun s mother But she has disappeared without a trace There s plenty of evidence of strange goings on now that the Channel Tunnel is open, Cold Shoulder PDF \ and smugglers called the Merry Gentry have the whole countryside terrified Is and Arun are up against the evil Dominic de la Twite and the sneaky Admiral Fishskin in this witty adventure An American Bookseller Pick of the Lists.

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10 thoughts on “Cold Shoulder Road

  1. Althea Ann says:

    Every night, around nine o clock in Cold Shoulder road, the screaming began It came from the end house in the row It was not very loud The sound was like the cries of the gulls that flew and whirled along the shingle bank on the seaward side of the road Joan Aiken really knows how to write stuff that, while wholly appealing to young people, is also genuinely chilling When I was a kid, my local library had The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and its first two sequels I was young enough when Every night, around nine o clock in Cold Shoulder road, the screaming began It came from the end house in the row It was not very loud The sound was like the cries of the gulls that flew and whirled along the shingle bank on the seaward side of the road Joan Aiken really knows how to write stuff that, while wholly appealing to young people, is also genuinely chilling When I was a kid, my local library had The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and its first two sequels I was young enough when I read them that I wasn t quite certain which elements in this alternate history England were fantasy and which were just British it all seemed quite exotic to me I read those three books several times each, but didn t later follow the series and and no idea until picking this up that it had continued into the mid 90s The setting was familiar, but the characters here are ones I wasn t familiar with although it s clearly not the first time they ve been introduced Is Twite and her cousin Arun are travelling in search of Arun s mum, whom he left to strike out on his own several years ago Arun is devastated when he comes back to an empty house, with no clues as to where she might have gone Arun s mother was a member of a strange cult called the Silent Sect, and the unsavory neighbors seem to think that odder than usual things have been going on within the group There s also a gang of vicious smugglers calling themselves the Merry Gentry, who are well on their way to keeping the local populace under their thumb with fear and threats Add in an antique buried treasure that everyone has plans for and the plot is underway.Several times, while reading this, I was reminded that this is the exact sort of story that Lemony Snicket s Unfortunate Events was inspired by.However, while it s good, it s not Aiken s best The telepathy isn t really intrinsic or necessary to the story, the villains are a bit lacking in back story, and events tend to happen rather too conveniently.I m still glad to have had the opportunity to read it Many thanks to Open Road and NetGalley As always, my opinions are solely my own

  2. Abigail says:

    In this ninth entry in Aiken s Wolves Chronicles, and the second featuring Is Twite as a heroine, Is and her cousin Arun go in search of Arun s mother in Folkstone Here they must contend with a band of ruthless smugglers known as The Merry Gentlemen, and a strange religious cult called the Silent Sect Aiken delivers her usual assortment of odd characters and unexpected plot developments, includingunknown Twite relations, a long lost royal treasure, and a frigate stuck at the top of a tre In this ninth entry in Aiken s Wolves Chronicles, and the second featuring Is Twite as a heroine, Is and her cousin Arun go in search of Arun s mother in Folkstone Here they must contend with a band of ruthless smugglers known as The Merry Gentlemen, and a strange religious cult called the Silent Sect Aiken delivers her usual assortment of odd characters and unexpected plot developments, includingunknown Twite relations, a long lost royal treasure, and a frigate stuck at the top of a tree.I was surprised to discover, while reading Cold Shoulder Road, that I was becoming somewhat impatient with Aiken s series As I mentioned in my review of Is Underground , the two titles featuring Is Twite do not rank among my favorites in the Wolves Chronicles, mostly because I consider Is Twite to be a shallow and unsatisfactory copy of her older sister, Dido But this title, in particular, struck me as being the low point in Aiken s extended narrative about an alternative Britain The author utilizes all of her regular tricks, and perhaps that is part of the problem As paradoxical as it may be, her unconventionality almost seems routine by this pointI might have stopped reading the series at this point, if I hadn t discovered that the next title, Dangerous Games , reverts back to Dido s adventures As a side note, although I didn t really enjoy Cold Shoulder Road, I loved the cover artwork by Edward Gorey.Addendum Because the reading order of this series is somewhat complicated, I have included this handy guide, which is organized by publication date, and which I recommend to prospective readers of the series, rather than the one offered here on Goodreads Reading Order for the Series 1 The Wolves of Willoughby Chase2 Black Hearts in Battersea3 Nightbirds on Nantucket4 The Whispering Mountain5 The Cuckoo Tree6 The Stolen Lake7 Dido and Pa8 Is Underground9 Cold Shoulder Road10 Dangerous Games11 Midwinter Nightingale12 The Witch of ClatteringshawsA few notes Is Underground is the American name for the British original, Is Similarly, Dangerous Games was originally published in Britain as Limbo Lodge The Wolves of Willoughby Chase features two characters that recur, but the two young heroines do not The Stolen Lake is the point at which the chronology becomes somewhat complicated, as it is the sixth book, but chronicles events that occur in between Night Birds on Nantucket 3 and The Cuckoo Tree 5 Is Underground or Is and Cold Shoulder Road both feature Is Twite, cousin to the main heroine, Dido They occur alongside the other books, and their position in the series is not chronologically relevant Dangerous Games Limbo Lodge is another title that backtracks in the chronology Although not technically part of the series, Aiken s Midnight Is a Place does occur in the same alternative timeline, and is set in Blastburn, the same imaginary city that features in the other books

  3. Alex says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This is pretty late in the series which was written over several decades It seems that Aiken sort of lost track of what made these books work as she got further from the source Among the problems Yet another deus ex machina type ending In previous stories, the hero actually played a role in the downfall of the villains Over reliance on the supernatural Okay, a little magic or whatever in a young adult novel seems right This story hinges yet again on people communicating with each other This is pretty late in the series which was written over several decades It seems that Aiken sort of lost track of what made these books work as she got further from the source Among the problems Yet another deus ex machina type ending In previous stories, the hero actually played a role in the downfall of the villains Over reliance on the supernatural Okay, a little magic or whatever in a young adult novel seems right This story hinges yet again on people communicating with each other in thought Then there is the key villain suddenly dying because he wears a necklace full of powerful negative energy These are just some examples.Finally, when the hero of this story, Is, was introduced in Dido and Pa, she had been locked in a dungeon for her entire youth and was quite angry and untrusting When she reappears in this story and in Is Underground, she has basically become a stand in for Dido who I guess aged out of the series

  4. Shirley says:

    The first line on a sort of prologue page although it is not labeled as such is a sort of back story although you don t understand it until midway through the book Every night, around nine o clock in Cold Shoulder Road, the screaming began Gothic, tongue in cheek adventure involving a Chunnel created before its time, smuggled ivory tusks, a necklace of death, and Aiken s usual really horrible villains flavored just right with the Gorey cover illustration I ve long enjoyed Aiken s The first line on a sort of prologue page although it is not labeled as such is a sort of back story although you don t understand it until midway through the book Every night, around nine o clock in Cold Shoulder Road, the screaming began Gothic, tongue in cheek adventure involving a Chunnel created before its time, smuggled ivory tusks, a necklace of death, and Aiken s usual really horrible villains flavored just right with the Gorey cover illustration I ve long enjoyed Aiken s creation of a sort of patois displayed the characters use of words like clung headed , mumchance , croopus , clod pole , fambles She respects her readers and knows they will get the meaning from context, unlike some wrong headed editors of today who think readers need to have the vibrancy of words toned down into the dull and familiar

  5. Robin says:

    Following Joan Aiken s Wolves Chronicles, which I have also seen described as the James III saga, is a bit challenging A couple of the books have different titles in the U.S than in the U.K Examples Limbo Lodge Dangerous Games Is Is Underground The fourth book in publication order, a prequel called The Whispering Mountain, is routinely left out of numbered lists of the canonincal series, which may lead to confusion about which book is the nth in the series Midnight Is a Place is tre Following Joan Aiken s Wolves Chronicles, which I have also seen described as the James III saga, is a bit challenging A couple of the books have different titles in the U.S than in the U.K Examples Limbo Lodge Dangerous Games Is Is Underground The fourth book in publication order, a prequel called The Whispering Mountain, is routinely left out of numbered lists of the canonincal series, which may lead to confusion about which book is the nth in the series Midnight Is a Place is treated as a completely separate work, even though it shares the same alternate history period fantasy world as this series And I ve mentioned before that the title Is is a sovereign internet search killer I had no luck finding a copy of it until I came across the omnibus edition of Is and this book canonically the ninth, publicationally the tenth or eleventh book in what I believe is one of the great classic series of young adult adventure novels.Like Is, Cold Shoulder Road takes the point of view of Is or Isabett Twite, younger sister of Dido Twite, who left the home she shared with oldest sister Penny in Blackheath Edge, Kent, to honor a dying uncle s wish and find her vanished cousin Arun Find him she did, in the form of a boy who thought he was a cat and lived accordingly While recovering from the trauma that drove him into cathood, Arun has gradually reverted to boyhood But when Is and Arun arrive in Cold Shoulder Road, where he last left his mother Ruth Twite and the strange, silent sect she belonged to, they find the whole street deserted Is worries the shock might send Arun back to chasing mice and biting people s ankles But the deeper the two cousins dig, theserious the situation appears For not only has the Sect upped stakes and moved to the next town up the coast, but Ruth has personally disappeared, and taken somebody else s child with her This is no ordinary kidnapping, though Ruth seems to have run away with a child who was entrusted to the townsfolk in an exchange of hostages with a vicious gang of smugglers, known as the Merrie Gentry Specializing in sneaking loads of mammoth tusks, used for making snuffboxes, through a railway tunnel under the English Channel, the Merrie Gentry make gruesome examples of anyone who crosses them Before you can say, Croopus Is and Arun are in the thick of things, with a sneaky retired admiral on one side, a mesmerizing cult leader on the other, and such oddities abroad as a frigate parked in the crotch of a chestnut tree, a kite flying rider on a two wheeled machine, a travelers rest area under the shelter of standing stones, a garden hanging over the edge of a cliff, and a bunch of people who can communicate by thought waves There is a buried treasure, a sinister string of jewels, a disagreeable child who proves worth the trouble, a trip to the dentist that proves nastier than expected, and a swarm of spiders the size of small dogs I don t think you will ever encounter a similar combination of villainy, magic, heroism, and weirdness if you read a thousand books a year for a thousand years Save yourself the trouble and read this book, and all its companion books They are funny, thrilling, heart warming, spine chilling, over the top fantastic by every definition of the word, and written by a prose master who sneaks her lyricism in under the cover of a quaint dialect and a curtly straightforward tone of voice In almost any other author s hands, a character like Is or Dido before her would soon become tiresome I look forward to my next outing with them

  6. Kailey (BooksforMKs) says:

    Is Twite and her cousin Arun go on a wild search for Arun s mother, Ruth Twite, while the Merry Gentry smugglers terrorize every village on the coast Arun and Is turn to Admiral Fishkin for help and advice on how to find their missing relative, but the duplicitous Admiral is not as kind as he seems Is and Arun search through the mysterious Silent Sect, explore a dark cave, find shelter in unlikely places, and ultimately find a way to restore peace to the coast and strip the Merry Gentry of the Is Twite and her cousin Arun go on a wild search for Arun s mother, Ruth Twite, while the Merry Gentry smugglers terrorize every village on the coast Arun and Is turn to Admiral Fishkin for help and advice on how to find their missing relative, but the duplicitous Admiral is not as kind as he seems Is and Arun search through the mysterious Silent Sect, explore a dark cave, find shelter in unlikely places, and ultimately find a way to restore peace to the coast and strip the Merry Gentry of their power.I was a little disappointed in the lucky coincidences of the plot, especially since I have come to expect so much from Joan Aiken s writing The plot felt really contrived as time after time the heroes are saved from disaster by some random happenstance The main characters seem to float around from place to place, making a half formed plan that doesn t really accomplish anything, and then they are miraculously saved AGAIN by some incredibly lucky accident And the ending was especially contrived and unsatisfactory Other than that, the writing is great Joan Aiken has such a beautiful writing style that pulls you into the story, creates emotional connections to the characters, and describes a vivid setting Her writing and characters are imaginative and interesting and weird Still well worth the read, but not her best in this series

  7. Kirsten says:

    Sequel to Is Underground In the previous book in the series, Is Twite travelled north to find her missing cousin, Arun Now Arun has been found, and they are going back to his home town to reunite him with his mother But when they get there, they discover that Aunt Ruth has disappeared Arun s family was part of the Silent Sect, a strange group of true believers who believe that silence is holy and noise is sinful But things have changed in the sect since Arun left there is a new, charisma Sequel to Is Underground In the previous book in the series, Is Twite travelled north to find her missing cousin, Arun Now Arun has been found, and they are going back to his home town to reunite him with his mother But when they get there, they discover that Aunt Ruth has disappeared Arun s family was part of the Silent Sect, a strange group of true believers who believe that silence is holy and noise is sinful But things have changed in the sect since Arun left there is a new, charismatic leader named Dominic de la Twite, and it seems that he may be Up To No Good There is also a band of smugglers operating in the area, the Merry Gentry, who are a bunch of very dangerous ne er do wells Can Is and Arun get to the bottom of things and find his Aunt Ruth As always, this was a delight I think Joan Aiken is one of the most consistently clever and inventive authors one could read

  8. Elizabeth Brush says:

    my dudes, few people can tell stories like Joan Aiken did bless this woman for inspiring my love of the weird, the absurd, and the strong oh to be able to go back and reread these books with a fresh mind as an adult.

  9. Chris says:

    The sequel to Is US Is Underground is another of Joan Aiken s unputdownable novels in the James III Wolves sequence The villains are as villainish as ever, with few redeeming features, the young and not so young protagonists are regularly scrobbled, and much of the fairytale action which would normally be regarded as implausible acquires a degree of reality through Aiken s powerful storytelling.Rich in details, the novel dovetails chronologically into the rest of the series but can b The sequel to Is US Is Underground is another of Joan Aiken s unputdownable novels in the James III Wolves sequence The villains are as villainish as ever, with few redeeming features, the young and not so young protagonists are regularly scrobbled, and much of the fairytale action which would normally be regarded as implausible acquires a degree of reality through Aiken s powerful storytelling.Rich in details, the novel dovetails chronologically into the rest of the series but can be enjoyed just about as a standalone Most of the action takes place in Kent, along the coast from Aiken s beloved Sussex, but in Aiken s usual timeframe where the 1830s or the early 1840s are not quite as the history we arefamiliar with

  10. Rachel Stansel says:

    Yeah, and no This is just too slow and not making any sense I gave it to about the halfway point before calling it Perhaps if I had read the past books it would be better The description seemed right up my alley, but the writing was just to stilted and dry for my taste It has gotten great reviews from people who have read the series, but as someone who was not familiar with the series, the book just didn t go any where and when it did, it did so in a way that just didn t make much sense to Yeah, and no This is just too slow and not making any sense I gave it to about the halfway point before calling it Perhaps if I had read the past books it would be better The description seemed right up my alley, but the writing was just to stilted and dry for my taste It has gotten great reviews from people who have read the series, but as someone who was not familiar with the series, the book just didn t go any where and when it did, it did so in a way that just didn t make much sense to me Full disclosure I received a copy of this book from netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review