The Ice Queen : A Novel

by Alice Hoffman | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0316058599 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Rrrcaron of Lancaster, New Hampshire USA on 5/14/2005
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13 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Rrrcaron from Lancaster, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, May 14, 2005
Sending this newest book of my collection out as a book ring. I'll read it after it makes some rounds.

Journal Entry 2 by Rrrcaron from Lancaster, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, May 18, 2005
The ring begins tomorrow. Order is as follows:
wordster-UK
sunlightbub-UK
Caro1-UK
daemonwolf-UK
Virgulina-Portugal
lauraloo29-Canada
batty14-New York
narfinmagic-New Jersey
Mamikaem-Missouri
CheriePie-Massachusettes
ldpaulson-California
fantasyreader-West Virginia
home Rrrcaron-New Hampshire
Enjoy all!
Ruth

Journal Entry 3 by wordster on Monday, May 23, 2005
Got this today, should be a quick read. I love Alice Hoffman!

Journal Entry 4 by wordster on Saturday, June 04, 2005
I will admit that as the book began, I thought it was depressing, but as the plot of the story began in earnest I thought it was one of the most interesting and quirky books on love and frienship I've ever read.

While not Hoffman's best, I did catch glipses of why she's one of my favourite authors.

Will pm and send along to the next peron in the ring some time this week.

Journal Entry 5 by Sunnybubble from Wallasey, Merseyside United Kingdom on Wednesday, June 08, 2005
Received today from wordster..It's the first book I've had through a ring! I've not read any of Alice Hoffman's work before, so I'm looking forward to it!

Journal Entry 6 by Sunnybubble from Wallasey, Merseyside United Kingdom on Saturday, June 25, 2005
The book is now on it's way to Caro1..I finished it this morning.
This was my first Alice Hoffman book, and I would like to read more of her work. I particularly liked enjoyed the development of the relationship with her brother, and that for me was the overriding theme of the novel. I found parts of the book very moving.

Not a book to be reading in a thunder storm like I was!

Journal Entry 7 by Caro1 from Newark On Trent, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Thursday, June 30, 2005
Arrived safely today. I have 3 rings ahead of it, including a 600 page doorstopper, but I'll get to it as soon as possible. Thanks for posting sunlightbub!

Alice Hoffman

Journal Entry 8 by Caro1 from Newark On Trent, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Monday, August 01, 2005
I just loved this and read it more or less in one sitting. I'm sure I've read something by Alice Hoffman before and have a couple of books on my shelf, but have no memory of the story. This, on the other hand will stay with me for a long time. I love the way Hoffman intertwines fantasy with reality. The Ice Queen is a modern, Brothers Grimm variety of fairy tale, so be careful what you wish for and don't go expecting a 'happy ever after' ending! Thanks for sharing Rrrcaron and maybe I'd better go and dust off those other Hoffmans!

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Posted to daemonwolf.

Journal Entry 10 by DYI-991976 on Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Arrived this morning with a wonderful bar of G&B dark chocolate which perfectly matches the tone set by the cover art. :) Many thanks to both Caro1 for the choc and Rrrcaron for sending this out into the world.

Journal Entry 11 by DYI-991976 on Thursday, September 01, 2005
Read and reviewed.

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Off to Virgulina in the post.

Journal Entry 13 by usedtobe on Tuesday, September 06, 2005
It arrived in Portugal today. I'm reading The River King at the moment and somewhat enjoying it, I hope this one is even better. Thanks! :o)

Journal Entry 14 by usedtobe on Thursday, October 06, 2005
I've read it and will come right back with my comments. It will be mailed to lauraloo29 tomorrow.

Journal Entry 15 by winglauraloo29wing from Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Monday, October 17, 2005
Arrived today. I was just getting my ring/ray pile under control. :) Not to worry. I'll keep the book moving. Thank you!

Journal Entry 16 by winglauraloo29wing from Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Tuesday, November 08, 2005
I did not like the first half of the book. Is this what really happens to people who have been hit by lightening? I have to do some research now.

I persevered though and did appreciate it in the end. I enjoyed the linking up with fairy tales. I agree with sunlightbub about the relationship with her brother. I think relationships with family are very important and often define us. An interesting read.

I'll be sending this on to batty14 November 10th. Thank you for sharing!

Journal Entry 17 by batty14 from Schuylerville, New York USA on Saturday, November 19, 2005
Arrived today! Yea! I will get to after 3 other bookrings. Can't wait to read this one!! Thanks!

Journal Entry 18 by batty14 at sending in the mail in Ballston Spa, New York USA on Saturday, December 03, 2005

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Can I just say I really like Ann's writing style, subject matter is always a bit different. A very interesting read! And very quick too! Thanks for sharing as a BKring!

I popped this one in the mail a few days ago to narfinmagic in New Jersey. She should be receiving it shortly.

Journal Entry 19 by narfinmagic from Freehold, New Jersey USA on Wednesday, December 07, 2005
I received this book in the mail today! Thanks Rrrcaron for sharing this with all of us and for all those on the ring who kept this moving. I will be planning to read this soon. I usually try to get bookrings out very quickly but with the Holiday season and some other committments, it looks like it'll be at least a week before I pick this up to read. If I take too long, feel free to PM me and I'll send it on to the next person.

Journal Entry 20 by narfinmagic from Freehold, New Jersey USA on Sunday, December 18, 2005
This was not my favorite Alice Hoffman, but it was a good read overall. I love the way she eloquently blends words to make the ordinary beautiful. I enjoy the interspersement of reality and fantasy in her work. I'll be mailing this to the next person soon. Thanks for sharing this book!

Journal Entry 21 by narfinmagic at N/A in by mail, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Monday, December 19, 2005

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Journal Entry 22 by Mamikaem from Maryland Heights, Missouri USA on Friday, December 23, 2005
Received this in today's mail. Thank you to all who were before me! Cool bookmark, Caro1! I have a couple book rings in front of this, but will get to it as soon as I can.

UPDATE: 12/31/05 - starting this today.

Journal Entry 23 by Mamikaem from Maryland Heights, Missouri USA on Tuesday, January 03, 2006
WOW!! This is the 4th AH book I have read and I have to say I think it was the best. I read this in two short days (which is a record for me!) I was fascinated by the characters and the way the story was woven together. I'll be thinking about this for days to come. Will mail out to CheriePie in the morning. Thanks, all!

Journal Entry 24 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Saturday, January 07, 2006
Received today. Since the rings/rays I'm in always seem to arrive all at once, I've got a few books ahead of this one, but should have no problem reading and passing it on within a month. Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 25 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Tuesday, January 24, 2006
This book wasn't really my cup of tea. It was too abstract and didn't have enough action for my liking. However, I don't think that's a reflection on the book itself, it's simply not the genre I usually like to read from.

The author writes well; her words flow together nicely, and she's able to easily take something ordinary, such as a lightning storm or an orange orchard, or even a dead mole or a pile of flies, and turn it into something extraordinarily beautiful, or sad and repulsive. It was this vivid use of imagery in her words that kept me reading—that and the fact it's a fairly short book at only 211 pages—when I might otherwise have put it aside and went on to something else.

Why did I decide to read this book in the first place then you might wonder. Well, because I've heard this author's name quite a bit and wanted to try out one of her books for myself. I almost hate to give it a numeric rating here though since my rating will be mostly subjective based on how I personally liked the story in relation to the other books I've read. If I look at it objectively though, I'd have to give it kudos for the quality of writing, the wonderful use of imagery, and the fact that underneath it all, there was a poignant and touching story there.

Thanks to Ruth for sharing this. I'll be putting this in the mail to ldpaulson in the next couple days. ** Mailed 25-Jan-2006 via Media Mail.

Journal Entry 26 by ldpaulson from Ventura, California USA on Saturday, February 04, 2006
Waiting in my postal box and immediately began reading. Naughty, yes, but what else should one be expected to do while waiting for the service window to open? And there's only one ring in front of this. Absolved! I'm really enjoying THE ICE QUEEN thus far. It is lyrically sad and uses fairy tales as an emotional touchstone throughout the chapters I've read. Hmmm. On second thought are they a touchstone or lightning rod? We shall see!

Journal Entry 27 by ldpaulson from Ventura, California USA on Sunday, February 05, 2006
THE ICE QUEEN is a wonderful read. It is lyrical and magical, in no small part due to its use of fairy tales to advance the ideas presented. The main character makes sense of her world through the prism of tales so much so that she becomes a librarian. Remember: not all fairy tales have a happy ending.

Deceptively thin. An engrossing read that kept reminding me of Angela Carter's stories.

Thank you Rrrcaron!

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Journal Entry 28 by fantasyreader from Wellsburg, West Virginia USA on Monday, February 27, 2006
Received in the mail a few days, ago, thanks! I will start it tonight.

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