• Title: Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls
  • Author: Jane Lindskold
  • ISBN: 9780380775279
  • Page: 347
  • Format: Paperback
  • Brother to Dragons Companion to Owls The Magic That Doesn t Go Away Cutbacks have forced Sarah out of the asylum in which she was raisedand into a strange new place where the Head Wolf rules the beautiful and the doomed But Sarah can nev
    The Magic That Doesn t Go Away Cutbacks have forced Sarah out of the asylum in which she was raisedand into a strange new place where the Head Wolf rules the beautiful and the doomed But Sarah can never truly assimilate, for she possesses wild talents Walls tell her their secrets Safes tell her their combinations And a favorite toy dragon whispers dire warnings aboutThe Magic That Doesn t Go AwayCutbacks have forced Sarah out of the asylum in which she was raised and into a strange new place where the Head Wolf rules the beautiful and the doomed But Sarah can never truly assimilate, for she possesses wild talents Walls tell her their secrets Safes tell her their combinations And a favorite toy dragon whispers dire warnings about those who would exploit her for their own malevolent purposes There s no place Sarah can hide, from her pursuers or from her past

    One Reply to “Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls”

    1. To me, Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls is one of those rare books that is both a great read and yet lacks earning itself a high rating. Before going forward on this review, I have to emphasize that I enjoyed reading this story.The best writing involves mixing the familiar with the unfamiliar. You want to show the reader that you have enough knowledge of the familiar so that you can gloss over the unfamiliar without the reader feeling like they are missing something. In this book, Jane Lind [...]

    2. What a dreadful cover the new edition has! Despite all that black surrounding the waif, this is not a grim, depressing story. Far from it! When I think of the category Unique SFF Novels, this book is one that leaps to mind; not when I think of Grim SFF Novels.Sarah is insane. After all, she talks to walls, rubber dragons, and other inanimate objects. What no one else knows is that the inanimate answers her back. When budget cuts put Sarah out of a mental home and onto the streets, she is adopted [...]

    3. Wonderful, wonderful, amazing, awesome book.I read this book many, many years ago and had a very good emotional memory of it, even if I didn't remember the specifics beyond the two-headed dragon, "crazy" Sarah and talking inanimate objects. Really, that's enough. Add in the beautiful, poetic title and surely it has to be a winner.Of course, memory can lie, or at least soften the edges. Not to mention that the passing of time can date and change one's reaction to a book. Jo Walton at Tor calls it [...]

    4. It's a a great set-up - a secret, wolf-pack underworld with a nifty, areal den that takes in wayward youth. (The author clearly loves the culture of wolves, as evidenced by her later novels which I have not read). Add to this the protagonist, a young woman, Sarah, with mysterious powers to speak with inanimate objects, but can only speak in quotes from literature to other people. Fairly early in the novel, she is ejected from the institute with no belongings and no place to go. The beginning of [...]

    5. Sarah has lived in a psychiatric home for years, her only form of communication quotes from literature. Now cost-saving measures are putting her out on the street. She is taken in by a group of unwanted people led by Head Wolf, a madman who is a modern age Fagin, but one who cares for his people. Sarah finds a home there as well as friends who can understand her. Then word comes that the people who tossed her out are frantically looking for her. Sarah and her friends must find out why as well as [...]

    6. I don't know where to start. This book had me entranced from the start. Lindskold has an incredible grasp on what makes humans tick, and couples that with an excellence in writing that allows her thoughts to come across clearly. This book takes a 'victim' of the socialwork world, and turns her into a heroine worthy of, well I can't think of anything that both worthy and all encompassingly human, as Sarah undoubtedly is. I group Lindskold's writings into two main groups. The first I found were st [...]

    7. Oh my goodness I have never been so pulled into a book before! Well, maybe once or twice before, but still I don't even know where to begin. I was enthralled and even saddened by Sarah's inability to communicate her very complex thoughts to her friends, who include her mentor Abalone and her two-headed dragon Betwixt and Between. She speaks in classical quotes and has secrets locked inside her head, much like the asylum from which she was released. Mysteries are around every corner for Sarah, an [...]

    8. Totally loved this book. It was magical and fantastical and I felt stoned the entire time I was reading it. The plot is sci-fi fantasy and the author obviously read Kipling as a young person. However, the voice of the narrator was so involving and well-portrayed. I did not find her going out of character at any point. The story was internally coherent. The language was beautiful. Really liked it.

    9. This is a weird book. I liked it, some parts of it quite a bit, but it's a weird book. I think I started out with the wrong expectations; I'd just read a YA book, and the cover of this one looks like a YA novel. It's also told from the perspective of someone who believes her plastic dragons can talk to her, so initially I thought I was going to be reading a YA fantasy novel.Pretty quickly, though, the book veers into adult territory; the protagonist Sarah is actually in her thirties, and there's [...]

    10. The way this book treats mental illness and sexual assault made me too uncomfortable to finish. The story is told from the perspective of the main character, who has limited speech capabilities and communications through famous literature quotes. It's heavily implied that she is autistic, and that being autistic gives her special powers that allow her to talk to inanimate objects. She also is turned out of the asylum she was raised in and quickly taken in by a street gang where sexual abuse appe [...]

    11. I don't know that I could really recommend this book to anyone. It has some really interesting concepts and characters, but it's take on sexual assault and mental illness and abuse felt very off to me.

    12. Ignoring all the other reviews below, I'll stare my own opinion haha. BtDCtO (the book) was really good, I really liked it. So much that I finished it within the day that I picked it up. So for a back story, SPOILERS, skip to the end of the paragraph if you've read it. Sarah, a thirty-something year old 'autistic' woman has been living in a psychiatric hospital for her entire life-even getting bounced from one to another. She barely owns anything except for a rubber dragon whose heads are named [...]

    13. I really enjoyed this book it was different from anything I've read recently and a great story.The book follows Sarah who is insane living in an asylum she can't speak except in phrases borrowed from other works such as the plays of Shakespeare, she also talks to walls and objects like her toy rubber dragon but with Sarah these inanimate objects answer her back. When budget cuts force her out on the street she falls in with gang of street youths ruled as a pack by the charismatic and dangerous H [...]

    14. This is definitely an odd book, and a bit tricky to categorize. The main character in this book is ostensibly around 30 years old, but has been treated like a child for most of her life, and over the course of the book is establishing her identity as an adult, so it felt very YA to me. If this were written today I think it'd get marketed as dystopian YA. In theory, I guess this is science fiction, since they try to use scientific research to explain Sarah's abilities, but the explanation is so s [...]

    15. This was absolutely lovely. The premise is somewhat whimsical, with a heroine who can hear objects speak, but who can only speak in quotes herself. It starts out simple enough, with getting to know her, and when she is adopted by the free people (a pack of street people with a society based on the jungle book), getting to know them and their ways. Before long, the story gets more involved, with finding out who is after Sarah and why, and so do the heists the pack pulls. This was the only thing t [...]

    16. Sarah has a fairly ordered life in the Home, but when a discharge order leaves her stranded on the streets, she has no idea what to do. A severe autistic who can only speak in quotes, Sarah has spent her life institutionalized. But she finds a new home with a street gang, a new life in the wild Jungle and with its compelling Head Wolf, and new troubles as her ability to hear inanimate objects brings her to the attention of ever more sinister people.I liked the main story. Sarah's autism blocks h [...]

    17. In her asylum, Sarah is different than the rest. She only speaks in memorized verse--especially Shakespeare and Blake--and always has her vinyl two-headed dragon close by. However, she's not really autistic. When budget cuts force her onto the streets, she falls into a street gang that guards her with fierce protectiveness. Sarah soon realizes something strange: she can hear the voices of more objects than her dragons. Walls speak their security codes, and paintings tell their history. And when [...]

    18. A fantasy story set in a dystopian world about Sarah, a girl who can hear inanimate objects speak but can't speak to other people except in quotes from books. She is discharged from an insane asylum, taken in by a group of street children that call themselves a wolf pack. Sarah seems to be settling into her new life when she and her friends discover that people are looking for Sarah to utilize her unique abilities. What follows is lots of Mission Impossible-like action as she and the pack attemp [...]

    19. An unexpectedly good read that languished in my TBR pile for far too long. It's the story of a young girl with a unique form of mutism - she can speak only in bits of memorized speech: Scriptures, Shakespeare, poems. Her communication skills are limited to phrases she's picked up here and there, and, as the book opens - in some sort of alternate dystopian world - she's been institutionalized her entire life, and, for various reasons, is now being set free. There's a complicated plot, which is in [...]

    20. Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls – Jane LindskoldFormat: HardcoverGenres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-FiReader thoughts: Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls is akin to “Oliver Twist” with a whole lot of surprise twists. Sarah, the central character of the story is a girl with severe autism but with latent special abilities has spent most of memorable years at the facility.With no past memories and unforeseeable future, Sarah is thrust into the world, forging new friendships, finding l [...]

    21. I read this quite some time ago, and never wrote about it. I should have. This book follows two mechanisms that I usually dislike: first person, and present tense. However, when they work, they really work. In Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls, the heroine Sarah is stuck inside her own mind, unable to communicate except through quotes from other works. She also suffers from institutionalization that hazes her early memories.The story picks up as she is being turned out of the institution ont [...]

    22. My familiarity with Lindskold thus far has been limited to the Firekeeper books- also dealing with wolves and packs but in a very different manner. It is interesting to see how she crafted this story- that is so different in time and place than the ones I have read. After reading the first book, Through Wolf's Eyes, I went to herwebsite to learn more about her. Fascinating.I liked this book- it provided the respite I needed from the onslaught of nonfiction I have been reading. I had trouble pict [...]

    23. This is one of those novels that will stay with me. It was full of beautifully visceral moments that exist like rest boulders in a flowing river of action. It was shortish novel that is complete with in itself and left me with a feeling of contentment at the end.My partner read it over two days in two fell swoops while I read it in large bites over the course of a week and for both these reading styles it worked very well.Only thing that made this less than five stars is that the beginning coupl [...]

    24. Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls is hard to define. On the one hand, it's cleverly lined with hints that the main character may be conjuring the entire thing in her head without making the story about it, which I am not sure the author intended or not, but makes for a more interesting story. It also tackles some interesting ideas with its story that I will not spoil. The weakness of the book is sadly the story, which could use far more details about minor events and an ending that feels mor [...]

    25. With her attention mostly on main her character, Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls is not the most balanced novel by Lindskold I have read. The setting and plot are not memorable end of the novel is rather predictable. Still, her unusual main character and the first person narrative, I admit to having a weakness for books written in that style, make up for the novel's flaws. I thought Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls a very good and quite unusual read. Lindskold took on a risky project [...]

    26. My sister gave me this book for Christmas, probably something that was sitting on her shelf for a while, ha ha. But I have a genuine interest in young adult horror and fantasy, and I really was surprised by how good this one was. I was a little disappointed that the ending was very abrupt with no mention of a possible sequel. Like so many books I've read recently, the development of the story and the characters was incredible and I couldn't put it down, but it ends.just like that. At least it di [...]

    27. A strange novel about a girl who can only speak in quotes and talk to inanimate objects. She is released from a mental institution, joins a gang, and then hides away from people searching for her. I thought this novel was very strange. A few things happened that I thought were horrible and made me sad for humanity, especially because I could believe it happening in real life. They were not really major portions of the book, but it tinted the way I viewed the entire story. This novel was complete [...]

    28. I loved the perspective of this book. The story is told in first person by a girl who is "insane". Although her thoughts are relatively coherent, she can only express herself through quotes that others have read to her from books. Also, she has a small plastic two-headed dragon named Betwixt and Between, and it (they?) talk to her. Sweet. It takes place in a world that seems like ours, but is slightly different (I figured this out when a flying car-thing showed up like two-thirds of the way thro [...]

    29. Though that wasn't quite what I was expecting, I was delighted to find that the book has quite a cyberpunk feel to it. There is a street gang that is run by the Laws of the Jungle that is reminiscent of the lo-teks in William Gibson's work, and megacorporations pull the shots, including funding the genetic experiment that the main character is a victim of. Also explores the pros and cons of high technology, and whether or not we should use it even if we have it.

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