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When Aslaug meets the long lost relatives What I thought was going to be an answer to the many uestions starting to build only yielded uestions that were not answered For those who like ambiguity to their reads this is fine but I like concrete answers to uestions I am asking And for me I didn t get that One thing I would point out about this book is that if you re a particularly religious person stay as far away from this book as possible because it will offend the shit out of you Aslaug is our possibly mentally insane main character I m a monster to them I see this now A freak Someone outside of their world who will never understand the workings of their world You re the monsters I want to say You re the freaks But I don t believe this She is our only main narrator apart from the courtroom scenes so we don t really get other people s viewpoints as they are happening The beauty of this book is that her narration goes back and forth from the courtroom trial where witnesses and lawyers try to interpret and twist her strange behavior into something ntirely new to her perspective where she RSVP... Baby explains her actions and thoughts the way she sees them This will make sense to the reader and make her sympathetic in theiryes at least in the beginning As the novel progresses she starts to become and unreliable in both her narration and her thoughts It s as if she s trying to convince you she s sane when she clearly is not something that will sharply divide most readers Marren in her mercurial mother who alternately lovehates Aslaug for reasons we don t understand until later She was very unpredictable and cunning but you can see how much she shapes her daughter into her own creation whether Aslaug realizes it or not Marren has this almost inhuman hold on her daughter The Moment even in death as if her passing never really frees Aslaug from the insane thoughts that have troubled her all her life Mothers mind was a minefield And the woods were Eden And our house was a prison but a palace too at times it spiraled deep into thearth and deep into the sky depending on Mother s mood I see that now Life was a revolving mystery sometime terrifying sometimes maddening But always provocative Interesting And although its meaning seemed beyond my grasp it never seemed meaningless Sara Saane and Rune are Aslaug s relatives who run a church that isn t a church that made a whole lot of sense Rune was probably the strangest albeit sanest of the bunch but also the biggest douchebag Some of the plot points were completely ridiculous view spoiler such as the double pregnancy scenario between Rune Aslaug and Rebecca plus the The Cypress Tree ensuing confusing aftermath hide spoiler As I sit down to review this book I can t help thinking of Star Trek Okay sure MADAPPLE has nothing to do with Trek But it s human nature to retreat into The Known when traumatized by The Unknown so I make no apologiesThe nature of Christianity faith ie faith in general not just Christian is a key player in the undercurrents of MADAPPLEor so I ve decided since it s a murky post modernxercise of literary fiction therefore subject to scholarly opinions that range from Huh to WTF is this And so as I try to make sense of MADAPPLE I can t help remembering a key moment in Star Trek V Excuse me I d just like to ask a uestion What does God need with a starshipThe starship in MADAPPLE is a girl named AslaugI think Her birth was suspect from the beginningI think Her mother was ither a genius or a madwomanI think Her aunt was a preacherI think Her boy cousin was a horndogI think And her girl cousin was loony tunesI think Well okay The girl cousin was insane But as for the rest of it I m not uite sure who was who what was what The chapters alternate in structure half Aslaug half court transcripts and from this springs the herky jerky narrativeThings began well nough Aslaug lives with her mother in near isolation their house is without Doctor Illuminatus electricity theyat nothing but local plants herbs Aslaug is homeschooled in multiple languages scientific theories mythology But her mother forbids religion something Aslaug can t understand She also refuses to talk about the missing father another thing Aslaug can t understandSo far so good Even with the dreaded first person present narration I was hooked despite a small voice of warning in the back of my head I decided to read Aslaug s mother passes away uite suddenly leaving her daughter alone in the world She wanders into a small town nearby thereby stumbling into the The Real Witches Kitchen extended family she didn t knowxisted an aunt her two kids a son daughter And from here the book spirals rapidly downhill Rather than detail Aslaug s indoctrination into normality which would have "interesting given strange upbringing we re thrust into a tedious xploration of false Christianity religious fanaticism This is all well "given her strange upbringing we re thrust into a tedious xploration of false Christianity religious fanaticism This is all well in a comparative religions class or O Testamento even a nonfiction tome o higher learning but this is YA fiction I have zero interest inntire chapters devoted to infodumping Gangbang Slut early Christianity I have zero interest in the girl cousin s loopy zealot behavior I have zero interest in Aslaug s confusion over whether she dreamed having sexor was it rape God only knows no pun intendedThat said I congratulate Aslaug on solving the mystery of her birthwithin the last 15 pages The suspense was agonizing Just like a migraine Oh snap I also congratulate Bekka aka useless minor character who is inexplicably a bitch on her vital role in that mysteryalso within the last 15 pages Simple mathematics leave a blank canvas from pg 120 to pg 395 so we observeveryone bumble in the haze of Aslaug s narration helplessly watching as she picks tugs unravels the same topics over over until there s not One Con Glory enough yarn to make a sweater for a teacup poodle Despite so many devices that should have made this bookxciting incest secret pregnancy baby swapping drunken preachers it barely held my attention The alternating scenes were just Defying Shadows (Rising Shadows enough to drag me kicking screaming to the finale otherwise I might not be here tonight blessing your world with Trek gifs like this Yeah Pretty much I should probably stop trying to read literary fiction And what does God need with a starship Reviewed by Harmony for TeensReadToocomI finished reading MADAPPLE last night and for the first timever I sat staring at the book in shock For fifteen minutes I was ready to laugh to cry and to scream in frustration Never before have I read a book that left me feeling that way after finishing it Sure there have been books where I ve laughed cried and been frustrated at different points as I read it HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS comes to mind but to The Great Orange Leonard Scandal (Tall Tales Series; 4) experience them all at once at thend of a book Never Once the shock wore off I began wondering how I was Tangled Webs (The Black Jewels, ever going to write a review of this book Because a book that can causemotions like that definitely can NOT be summed up in one paragraph no matter how long I could say that MADAPPLE was about flowers and plants I could also say that it s about a girl who s a prisoner in her own life I could also say that it challenges the religion of Christianity I could say all of those things and so many but none of them would be correct Yes MADAPPLE is about flowers and plants It s also about being a prisoner in your own life and it s A Fairly Honourable Defeat even about Christianity But it s also about so much than that More thanven my mind can comprehend But I must warn you MADAPPLE is NOT for veryone Told in alternating chapters of the present and of testimonies being held at Aslaug s trial MADAPPLE challenges the reader It informs the reader I myself though not a strong Christian know by now that most Christians are offended when their religion is challenged MADAPPLE does that But I don t necessarily think it s a bad thing for it never states that Christianity is wrong and very single character has their own opinion on it Heck one of them Elisabeth Shue 135 Success Facts - Everything You Need to Know about Elisabeth Shue even runs a church But what it does do isxplain how the birth and story of Jesus that the Christians follow is not the first in history I m not going to say on that subject in fear of giving too much away but I ll say this if you re a Christian who is The Man Without a Face easily offended I wouldn t read this If you re a Christian who can handle a reasonable amount of things pick up the book My feelings about MADAPPLE changed throughout thentire book At first I was intrigued then confused and then bored Actually I think I was confused up until the last page and then some Even at this moment I can t say whether I love or hate MADAPPLE But I m going to say that I love it because it s left me speechless. Ther might beWhen Aslaug's mother dies unexpectedly verything changes For Aslaug is a suspect in her mother's death And the her story unravels the uestions unfold About the nature of Aslaug's birth About what she should do next About whether divine miracles have tru. .
And the only other books to have done that are my favorites The one thing however this book didn t do was make my stomach hurt The character motions just weren t there to make my heart break All other aspects besides that which I love in books were there So do I recommend MADAPPLE Definitely yes But only if you re up for a challenging read Only if you re mature Gone (Gone, enough to handle speculations about virgin and premarital birth Only if you re ready to be blown away because you will be whether it s in a good or bad way Only you can make that decision Madapple is definitely a fascinating and unconventional story Part courtroom drama part a dream like narration of a sheltered and maybe delusional girl it s certainly a book unlike anything I ve read before Reading some of the book s reviews I ve noticed how hard it is to give an idea what this book is about In a few words the story comes down to this Aslaug is on trial for the murder of her mother aunt and cousin As the trial progresses and people are called to testify Their testimonies are interlaced with Aslaug s own recollections of thevents that started 4 years prior to the trial when Aslaug was arrested while burying her mother in the backyard of their isolated home Eventually two POVs come together as Aslaug describes the court proceedings in her own words and the true seuence of Threads Of The Shroud events is revealedBut the book is actually much than this Aslaug s story is anxtraordinary mix of mythology religion botany and science This combination seems bizarre but yet somehow Meldrum manages to blend it all together flawlessly I can understand how this kind of story might not be up to All Seated on the Ground everyone s taste but Meldrum s take on correlations among nature religion science and mythology is of much interest to meMy only complaint about this book is thending Up till the very Untitled. end I was planning to give Madapple 5 starsspecially while reading the second part of the book where the intensity of narration gradually increased to an almost unbearable level but I felt a little let down by last chapters The Wiring ending felt abrupt and I wanted to know much than what was revealed I wanted to know about Aslaug s paternity about Maren and her reasons to be what she was Whatever was revealed seemed too obvious to meBut nevertheless I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in unorthodox stories Just don txpect to find any kind of boy loves girl YA fluff in it Apart from a few annoyingly unanswered uestions this book was simply fantastic I had been misinformed about Madapple and believed it to be a book mostly about teen pregnancy but though the book does contain this it is actually about much xciting stuff It s realistic fiction and yet there s this beauty to the writing that makes it read like a fantasy a modern day United States setting that still manages to seem completely out of this worldI m disappointed that people don t love this but I suppose I can see why the lengthy herbology lessons make it an unlikely crowd pleaser I actually felt it really added something to Madapple and wasn t dull at all it seemed to increase the sense that I was reading a book about magic The story alternates between the past and a present day trial in a courtroom where Aslaug is being accused of murder and arson I really njoyed this uniue format and found it made the mystery all the interestingHowever the best things about Madapple in my opinion are the discussions about mythology and religion that I found fascinating Both those subjects interest me and I liked how the characters Jingling Daddys Bells BDSM Menage explored ways in which science and religion can live alongside one another without being mutuallyxclusive Did any of you read The Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons and find yourselves secretly or not so secretly The DOS enjoying the tales about religion and how it has developed over the centuries with the aid of popular myths and then remember that you re not supposed to like this because Dan Brown is a pretty terrible writer This novel is like that only without the poor writing Things like this really had me intrigued Dionysus was a god man he was worshipped in Greece six centuries before Christ His mother was a mortal and a virgin His father was the god Zeus He was born around the time of the winter solstice Late December Many of the stories about him describe him sleeping in a manger after his birth As an adult he was a teacher who performed miracles Hencouraged his followers to liberate themselves from society s rules and promised them new life Dionysus also rose from the dead and was called the Only Bergotten Son King of Kings Alpha and Omega and Savior Sound familiarI adore this kind of stuff I also like how Christina Meldrum does not force any one belief on the reader with her novel she xplores studies opens the mind and straddles the line between scepticism and belief Madapple is a beautiful interesting moving sad and captivating novel that deserves far "love than it s been getting IMO anyway i fully intended to "than it s been getting IMO anyway i fully intended to this than i did because my four here should be interpreted as three and a half with four star potential the things i likedstructure i love books like this with a dual narrative approaching ach other like tiny trains the present day storyline running along and getting interrupted by the four years future courtroom transcripts and you are like wooooah how did we ver get to this pointreligionmythology loved this so few YA novels these days deal with the ancient
mystery cults and how they relate to christianity the parallels were fascinating and i never found susanne cults and how they relate to christianity the parallels were fascinating and i never found susanne didactic segments boring at all i loved the idea of a completely isolated person heading out into the big wide world only to find herself trapped in a situation just as narrow and limited as when she lived alone with her mother in the middle of nowhere botanyherbalism information i will never use but i loved all the details and it gave such a wonderful depth and richness to the story i appreciate research and i appreciate detailsritual verything about the death of her mother and the misunderstandings that came out of aslaug s treatment of the body her mother s death is not a spoiler is on the back cover no yelling please god i loved Treasons, Stratagems, And Spoils every detail of that it is scary how convincing the misinterpretations appear you know to the uninformed lawyers are scarythe things i liked less about this book the big law and order courtroomnding and the lacuna between the Payment Due end of the court transcripts and the final chapter specificallya view spoiler seriously rune you and rebekka didn t have a conversation about what your individual purposes were in going to the courthouse that seems like something you should have discussed maybe in the car over so you were all on the same page what onarth did you talk about on that drive because this is what i Vampireville (Vampire Kisses, expect from my books thatven the unwritten moments be considered and it makes no sense that they would both be caught off guard by the others intentions in a real life situation this conversation would have taken place and neither of you should be shocked at this difference of opinion hide spoiler Wow When I started Madapple yesterday I had no
"idea what i "what I signing up for Had I known what was ahead of me I don t think I would have picked it up You see I xpected it to be paranormal although I m not sure why and it wasn t I never xpected it to be about child abuse kidnapping drugs and incest but it was I certainly never thought it would delve so deep into the connections between paganism and Christianity Finally I The Rich and the Profane (Lovejoy, expected it to be forgettable but I doubt I ll forget this for the rest of my life The last book that upset me this much that caused me many sleepless nights was Disgrace by JM Coetzee The difference between Disgrace and Madapple however is that in thend I felt like a better person for having read Disgrace while Madapple left me feelingcontaminated I have the craziest urge to wash my brain with soap Aslaug was raised in complete isolation by her Danish mother She was homeschooled she never saw a doctor in her life nor did she Turbulence ever have contact with other people her age She neverven had a father or a proper last name Her mother taught her ancient and obscure languages but prevented her from finding out most things about modern society Their house in Maine didn t have Tropical Bioproductivity electricity or running water So when Aslaug woke up one morning to find her mother dead she did the only thing she could think of she washed her painted the Solomon s seal on her chest to ward offvil spirits and started digging a grave in her back Ly happened And whether when all other Elizabeth Ann Seton explanations are impossible they might still happen this very dayAddictive thought provoking and shocking Madapple is a page turningxploration of human nature and divine intervention and of the darkest corners of the human sou. I want to see YA novels like Madapple YA novels that don t pander to their younger audience and treat them like sugar crazed idiots who want nothing but bad boys to imagine themselves dry humping with Unfortunately the general population does not agree with as seen by the 336 average on this book and the general lack of buzz surrounding it So I took the pleasure of riding down review alley and discovered that one of the main proscons for and against Madapple besides it being somewhat confusing was that it read too much like Adult Literary fiction It s Die Postmoderne Konstellation even shelved as Adult by several readers This is published by Knopf Books for Young Readers so there should be no confusion here unlike with Beautiful DisasterI m actually uite surprised that some think this reads like AF Lit Fic They should read AF Lit Fic This is far from it Madapple follows the standard YA themes loss of identity isolation fear of moving into adulthoodtcetera Folk Tales From the Soviet Union etcetera Perhaps it s the voice though I m not uite convinced of thatither Many YA books have the same smart monotone girl voice that can get rather old after a while And it s certainly not the content Rape incest torture and cults are nothing new to YA And no this book does not look at the above with rose tinted glasses because of a hot love interest Even the plot structure is pretty standard There s a climax a resolution and it hits almost Ulysses and the Trojan War every beat It s not literary fiction It just has better than average prose and the pacing is kind of slow So I can t say I understand why this book has a lower average rating than Twilight view spoilerI take that back I knowxactly why it has a lower average rating than Twilight there s no love interest to swoon for without feeling like a pervert hide spoiler I knew this was going to be dark but I wasn t Tall, Dark Rich expecting this Aslaug s story is dark twisted confusing sad and frustrating but through all of it I was stuck I wanted no needed to know how it would all turn out Is this YA I think not She s young but her story takes things to a whole other level I wouldn t recommend this to anyone anyonexpecting a typical YA dark romance Unless they want to think Unless they want to be confused Unless they want one hell of a story It had me sitting up It had me going What the And the thing is hers isn t an The Collector's Encyclopedia of Antique Marbles easy one never anasy one because hers moves her from one unfortunate confusing angering situation to another Plus there s courtroom drama Aslaug her innocence both fascinated and frustrated me You know that voice in your head that tells you what s up I wanted to tell her to listen to it And yet she went along or got swept along So maybe all that happened wasn t her fault because things were set up the way they were She grew up isolated with what probably was a crazy abusive mother So she didn t know But she always Taught to Obey ended up regretting how things turned out Herxperience with her mother should have prepared her for Sara and Sanne but no She stayed and later regreted She s left to deal with boat load of crap that wasn t her fault God she frustrated me she confused me And I felt sorry for her Rune Was he a victim too Or was he simply a guy with no impulse control Or was he the hero she saw in the Learning to Dance in the Rain end Or perhaps all three One thing is for sure he wasn t one dimensional He too frustrated me and yes digusted me a little But who am I too judge I am a firm believer that you can feel what you want want what you do and act accordingly as long as you don t hurt anyone So the uestion is did he hurt anyone Aslaug Did she know what she was getting herself into Keeping in mind how she grew up what she knew and the circumstances being as they were There is no right or wrong when it comes to feeling unless the same is coupled with act that s when right or wrong come in So victim wrong doer or hero what was hexactly Maren Sara and Sanne and were all damaged And Rebekka was too Could I blame them for how things progressed you bet your ass Frightening but fascinating45 This book tells the story of a girl Aslaug and at the same time you have a trial regarding her So you can see both nds how the trial is going what the counsels and witnesses have to say and also the real story of what happened told from Aslaug s point of viewAslaug s birth was a mystery to her mother Maren She claimed she was a virgin and got pregnant so it was some kind of a miracle thing She believed something special was going to come out of this maybe a new Jesus or something but then it turned out the baby was female so now she wasn t so sure but it still remain a mysterySince
Aslaug Was Very Young Her Mother Taught Her Many Thingswas very young her mother taught her many things mythology ancient languages theology and science It all was because she wanted to understand things so she kept studying and teaching her What I thought was really interesting is that Maren always kept Aslaug in isolation from the normal civilization So years after when Aslaug needs to go out to the world she doesn t know what to do and it all seems so strange to her and at the same time she seems so strange to the world Also how veryone seeing her in those circumstances tends to take advantage of her and she isn t Man of Her Dreams (The Enforcers, even aware of itIn the trial Aslaug was suspected of murdering two women and burning down a church This is anvent that took place when she was nearly 20 years old but the jury wants to get very rational The Plant Paradox explanations about what it is that happened and are unable to understand or see thevents as they happened which is what Aslaug tells us in the rest of the bookAll the content of the book can be summed up in this paragraph The trial taught me that understanding a seuence of Little Sister (Sweet Dreams, eventsven down to the most minute detail does not imply an understanding as to why those Namen-Und Sach-Register Zum Jahresbericht �ber Die Fortschritte in Der Lehre Von Den Pathogenen Mikroorganismen Umfassend Bacterien, Pilze Und Protozo�n events took place It seems we humans so want to divvy the world up into clean little packages that fit neatly together But in realityach package seeps into the next affects the next And the pile forever shifts I really liked all the mythology references this book had and all the stuff about religion and how Christianity has some roots in paganism among other things was very interesting it really made me want to investigate just to find out if what it says here is true there is some good bibliography at the N.76 le Mystere de Job et les preuves Initiatiques end of the bookThe trial parts were very refreshing because you had both attorneys asking uestions to the witnesses so it didn t feel like the author was forcing you to believe something you were reading opinions and answers for the whole picture There were some things that were being discussed here that made me crave to get to that part in the story Aslaug was telling just to seexactly how that came to happen and solve some mysteriesWhat I didn t like much were all the references about herbs and plants I know it included many things about science and some plants were important for some Red Skies at Night (Anchors Away events that took place in the story but I feel like in some parts it included so much information about them and I m really not that intrigued about plants and their propertiesOther than that I think it was a really nice book with some interesting facts and good points to discuss It s time to open the curtains let in the sun let these mad apples grow I didn t think it was possible for a book to top the craziness that was Flowers in the Attic At that point I thought we had reached peak craziness But then this book came along and drop kicked me completely in the face with the amount of sheer bat shit insanity that goes onFor as long as she can remember Aslaug Datter has wondered who her father is Her mother Marren always claimed that Aslaug was a virgin birth the next reincarnation of Jesus Raised in isolation her world starts to fall apart when her mother dies and she is subseuently accused of murder After being cleared and running away to family she never knew she had her life takes anven bizarre turn Alternating between the past and present Aslaug comes to realize The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956 everything is not as it seems and the reader is left to wonder ifverything they read is the truth or "fictionI seem to be on a roll this year So far most of "seem to be on a roll this year So far most of books I have read involve a crazy ass family and family togetherness of the disgusting kind I swear this wasn t planned Part mystery part religious mumbo jumbo part psychedelic nonsense this book kept me intrigued with the crazy plot twists and wondering what actually happened or what I thought it happened This book is an art in the act of interpreting I can honestly say that this book let me with uestions than answers The beginning was done remarkably well but where the novel started to go downhill was. THE SECRETS OF the past meet the shocks of the presentAslaug is an unusual young woman Her mother has brought her up in near isolation teaching her about plants and nature and language but not about life Especially not how she came to have her own life and who her fa.