Folk by Zoe Gilbert

Folk

Every year they gather, while the girls shoot their arrows and the boys hunt them out. The air is riddled with spiteful shadows - the wounds and fears and furies of a village year.On a remote and unforgiving island lies a village unlike any other: Neverness. A girl is snatched by a water bull and dragged to its lair, a babe is born with a wing for an arm and children ask their fortunes of an oracle ox. While the villagers live out their own tales...


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TitleFolk
Author
Release DateFeb 8th, 2018
PublisherBloomsbury UK
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Short Stories, Fiction, Magical Realism
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  • Hannah
    1970-01-01
    I was so very much looking forward to this; I even featured it on my list of most anticipated books. This collection of connected short stories is steeped in myth and folktale and set on an island with an absolutely gorgeous cover – how could I not read this? This sounds like absolute perfection. And the writing is lyrical and the atmosphere haunting. But it is also disjointed and lacks a sufficient emotional punch to be the great book it could...
  • Sara
    1970-01-01
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Folk tells the story of the island of Neverness, steeped in folk myths, where girls can be snatched by water bulls, and babes are born with wings. Every chapter is told by a different character, some from different generations, and each with their own story to tell. In this sense it's almost like a collection of short stories put together in a more cohesive manner than normal. They'...
  • Resh (The Book Satchel)
    1970-01-01
    This was a short story collection!!! The blurb definitely didn't sound like that. I really wish it was clearer in the blurb.I discussed with a few fellow readers who were eager about the book but they didn't realise it was a collection of stories either when they read the blurb. The book was one of my highly anticipated reads of this year. Because Hello awesome blurb and hello beautiful cover!But Folk did not capture my interest as I thought it w...
  • Renee Godding
    1970-01-01
    Rating: 2 stars How to describe Folk…? Not only is that question pretty hard to answer, it’s also my main problem with this novel. This review is bound to be about as disjointed as the book, so I apologize in advance. Admittedly I had heard mostly mixed to negative reviews about it, yet the premise sounded awesome enough that I was really hoping to be the unpopular opinion on this one. Unfortunately, I agreed with most of the reviews I had s...
  • Emma
    1970-01-01
    Firstly, this has one of the best designed covers I’ve seen in recent years- stark and bright at once, it demands attention. Not only that, it well reflects the inside- its detailed and layered nature. Secondly, the stories. After being seduced by the jacket, I wanted to love the contents, but the multiplicity of tales did not add up to a truly affecting whole. The language and the imagery are beautiful, sometimes magical, but it felt too dista...
  • Hiu Gregg
    1970-01-01
    I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This was... an experience, for sure.Folk is a collection of short-stories set on the island of Neverness. Each of these short stories reads like a short folk tale, and every so often they interweave. The characters of these tales range from children to adults, and every story is a little weird and strange in that way that folk tales tend to be. Characters from one tale ...
  • Aoife
    1970-01-01
    3.5 starsI received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers/author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Folk is a beautiful collection of short stories all set on a slightly mystical island called Neverness. I’m not a huge connoisseur of short stories so I did go into this one with some trepidation but I just knew it was something I had to give a chance to, and I’m so glad I did. I really loved the slightly creepy feeli...
  • Emma
    1970-01-01
    First of all, I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.This is a book that requires a pinch of patience. To be perfectly honest, it took me quite a while to get into it, but by the time I turned the last page, I had been absolutely bewitched by the incredible world Zoe Gilbert wove into being throughout the novel.Before I go any further, it's also worth noting that th...
  • Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
    1970-01-01
    Borrowed from my local library's audiobook service!Folk was such a confusing listen, yet the narrator was absolutely brilliant and saved me from a DNF. It is a collection of short stories, which after two hours of listening and then reading other reviews, it wasn't clear that Folk was not a novel. It is dark, haunting and dream-like but for the majority of the storyline, I wasn't gripped as much as I would have liked. Fairytales is something that...
  • Lena
    1970-01-01
    "There’s a tale for every kind of trouble..." Fabulous interrelated collection of mythic fantasy stories. If you enjoyed Jim Henson’s The Storyteller you will love the tales of Neverness.Prick Song ★★★★☆Boys run deep into the thorned forest to find the arrows cast by their lady loves. Kisses and honor are the prizes for their wounds. But the goddess of the gorse chase only notices the boy cut the deepest...Fishskin, Hareskin ★★...
  • Marchpane
    1970-01-01
    Utterly captivating, Folk by Zoe Gilbert takes the form of connected short stories, and is about the inhabitants of a slightly fantastical island called Neverness. The folklore and legends are as real as the hardships of life in this remote, windswept place. The stories build on each other, so that a character who appears as a child might return as a adult later on, and the events of one tale can recur as an urban legend in another. This structur...
  • Elaine Mullane
    1970-01-01
    Folk is a collection of connected short stories set in the isolated island village of Neverness. The stories of the lives of the islanders are connected, each chapter told from the point of view of a different character. They interleave and overlap creating a tapestry of magical and mysterious tales, the most prevalent being about family, love and loss.The stories are reminiscent of fairy tales and Classical myths, as well as folklore and urban l...
  • Jenny
    1970-01-01
    A brilliant read to start 2018. Folk is a collection of short stories (I've seen a few reviews describe Folk as a novel, perhaps it's being marketed as such?) centered on the inhabitants of a village called Neverness. Zoe Gilbert's stories are the perfect balance of weird and twisted but not so removed from reality that they feel unbelievable. I loved the structure of the book, it's not something I've seen done before in a short story collection....
  • Ova - Excuse My Reading
    1970-01-01
    Poetic short stories taking place in imaginary land of Neverness. It reminded me a bit of Angela Carter when I started reading and I got excited but unfortunately I found it difficult to engage with the text and ended up not finishing after reading 40% of the book. There are too many characters and events going on but the setting and characters didn't take form in my head. It was impossible for me to keep reading without being able to materialise...
  • Elle Maruska
    1970-01-01
    This is perhaps the most beautiful book I have read in a very long time.Starting with the cover it's a stunning collection of the magic and mystery of every day life, a love letter to the cycles of seasons and years and time, a collection of stories about a village and its people, a place that might never have existed and yet seems as real and immediate as my own hometown. Gilbert's prose is sparkling, breathing, singing and sobbing all at once; ...
  • ShikhaReadster
    1970-01-01
    The story of Folk is set on an enchanting mythical island called Neverness. Zoe Gilbert has created a fairy tale world which steeps in mythology & folklore. Magic can bless or curse in equal measure here. A girl can be snatched by a water bull and dragged to his lair or a baby can born with a wing for an arm or children can ask their fortunes of an oracle ox. Each chapter is told from the perspective of a different character. Somehow their lives ...
  • Saman
    1970-01-01
    I didn't know what this book was about when I started reading it. And, now that I've read it, I still don't know. I wouldn't have known it was a short stories collection if I hadn't read a review. I couldn't understand any story whatsoever. All stories were an utter bore. The writing style is whimsical, the only reason I generously rated the book two stars.
  • Christina Reid
    1970-01-01
    Strange, magical and unsettling-full review now here: https://chrikarublog.wordpress.com/20...
  • James
    1970-01-01
    i had high hopes for this book, and even giving the writing a bit to acclimatize i couldn't go on... not sure where the disconnect is, but the interlinking tales never grabbed me... quite hard to accustom myself to the writing style, and i have read plenty that is non-standard fare... this jut seemed really shallow/surface-riding, like there was another book somewhere with all the details that i was expected to have read and just can't seem to fi...
  • Jo
    1970-01-01
    I won this in the giveaways in exchange for an honest review. The people of the island of Neverness are surrounded by myths and folk tales. Each chapter in this novel covers a different story with an occasional overlap of characters. I enjoyed this more than I expected to and found the tales reminiscent of various myths and legends from Britain.
  • Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
    1970-01-01
    The whole story and the writing were so confusing. I didn't get what was happening and all the characters changed so fast and abrupt it all became kind of messy. Sorry I needed to dnf this. 🤷🏻♀ The whole story and the writing were so confusing. I didn't get what was happening and all the characters changed so fast and abrupt it all became kind of messy. Sorry I needed to dnf this. 🤷🏻‍♀️
  • Clare Snow
    1970-01-01
    Sublime and surprising short stories following the people of Neverness Island, where things are not always as they seem.Sticks are for Fire"For a witch always has a cat."Water Bull Bride"Love is a dance with a water bull."Thunder Cracks"She cannot shake the horse out of her head."Long Have I Lain Beside the Water"I'll die playing the fiddle if I can."Turning"He feels the hum deep inside his ear, a sound like honey."Tether"Show me there's more, wh...
  • Stephanie
    1970-01-01
    3.5 stars. The cover of this book is gorgeous, and slighty better than the story. The book contains short stories set in the village of Neverness over an unknown period of time. Some stories werd very good, but quite a few were too vague for my liking.
  • Bridget
    1970-01-01
    This is unlike anything I've read before. I'll post a review closer to publication, but I think this is going to be on all the best of lists next year.Thanks to Bloomsbury and Netgalley for giving me access.
  • Jack Stark
    1970-01-01
    I did a much more in depth review of this, where I break down and review/rate each individual story, on my blog - Random Melon Reads! A fair amount of my reading is short story collections and I can safely say that I haven’t quite read one like this before. All the stories are set in the same island village, Neverness, over a period of many years. We meet characters as children, then re-meet them years later when they are married, have kids, an...
  • Ashleigh | Wild Heart Reads
    1970-01-01
    Folk is enchanting, at times creepy and evocative. Told in short stories from multiple perspectives, it tells the stories of those who call Neverness home. “It is an early twilight, the opening between last sun and first star, the door of the day closing until, soon, night will seal it shut.” Folk very much reminded me of old fairytales, not Disney but rather the original Grimm tales in a way. Gilbert writes in a way that has you being swept ...
  • Marzie
    1970-01-01
    A haunting series of interrelated short stories tells the reader the history of the small village of Neverness and its inhabitants who experience superstition, magic, love, and sorrow. The book begins and closes with a village tradition that is their own version of Beltane, a gorse-maze, and girls who shoot arrows into the maze for the young men of the village to find and be matched for a kiss or more. As the book opens, we meet the ill-fated Cra...
  • Cassidy (Reminders of the Changing Time)
    1970-01-01
    To see all of my book-related content, check out my blog @ http://bit.ly/2zzVt0RI really liked Folk, I mean I have no idea what was going on most of the time, but I really liked it all the same. Contrary to my initial impression that it was a novel, Folk was instead a series of vaguely connected short stories about the mysterious going-ons on the island of Neverness - a man with a wing for an arm, a maiden being carried away by a water-bull, and ...
  • Katherine Lika
    1970-01-01
    Dark and unique, Folk is a strange little collection of stories from a mystical town called Neverness. Though classified as a novel, it's really a pool of vignettes surrounding the characters of this fish town. What kept me the most captivated throughout each story was the rich darkness of the surroundings and folklore. Even the happier stories evoked a damp chill that inspired uncertainty. There was something ancient that blanketed the whole tow...