The Cockatrice Boys

The Cockatrice Boys

by Joan Aiken (Victor Gollancz, 1966)

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This dark, rather detached MG story sees an odd cadre battling by train across an England overrun by fantasy monsters. Like much of Aiken’s writing it is unsettling, compelling, but totally lacking in resolution (or even intent)—a beautifully described bad dream.



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