14 journalers for this copy...
Well, ladies and gentlemen, we have a bookray!
If you're interested, pm me! I had a couple of people ask to be near the end, so we can work with the international shipping if it's a HUGE problem. I would appreciate it, however, if we can all be flexible about this. Just check back here to find whose next and then pm them for their address. If you don't hear from the next person within a week, let me know. We might not skip anyone right away. If you know you won't be around, either send me or the person above you your address ahead of time! Thanks!
Kyrissaean New Hampshire
firrantello North Carolina
KirjavaPan North Carolina
explorer1118m New Jersey
Thanks for letting me in on the bookring.
Mailing to MWade78 today.
garnetfairy: wow, post office was working double time to get this to me, very very fast ship. lol
It is very good, lots of humor, great story line, I hated to put it down. And appears that it is the beginning of a series. Even better, since I love series books.
emailing CheriePie for her address, should be able to get out tomorrow to her.
The author doesn't appear to believe in the subject matter she's writing about, in this case Shaminism. All the "you're going to think I'm crazy" and "I can't believe that I'm doing this" got old for me after awhile. I'm not sure why others didn't perceive this too. Or perhaps they did and simply felt the same as the author, as if the subject of Shaminism is a fantasy or myth. I don't know exactly, except to say that I prefer writing where such paranormal events are accepted as the norm, aka Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series, instead of the author constantly trying to convince her audience that the practice of Shamanism is real.
Despite this, the subject matter itself kept me reading on. I was hoping that Joanne, the main character, would finally begin to embrace her shamanistic background and stop doubting and criticizing her abilities, which she did eventually. But the author's hesitancy in the belief of her subject matter still showed through despite this.
Oftentimes, the words or actions of the characters seemed contrary to previous events, making some parts of the story seem somewhat disjointed, though this seemed to even out a bit about half way through the book.
I liked the story line itself though and think the author has a lot of potential going forward as it appers this is going to be an ongoing series. This is after all a first novel for her.
I'll send this out to Kyrissaean sometime this week.
**UPDATE 8/29: Mailed to Kyrissaean on 8/30/05 via Media Mail.
I really do feel like I just finished a chick lit book! It's the tone of the writing more than the content, really, but I'm rather bemused since even the Wild Hunt didn't shake that impression. Also, the story had a very breezy feeling, and the central theme seemed to be more about Joanne coming to terms with herself and her past -- Cerunnos and company were just part of the package.
***Warning! SPOILER coming up!***
The first part of the book opened very strongly, and I really enjoyed the hunt for Marie. The imagery, the idea of seeing the chase from the plane, searching for a specific church parking lot guided by the remaining street lights, the character of Marie herself... That was very cool and drew me right into the story. I remember being impressed by the realism at that point.
But by about half way through the book, the urgency just sort of dwindled. I felt like we were just waiting for Joanne to accept her shamanistic connections and do a little meditating and everything would work itself out. I wish more had been done with the Marie's character or perhaps the murdered shamans. They added a sense of mystery that was missing once the story moved past them. Everything that happened after that just seemed sort of inevitable. The story was still enjoyable, but I was ready for it to be finished by the time I got to the end. So, yeah, good but not great.
Anyway, thank you so much for including me in this ring! I'll get it out to the next person a.s.a.p.!
Mom's going to forward it to me in a box with several other books and some yarn for my knitting.
I wasn't terribly impressed with this book. It was a slow start, then quickened up just as soon as we meet Marie in the physical, then slows again. The end wasn't terribly surprising, though I did like the twist about Suzy's birth and "family"
All in all, it's ok I guess, but I'm pretty sure I won't be reading the sequel.
The book is being shipped to explorer118m tomorrow morning. Have a wonderful trip to NJ, Urban Shaman!
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
The most irritating thing for my part was that Murphy swears far too much, there are other ways to make your big bad heroine a big bad heroine, trust me!
I also absolutely refuse to accept that Shamanic (which Murphy uses the whole way through)is a word - it's Shamanistic if you must - if you're going to write a whole book about a sacred native American spiritual precept at least get the terminology right!
Like others, I'd probably read the next book if it crossed my path, but $30? of my own money? I don't think so...
Off to k.kay (Bookmooch)