Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A Shattering Review or Two


Review One: “A Thousand Glass Flowers” by Prue Batten

This is one of those books that feeds my reading addiction like pellets for my stove. Seriously you buy the pellets, feed them into the stove and they heat our family room like nobody’s business. She did the same thing with her book, lighting my mind with the passion to read. The only reason I remembered to make dinner is because my husband reminded me to.

I started reading this book on January 29th, thinking I was getting a head start on my February novel. Yeah, that little percent read mark, well it made it to 100% before midnight on January 31st. That’s okay I’ll read “Walter’s Purple Heart” by Catherine Ryan Hyde this month. But what made “A Thousand Glass Flowers” so good that I had to read it whenever I had the chance to?

It was most definitely the characters. It starts with Lalita who is a young scribe; a profession normally reserved for men. She is a strong woman, raised by her loving aunt and uncle, suddenly thrust into a world of lust and greed. Opposite her is Finnian who is a Færan or magical being that is ‘Other’ than human. At first it’s hard to form an opinion of him, but as his story unfolds you feel deep sympathy for the man who grew up without love.

Their connection was painted with such skill that by the end of the second chapter, I had to read two more; hers and his. Continuing on two chapters at a time I waited with baited breath for their paths to cross. But, there is more at stake than their meeting as they race to find the Cantrips of Unlife. Sometimes working together sometimes apart, each with their own reason for the hunt.

Besides the characters, there is the rich and varied world though which they travel. “A Thousand Glass Flowers” takes us on a tour of the Mediterranean coastlands. The names of places are slightly changed, but familiar enough that only a minimum of description was required to immerse me in it. A feat Prue pulled off well.

But in the end, it was the characters I cared about, wondering if they would ever trust each other enough to work as a team and how their quest would end. I’ll warn you that the end had no happily ever after, but it was satisfying. So satisfying I’m not even trying to imagine what happens next. And that’s pretty amazing since I have a tendency to imagine more.


Okay, Okay, this isn’t a review view but I just had to do some squealing for her. Those of you readers who are from Protagonize will know her best as SpookOfNight. She’s probably said hi to everyone on the site at least once. Anyway, she’s taken the plunge, submitted a short story and voila! Publication in “SaffinaDesforges Presents... (The Kindle Coffee-Break Collection Vol.2)” – that’s the Kindle US link, Charley’s got the Kindle UK link on her blog. I’m sure other platforms will follow for every country possible.
The i in MWiDP doesn’t stand for international for no reason!


I think I might have to see if I can get in the next edition, so we can get a running streak – Miriam in Volume 1, Charley in Volume 2 and Me in Volume 3... But what in the world would I submit?


:} Cathryn Leigh

15 comments:

  1. whadaya mean, "What in the world would I submit?" you have an entire world now! take one of your side characters and give them a story of their own, everyone has one. you'd be surprised what goes on in your world without you knowing.

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    1. he he he. Thanks for the vote of confidence. I do have an entire world, with lots of characters to choose from. I think that's the problem. I feel like there's too much to choose from. But you've given me ideas.

      There were some things I wrote about the King of Vervell in his younger years, that could act as stand alone stories.... hm *strokes chin*

      :} Cathryn

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    2. Follow the command of the Rockerbie, for he knows all!

      I told you all about THAT on the email, hee hee! Hope you come up with something soon *grins*

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  2. *squee-wriggles* Eeeee, I feel famous all over again! I freaking wuffles you *huggles*

    Hmmm, that first book looks right up my street ... to the Wish List! Someone get me some money so I can buy the bloody things! xD

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    1. *giggles* I read the story last night. *Squeee!* (And now I know the easy gift to give you!)

      I think the best thing about it is that it describes so many struggles. Finding faith, kicking an addiction, breaking from a violent cycle... all those dark places people find themselves. And it is so true that it's not until you realize you're missing something, and you struggle to find that something, that someone else can help you find the something. And I think that something is the ability to live, live, not exisit, live...

      *giggles* I'm being inspired by a 16 year old *TACKLEHUGS!* Defiantely going to have my mom read that while she's in town... who knows I might have to get her an e-reader too... te he he.

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    2. *stares* ..... *stares* .... *TACKLEHUGS*
      I'm SO glad you thought that - seriously, that's going in my next blogpost, come hell or high water! You amazingly lovely person, you've just made my day *is wriggle-squeeing everywhere*

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    3. Feel free to use my comment for your blog Charley. I don't mind at all. makes me feel all warm and cozy knowing I made your day. :}

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  3. Wow I haven't read such a wonderful book in a long time. Just reading your review makes me want to read more. :-)

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    1. Well then go read it! *giggles*

      It was defiantely a good book to remind me why I love reading. The hard part is balancing it with my writing. :}

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  4. Ah, reviews! Yeah, my last book review was a rather pathetic specimen, wasn't it? I'll have to rewrite it some time....

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    1. Well you were sick. I'd say that's a reasonable reason for a pathetic review... :}

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  5. Cathryn,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read A Thousand Glass Flowers and to review it.
    Every reaction you had was just what I hoped a reader would experience as they read the narrative, so its reassuring as a writer to know that i might just have hit the nail on the head.

    Best wishes and cheers.

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    1. Squee! The author responds! *giggles* - sorry let me contain my inner child for a second.

      Your quite welcome. I definatley enjoyed the book and will be seeing if my Mom would enjoy reading (she'll have to borrow my Kindle though). I'm so glad I could afirm that your narration came across as you hoped it would. I totally know how that feels, being a writer myself (though not yet published, I'm getting there).

      Anyway *huggles - if you'll take them* and thanks fro stopping by.. It's like a childhood dream come true, exchanging a post with a publish author. *grin*

      :} Cathryn

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    2. You are seriously more than welcome! And I'll take huggles any time. Its sounds like something from Harry Potter but more Weasley than Voldemort!

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    3. Oh yes, *giggles* took me a bit to realize what you were talking about. *grin*

      Huggles are toatlly more Weasley than Voldemort. The word is a combination of hug and snuggles. I'm not sure if I made it up or got it form someone else, but I've been using it for years.

      You can hug anyone, but hugs can be awekward and austire, so I prefer huggles - they're the good warm hugs. The type you might get from your mother or best friend. :}

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