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by Sean Stewart

Free eBook Mockingbird: A Novel download ISBN: 0441006442
Author: Sean Stewart
Publisher: Ace Trade; Reprint edition (March 1, 2000)
Language: English
Category: Imaginative Literature
Subcategory: United States
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Rating: 4.5
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Mockingbird is a science fiction novel by American writer Walter Tevis, first published in 1980. It was nominated for a Nebula Award for Best Novel.

Mockingbird is a science fiction novel by American writer Walter Tevis, first published in 1980. A central character is the dean of New York University, Spofforth, an android who has lived for centuries yet yearns to die. The novel opens with his failed attempt at suicide. Spofforth brings a teacher, Paul Bentley, to New York.

Magical realism meets contemporary fantasy in this tale of two sisters. Oh well, it'll be well worth it, though I suspect I will space the reading of those books out so as to not glut myself entirely on his fiction.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Stephen King meets Ibsen. Trust me. -Neal Stephenson Witty, wicked, and wise. Wonderful! -Karen Joy Fowler.

Read Mockingbird, by Sean Stewart online on Bookmate – Stephen . This book reads like a shot of whiskey-sweet, fiery swirls in the throat that linger on. -Mary-Jo, Powells.

Read Mockingbird, by Sean Stewart online on Bookmate – Stephen King meets Ibsen. Set in modern-day Houston, Texas, this is a funny and moving novel of voodoo, pregnancy, and family ties. com One of the most enjoyable books of the year. San Francisco Chronicle Earthily charming and hilarious. Booklist Humor and a Southern sauciness. poignant take on voodoo among middle-class women makes for delicious fun. -Publishers Weekly A gentle, funny, affirming novel.

Sean Stewart’s distinctive prose has been hailed as emotionally intense (New York Times) and vivid and precise (Washington Post). Now in Mockingbird, he blends haunting simplicity with visual eloquence; magical realism with contemporary fantasy in a tale of two sisters bound by their mother’s gift-a legacy of magic. There are some gifts which cannot be refused. These were the words Elena Beauchamp had chosen for her epitaph. Words that were part cryptic message, part magical prank. Words that would prove to hold an inescapable power.

Mockingbird by Sean Stewart - book cover, description, publication history.

Sean Stewart has produced yet another great fantasy novel that differs from his others in the same way Nobody's Sun was different from Resurrection Man. This time, he's chosen to explore the intersection of voudon, white folk magic, and Mexican folk magic - and the result is brilliant. Anne Rice-ish, but funny, funny, funny. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 20 years ago.

I let her die. And doing that, I let Momma down too. This time I knew better than to leave the funeral arrangements to someone else. I called lawyers, mortuaries, funeral homes, insurance agents. I even tried my best to track down Travis. I found a letter from him in Mary Jo’s house, postmarked Boulder, Colorado in 1991

So: books A book hacks into you; it uses your own brain to draw the settings and voice the characters.

You know, I spend most of my time these days writing and designing immersive entertainment – from casual games to bleeding edge mixed reality experiences. But if want really immersive entertainment – if you want to leave your body and live in another world – there is still no art form that can touch a great book. A book hacks into you; it uses your own brain to draw the settings and voice the characters. It’s a virus, man. A great book isn’t something you watch – it’s something you come down with, like yellow fever, and sometimes you’re never the same again

As the Clone Wars rage, Jedi Master Yoda must once again face one of his greatest adversaries: Count Dooku. The savage Clone Wars have forced the Republic to the edge of collapse. During the height of the battle, on Jedi Knight escapes the carnage to deliver a message to Yoda on Coruscant. It appears that Dooku wants peace and demands a rendezvous. Chances are slim that the treacherous Count is sincere but, with a million lives at stake, Yoda has no choice. The meeting will take place on Djun, a planet steeped in evil.

The author of the New York Times Notable Book Resurrection Man narrates the story of two sisters whose destinies are shaped by their mother's legacy of supernatural powers, passed on through the Mockingbird Cordial. Reprint.
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Doath
Once in a while, I reach a point in a book when I have to stop and realize "Oh, this is going to be GOOD." Sometimes that is early on, sometimes it is not until halfway through. Some books make that promise but don't deliver, and others never even make the promise in the first place. Sean Stewart's "Mockingbird" not only has that moment, but it delivers on it brilliantly.

It happens on page three, with the description of Geronimo, the zombie frog.

What seems at first like something clever, funny, almost cute in its concept (the idea of a zombie frog) becomes something far more disturbing and real when examined more closely. This simple event, something that happens fairly early in Toni Beauchamp's life, sets the stage for the story and the tone for the rest of the novel. It was my "Oh, this is going to be good" moment...and oh, it was.

As the story begins, Toni Beauchamp's mother dies, and she is left to figure out what to do with her debt, both spiritual and financial, as well as what to do with her inheritance -- her mother's gift for magic. Thing is, she doesn't want that gift. Her mother, a famous (in some circles) voodoo practitioner, has kept magic a part of her life and her daughters' lives, and Toni wants to be done with it. She finds, however, that she doesn't have much choice, and her family's gift has a way of creeping back into her life again and again.

Sean Stewart is at his best when he dances along the edge of the fantastic, but he always manages to keep his feet in the real world as well. Just as he did in the excellent "Perfect Circle," his story in "Mockingbird" treats magic and mysticism as only a part of his characters' lives, and not even the most significant part. His characters still have jobs, they still have friends, families, and all the little details that make up all of our lives -- and as if that didn't make things complicated enough, they have to add magic into the mix as well. In "Mockingbird," as in the best of Stewart's stories, a real-world sensibility is what grounds the story, even when the story is about magic. It is a difficult feat to pull off, but I have never seen anyone do it better than Stewart does.

When you can tell a story about voodoo, family, pregnancy, dating, possession, and even have a zombie frog in there, and make it all work together, you know you've got something good. "Mockingbird" is a novel that gets all of it right, and you'll know it right from somewhere on page three.
Joony
Have you ever had a writer who you do not quite like, but keep reading anyhow because the parts that you do like make you suspect that you would eventually like them a lot? (How's that for a tortured sentence?)

Sean Stewart is one of those writers for me. I have read Clouds End and Galveston before reading Mockingbird. I sort of liked them both, but there was something insubstantial about them. Clouds End was too delicate-- soap bubble reading. Galveston was more substantial; there were overtones of Tim Powers, who I like very much. Unfortunately, the plot ultimately disappointed me-- it zigged where it should have zagged, or meandered just that little bit too much, or something.

So then I decided to read Mockingbird.

I think that one of the things that makes this novel so strong is that the plot is not terribly ambitious, but still quite well developed. It takes a familiar story-- the death of a family matriarch-- and spins out into the chain of events that follow. The book features two sisters, some household Gods, a pregnancy and family secrets. It is a small scope, but one which allows Stewart to mine a fertile vein of emotion, atmosphere, and private magic.

I very much like the small kitchen garden nature of both the story and the magic. At this point in my life, I am at least a little bit tired of the "fate of the world rests on my shoulders" kinds of speculative fiction novels. It can still be done well, but I appreciate the mysteries of everyday life even more.

It also appeals to my love of all things sideways that Mockingbird does not fit neatly within genre lines. In his author notes for the book, Stewart says: "So after several books of drunkard's walk across genre lines, I finally fell off the edge of the world with this one."

Good for him, I say. I plan to look for his other books with renewed enthusiasm.
Levaq
Such an entertaining read. I keep lending it out and having to buy another one. The dude is psychic how well he knows how women work. It would be fun to have family members like Carlos with his mother and his muertamobile.
Ieregr
The premise of this book had so much potential. How could you miss with Texas, voodoo, oil, pregnancy and infidelity. Well it did, Wooden plot with wooden characters whose only purpose seems to advance the story. The story might have been saved if it had gone further - there was ample material for additional story lines more interesting than this one. Instead, the author seemed to just cut it off with a totally pedestrian ending.