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Educt a star for the ham fisted way the Little Lost Girl stories are stuck into the book though The Little Lost Girl is a ghostspirit looking for her home and who runs into the Gods on occasion Something that should have opened up and enhanced the mythos of Elena Beauchamp s religion and her own personal history instead was just a silly waste of time To compare it to My Grandmother Sends Her Regards for a moment the stories in both books were clearly meant to be used the same way to tell the storyteller s history without making clear to the audience that she s talking about herself until an ending revelation But when Toni figures it out she doesn t care and just shrugs it off and we don t care because we weren t given a reason to care Nothing was gained by including the stories and nothing would have been cut by leaving them out except about six pagesPLOTSOLUTION The plot was Toni trying to repair the damage her mother s behavior had caused to her life in time for her baby s arrival but that s pretty lame plot The Gods were great but they amount to very little and they were the only interesting and original aspect of the book The ending was a letdown too Toni has the baby off screen the Gods haven t bothered her since she gave birth no reason for this is given and she d only been possessed a few times over the last nine months so they probably just haven t gotten around to it et her relationship with her sister is on rocky ground and she s accepted being stuck with her mother s magical debts Nothing is resolved she just gives up and decides to live with itOTHER ASPECTS The bait and switch of urban fantasy to chick lit deserves this I didn t pick up a book with Voodoo and possessions to read about babies and datingTHE VERDICT A good enough book with decent characters and a very interesting premise but a plotline that failed to satisfy A book with an interesting premise that ultimately goes nowhere interesting with it The narrator is irritating and some of the conversations are unconvincing The prose isn t bad and I might have given it three stars based on that and the premise were it not for a scene where the protagonist threatens someone with a false sexual harassment accusation As well as being a poor choice on the author s part it was difficult for me to care anything at all about the character after that and it s a fairly early scene in the book Re reading as of 102014 Had forgotten how good it is I liked this book mostly because it was set in Houston and the author used a lot of local places and streets which was fun The story was interesting but the relationship between the sisters was a bit hard to follow I wasn t as connected to them as maybe I should have been I also had a hard time buying
into los duendes and their mother s brand of crazy Still los duendes and their mother s brand of crazy Still strange et entertaining read I really enjoyed this magical realistic novel set in Houston where Toni s mother and Toni are voudoun practitioners though that word is never used Toni and her sister Candy s mother has just died Toni for one is sick of taking care of her and her six Riders or gods that can take over her body without notice Then they start taking Toni s body What s fun about all of this is that Toni trained and worked as a actuary and is not just skeptical but downright dismissive and rational when confronted
by the woowoo I m not entirely sure what exactly makes this the woowoo I m not entirely sure what exactly makes this realism and Charles de Lint and Neil Gaiman urban fantasy but I know it s so Unlike other readers apparently I found the writing about women especially the main character s pregnancy and the sister s discussion of sex inauthentic My other problem with the book was that some of the nonmagical details were unbelievable like the main character s never having considered buying an air conditioner for her house in Houston I live in Houston and I just can t buy that A lot of the description of Houston is very realistic but some of the regional voices sound inaccurate to my ear or out of place maybe better suited to the Southeast If ou re going to try to sell magic in an otherwise realistic story the nonmagical details should be pretty believable Otherwise the reader gets distracted and has trouble suspending disbeliefThe imaginative plot is nicely paced and enjoyable I love the fact that the daughter of the voodoo woman turned out to be an actuary and then a futures trader Mockingbird was one of my favorite novels when I was in college and et this past week was the first time that I had read it in a decade or so In fact it s one of three novels by Sean Stewart including GALVESTON and THE PERFECT CIRCLE that used to mean a lot to me all set in a fantasy version of Texas where magic and real life blend together very seamlessly Stewart s version of modern fantasy is richer and "ambitious than the standard Dresden Files model like other great fantasy writers like Felix Gilman or George R R Martin there "than the standard Dresden Files model like other great fantasy writers like Felix Gilman or George R R Martin there evident thought about what the magic means not just how it worksAll three novels deal fundamentally with characters who need to let go of familiar resentments and take a step back to see their real place in the world an idea that I wish I had taken to heart when reading this for the first time to be honest MOCKINGBIRD opens with heroine Toni Beauchamp burying her mother Elena a witch prone to flag. T in modern day Houston Texas this is a funny and moving novel of voodoo pregnancy and family ties While Toni sorts out the mess that Elena. Rant magical excess and freuent possession by the local household gods after a long bout with cancer The death is a origin story for Toni who has been in her mother s orbit for her entire life but she can t escape her mother s debts magical and otherwiseThere are elements to this novel that now strike me as undercooked Stewart was not terribly well versed in the Latino culture and so the Latino characters felt a little sketchy and stereotypical And while his concern with male entitlement would bear a lot of fruit in his next two novels here perhaps because the characters are largely female he struggles to dramatize it in an interesting wayReading MOCKINGBIRD for a second time I still think that there s something profound in how Stewart looks at what gets handed down from generation to generation I also think I appreciate now than I did at 20 the idea that being an adult doesn t mean being ourself so much as it means realizing that Rebelde Rendición (Saga Londres, you re multitude of people without losingourself in the process and that there s good and bad in all these different facets There is something in this novel that continues to mean a lot of me and that was nice to see This book didn t end as well as it started out which is just as well because if it did it would have ripped a hole in the universe due to pure awesomeness I picked it up because I so much enjoyed Stewart s other book PERFECT CIRCLE and this promised to be just as goodIt starts out with two daughters dealing with their mother s death Their dead mother is such a huge figure in everyone s lives that even after she s dead she still scares most of the people she touched She has a chiffarobe full of the fetish dolls that embody the Riders the gods which would sometimes take over her body completely in exchange for favors I loved the description of the fetish dolls which felt so creepy and so realToni and Candy are Elena Beauchamp s the voodooist daughters They have their own conflicted relationship due to the roles they ve played in the family Toni is the smart but troublesome daughter and Candy is the pretty but flaky one They reminded me uite a bit of the sisters in Jennifer Weiners IN HER SHOES though not as exaggeratedThe strength and weakness of this book is in how much and how well it deals with the relationships between the characters in particular the female characters Men feel kind of secondary in this book overshadowed by Elena her daughters Mary Jo and the enigmatic Little Lost Girl It s a strength because the characters are fantastic It s a weakness because it made me lose sight of what sort of a book I was really reading I get a sense of how a book will end based on what kind of a genre it is Mocking bird starts out as a delicious urban fantasy about a family who has an arrangementrelationship with some gods of dubious morals This is one of my favorite subjects to explore an arrangementrelationship with some gods of dubious morals This is one of my favorite subjects
"To Explore My Own Fiction "explore my own fiction Stewart does it even better If it had continued entirely on this vein the plot would have centered around the conflict of Toni s conflicted relationship to her mother s magic I m not saying it wasn t dealt with but it was dealt with in what felt to me an offhand way a ruby slippers kind of way like we could have done this at any time but we chose to do it now because the story has played out as long as the writer wanted kind of wayBecause the relationships between Toni and Candy are so central both their familial relationships and their romantic ones this novel felt like a women s fiction novel It even ended like one sort of where the women empower each other to solve their financial problems learn to rely on their own strength and find a place for men and children that is secondary to their own It s not a bad women s fiction novel I felt particularly amused by "her pregnancy issues but since I hadn t really expected to be reading a women s "pregnancy issues but since I hadn t really expected to be reading a women s novel going in it felt a little like a bait and switch The main external conflicts the gods the hurricane are dealt with early and in what felt like an offhand way leaving the internal conflicts who is the Little Lost Girl Toni s search for the courage to start her own business dominantMockingbird starts out as a creepy urban fantasy and ends as a women s fiction novel but in the middle it felt a little literary to me By literary I mean that there were elements which fit thematically but did not seem to forward the plot For example in one scene Candy talks about her sex life and her opinions as to what men find sexy and how they compare to the view of sex forwarded by one of their family gods There s also a scene where Mary Jo gives Toni a check and I really did not understand why that money was changing hands why it was a gift why a gift was necessitated I m sure these elements will give a graduate level literature class much fuel for discussion but I m a simpler reader and I found them distractingThis book is probably best for people with eclectic reading tastes especially if they re warned in advance that it like Elena s gods will not bend to our puny mortal expectations I d recommend it for book clubs for literature classes and for people who think creepy dolls are awesome This book was infuriating I wish I could mark it as flung down in disgust Two stars for the prose which was very very good and part of what made it such a frustrating read. Left behind she must also come to terms with her childhood and with the supernatural and dangerous gift that she has inherited from her moth. .