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Greer Macallister

Autor(a) de The Magician's Lie

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About the Author

Greer Macallister received a MFA in creative writing at American University. She is a poet, short story writer, and playwright. Her work has appeared in several publications including The North American Review, The Missouri Review, and The Messenger. Her first novel, The Magician's Lie, was mostrar mais published in 2015. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Obras de Greer Macallister

The Magician's Lie (2015) 578 cópias
Girl in Disguise (2017) 294 cópias
The Arctic Fury (2020) 279 cópias
Woman 99 (2019) 173 cópias
Scorpica (2022) 135 cópias
Arca (2023) 27 cópias
Patiente n°99 (2021) 1 exemplar(es)
Arca: 2 (Five Queendoms, the) (2024) 1 exemplar(es)

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Data de nascimento
20th Century



Many thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks for the opportunity to read this ARC.

This is another excellent historical fiction about an inimitable woman by award-winning author Greer Macallister. In Aimee Crocker (1864-1941), a real 19th century American railroad heiress, the author found herself a ready-made protagonist whose dramatic real life story just begged to be told. She told it herself, in fact, in her own 1936 autobiography. Most of the biographical details, the author assures us, have been respected. Certainly the historical context and the way that women, even the privileged, were expected to fit it, is true to fact. The result is a captivating novel that traces one woman’s unusual experience over a near half-century during which every woman’s life changed drastically with the major historical shifts taking place. Nonetheless, even in 1941, when she died, most women did not have lives half as liberated as hers had been. She was simply a trailblazer, and the author shows us how and why.

Despite the title, Aimee Crocker, first married at 17, did not collect a baker’s dozen of husbands, though I got the distinct impression that would not have challenged her too much. She seems to have been fully capable of doing so. The reason for the title comes to light as the story unwinds. She did, nonetheless, marry more than most women of her time, and since.

The story is a first-person account, and from the opening paragraph, ‘Aimee’ makes it clear that this will not be a poor little rich girl’ story. Money, she acknowledges, can buy freedom and happiness, and she is not remotely contrite about using her considerable wealth to get what she wanted: ‘it was the only power I could count on.’ All too true, especially for women like her who came of age in times when women had no other reliable source of power besides father and husbands—unlike many, these were not always of use when needed. Of course, to onlookers, especially the scandal-seeking press, she was an adventuress (not a compliment), a ´hussy’, a known menace,’ and, worst of all the very ´Queen of Bohemia’ and not just an ordinary disgraceful bohemian.

Although she seems impervious, and certainly strives to come across that way in the author’s portray of her, the Aimee we see here is not invulnerable. She is the opposite, plagued all her life by the kind of attention that is sometimes ego-supporting and other times soul-destroying. She searches always for love, and is invariably disappointed. She wants to be true to herself but even money can’t buy the truth and loyalty of others. She is not only constant prey to the tabloids,’ she is haunted by seemingly metaphysical forces.
For the most part, Aimee Crocker, in this telling, just keeps rollicking on. That’s admirable enough. Read the book to find out whether, in ´buying’ herself a certain life with certain people, she was ultimately any happier than those without such privileges.
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CynCom | 1 outra resenha | Jun 2, 2024 |
Solid world building, this is a good start to the series.
HMBLVJ | outras 4 resenhas | Apr 21, 2024 |
A solid historical fiction read about a real-life heiress, Aimee Crocker in the late 1800s-early 1900s. Aimee is anything but conventional, especially for the time. She believes in love, marriage, divorce, and palm readers. To say Aimee is complicated would be a disservice, and to say The Thirteenth Husband told the entire story would be insurmountable. This Aimee Crocker lady lived one helluva life and Greer Macallister did a good job capturing the most believable parts of it.

I will say I got a bit lost toward the end when the twist came about; I knew who the thirteenth husband was, but I felt the writing got a little in the weeds of the paranormal to where I had to fight the cobwebs to figure out what was going on. That being said, I'm glad to have read this book, admire Macallister's research and story abilities, and will look to read another Macallister book in the future.… (mais)
LyndaWolters1 | 1 outra resenha | Apr 3, 2024 |
Recommended: for other people
For a world of many characters, for a book that's more about the journey than the destination, for a lot of backstory and build up and a very sudden resolution

Alright, here's my biggest gripe: the ending was terrible. It was extraordinarily disappointing and underwhelming, and it annoyed me that I waited all this time to see it and it was spectacularly crap. Both endings, I'll say, since there's kind of two key plot points that get wrapped up. This is why I say this book is about the journey, and definitely not the destination. There's no strong resolution here, and ultimately, you could probably read the second book in the series without reading this one and be well off.

For me this was a mostly ok read because it wasn't AWFUL, but it was kind of boring with very little payoff for all the time I put in. Considering I read a 500 page fantasy book in [book:The City of Brass|32718027] this month in three days, and this one at around 450 pages took me about a month speaks volumes. It just didn't suck me in. While I was reading it, I meandered my way through the story slowly, plodding along with the characters. But in between reading sessions, I never particularly felt called to go back to it. It was more of a desire to finish it than a desire to see it finished, if you get what I mean.

And WOW, were there a lot of characters. I can't even name how many character perspectives we followed, because there were probably 9 or 10. Remarkably, I didn't care about any of them. I think this is due to the fact that with so many, none got a solid stream of attention to develop and catch my empathy. The story also spans many years, with gaps of decades or years at a time, so I would come back to a very different person than I had originally met. I essentially had to start over with them.
This is why when some of the characters died, I didn't care at all beyond some mild annoyance that now I had to meet a new character and learn about them instead.

I saw some other reviews point out other issues, such as the society where men are just things to have sex with and be concubines, essentially. Or a scene where a young girl is consoled about the death of her friend by another adult woman giving her an orgasm with a sex toy. What the fuck? These are valid points, and yet I was in such a haze reading through this that they barely registered at the time because I was just plodding through the pages.

Now I realize this sounds like a lot of complaints, and for me, this book just didn't really work. However, I do think this is a read that will work for other people. For people who love character studies, and slower paced reads with a lot of exploration of the world and mind, this will probably be a hit. If you like long-spanning plot with a lot of reflective qualities, and don't mind slower action, then this will probably do you good.

And some quick extra spoiler-y ranting about the ending:
Seriously, the ancient, cosmically-powerful sorceress is killed by some regular mortal snapping her neck?? How incredibly fucking boring is that?? I waited 400 pages to get to this point and I felt slightly betrayed and a whole lot confused. Why did we even bother with Sessadon if she didn't matter enough to even cause some havoc before she went on out? As for the final ending where Tamura declares that Scorpica is still invading despite the end of the drought, I just don't care. War is a boring plot, and I never liked any of the characters involved, so there's no emotional fear of like "oh no they'll be invaded!" so... nothing about this worked. I almost stopped reading this book at about 86%, just before the final Rites of the Sun, and I kind of wish I had because then I could have imagined a better ending and left it at that.

Thank you to NetGalley and the author for a free advanced copy of this book. This is my honest review.
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Jenniferforjoy | outras 4 resenhas | Jan 29, 2024 |



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