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Riding Shotgun [Mass Market Paperback]

Rita Mae Brown
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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March 31 1997
The author of Venus Envy takes you on a riotous ride back to one woman's future...

In a delightful contemporary farce with a riotous twist, Rita Mae Brown welcomes you to Virginia's horse country, where a fox hunt is about to lead a 1990s woman, Cig Blackwood, into a 1690s adventure of the heart.  Infidelity, single motherhood, family betrayal, and the thrill of the hunt (in many varieties) are hilariously and poignantly played out in this captivating novel of time travel and self-discovery.

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As a fantastic plot device, time travel doesn't compare in originality to narration by a cat, but Brown's new novel, in which a modern-day Virginian is transported back to 1699, proves every bit as giddily enjoyable as her series of Mrs. Murphy mysteries told by feline extraordinaire Sneaky Pie Brown. Pryor "Cig" Blackwood is a middle-aged widow who plays her many roles in life-mother, realtor, horse-farm proprietor and master of the local foxhunt-with simple aplomb and wit. Life hasn't been too much fun, however, since Cig's husband died a year ago-and it gets a lot grimmer when, during a foxhunt, Cig learns that he died naked in her sister's bed. Moments after that revelation, however, she's flung back into Colonial Virginia. There, she's accepted as the twin sister, newly arrived from England, of one of her ancestors, and learns much about the meaning of community and family. She also attracts two dynamic men, one of whom she beds, who fight each another for her affections. Then Cig is thrown back into the present, where she uses her newfound wisdom to reintegrate her life. With its feisty heroine, vivid period detail and well-turned plot twists, this novel is charming enough to make even the cranky Sneaky Pie purr with delight.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Brown, perhaps the only novelist to acknowledge her cat as coauthor (e.g., Pay Dirt, with Sneaky Pie Brown, LJ 10/15/95), here tells of a Nineties woman who travels back in time to 1699.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars A total waste of reading time Jan. 28 1998
By A Customer
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I have found some of Rita Mae Brown's novels amusing.
This wasn't one of them.
The book has the heroine who has the unexplained name of Cig going on a fox hunt from which she then goes backward in time to 1690.
The historical setting of the book does seem to be accurate, but the plot leaves a great deal to be desired---mainly I wish it had had one!

The book prods 356 pages (paperback version) to a deadly dull finish.

As Rita Mae Brown has written lesbian novels in the past, I had hopes the heroine would be lesbian, but such was not the case.>BR>>P> The only lesbian in the book is the heroine's daughter, who is an extremely minor character.

If you suffer from insomnia, this book might do the trick for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, thought provoking, well written. Oct. 20 1997
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Rita Mae Brown has done it again! Already well loved for her charming Mrs. Murphy murder mysteries, this clever author takes her readers into a superbly crafted plot and back into time. Cig Blackwood is a modern twentieth century widow, cynical, tired, weary of the ratrace her life has become. This unexpected journey shows her another way of life, and most importantly, another pace of life. Rita Mae Brown takes us along with her endearing heroine from the fox hunting field of 1996 back to 1699 and the handsome Irishman who is waiting for her. Warm, often hilarious, very human, this is a book that refuses to be put down. Don't start this one unless you've got a long leisurely evening ahead! It's a winner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Trip July 8 1998
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Ms. Brown has written a fine, vivid novel. She opens up several different plot elements and intricately weaves them together. She does this with the most sucess in the second part of her book. However, the third part is a bit short, and Ms. Brown seems to try to tie up all the loose ends of her story rather hastily. The main character, Cig, is well developed, except why she gains an extremely forgiving nature is not well explained. The hunt scenes are executed beautifully and acurately. These are the best parts of the novel. They convey action and emotion all at once. This book is a fine read, but I wish Ms. Brown could have explained certain events and characters more clearly.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant in parts, not a great as a whole Feb. 14 2000
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The period scenes are marvelous, as are the vivid descriptions of fox hunting etc. But Cig, the title character, was thoroughly unlikeable to me. Her treatment of her daughter sent chills down my spine. This woman was so totally selfish and self absorbed that by the end of the book I found it difficult to care what happened to her! Also, while the book was excellent in parts, it definitely dragged in others mainly because (as one reviewer has already pointed out), there was a lot of prior novel plot/dialouge rehashing. Not one of Rita Mae's best.....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Riding Shotgun Nov. 28 1999
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If the dunce from Kirkus Reviews had actually read Riding Shotgun, he would have learned that the reason Cig is named "Cig" is because one of her middle names is "Chesterfield".
Brown has the talent of writing stories which move, without being intense. Her knowledge of and attention to detail, both period and equestrian, are rewarding. She stretches a little to make the story of "Riding" hang together, but it's such an entertaining story, the reader is quite willing to stretch with her.
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I read the previous reviews of this book and do not agree with those who dislike it. The book is excellent and very accurate in its details about the history of Virginia and about the history of the Thoroughbred horse. For those who do not understand where the name "Cig" comes from, her maiden name is "Chesterfield", a cigarette brand. If you did not undersyand this, I doubt that you understood the book, which is very grounded in that sort of reference.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth your attention June 1 2000
By Helen
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Being more used to this author's mystery novels, I was expecting something along the same lines with this one. Granted there are elements of mystery here but the primary themes of the novel are love and the many forms it can take, the importance of forgiveness, and just keeping life in perspective.
The main characters were well developed, particularly the seventeenth century ones.
Above all, this was a fun book. Give it a go.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth your attention June 1 2000
By Helen
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Being more used to this author's mystery novels, I was expecting something along the same lines with this one. Granted there are elements of mystery here but the primary themes of the novel are love and the many forms it can take, the importance of forgiveness, and just keeping life in perspective.
The main characters were well developed, particularly the seventeenth century ones.
Above all, this was a fun book. Give it a go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
What's not to like - you have the Virginia countryside, animals, romance, and reincarnation?/past-life regression! Interesting lead character in unusual situation. Read more
Published on Feb. 12 2002 by Cathy Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Rita Mae Brown does not disappoint
After falling in love with the Mrs. Murphy series I found out that author Brown has a "real life" as a bonafide novelist and a darn good one at that. Read more
Published on May 8 2001 by Christine V. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I have never been disappointed by any of Ms Brown's books. This is one of her best. I strongly recomend this, as a fantasy, love story and just plain good old fashioned story... Read more
Published on March 14 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars A sort of Back to the Future with horses
This is another fast read by Rita Mae Brown. This is a non-mystery book set in the usual Virginia foxhunting country. Read more
Published on June 22 2000 by Moe811
5.0 out of 5 stars Riding Shotgun
I have read this book 7 times and never tire of it. My daughter is now reading it. The characters are wonderful, and having run my own barn, very believable and true to form. Read more
Published on June 4 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lot of Fun
Great book for escapist reading. Fun when you're tired of looking at spreadsheets and wish you could be out riding instead. Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book!
I have been a fan of Rita Mae Brown's for a long time and I particularly enjoyed this book. Its an interesting story with very "real" and well-defined characters that... Read more
Published on Feb. 13 1998
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