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Waking the Moon Hardcover – May 25 1995


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Fiction; First Edition edition (May 25 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061052140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061052149
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 816 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,520,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gregorator on July 6 2004
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Once again I'm in the minority, left hoping people don't send me outraged emails just because I like what I like and don't what I don't.
Sorry, but this is one of the worst-written books I've ever tried to read -- awkward, obvious, graceless. The sense of mystery generated by the synopsis and cover blurbs is destroyed by two or three pages in, when all the relevant signposts are all-too-clearly laid in place: startling, ubiquitous angelic statuary? Check. Centuries-old buildings hidden behind trees? Check. Archaeological expert wearing jewelry with unexplained missing piece? Check. Ancient order observing mystical signs? Check. And that's by, oh, page seven? What happened to leading readers, let alone characters, into your dark designs in an intruiging way? It certainly isn't something which, judging by this book (and in fairness, it's the only one of Ms. Hand's I've seen) the author is capable of. Even the title tells you exactly what's going to happen. Humbug.
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Despite a few clumsy transitions from description to action here and there, and despite an awkward timesharing between super-magical and super-real, this book is excellent. The characters are vivid, real enough to touch. The historical magic is handled intelligently and with a sense of high drama (if even well-done melodrama turns you off, beware). The book has style and strength. The prose is evocative, richly texturely, deeply involving. The topics range from practical love and human conflict to cultural issues spanning time and country. There's enough romance - of people, of place - to fill your head until you're breathless. I highly recommend it. Highly.
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This book held me enthralled from the moment I picked it up, and as soon as I finished it I proclaimed to my husband that it was one of the best books I'd ever read. Ms. Hand's use of imagery is amazingly articulate, and I had complete pictures in my mind of each character as they were introduced. And the story itself... one of the best right up until the very end.
My only single complaint, like someone else mentioned, would have to be the author's use of a number of old English or historical words and phrases that I found myself looking up in a dictionary sometimes to fully grasp the meaning of a particular passage. (Often after reading through a few paragraphs, I could often get a general idea of what a particular word meant, but sometimes, the meaning was totally lost on me without looking it up.) That said, I *am* an educated individual, just not very strong in historical subjects. But in a way, I felt I got a neat little history lesson review in that regard. :)
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Elizabeth Hand is a truly wicked author. If you learn about the ancient cults worshipping Attis and Adonis, your interpretation of what happened at the end may be reversed 180 degrees ... this happened to me. I wonder whether she intended for the book to have a different meaning for the cognoscenti, or whether she thought she was leaving enough clues for everyone? But even if you don't quite figure out exactly what happened at the end, it's still a great read.
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By A Customer on Aug. 22 2002
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Although I first read this book years ago, I find myself compelled to reread parts of it from time to time. It is a powerful book, and vivid in my memory. I have read several of Ms. Hand's other works, but feel this is the most stirring. It has elements of a coming of age story, but is not at all a typical rite of passage novel. Recommended for those who like something unusual.
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I love this novel. Read it! I discovered it by accident in a supermarket a few years ago and haven't forgotten it. Elizabeth Hand is a dazzling writer of unique vision, who transcends limitations of genre through her virtuosity with language. "Waking the Moon" remains my favorite of the Hand books that I've read. I eagerly await her next one.
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I was quite aggravated that I spent a couple of days of my life reading this novel. At first, the style of the book was quite gripping but after part 1 this pseudo- literary attempt flounders. The characters are described effectively but one never gets to the heart of their personalities. Frankly, several elements of the story are laughable: the Benandanti, the romance of Sweeney and Dylan being just two. As a Goddess worshipper I was not delighted with the overall hostile tone of the novel towards Goddess spirituality; don't fool yourself into thinking this is is a feminist take on Goddess craft. Plus, some of her 'facts' about particular Goddesses are wrong.
I would have liked this book more if Hand had not described everyone's outfits and faces in such mind-numbing ways. Many pages of this book leave you bored, bored, bored! Read this if you go more for style over substance.
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By Tom Mula on Jan. 31 2002
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A great Read! Blood sacrifice, Feminine cults, moon worship--whooee! Ms Hand has done her homework--the book is VERY convincing, and a sexy, thrilling ride. And I loved what she tries to do at the end--nothing less than a modern, feminist take on a full Lovecraft meltdown. I've gone back to this book a couple of times. Bravo!
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