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Credenza R, a shockingly beautiful and well-read young woman, has lived inside the New York City subway system all her life; she has never been aboveground. Ruby Cooper, a filthy rich misanthrope, lives in an abandoned building adorned with hundreds of hummingbirds she has sculpted out of colored wire. Their lives collide, enabling them to find magic in the underground. Wh ...more
Kindle Edition, 280 pages
Published (first published June 15th 2011)
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Theresa
Well Done! Very believeable! A world beneath the streets of New York! A labyrinth of tunnels under the eastern United States. All unknown to The populace above. Incredible! Hard to put the book down...I was up all night!
I loved Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman where the character is in the the tunnels below London. This reminds me of it.
Now...how do I learn to make those hummingbirds???? :)
Adriana
What a flair for words Ms. Thomas has. Ruby, the narrator, was so beautifully crafted as the rebellious outcast misfit, that despite the fact that she is nothing like me, I was able to completely empathize with her. The author was able to take a squalid and dingy setting, and without sugar-coating it (the descriptions of the filth and stench were quite vivid), managed to romanticize it.

Ruby goes about pretending to live a normal life, and one day when she decides to blow off work, she is accost
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Liz
This review was written almost two weeks after I read Shadow Swans for the first time.


Shadow Swans is beautiful. And it sticks with you, which is one of the reasons I can say I love it as much as I do. More than once this past week or so I've picked it up just to 're-read this one chapter' or 'this scene is lovely, I should read it again,' which then resulted in a reread of the last half of the book, multiple times this early. Quite a few times I've been thinking of an entirely different thing,
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Deborah
Laura Thomas's book "Shadow Swans" is about two young woman, Ruby lives in an abandoned house; although she has to mony to live in any life style she could chose, and is obsessed with making Hummingbirds out of wire. she is discontent about her life until she meets Den. Den was born and raised in the underground tunnels of New York. She has never been to the surface as she is physically allergic to the sun. Together they explore the hidden government tunnels.
Thomas brings to life sights and smel
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Scott Cole
I really liked this book from the first page and it just got better with each progressive chapter. I found myself really caring about the small cast of characters (keeping the cast small was a great decision IMHO) and the end! Wow. I found myself hoping that the author would be bold enough to end it the way she did, but doubted she would do it, so when she ended exactly how I wanted I was thrilled!
The book I thematically similar to neverwhere by a certain Mr. Gaiman, but definitely establishes
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Aleta
Jan 10, 2012 Aleta rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Aleta by: Laura Thomas
Shelves: by-friends, kindle
This is a very beguiling tale of friendship between two young women. Ruby is a depressed techie geek who chooses to live in an abandoned building despite her six-figure salary. Credenza "Den" is one of the "mole people" - denizens of the New York subway tunnels, and has never seen the sun. This is a book that deserves to be read.
Jd Guinn
I failed to mention that I received this free as a GoodReads First Read. My apologies to the author, my fellow readers, and the site! this was a truly excwllent read - loved every minute of it! This book still haunts me but in a good way. I often dream about it and am reminded that small talents can make a difference!
Lee
I loved this debut book by Laura Thomas. She has taken us on a journey with captivating characters to a world most people wouldn't dare to explore. This was a real page turner.
Destiny
Very interesting characters & a fascinating story made for a book I had trouble putting down.
Patricia
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Nancy
A dark book about a habitually unhappy woman who grew up in privilege and yet is discontent with life and her friendship with a woman who has lived in the abandoned subways of New York. I wish I remember who recommended this... hmmm
Susan Kasza
The only word I can use to describe this book is "weird".
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