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In Los Angeles, Jennifer Narody has been having a series of disturbing dreams involving eerie images of a lady dressed in blue. What she doesn't know is that this same spirit appeared to leaders of the Jumano Native American tribe in New Mexico 362 years earlier, and was linked to a Spanish nun capable of powers of "bilocation," or the ability to be in two places simultane ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 17th 2008 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group (first published 1998)
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Shawn
This was not a typical read for me. It reads somewhat like a Dan Brown thriller where modern settings and controversies are used to explore old religious issues. I picked it up because of the references to the Jumano Indians ( modern Wichita Nation) and the Spanish incursions in New Mexico during the 1600s. I really enjoyed the parts of the books dealing with the ancient Spanish missionaries and their interactions with the Native Americans but when the story line returned to 1991, it was hard to ...more
Lynelle
Again, I read the Spanish language version of this. It was much more straight-forward writing than someone like Ruiz Zafon, so it was an easy read. I'm not sure how the English translation would come across. The topic of the book was absolutely fascinating to me and spurred me to do some minor research into it after I had finished reading this novel.

This book tells the story of la dama azul, the blue lady, who would appear to Native Americans in what today is the Southwestern U.S. and Northweste
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Majo
La Dama Azul, de Javier Sierra 2005
Historical Fiction Español, que siendo del subgénero "religioso" mezcla delicadamente temas científicos demasiado a la ligera.
La historia se inicia de una manera fenomenal, jajaja es que tenía que decirlo! Me enganchó desde las primeras páginas, desarrollándose gran parte de la trama en Roma (faltaría más).
Pero, cayendo en picada a partir de la mitad.

Volveré a leerlo, algún dia.
Tal vez, cuando eso tenga otra percepción de la obra, ya que ganó tantos premios, f
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Alan
This book had a great idea, but, unfortunately, it wasn't that well written. I wondered if it had been translated from Spanish - the author is Spanish - but it doesn't indicate that it is. The idea of the book - the plot - involved a journalist investigating the "bilocation" - ability to be in two places at once - of a 17th century nun. This nun lived in Spain but was reported to have appeared to native Americans in what is now New Mexico. Her appearances there helped to convert the native Ameri ...more
Wayne
Jun 12, 2012 Wayne marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Every time I was at the local Post Office in the queue I would see this book in the discretely and temptingly placed Book Bin...and refused ABSOLUTELY to be tempted.
BUT (that word ALWAYS means something is going to happen,n'est-ce pas??) ...because I just booked to see a documentary at the Sydney Film Festival about a young filmmaker's seeking out witnesses to the 1968 miraculous Virgin Mary apparitions in Egypt's Coptic Christian community.He is hampered however by their reluctance to
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Katherine
This book was much more in keeping with the Da Vinci Code formula. Short, alternating chapters between time periods and points of view, a look into the history of apparitions/sightings throughout New Mexico of a nun preaching God's Word to American Indians in the 1600s and clues and revelations about the Catholic Church's involvement.

I enjoyed the alternating time periods and the writing flowed much better than author Javier Sierra's first American best-seller, The Secret Supper. However, the en
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Sharon
This is historical fiction that goes back and forth among many locations, time periods and characters. This made it a bit difficult to get into initially and to keep everything straight. The story is based upon The Lady in Blue. She appeared to many Native Americans in New Mexico from 1629-1633. The story is being researched by scientists, cardinals, a journalist, a psychiatrist, and the U. S. Defense in New Mexico, Los Angelos, Rome and Spain. The interest in The Lady in Blue is that she is rec ...more
Laura
(I read it in Spanish). I really liked it - although this is the first novel from Sierra I read - I've read some essays but no novel. I am currently reading The Lost Angel (I guess that's the English title), and it's amazing too, but now that I am almost finished with this second book, I believe he tends to repeat some elements.
Sierra is a great narrator and knows how to explain abstract things quite easily.
He has been called "the spanish Dan Brown", but I do not agree with that. I think Sierra
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Leo C.
Muy interesante! Te hace pensar si es verdad o no lo que narra el autor. Gran trabajo de investigación. Gracias a esta novela he conocido a Sor María Jesús de Agreda, una religiosa española que vivió en el siglo XVII, el misterioso fenómeno de la bilocación y la Cronovisión. Recomendable a todos los que nos gusta la novela de misterio y fenómenos sobrenaturales. Eso sí, recomiendo la nueva versión rectificada y ampliada que ha publicado Planeta. La versión de 1996 es bastante floja además de que ...more
Carlos Mock
La Dama Azúl by Javier Sierra - Spanish Edition

This book is based on the life of the nun María de Jesús de Ágreda who lived from 1602 to 1665. She appeared more than 500 times to the Jumano Indians of New Mexico and converted them to Christianity - without ever leaving her monastery in Spain. The Inquisition suspected her of witchcraft, after Fray Alonso de Benavides interviewed her and published his famous memorial in 1630.

The book opens in 1991. Father Giuseppe Baldi, one of the four Apostles
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CarolynKost
Sierra (La cena secreta; Plaza & JanÃs, 2005) has made a career out of his interest in historical mysteries. First published in Spain in 1998, this novel is the result of seven years of research and is based on factual evidence and historical documents. In the 17th century, when missionaries arrived near the Rio Grande in New Mexico, they were astonished to learn that a blue lady had already been there and had prepared the natives' hearts and minds for Christianity. Fearing satanic involveme ...more
Krizia Anna
The story has a good plot but very confusing. A lot of characters that confuses me. A lot of changes in settings, such as in TIME and PLACE. There was a surprise towards the end that felt out of place for me. The story was disjointed and was not nicely translated. I think the author could have gone another path.
Maria Carmo
An excellent surprise, this historical/religious thriller! Could not stop reading! Loved this book and in the mean time I bought another book by the same author. Definitely a good read!

Maria Carmo,

29th. August 2012.
Jane
I really wanted to like this book. It could have been done in about 100 pages less...not that it's a really long book...the story itself is about 320 pages...but very drawn out. I also found it very confusing. It jumped around between present and past and not always clear where you left off and picked up again. Too much detail with names and references to people you didn't need to know about. The last 35 pages were ok....if you can stick with it long enough to get to that point. If I wasn't read ...more
Kim
Javier Sierra is one of my favorite authors and I think "The Lady in Blue" is his best book.
Jo
Terrible. Ridiculous. Terribly ridiculous. Ridiculously terrible.
Joyce
I read his previous book and enjoyed it as a light fast read. This book is unreadable for me. It uses poor word choices that leap off the page and hurt my brain. The dialogue makes no sense - in one paragraph character A is type 1 and character B is type 2. In the next paragraph, suddenly character A is type 2. Who's the cynic and who's the optimist in this piece and what are they doing? There's too much going on and too much skipping over what's going on. Too many paper characters. And I only g ...more
Wendell
I suppose anyone who can manage to sustain invention for 400 pages, even at the dilute level of The Lady in Blue, deserves acknowledgment, but this is a silly, amateurish book that got exactly the ham-handed translation it deserved. Indeed, it’s almost a textbook example of why bad writing in one language so often becomes bad writing in translation. Translator James Graham did little to re-work the purple, telenovela-flourishes that I can only imagine sounded slightly less silly in Spanish than ...more
Awallens
An elaborately woven novel of intrigue about one of America's most curious

and enduring legends -- the enigma of the Lady in Blue

In Los Angeles, Jennifer Narody has been having a series of disturbing

dreams involving eerie images of a lady dressed in blue. What she doesn't

know is that this same spirit appeared to leaders of the Jumano Native

American tribe in New Mexico 362 years earlier, and was linked to a Spanish

nun capable of powers of "bilocation," or the ability to be in two places

simultaneou
...more
Sandra
"A senhora do manto azul" liga três histórias aparentemente separadas no tempo e no espaço.
As personagens de cada uma destas histórias não se conhecem, mas até ao fim do livro algumas delas descobrirão qual é fio que as une.

(view spoiler)
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Delia
The jacket of this book made it sound like something I would love to read. I must admit that I was disappointed.

Lady in Blue follows four different stories, one of which happens hundreds of years earlier. There is a group of Indians in the New Mexico territory that are visited by a lady who radiates blue light and gives them religious relics shes has brought with her. She prepares them to receive instruction in a new faith.

Second there is a priest who is working on a secret project for the Cath
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Britt
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Linda
1530's New Mexico. A mysterious, luminous "lady in blue" has been appearing to the indigenous people, which prompts them to convert to Catholicism in record numbers.

Rome, early 2000's. A clandestine group of priest/scientists works for the Vatican, trying to discover the secret of "bilocation", i.e., the ability to be in two separate places at once. In Spain, an agnostic journalist finds a religious medal on the street, and suddenly becomes intensely interested in the Vatican project.

The Lady i
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Rossrn Nunamaker
This is the second book I read by Javier Sierra and overall I liked the Last Supper better than the Lady in Blue.

The Lady in Blue actually strikes on several topics of interest to me. Having lived in Tucson, I always thought the missions of the southwest could make a great topic tied into religious history and the mixing of cultures. Though set in New Mexico, one portion of Sierra's story is set in the late 1600s at a mission where the conversion rates of Indians is extremely high. The successfu
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Morexette
The English is mighty tricky. I have heard (audio book) the Spanish one and it was way better and a little less tacky. I learned a bit of Spanish but according to my comparison radar, the Spanish was way better. Whoever translated it into English did not paved it beautifully and straight-and-forward the way Javier did it on Spanish. Anyway, it was a really interesting story but tacky it is, a journalist is investigation some Spanish-era myth that dawns upon an American woman, who I say, lives ac ...more
Mike
Spanish Author Javier Sierra brilliantly weaves a four-part plot through small chapters with smart, short sentences into this very smooth read.
Somehow, or another, it took me six years to finally get to this one, It was worth it,
He also cleverly stimulates the reader at the end, too. Sierra notes his own stumbling into this story, and in his post scriptum casts doubt on the reader's chance that this book simply fell into their hands.
There is a lot to that. He notes his own obsession with this in
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Jeraviz
La historia que plantea Javier Sierra es muy interesante: la Cronovisión, técnica con la que se podría escuchar o ver el pasado es algo que si se trata de la manera correcta consigue atraerte desde el principio. Pero el problema viene precisamente de eso, que no consigue dar forma a la historia. Se dispersa con cuatro hilos argumentales que no consiguen que sientas empatía con los personajes ni que te enganches a la trama y termina uniéndolos demasiado rápido sin dar la sensación de ser un final ...more
Joe Cummings
"The Lady in Blue" the 2007 translation by James Graham of "La dama azul" (2007)by Javier Sierra is an intriguing and suspenseful book as far as it goes, but something happens, and you feel that Sierra is running late on a deadline or just wants to finish the book in a clever way. Perhaps he's just trying to imitate J.J. Benitez's fictional non-fictional series "El caballo de troya." Sierra's "The Secret Supper" is a better read.
Raeanne Ameele
This was an interesting story, but it seemed like it took too long to get to the meat of the story.
A priest, a clairvoyant, and a journalist walk in to a bar… these seemingly unrelated stories do eventually hook up, but their three stories are continually interrupted by what, in my opinion, should have been given straight out, start to finish. It would have been nice to read about these three people in the present as they (re)discover who/what the lady in blue is. Then have the reality of their
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Barbara
This is one of the books Hannah picked out for me at the EPL book sale. Very interesting story of the lady in blue--a nun from Spain who is capable of bilocation and presents herself (back in the 1600's) to Native American tribe in New Mexico. Intertwining stories. I didn't realize until I finished the book how many of the people and facts in the novel were true events. It really was very interesting. I especially liked the end--nothing is by chance!
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