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Wild Things by Clay Carmichael
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Jul 25, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: star-reader-2011-2012
Read on July 25, 2011

Zoe Sophia Royster, 11 sneaking up on 12, has had a turbulent, migratory childhood, living with her mentally ill and unfit mother. She never knew her father, long gone by the time she was born. Zoe is scrappy, smart beyond her tender years, capable of caring for herself, always in survival mode. When her mother finally checks out for good,she finds herself living with a long lost uncle, an eccentric artist who prefers to keep to his own company. But uncle Henry grows quickly fond of his new ward and is determined to find a way to restore Zoe's trust and faith in humanity. The story is told alternately from Zoe's point of view and that of an old tomcat, wild and distrustful of the noisy, intrusive humans he has seen come and go since he was a spry kitten. Zoe and Mr. C'mere, the cat, grow accustomed to life with uncle Henry and each begin to trust in the growing comfort and security of a shared life together. I loved the characters and the voice of the narrative.
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message 1: by Clay (new)

Clay Hi Lisa,

Thank you for you kind review of my book.

You may be interested that my husband Mike, model for Henry in the book, will soon be installing a big sculpture at a new hospital in Kansas City [KS].


Lisa Nocita Which hospital? How exciting!


message 3: by Clay (new)

Clay The University of Kansas Hospital, now under construction. C


The Reading Countess That is so exciting, Clay! Congratulations.


message 5: by Clay (new)

Clay Mike's made short films of his progress:

Here are two clips for your enjoyment, one where he puts the base together (wherein yours truly makes a cameo):

http://mikeroig.com/TriuneProgressW5.htm

And one that shows the beauty of the near-finished piece.

http://mikeroig.com/TriuneBirds.htm


The Reading Countess WOW. Poetry in motion, indeed. Are the birds on a mechanized belt, or is it the wind blowing them? It's a fantastic effect, whatever the method.


message 7: by Clay (new)

Clay Tess,

It's completely wind powered. I'll pass along your praise to Mike.

C


message 8: by Lisa (last edited Jul 27, 2011 07:41AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Lisa Vegan Clay, I just happened to see your last post on my home page update feed. For some reason I wasn't marked as following my own discussion.

Oh, I love your book, and I love Henry! The book touched me deeply!!!

Add my praise to your husband. What a cool project! I'm still watching...

ETA: Just watched the second video. Truly lovely!!!

ETA: Different Lisa. ;-) THis is NOT my review. So many LIsas. But I did love your book and I love your husband's art.


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