Sharon Maas

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Sharon Maas was born in Georgetown, Guyana in 1951, and spent many childhood hours either curled up behind a novel or writing her own adventure stories. Sometimes she had adventures of her own, and found fifteen minutes of Guyanese fame for salvaging an old horse-drawn coach from a funeral parlor, fixing it up, painting it bright blue, and tearing around Georgetown with all her teenage friends. The coach ended up in a ditch, but thankfully neither teens nor horse were injured. Boarding school in England tamed her somewhat; but after a few years as a reporter with the Guyana Graphic in Georgetown she plunged off to discover South America by the seat of her pants. She ended up in a Colombian jail, but that's a story for another day.

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“She might be without country, without nation, but inside her there was still a being that could exist and be free, that could simply say I am without adding a this, or a that, without saying I am Indian, Guyanese, English, or anything else in the world.”
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P.D.R. Lindsay Hello old friend, nice to catch up with you again.

Catch up with me and the writers' co-op at www.writerschoice.co.nz.

but do chat if you can.
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Sharon Lucy wrote: "Thanks for the friend request, Sharon. I do hope your reading experience with TNC improves, although if it doesn't I hope you're not against dropping it. I stuck through it so I could do a proper r..."

Hi Lucy!
I finished the Night Circus and I agree with every word of your review. I am so annoyed with myself for not reading the i star reviews before buying the book - I would have been warned. What a let down. And yes, I did stick with it to the end - I felt I owed it to the author, who is a member of the same writing group I belong to and I know of her personal struggles to get it published. That's why I won't be writing a review myself.
Keep up the good work -- reading a bad review can really help people judge the book; your mention of "slugs" would have been a red flag to me!


message 1: by Lucy (last edited Dec 14, 2011 08:43AM)

Lucy Thanks for the friend request, Sharon. I do hope your reading experience with TNC improves, although if it doesn't I hope you're not against dropping it. I stuck through it so I could do a proper review, but there's been a few books I stuck with when I really should have just let go.


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