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Nola is born into poverty in Sarsenay City. When her mother realizes that Nola has the gift of Othersight and can foretell the future, she sells her to a brothel seer, who teaches the girl to harness her gift. As she grows up, she embraces her new life, and even finds a small circle of friends. All too soon, her world is again turned upside down when one of them is murdere ...more
Published September 15th 2011 by ChiZine Publications (first published January 1st 2011)
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Lorina Stephens
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It would be very easy to wax poetic about Caitlin Sweet's, The Pattern Scars. Deservedly so. From the first sentences Sweet demonstrates her craftsmanship by translating the reader into a richly and perfectly realized world, populated by people who are very human despite extraordinary and sometimes dark abilities.

With astonishing subtlety, Sweet presents a relationship between a clairvoyant girl who is employed as a seer in a brothel, and a psychopathic and megalomaniacal seer who holds the tru
Shall we begin with the warnings? If any of these (spoilerish) elements disturb or trouble you in any way, you should probably run back to reading The Princess Diaries or something equally scary: abortion, abuse, blood play, child abuse, cutting, death, dead babies, lying, murder, necromancy, paedophilia, physical abuse, psychological abuse, prostitution, rape, scars, slavery, zombies.

Now that all of the sane, self-preserving, healthy people have moved on, that just leaves the creepy mentally
Not giving this a rating, because I thought the writing was generally very good but the story just got too bleak for me to listen all the way through. I listened for over two-thirds, then went to the last few chapters. I had to give up at the point because there had just been too many chapters depicting Nola's utter powerlessness at the hands of the creepiest of villains (no names, as it's a bit of a spoiler, though by the time it comes out who he is, it's not a big surprise), and her powerlessn ...more
Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really love this book, for a variety of reasons. I think it does what spec-fic needs to do, and it does it well, in that it takes something fantastic, like the power of foresight, and portrays it in a new and different way that really makes you think about the human psyche. Of course, it's also a really great book; there's a good balance of action, contemplation, romance, and conflict in here, and Caitlin Sweet's characters are all very well developed in a way that makes them not only three di ...more
The Pattern Scars is a book that has so much going for it - prose, narrator, world building - that I kept hoping the author won't partly squander that by keeping it a one note novel to the bitter end; but sadly the novel while starting promisingly, morphs into a s&m - ok mostly psychical and magical, not purely physical, but that's beside the point - relationship that takes precedence over everything else.

A page turner and well written but its one dimensionality keeps it from being more tha
Oct 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
“The Pattern Scars” è rimasto per un sacco di tempo nei libri da leggere, lo avevo richiesto ma poi come sempre mi era passato di mente perché presa da altre letture. Finalmente ci ho messo mano e devo dire che è stata una piacevole sorpresa.

Il libro si sviluppa come una sorta di diario e racconta le vicende di Nola da quando era una bambina. Nola è una Otherseer, una sorta di veggente, o comunque una ragazza che è capace di leggere il futuro o meglio il Pattern delle persone, con la cera, con l
Nola, with the ability to view the future, is adopted by a powerful and ambitious mentor. The Pattern Scars could only exist in the specific. The convincing magic system and themes of complicity, coerced consent, and abuse function in perfect harmony; rather than contrived, Nola's inescapable situation has an inevitable, claustrophobic logic. It's one of the most pointed and effective speculative works I've ever read, sympathetic, discomforting, and intentional. The Pattern Scars is unlovely to ...more
When Nola’s mother cuts herself badly with a knife while fixing dinner, and blood cascades over the cutting board, 10-year-old Nola is swept up into a vision that changes her life. She has no choice but to tell her mother what she’s seen, even though she knows her ability to Oversee means the end of her life with her family. Her mom promptly sells her to a Sarsenay lowtown brothel to apprentice with Ygranzi, the Overseer there and learn to train her powers. Read the rest of my review at http://p ...more
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
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Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Waaaay creepier than expected, it was actually quite hard to finish it.
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Caitlin Sweet’s first fantasy novel, A Telling of Stars, was published by Penguin Canada in 2003. Her second, The Silences of Home, was published in 2005. Between them, they were nominated for Aurora Awards, a Locus Best First Novel Award, long-listed for the Sunburst Award, and ranked in the top 5 of SFSite’s Best Novels of 2005. For a few years she was deluded enough to think that she might writ ...more
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