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The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic
Thank you for asking! Book 2 is written, it really, really wants to be read, a…moreJust finished the book and went looking for the answer.........nothing!
Thank you for asking! Book 2 is written, it really, really wants to be read, and now the job is get it to readers. At this stage, TBH, there's not much I can do to move things along. Sorry for the wait, and believe me, I am impatient, too! July 24, 2019(less)
Considering I really liked The Magicians, and that I absolutely loved Pride & Prejudice, you don't even want to hear me make a metaphor on this book's supposed similarity to the aforementioned book. My ...more
The worst part of this book is that it just goes ON AND ON with nothing happening for about 3-4 hundred pages. You could take out the middle THREE HUNDRED PAGES of this book, and it would not suffer at all, and that's not a hyperbole. It's like this woman had no editor. She just had a million little ideas that she believed were ALL brilliant, and thought "I'll ...more
WARNING: THIS IS THE FIRST BOOK IN A PLANNED SERIES. IT DOES NOT HAVE AN ENDING. DO NOT EXPECT CLOSURE OR FULL CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT (never mind that it tips the scales at 500+ pages)
Aside from that...it's okay. The heroine is halfway interesting, she has some gumption. There are many fascinating supporting characters, and the world-building is excellent ...more
(I am maybe the only soul on Earth not smitten with the Outlander series. The TV show is fascinating, but the books? No. And don't even get me started on "A Discovery of Witches." I found it overblown and the characters rather wooden. It was generally tedious and tiresome to the point that I groaned in despair that it would not mercifully end, but leave us dangling for the sequel. Which I have heard are not any better. ...more
First off, I bought this book when I was in the store and the cover caught my eye. The blurb sounded interesting and I read a few pages. All in all, not bad. Soon after, I ended up travelling for 3 days left and right. I get cranky when I do that and lots of things were frustrating me, so this book was supposed to be my solace. Even when it slowed down unbearably in the middle, I was invested enough to continue.
Then the ending happened. I snapped.
Let's start with a summar ...more
While Discovery felt like Twilight, a bit older and wearing glasses, The Thinking Woman's Guide was more like Through the Looking Glass/Great Gatsby/Midsummer Night's Dream/Game of Thrones.
It reminded me of Diana Wynne Jones.
While Bishop in Discovery of Witches leaves her brain behind in the Bodleian, Nora in Guide to Real Magic ...more
Emily Croy Barker uses a smooth and beautifully descriptive writing style, to craft this story that i ...more
Nora is an aimless English grad student who tumbles into a fantasy world after she unwittingly makes a wish granted to her by a mouse- ...more
Eminently enjoyable, this is a lovely piece blending urban and high fantasy. The book also stands ...more
As for the good. The book had a nice fairy tale quality to it tha ...more
The world setting was fantastical and enjoyable to dive into but had a harsh edge which kept it interesting. The characters of the book weren't all completely fleshed out as to ove ...more
I was nervous going into this novel because of the huge amount of mixed reviews surrounding. It seems to be one of those books that leaves its readers with strong emotions; a love it or hate it type deal and I'm happy to say I fall into the former. I thought this book was wonderfully atmospheric and haunting. It reminded me of Alice and Wonderland, a woman bored and upset with her mundane existence goes on a walk one day only to stumble into a world of demons and magic. This type of st ...more
(some spoilers from here)
Yeah ... I tried, I really did. I was so excited ...more
And talking. And medieval homemaking. And more talking. And navel gazing....
I picked this up on sale for $1.99, an egregious sum for a Somebody Get Me a Hyper-Caffeinated Something, STAT! book. It was listed as a deal on Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, and a reader said she loved it so much that she read it a few times a year. (Apparently, she ...more
Under normal circumstances, I adore books which include the Fae, which this one does. Nora, our main character, bumps into an odd guy on campus and he rather obscurely grants her wish for a complete change of pace in life. One assumes that he is a member of this book’s Faitoren who was inhabiting our world, instead of the alternate world that Nora is transported to.
This is very much an alternate reality ...more
Nora, a graduate student in English, is failing on all fronts: her dissertation is going nowhere, her advisor is suggesting she might not be cut out for academia, her cat just got run over by a car, her boyfriend just dumped her, and to top it off, her roommate left glue traps in the kitchen and she's faced with a strug ...more
The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic is the story of Nora Fischer, who, after an unhappy break up finds herself transported to another world, where she quickly becomes the focus of some nefarious characters, as well as some noble ones. The setup is simple enough and is employed with plenty of skill and humor. It is really enth ...more
TWG2RM could be alternately titled "Pride and Prejudice and Magicians," and maybe if I'd r ...more
Things I liked about this book:
I enjoyed this very much. It starts out feeling like Deborah Harkness' All Souls Trilogy series, but quickly veers into fantasy when Nora exits this world on the basis of a wish. It has a lightweight quality, but it ...more
Perhaps the biggest strength of this novel is its main character, Nora. As an English student, I see my own future in Nora, struggling to have inn ...more
I liked the way it was written, not too earnest or serious, maybe a little meandering, but not pr ...more
In Nora Fischer, we have a modern, independent, feminist woman transported to a place and time where women are inferior (by nature, most t ...more
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I wrote The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic after a couple of characters, Nora and Aruendiel, wandered into my imagination and wouldn’t leave. In fact, they're still there. Their story continues in How to Talk to a Goddess and Other Lessons in Real Magic.
“I’m not sure what I love more about How to Talk to a Goddess and Other Lessons in Real Magic—its immersive world of enchantments, so lavis...more