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The Calling by Amber Foxx
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This is an excellent novel, more interesting and intricate than one might suppose from its understated title. The author's prose is really first rate throughout. The copy-editing is also excellent. Self-published, it stands well above 90% of what you'll find in Indy-land.

I don't usually read paranormal novels, especially the popular dime-a-dozen books. But this is not typical of that genre, I think. It's a "psychic coming out" novel about an intelligent, though not particularly school-educated, young woman in rural North Carolina who reaches a point in her life where she refuses any longer to hide or deny what she is, and what she can do with her psychic abilities. She was oppressed and closed-off; she breaks through; and a lot of her life blows up as a result. It's a thoughtful and well-developed realistic novel about a woman's life, which happens to include psychic phenomena. But it's also a novel about how Mae's personal relationships develop and change. And I think that is its strongest aspect. The characterizations and inter-relations of the characters are wonderful; well wrought and realistic.

I first stumbled over the author's profile via a comment in one of the GR groups; went to look at the preview. At the end, I wanted to keep reading, so I bought it intending to set it aside just until I finished two other things I'm currently reading. But once I loaded it on my e-reader and went to book-mark where I had stopped reading the preview, I couldn't stop reading again. I just kept going on, and the hours passed. The story ends in a good place, but it's also apparently a sort of "pilot episode" for a series, so I suspect the author already must have completed at least one more novel about Mae. And there's a lot of material for further development. I'm waiting to see where it goes from here.

My advice du jour: skip your coffee and scone today. Buy this book instead.
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Reading Progress

December 19, 2013 – Started Reading
December 19, 2013 – Shelved
December 19, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
December 19, 2013 –
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December 19, 2013 –
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December 20, 2013 –
38.0%
December 21, 2013 –
55.0%
December 21, 2013 –
58.0% "Chapter 18, well... I didn't see that one coming."
December 21, 2013 –
68.0%
December 21, 2013 –
87.0%
December 22, 2013 – Finished Reading

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