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Seeker of Stars: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Susan Fish
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Book Description

As a boy, Melchior is fascinated by stars but has rigid obligations to apprentice with his rug-making father. When his life is radically changed, he is propelled onto a new path full of danger and glory in pursuit of a special star. The journey leads Melchior to reflect on life and death, dreams and duty, and to find unusual reconciliation within his family and with the God he never knew he sought. Destined to become a classic, Seeker of Stars offers a fresh retelling of the story of the magi, and will appeal to people of all ages and faiths.


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About the Author

Susan Fish is a writer, poet and editor living in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Susan holds a BA from the University of Toronto in English, and an MA from Wilfrid Laurier University in Religion and Culture. A former Director of Communications for Habitat for Humanity Canada, Susan has more than a hundred published pieces of writing and has been recognized locally and nationally for fiction and poetry. Seeker of Stars was first published in 2005. In 2008, Susan’s writing was chosen for the anthology Northern Lights (Wiley). She has written two other novels.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2398 KB
  • Print Length: 136 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 143470727X
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (November 10, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F5KX78C
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,799 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book, but big time jolt upset me. February 20, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The perfect time to read this novel would be in the lead-up to Christmas.

The start was great. We're introduced to Melchior, a young boy who lives in ancient Persia. Sadly, his lovely mother dies while giving birth to his sister, Daria, devastating the family, but they bond together in their grief.

Melchior's older brother, Salvi, is outgoing and loves flirting with the village girls. He gets the opportunity to join their fun-loving uncle Taz, living the adventurous life of a merchant.

Melchi himself, who is quieter and more reflective, would love to study the stars and their signs, as mathematics and astronomy stimulate him. His father thinks that's foolish and impractical, and insists that Melchi work in the family rug-making business.

Meanwhile, both brothers are smitten with Leyla, a very pretty and lively village girl. They also make friends with Reta, the quiet Hebrew girl who does their housekeeping, since their mother died.

Circumstances line up so that Melchi finally gets his opportunity to study with the Magi. I'm looking forward to every move, when suddenly the rug is pulled from under my feet. With no warning, the story jumps ahead several years. Melchior is now a man familiar with the layout of the university town and strangers he met there are brought before the reader as if he's known them for ages. Most disconcertingly, he's married to one of the girls from his past and we have no idea why that happened!

If I'd been reading a paperback, I would have checked to see if a large chunk had fallen out of the binding, but I have a kindle book. Reading on, the story explains what happened in the intervening years, but I still find it too jarring.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story of beauty and longing... 5 STARS September 25, 2005
Format:Paperback
Susan Fish's book "Seeker of Stars" is a story of beauty and desire, of quest and longing. This story tells of the love affair between Melchi, an ancient Near Eastern boy, and the bright stars in the vastness of the ancient night sky.

"Seeker of Stars", like many great works of literature, is at once both immanent and transcendent. On one level, it tells the life story of Melchi, a charming and sympathetic character. But "Seeker of Stars" is also deeply existential, probing for the source of the desires that move us all and leave us unsettled and unsatiated, longing for something more.

As Melchi grows to manhood, his love of the stars leads to the redemption of his love and life, and finally to his finding the transcendant source of his longing, and the object of his quest in the starry sky.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Epiphany book December 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I always kind of shy away from "Christmas" books. Too often, they drip with fake sentimentality. When I saw this one, however, I decided to give it a try. For one thing, it isn't a "Christmas" story, but an "Epiphany" story. It focuses on one of the Magi, Melchior (Caspar and Balthazar are the other two). I'm sure books have been written from this viewpoint, but the only one I've encountered is sections from Christopher Moore's Lamb and, well, that's a different sort of book.

While this book may be categorized as "Christian Fiction," it doesn't read as such. By that, I mean it isn't steeped in Christian (post-Resurrection) beliefs. Instead, it goes back to the Jewish prophesies and their beliefs. Melchior is a Gentile--I'm not exactly sure what we would call him in modern terms. My guess "Persian" is the best description. His wife, however, is Hebrew--which is how he learns of the Jewish prophesies.

This is a short, enjoyable read--and one that is packed with content. We learn about Melchior's past, his relationships with his family, with his wife, with his fellow astronomers--all without the reader feeling like too much is being presented at once. Indeed, this is a book where every word is carefully chosen for greatest impact.

There were a few parts where I felt Fish overreached just a bit--and I wish she had gone into more detail when the Magi met up with Herod. However, beyond that, I found this a very fulfilling book that I would recommend to anyone looking for a seasonal read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifull written May 21, 2014
By PSusan
Format:Kindle Edition
Susan Fish has given us a rich thought provoking book with Seeker of Stars. Ms. Fish has fleshed out a commonly known part of the Christmas story so that it comes to life with seemingly real people with real desires and feelings. It invokes in all of us the desire to seek as Melchi has done. Still it is short enough to be a beautiful addition to the annual my annual Christmas reads.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars February 12, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the story of Melchior, a man who’s story starts in his childhood in a poor town as a rug-maker, with his family, and the trials that bring adulthood, his destined profession as a magi, and his Faith. It tells the story of the birth in Bethlemhem, through the eyes of one of the “Three Wise Men”.

This is a simple story that only took me two hours to finish, but it held my attention the entire time. Although it is definitely a work of fiction, it was a loving tale, and with the exception of a few ill-fitting statements, one seemingly forced/unnatural conversation between Melchior and Reta, and a jump in time that was not adequately transitioned (but was made up for with the story that followed), I greatly enjoyed the voice of the main character, and narrator, Melchior, and the way that he spoke. The characters were really well done for such a short book, and there were some really honest and touching lines that I loved. I probably wouldn’t buy this to read again, but I like the way it feels in the air after it has ended.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful tale of one of the wisemen
I do not generally read fiction, but was utterly spellbound by this book. There is a wonderful richness to this story that carried me away. Read more
Published 6 hours ago by Jennifer K. Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Revelatory!
Such a wonderful look behind the scenes of the three wise men... I wonder as I wonder out under the stars..
Published 11 hours ago by sanheart
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Story
This is a lovely story, beautifully rendered in short fiction (that did NOT leave this reader feeling rushed and unsatisfied). I will look forward to enjoying it again!
Published 1 day ago by IncognitoReading
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent novel for this time of the year.
Published 2 days ago by Agatha Christie
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings prophecy and visit by Magi to life.
I just finished this book .. it is 2 weeks B4 Christmas. This puts me in the Spirit. What do you call a book that is both fiction and non-fiction? Read more
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting but not was not a truly wonderful book. This would be a...
interesting but not was not a truly wonderful book. This would be a good book for pre-teens or jr. high students.
Published 4 days ago by Sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars I truly enjoyed this.
Very well written! It was accurate, according to Biblical accounts and very enlightening. I truly enjoyed this.
Published 6 days ago by Ivory Rose Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars High Accolades for Susan Fish
A most delightful book, sure to bring to mind the travels we each face as we "Seek the Stars." Susan Fish has woven a tale that is sure to find a place in your heart. Read more
Published 7 days ago by PM Reardon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good story line with good charfacters
Published 7 days ago by James L. Wyzlic
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really good book!
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Susan Fish is a writer and editor (storywell.ca) in Waterloo, ON Canada. She is very fond of maple syrup.

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