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The Mirror Paperback – November, 1997

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Rue Morgue; 20th edition (November 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0915230151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915230150
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (325 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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185 of 193 people found the following review helpful By Schtinky VINE VOICE on November 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
On the eve of her wedding, Shay looks into a very ugly mirror that is a family heirloom, and finds herself waking up on the floor of her room. But wait, it's her room but where is the carpet? She finds herself trapped in the body of her Grandmother, Brandy, on the eve of Brandy's wedding. To all else she is just crazy Brandy, and the differences between Shay and Brandy (like Shay loving milk where Brandy always hated it) go unnoticed or written off to Brandy's unstable character. Brandy/Shay is promptly wed and sent away from the only familiar place Shay knows, to a small cabin in a remote town. Here she starts her new life as Brandy, living with Thora K., one of the books most endearing characters.
Shay must adjust to a world almost 100 years in the past, and adjust to her life as Brandy, while still trying to coax the mirror into returning her back to her modern life and self. That the mirror is evil becomes apparent, but that doesn't stop Brandy from trying until she realizes finally that she belongs where she is.
The book has 3 basic parts: Shay living her life as Brandy, the life of Rachel her mother/daughter, and Brandy living her life as Shay.
I first read this book a long time ago, and I still have my original copy. I have re-read it many times, each time as enjoyable as the first. This is an excellent book, wonderfully written. It has a lot of humor in it which I found refreshing. I definately enjoyed the first part of the book, Shay as Brandy, better than the latter half which was Brandy as Shay. The characters in the latter part lost a lot of the luster and depth that her characters from the past had. Still, an excellent read. I recommend it.
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Ken Roberts VINE VOICE on July 5, 2006
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I just now finished this novel after only two days of reading - quite a feat to read a 383 page book in such a short time! As one who has a passion for social history, genealogy, and re-enacting, this work by Marlys Millhiser was right up my alley. I mean, to have the opportunity to travel back in time to meet one's ancestors, to experience life "as it was," and to know what the future would hold not only for this person but for the world, well, it tends to make the imagination run. The trouble is, in `The Mirror,' Shay Garrett had absolutely no interest in the past, much less wanting to live there. She all but ignored her mother's family history stories, and could have cared even less about the way folks lived 78 years earlier. But, due to a mysterious mirror, Shay - the very up-to-date modern girl of 1978 - unwittingly finds herself living the life of her grandmother, Brandy McCabe, 78 years earlier, in 1900.
The author did an absolute tremendous job in her social history research, giving very accurate accounts of what life was like in the year 1900, from slow travel and modes of dress to tools, furniture, bed sheets, sicknesses (like consumption, of which Shay has no idea what it is), and types of foods, as well as slow speech patterns and language usage. And poor Shay (now as Brandy) must conform to that life as well as the mores and morals of a very different time, a time when females had very little say in their lives. Miss Millhiser has used her words and research to paint a veritable picture of the past. No easy task and pretty much a rarity from many authors.
Part two of this novel shows the new life that Brandy McCabe - Shay's grandmother - must live.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Nancy R. Katz VINE VOICE on March 18, 2003
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This was the second time I read The Mirror by Marlys Millhiser. It is an excellent book although difficult to categorize. The plot begins when a young woman on the eve of her wedding looks into an old family mirror and is transported into the body of her grandmother. And if that isnt' enough, her grandmother also finds herself in her granddaughter's body.Part romance, part supernatural this is considered by many fans of time travel to be a classic. If you enjoyed Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, this book is for you. I loved this book whenI first read it in 1978 and 25 years hasn't changed my feelings.
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60 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on April 22, 1998
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This has to be one of the best books I've ever read, and I read incessantly! The characterization is excellent, as is the story line. I hated for the book to end. I'd enjoy hearing from other readers who loved this book. For those who felt as I did, you might also try Time And Again by Jack Finney. - Jackie Tortorella
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 30, 2003
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There is an overabundance of adjectives and the writing is disjointed in spots - several times I found myself going back and checking the last page to see if I had inadvertantly turned two pages - but the characters are so well drawn it's hard to put the book down. You will care about them and where they are going.
On the evening of her wedding Shay is thrown back in time to change places with her Grandmother Brandy, also on the evening of her wedding. A seventy-five year jump for Shay back to 1900 Boulder, Colorado. Three quarters of the book follow the adventures of Shay - now known as Brandy - as she ages through the years. This is the better written and most interesting part of the book. The last section is the story of Brandy - now known as Shay - as she adapts to the casual sex and mode of dress in the 1970s. The author does a nice job making you feel how it is for Shay and Brandy to deal with the manners of a different time and lifestyle.
The mirror of the title is the agent of the exchange and dips in and out of the story now and then. The origin of the mirror is never made clear but the mirror is not the story, the damage it does is the story. If you like the fun of time travel stories I would say you will not be disappointed.
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