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The Music and the Spires [Kindle Edition]

C.E. Alexander
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Music and the Spires is the debut collection of short stories by C.E. Alexander.

These seven fictions and one memoir explore the heights and complexities of human connection: from the astronomer who buys a diesel-powered looking glass, to the middle-aged couple traveling a deserted elevated rail and its clusters of small settlements below, each place a near-perfect copy of the next. A young girl explores a long-drowned neighborhood exposed by drought, and a legion of military policemen wear masks of scars and speak through mechanical voice boxes. Although these landscapes are varied, a sense of the inevitability of loss binds the narratives together.

Alexander draws inspiration from history, physics, law, current events, and other contemporary fiction. This way The Music and the Spires juxtaposes elements of magic realism and stark reality, turning the commonplace slightly askew and suggesting sinister possibilities in the everyday. The dread of lost attachments resounds like a minor chord, beautiful in tone but hazardous in frequency.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 582 KB
  • Publisher: BookBaby; 1 edition (December 26, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ATQW81O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,212,247 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous February 6, 2013
By Alynn
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A perfect first book. C.E. Alexander has a totally unique writing style. Magical, gritty and gorgeously written. A must read for 2013.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant September 27, 2013
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Mind-bending-ly brilliant and compelling set of stories.
I enjoyed the diversity of each story.
What a guy that. C E Alexander must be!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Complex, but beautifully written June 23, 2013
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Reading CE Alexander's work is like walking through a beautiful, but dense forest. Being a reader of mostly YA fiction, The Music and the Spires is quite a change. While the plot and settings are sometimes not obvious, you can't help but be completely drawn into the characters. While my brain worked out what was happening in each story, my heart fell in love with Magsa, the kids in Les Wodr, and dear Annette. A beautifully written work of fiction. Looking forward to Alexander's next offering!
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