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Auraria: A Novel Paperback – March 3, 2012
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From Publishers Weekly
"Envision Lewis Carroll on a romp through the mountains of Georgia, discovering a land of shimmery mystery and spirits, humble monsters, quirky characters, singing trees and vengeful fish. The best part is that Tim Westover can really write." -Josephine Humphreys, Hemingway/PEN Award Winner, author of Rich in Love
"When we decided to allow independent books in the Battle of the Books, it was with the hope that perhaps somewhere along the line we would find a hidden gem about which we could help spread the word. Auraria is it. Tim Westover writes at a professional level, and his quirky tale about a strange mining town where magic hides in plain sight is wonderfully fresh and original." -Aaron Hughes, Fantastic Reviews
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Disclosure: I received a free eGalley eBook edition of this text from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Synopsis: Water spirits, moon maidens, haunted pianos, headless revenants, and an invincible terrapin that lives under the mountains. None of these distract James Holtzclaw from his employer's mission: to turn the fading gold-rush town of Auraria, GA, into a first-class resort and drown its fortunes below a man-made lake. But when Auraria's peculiar people and problematic ghosts collide with his own rival ambitions, Holtzclaw must decide what he will save and what will be washed away.
Taking its inspiration from a real Georgia ghost town, "Auraria: is steeped in the folklore of the Southern Appalachians, where the tensions of natural, supernatural and artificial are still alive.
My Thoughts: I live in Georgia, but haven't really been into the north Georgia mountains. I was charmed by the fantastic happenings that Holtzclaw experiences in and around the community of Auraria. I've become interested in learning more about the lore and legends of this area as a result of reading this book. Since I have absolutely no knowledge, I can't comment on whether the creatures and ghosts used in the book are based upon real legends and lore, but the legends and such he uses/creates for this book are very fun.
I would be hard-pressed to choose a favorite among the many characters - living, dead, and supernatural - that people this excellent story.Read more ›
Filled with folktales and magical imagery, Auraria is the tale of two men, Shadburn and Holtzclaw, who try to turn the small, mountainous town of Auraria, Georgia into a world-class vacation resort. The first sentence of the book sets the tone for what's to come:
"Holtzclaw hadn't heard of Auraria until his employer sent him to destroy it."
Holtzclaw is given the task of buying up all the land parcels in Auraria so that his employer Shadburn can launch his plan. But when he arrives and starts getting to know the townsfolk, he discovers a wild and unpredictable place full of ghosts, singing trees, and moon maidens that bathe in the springs of Auraria in order to wash the gold off their skin. At first Holtzclaw is skeptical of the piano-playing ghosts and fish that jump out of the mist, but the longer he stays in Auraria, the more he becomes enchanted by the magical forces at play. Most of the land owners he approaches sell their property willingly enough after seeing the pile of money and gold coins Holtzclaw pulls out of his bag, and before long Shadburn joins Holtzclaw in Auraria to begin putting his plan into action: building a huge dam to stop the waters that flow throughout the town to create an immense lake, which will literally bury Auraria underwater.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was good had alot of completely made up things that was a bit hard to follow , but I liked itPublished 1 month ago by Melissa Costello Adams
Great use of language. Vivid characters and and a world that competes with Wonderland. I would recommend this to a casual reader looking for a little magic, mystery, and adventure.Published 2 months ago by Zachary J. Colston
The ending was good, but it took long time to understand what the story was about.Published 2 months ago by Jean
It started slow and was hard to get into. Once I got past the first few chapters it got better.Published 2 months ago by Barbara Swaney
Hard to follow. Nonsensical. Worst read I have tried in ages. Don't waste your time.Published 4 months ago by Vicki Mattingly
Interesting subject, a blend of fantasy and historical fiction. Only complaint was that sometimes the read was overly slow paced, but overall I enjoyed it.Published 4 months ago by Pamela Rodriguez
The intermingling of magic and reality is outrageous and yet so believable because of the commonplace treatment. Great characters, wonderful conclusion, enjoyed every minute.Published 6 months ago by Diane Weber
I enjoyed this particular book very much. I was surprised that so much of the story is based loosely on fact.Published 6 months ago by Dacia Stoll
I like the story, reminded me of other tall tales in my childhood. Though I was tempted to skip a page or more when the plot slowed.Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer