- Series: The Ur Legend (Book 2)
- Paperback: 246 pages
- Publisher: Park Place Publications; First edition (March 15, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1943887462
- ISBN-13: 978-1943887460
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,930,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Girl From Ipanema: The World Turned Upside Down (The Ur Legend) (Volume 2) Paperback – March 15, 2017
About the Author
Paul Sinsar was born in Danbury, Connecticut, on September 11, 1950. He ‘prepped’ at Danbury High School and received an A.B. from Princeton in 1972. After graduation he moved to New York City and began a career as a bond trader. He and his wife Linda lived in Manhattan and Brooklyn for twenty years, and spent another twenty in Denver, Colorado, where their daughter Katherine was born, and died. Presently they reside in Monterey, California. As for Ajax Minor, you’ll have to read about him in the Foreword. Mr. Sinsar began writing after the death of Katherine. Her passing, and her life, served as the inspiration for the ‘Ur Legend’ series of fantasies, of which Sun Valley Moon Mountains is the first of three books. Though the novel is his preferred medium of expression, he has also written a few short stories and some poetry, available on his website, ajaxminor.com.
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The main theme of this book is catalysts. Both Mattie and Ur are catalysts, increasing the rate of reactions as the world changes (or turns upside down). A true catalyst remains unchanged in the reaction, but both Mattie and Ur are affected by the events around them, Mattie probably more than Ur. I'm eager to see the result of these changes in the next book in the series.
The story is fast-paced with a lot of action. Events move from North Korea to Brazil, and the author does a fantastic job in describing those two very different countries. This book is grounded much more in the present world than Sun Valley, Moon Mountains and touches upon international events in the news today. Yet the author still manages to insert bits of philosophic ideas and classical references which I always enjoy. I also liked the bits of history about North Korea which impelled me to do some further research on that country.
Ajax Minor's writing is very evocative; for example, he describes the death of one of the characters thus:
"Now her eyes were opened wide, glistening brightly, as if they were lacquered. ...Like a small star, the soul often went nova before it slipped away, especially souls of great dimensions."
This is just lovely writing. Yet, he also captures the crudity of men's speech equally well in the context of them relaxing together, a fitting use of dialogue.
All in all, I found The Girl from Ipanema a very interesting work that gives the reader a lot to think about. This is a series that is meant to be read in order, so pick up Sun Valley, Moon Mountains and give it a try.
Bottom line --- it was a page turner, where it was not at all apparent what was going to happen next, and a fun read which makes you stop and think. I found that a good combination that kept my interest keenly up. The only real downside to me was that, unlike the Sun Valley Moon Mountains, which stood well on its own, Girl from Ipanema doesn't have a well defined end, so the reader is left hanging, waiting for the final part of the trilogy. So, OK, Ajax Minor got me ... I'm waiting. It should be an interesting wrap-up. Hurry up, Mr. Minor.
Although many elements are still fictional fantasy, there's a much more real philosophical dilemma at play in this book. It's an interesting and different continuation of the story.