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The Last Shade Tree Paperback – August 8, 2017
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About the Author
Margaret Panofsky grew up surrounded by Northern California’s live oak trees and golden wild-oat grass, but abandoned what’s left of that idyllic beauty to live in New York City. She is a musician who plays the viola da gamba and is founder and director of New York University’s The Teares of the Muses, a consort of viols. After years of playing Renaissance and Baroque music, she believes that her first novel has a definite musical lilt. Visit: www.lastshadetree.com
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There's at least a three book series in here, on the order of Neil Stephenson's Baroque Cycle or his longer standalone novels. As with Stephenson, there are lots of different (and distant) major themes all going on at once, a regular confluence of mythologies. With lots of other big and small pieces thrown is as appropriate. This architecture has its advantages and disadvantages, the worst of which (for this reader) is too many characters with too many different names, many of which are short and similarly shaped. It's rather like reading your first serious 19th century Russian novel before understanding that culture's naming conventions. What a silly criticism it is to say that too many characters have short names starting with "A"!
So this is a really good, fun and ambitious book which some readers may find it hard to start. Might I recommend starting with a notebook (or spreadsheet) at hand to jot down names and relationships so you don't get the major characters (and their parents and siblings and friends) confused. The effort is probably necessary and definitely worth the effort.
This wonderful book has its own Facebook page and website.
This is a captivating story that is part science fiction, part historical fiction. I found it thought-provoking and unique, and it proved to be an absolute page-turner!
This book also has a website- Don't forget to check it out! It is an amazing resource with information on all of the historical events mentioned in the book.