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Methuselah's Daughter Paperback – June 19, 2010
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About the Author
J.A. Eddy is an IT Engineer living in Concord, New Hampshire with his wife and three children. He created the character of Zsallia Marieko almost 30 years ago and has finally brought her to the printed page.
Dean Esmay is the proprietor of Dean's World, one of the oldest and most popular weblogs on the Internet. A professional writer and editor for over 20 years, he considers Methuselah's Daughter his proudest accomplishment as a writer.
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In a story like this, personality and characterization is everything, and I am happy to say this was the book's strong suit. The reader is treated to a perspective of both the immortal and the mortal chronicler, and both come across as human and believable.
Another interesting feature is the way in which the book is structured. The narratives are broken up in a way to maximize drama and suspense. While reading I had no doubt of the skill of the authors.
I always enjoy the trope of an immortal character's impression of how civilization has developed. This book scores high in that regard as well.
Definitely recommended, and you can't beat the price.
Even though this is a 99 cent book, it is written in a much more professional manner than most of those efforts. The premise is simple, but the story is very complex. A woman puports to be very old, at least 3,500 years old. She wants to tell her story through a writer, but she first has to convince him of the truth of her life. Sounds simple but imagine if you had to prove that you were much older than normal, especially in this day and age. All data can be manipulated. Pictures, databases, "witnesses" can be compromised. And realize that such an immortal would purposefully stay under the radar as much as possible, severely limiting her historical footprint, for purposes of self-preservation. That makes proving her story that much more difficult.
But that is only part of the story. One other part is her adventures over her long life. These parts are especially intriguing as the authors have chosen non-obvious eras and places (so far) for the ageless woman. Instead of a pedantic and predictable "greatest hits" of history, we the readers get more obscure and more interesting moments.
The best part of the tale for me by far is the impact she has on modern people, and their automatic desire for immortality themselves. Good companions to this book are The Postmortal: A Novel for a unique take on the realistic consequences of immortality and Gladiator for a measured study on the loneliness of a superman.
I plan to update this review after I finish the book, but don't wait, download this book now and you won't regret it.
I finished the book and have to really congratulate the authors for keeping the quality up through the entire book. There was no second act fade in either plot or writing. The book makes the titular character increasingly complex. I also appreciate that there was no spoonfeeding of conclusions to the reader. There were threads that were left hanging (somewhat), but in a way that I am completely satisfied contemplating them on my own. If a sequel is never written (but I hope it will be) I will not be frustrated, because the authors provide enough satisfaction with the ending of this book.
The writing is excellent; so much so we gave our hard cover to our granddaughter in college. She is an aspiring writer, and we wanted to give her an example of the kind of quality to work toward.
With the hard cover gone, we needed another, so we got the Kindle edition for re-reading while we await the sequel.
But they do offer: Zsallia's perfect voice telling a story as messy and hard as it would be to live. Her dark side is especially clearly and unflinchingly presented. Some of the other characters suffer from voice failure (Novak, the Lawyer and one other person address the narrator as "Sonny." Who does that? And I live/lived in Michigan and Pennsylvania!) but they are minor and easily forgiven. I really enjoyed this.