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The Mirror Thief Hardcover – May 10, 2016
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"Audaciously well written...the book I was raving about to my friends before I'd even finished it."—The New York Times Book Review
"[A] wondrous debut, a deliciously intricate, centuries-spanning tripartite tale of money and mysticism...Mr. Seay has conjured his own kind of sorcery, a sophisticated thriller that keeps the pages turning even as it teases the mind.”—The Wall Street Journal
"Transfixing.....The Mirror Thief is a startling, beautiful gem of a book that at times approaches a masterpiece.”—NPR
"Compared recently to the work of David Mitchell, Seay’s big, genre-ish The Mirror Thief is actually better than most novels by that author.”—Flavorwire
"Hugely entertaining.”—The Daily Mail
"A twisting, turning, metaphysical journey that’s sure to please fans of David Mitchell and Umberto Eco. Those are exalted names, but the depth of these stories and the straightforward artistry of Seay’s writing will woo those looking for a true literary experience.”—B&N Review
"It is easy to see why Martin Seay’s debut novel, The Mirror Thief, has been compared to David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, and comparisons to Elmore Leonard and Umberto Eco are also justified for this substantial and richly imagined novel, spanning three time periods and two continents…A transporting and original novel.”—BookBrowse
“The Mirror Thief establishes Seay as an impressive new voice to watch.”—Buzzfeed
"Masterful and mysterious."—Las Vegas Weekly
"The weirdest and most ambitious novel of 2016 thus far...a literary, speculative, mystical masterwork."—Chicago Review of Books
"A true delight, a big, beautiful cabinet of wonders that is by turns an ominous modern thriller, a supernatural mystery, and an enchanting historical adventure story...A splendid masterpiece, to be loved like a long-lost friend, an epic with near-universal appeal."
—Publishers Weekly starred review
“Grandly entrancing...Shimmering with intimations of Hermann Hesse, Umberto Eco, and David Mitchell, Sheay’s house-of-mirrors novel is spectacularly accomplished and exciting.”
—Booklist starred review
“The Mirror Thief is a remarkable novel—magical, sweeping, epic, and monstrous. It is a tour de force of writing that defies all labels and genres, three interwoven stories that will draw you into worlds of mystery, crime, violence, and obsession. The Mirror Thief is a work to be savored if you have the discipline, but more likely devoured if, like me, you simply can’t put it down. An astonishing debut novel of immense literary depth.”
—Douglas Preston, #1 bestselling co-author of The Monster of Florence and The Cabinet of Curiosities
“A 600-page thrill ride across three centuries and two continents ... Part crime thriller and part meditation on poetry, with unexpected plot twists and references to famous figures as diverse as the French dramatist Antonin Artaud and Jay Leno...An impressive feat of imagination.”—Bookpage
“The Mirror Thief is a perfect amalgam of the sort of pleasure I hope to get out of ‘literary’ fiction and the pleasure I get out of a beautifully plotted potboiler: it’s a page-turner I can’t put down in which the sentences are breathtakingly gorgeous. Every sentence of this novel is charged with a living energy that seems to come from the clouds. In scope, it reminds me of Roberto Bolaño—in execution, of Elmore Leonard or Richard Price. It is a novel of ideas that still knows how to describe a slot machine in such an evocative way that it makes me swoon. It is a deeply impressive work of art.”
—Benjamin Hale, author of The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore and The Fat Artist and Other Stories
“Readers, beware, as you embark on this journey through three Venices at three remarkably vivid moments in history. Like a card shark, a street hustler, a kidnapper waiting in ancient shadows, Martin Seay will trick you, dazzle you, spirit you away. I invite you to try your luck with The Mirror Thief; you can’t lose.”
—Zachary Dodson, author of Bats of the Republic
About the Author
MARTIN SEAY is the executive secretary for the village of Wheeling, Illinois. This is his first novel.
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The stories are beautifully drawn out, with the italian section the most richly written and the most emotionally engaging.
Why is this not a perfect 5 then? It is a bit long, which reduces the rich writing merely by repetition.
In addition, there is a tinge of showing off by the author...no one could know all of the references exhibited. A deep dollop of reference work is admirable, but there are just too many facts and personnages.
All in all, a very good read.