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on March 22, 2006
MISFORTUNE is that unusual combination of really lovely writing, compelling characters and dramatic arcs that keep you reading late into the night. The novel gives you the excellent sense that you are reading a classic (it feels like Austen or Dickens or Hardy), and yet one that has been updated, is new-and-improved enough to encompass some of contemporaneity's best aspects. I am anxiously awaiting Stace's next effort. This one is incredibly good.
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on June 5, 2008
I have been collecting Wes's work since a friend showed me a video on MTV "The Devil In Me" and a live performance of "Cathy's New Clown". His concerts are fantastic (and very affordable), his music is very entertaining. I know of no other book that came about from a song (Miss Fortune)...movies yes, but not a book. The details in the book are so belivable, that I was actually thinking that some of this book must have been written as a loose historical biography.
Buy the book, buy the CD "Songs of Misfortune" by the Love Hall Tryst. Yes this book has a soundtrack. Listen to the songs as they come up in the book. Buy the DVD "A Bloody Show" John Wesley Harding & Friends Live at Bumbershoot 2005 and watch him perform the songs live on stage. Make it a fun and interactive book.
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VINE VOICEon July 28, 2006
I was beginning to describe the plot to someone who began to look more baffled as I went on. I'll try it here: A baby is saved from a certain death by a young English Lord whose mind has been somewhat fractured by the death of his younger sister. He brings the child home, and the family decides to raise the child to be the next Lady of Love Hall, except the Lady happens to be a Lord. Somewhere between 'Middlesex' and Charles Dickens lies 'Misfortune'. It's extremely well written and quite funny at times, although towards the end the gender argument presented became a bit tiresome, and the ending a tad convenient. However it definitely wins the prize for unique fiction entry, and if the book isn't enough, there is a companion cd of the many songs throughout the book.
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on January 22, 2006
Stace uses a number of interesting literary devices save a compelling plot. After Rose's departure from Love Hall, the story is muddled and plodding. I, like other reviewers here, found myself simply skimming in an effot to get to the predictable ending. Though the book started with great promise, it fell short. All in all, I wish I had saved my money.
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