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Seeker of Stars: A Novel by [Fish, Susan]
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Length: 136 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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About the Author

Susan Fish is a Research Associate in the Institute of Biological Sciences at Aberystwyth University.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2461 KB
  • Print Length: 136 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (November 10, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 10, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F5KX78C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #882,658 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Kindle Edition
The perfect time to read this novel would be in the lead-up to Christmas.

The start was great. We're introduced to Melchior, a young boy who lives in ancient Persia. Sadly, his lovely mother dies while giving birth to his sister, Daria, devastating the family, but they bond together in their grief.

Melchior's older brother, Salvi, is outgoing and loves flirting with the village girls. He gets the opportunity to join their fun-loving uncle Taz, living the adventurous life of a merchant.

Melchi himself, who is quieter and more reflective, would love to study the stars and their signs, as mathematics and astronomy stimulate him. His father thinks that's foolish and impractical, and insists that Melchi work in the family rug-making business.

Meanwhile, both brothers are smitten with Leyla, a very pretty and lively village girl. They also make friends with Reta, the quiet Hebrew girl who does their housekeeping, since their mother died.

Circumstances line up so that Melchi finally gets his opportunity to study with the Magi. I'm looking forward to every move, when suddenly the rug is pulled from under my feet. With no warning, the story jumps ahead several years. Melchior is now a man familiar with the layout of the university town and strangers he met there are brought before the reader as if he's known them for ages. Most disconcertingly, he's married to one of the girls from his past and we have no idea why that happened!

If I'd been reading a paperback, I would have checked to see if a large chunk had fallen out of the binding, but I have a kindle book. Reading on, the story explains what happened in the intervening years, but I still find it too jarring.
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Melchior had always been fascinated by the stars, but his father was a rug maker and insisted his son follow in his footsteps. However, when his hand gets tangled in the loom and permanently injured, his father finally allows him to train as a magi. When the opportunity comes to follow a special star, his life will forever be changed for the better.

I found this story to be interesting, well-written, and easy to read. At the beginning there were too many details and narrative before the story took off. I also wanted some explanation of how his wife’s letter had gotten to him on his journey. The break in time between part one and part two didn't bother me, since Melchior later fills in the gap. This turned out to be a much better book than I expected.
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Susan Fish's book "Seeker of Stars" is a story of beauty and desire, of quest and longing. This story tells of the love affair between Melchi, an ancient Near Eastern boy, and the bright stars in the vastness of the ancient night sky.

"Seeker of Stars", like many great works of literature, is at once both immanent and transcendent. On one level, it tells the life story of Melchi, a charming and sympathetic character. But "Seeker of Stars" is also deeply existential, probing for the source of the desires that move us all and leave us unsettled and unsatiated, longing for something more.

As Melchi grows to manhood, his love of the stars leads to the redemption of his love and life, and finally to his finding the transcendant source of his longing, and the object of his quest in the starry sky.
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I always kind of shy away from "Christmas" books. Too often, they drip with fake sentimentality. When I saw this one, however, I decided to give it a try. For one thing, it isn't a "Christmas" story, but an "Epiphany" story. It focuses on one of the Magi, Melchior (Caspar and Balthazar are the other two). I'm sure books have been written from this viewpoint, but the only one I've encountered is sections from Christopher Moore's Lamb and, well, that's a different sort of book.

While this book may be categorized as "Christian Fiction," it doesn't read as such. By that, I mean it isn't steeped in Christian (post-Resurrection) beliefs. Instead, it goes back to the Jewish prophesies and their beliefs. Melchior is a Gentile--I'm not exactly sure what we would call him in modern terms. My guess "Persian" is the best description. His wife, however, is Hebrew--which is how he learns of the Jewish prophesies.

This is a short, enjoyable read--and one that is packed with content. We learn about Melchior's past, his relationships with his family, with his wife, with his fellow astronomers--all without the reader feeling like too much is being presented at once. Indeed, this is a book where every word is carefully chosen for greatest impact.

There were a few parts where I felt Fish overreached just a bit--and I wish she had gone into more detail when the Magi met up with Herod. However, beyond that, I found this a very fulfilling book that I would recommend to anyone looking for a seasonal read.
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First, I purchased this one. Yep, it intrigued me that much. At only about 140 pages it is a quick read, but that doesn't mean shallow. While there isn't enough time for deep backgrounds, or great character growth, there is enough time to get drawn in, and drawn in I was.

In the Nativity story we tend to focus (rightly so) on Jesus and his immediate family. Fish points us towards the Magi, though, and the story of how one might have been affected as a result of his journey to bring gifts to the King. As I have stated in previous reviews, I am a sucker for Biblical fiction and this is no exception. What is different is that there is little mention of the magi in the Bible. They are a footnote, a reminder of those who had been looking for a sign. Fish breathes life into them, and as a result the story of Jesus and the events surrounding his early years have more depth.

Melchior reminds us that the people mentioned in the Bible were real, with a life beyond what is recorded. They had hopes and dreams. They loved. They struggled. They fought and reconciled. And above all they were forever changed when they came face to face with the King.
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