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- Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (December 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1511320834
- ISBN-13: 978-1511320832
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.6 x 5.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 156 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,055,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind: A Novel MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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About the Author
Anne Charnock's debut novel, A Calculated Life, was nominated for the 2013 Philip K Dick Award and the 2013 Kitschies Golden Tentacle Award (Debut Novel). Her writing career began in journalism. Her articles appeared in the Guardian, New Scientist, International Herald Tribune, and Geographical. She was educated at the University of East Anglia, where she studied environmental sciences, and at the Manchester School of Art. She travelled widely as a foreign correspondent and spent a year trekking through Egypt, Sudan, and Kenya. In her fine art practice, she tried to answer the questions What is it to be human? What is it to be a machine? Ultimately she decided to write fiction as another route to finding answers. Anne is an active blogger and reviews fiction for the online magazine Strange Horizons. She contributes exhibition reviews and book recommendations to the Huffington Post. She splits her time between London and Chester and, whenever possible, she and her husband, Garry, take off in their little campervan, traveling as far as the Anti-Atlas Mountains in southern Morocco.
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The book contains 3 stories that are well-written and characters who are engaging. And the author displays a bit of a tour de force in using three rather dissimilar genres (historical fiction, modern chick-lit and sci-fi). With those three rather different approaches, the early pages were a little difficult to follow, but you need to keep track of who is who so you can figure it all out when the stories come together, right? Throughout the book I was kept interested by trying to work out the connection between these three stories and when and how the leads (or at least the most recent one) was going to stumble on the clue that tied her back to .... well, let's not spoil the story. Not yet.
Wow, that is pretty good, right? So why not a 5? Because I had a quandary as to how to rate this.
Spoiler alert Well, not really. You can't reveal the ending if there isn't one. And in this case, the book just stops. No resolution, no connect-the-dots. I actually spent about 15 minutes trying to figure out why the Kindle had skipped from the key chapters to the bibliography, but eventually worked out that it hadn't. To quote from the book's own blurb: "History is storytelling. But some stories remain untold". That would include this one.
So I contacted Anne, who was very gracious in her responses, and she explained that the connecting thread was that the book ends as each of the lead characters reaches a milestone: one enters the convent from which she will _begin_ to do the work that would make her noteworthy (but it doesn't enter the story), one visits the grave of a relative (but hasn't dealt with her apocalyptic fears) and one leaves the family nest to _begin_ her own life. She cited a couple of examples of other authors who had used this technique.
I guess I'm just not artsy enough, but those milestones aren't very compelling for me. It's as if we had 3 different versions of "And so Jane Eyre went to work at a big house owned by a rich man. The End.".
If you take the sum of the reviews, you'll get the picture [no pun intended]. I decided in the end to go with the 4 stars because (a) the book is very well written, (b) I appreciated the author's willingness to engage in a discussion of her intent and (c) I think we deserve to see more of her work going forward.
If it was only on Kindle I would say add the missing 30% chapters needed to tie it all together and re-release to probable best-seller status. Now that it's out, perhaps the next best solution would be to go ahead and write the complete story of each of these main characters and make a series out of it. As I said, from what I've seen so far, I'd buy each of them to get the rest of the story.
For now, read it on Kindle and get to know and like this author so we are ready when "the rest of the story" comes out.
I love a good story, which this is, but my imagination is sincerely taken, swept away with literature such as this: literature that leaves you thinking about it long after you've finished it, literature that leaves questions in your mind, and allows you to answer them, literature that reaches down inside of you, stirs things up and leaves you changed, though you may not see the manifestation of those changes all at once, but instead bit by bit. Anne Charnock has certainly done that with this book.
I read other reviews which suggested that the book ended abruptly, but I entirely disagree. I felt like a child, happy to hold a vibrantly colored balloon that suddenly gets swept away out of my hand, ending my hold on it all too soon. But I can't help but to smile at the beauty of it as it soars into the sky, finally free to dance along with the wind. Beautiful.
However, it feels like half-a-book, like there is another book that didn't happen. Reading this was so satisfying until I looked and realized I was almost at the end of the book, when I felt like the story had so much more.