Day 75 – The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe
I admit that I rarely read books by men. I figure they get more than their fair share of review ink and attention, so I mostly stick to fiction written by women.
Having said that, occasionally I’ll pick one up, especially if it sounds intriguing and is getting really good reviews.
Even better if those things apply and the book’s written by someone I know.
So full disclosure, Alex Bledsoe is a friend. He lives near Madison and I was in a writing group with him a few years ago.
Nonetheless, despite this book being named a Kirkus Best Book of 2011, it took me forever to read it.
What a mistake that was…
The Hum and The Shiver — and all of the Tufa novels — has dazzling world-building, pitch-perfect characterization, a brilliant plot and manages to be spine-shilling, funny, thought-provoking and uplifting all at once.
That’s some magic.
I’ve read three of them now. I read them all at once, and then took a break, because the series came to a close last year and now I’m hesitant to finish it. It’s beautiful and fascinating and I don’t want it to end.
Read this one. It’s special. And so is Alex.
The Hum and The Shiver
The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe is an enchanting tale of music and magic older than the hills, and the first book in the wondrous Tufa series. . . .
“Imagine a book somewhere between American Gods and Faulkner. In brief: a good book. Absolutely worth your time.”—Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author, on The Hum and the Shiver
Private Bronwyn Hyatt had left her small town of Needsville for the army to escape the pressures of her mystical Tufa family legacy. She returns a lone survivor after a disastrous attack overseas, wounded in body and spirit.
But cryptic omens warn of impending tragedy, and a restless haint lurks nearby, waiting to reveal Bronwyn’s darkest secrets. Now Bronwyn finds the greatest battle lies right in her backyard, especially as young minister with too much curiosity arrives in town. If she makes the wrong choice, the consequences could be deadly for all the Tufa. . . .
“A sheer delight.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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