Youmans (pronounced like 'yeoman' with an 's' added) is the best-kept secret
among contemporary American writers. --John Wilson, editor, Books and Culture Marly Youmans is a novelist and poet out of sync with the times
but in tune with the ages. --First Things

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

The Midnight Crier (at 2:00 a.m.): Raven Review

A welcome late review--lengthy and thoughtful--of The Curse of the Raven Mocker (2003) can be found at via clicking on the jacket image on the home page, or by going directly to The reviewer's stance is clear from the subtitle, A fantasy for children that provides all the disconcerting resonances of true myth.

Here's a sample from Juliet E. McKenna: "Finally she reaches the heart of the supernatural evil she must challenge, for her sake, and for her parents. And it is an evil that will send a frisson up the most urbane of spines. Furthermore, since this is myth in the finest tradition, the resolution is something neither Adanta nor the reader is expecting. There is no cosy reset button to be pressed. No one wakes up and finds it was all a dream. Adanta's life is changed for ever."