Wednesday, April 06, 2005

1st long "Ingledove" review, a month early!

Ruth Moose, writer and instructor at UNC-Chapel Hill, has reviewed Ingledove in "The Pilot," the newspaper of Pinehurst, Southern Pines, and the Sandhills of North Carolina. Here are a few quotes from her essay:

In “Ingledove” she has created an Appalachian world as rich in nomenclature as J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. And even more poetically written. Youmans’ description of fungi and fireflies in a luminescent garden is some of the most beautiful prose I’ve run across in awhile.
Ingledove is the younger sister of Lang, her brother with whom she goes seeking the land of their mother and the location of her grave. En route Lang is bitten by a serpent creature and can only be saved by a Witchmaster, Jarrett and his store of herbs and tonics. Their journey is both arduous and exciting, and I can imagine my 14-year-old granddaughter reading this, saying “I can’t put this book down. I can’t stop reading.”
What an adventure of a book. What a fantastic read. Youmans is the author of several adult novels and most recently “The Curse of the Raven Mocker,” with the same Western North Carolina setting as “Ingledove.” Youmans grew up in Cullowhee, and in her young adult series she’s writing from her roots.

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Alas, I must once again remind large numbers of Chinese salesmen and other worldwide peddlers that if they fall into the Gulf of Spam, they will be eaten by roaming Balrogs. The rest of you, lovers of grace, poetry, and horses (nod to Yeats--you do not have to be fond of horses), feel free to leave fascinating missives and curious arguments.