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

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Smidge of power and magic

Thanks to Nicki of Fyrefly's Book Blog for my part in a review of Sharyn November's third Firebird anthology, Firebirds Soaring (Penguin / Firebird.) I always like to see late reviews because they show a book is still being read and introduce it to new readers. They are one of the good things about the internet. Some day I'll have to gather up my stories about teens for a collection.
“Power and Magic” by Marly Youmans is the tale of a confident boy trying to impress a jaded girl, who has promised to kiss him if he shows her real power and magic. I was surprised by this one – both the depth of character and the sheer weight of atmosphere that Youmans is able to build in a relatively short space were impressive, and this story is resonating in my head after many of the others have faded.

8 comments:

  1. Good to see your readers respond publicly!

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    1. Just a little thing, Robbi--thought it fun because so far from when the book came out. But a good thing.

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  2. Forgive my self-promotion, but here is some news . . . FYI . . .
    http://beyondeastrod.blogspot.com/2014/06/rt-returns-to-work-at-beyond-eastrod.html

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    1. RT, you must be back. I'm going to have to tell you how to hot link in blogger comments...

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  3. Oh, I think I have the "instructions" for such matters hidden away somewhere. I was just too lazy to look for them. I apologize for cluttering your comments with the improper format. Sigh . . .

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    1. A person who wants to can always copy and paste in the address bar! So no worries, Tim! You worry toooooo much. Cheers!

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  4. I should have learned more from Alfred E. Newman of MAD Magazine ("What? Me Worry?). I was an avid reader. I wonder why.

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    1. Yes, a little more tossing up one's worries in the air like confetti is good--hard to do, sometimes.

      Surely you were an avid reader because you were a smart little boy cookie who knew that world-building begins with a word, and that stories make the world turn round!

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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.