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Book Title: The Alleluia Files|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 2.57 MB
v The author of the book: Sharon Shinn
Date of issue: May 1st 1999
ISBN 13: 9780441006205
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Read full description of the books The Alleluia Files:So I wasn't going to write a review of this book but reading other people's reviews made me decide I must. I just can't NOT address some of the comments that have been made. First let me talk about my own experience with the Samaria trilogy. (And, really, you should not even consider reading this book unless you have read the first and the second - it will not be near as satisfying on its own.) Initially, I was disappointed to discover that the Samaria books didn't follow the same group of characters and almost felt a little bit like "well it's not a trilogy then, is it?". Without giving any spoilers I can say: it IS a trilogy. The arc that the society on this planet goes through is... very satisfying. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a series so much. The Samaria books definitely remind me of the Anne McCaffrey books because before I read them I thought they were going to be "cute" fantasy (which I tend not to enjoy) and they ended up going in an interesting sci fi direction. Similarly, I thought the Samaria books were going to be straight up paranormal romance but they are so much more. Sharon Shinn has clearly thought very deeply about the relationship people (not just humanity but sentient beings) have to religion and while this book doesn't have, say, the eviscerating insight of Maria Doria Russell's novels (and, truly, how many books do?), it is still thoughtful, intelligent and well-written. I think Sharon Shinn uses language beautifully and it was a pleasure to read her writing. (Something I can't say for every writer whose books I otherwise enjoy.) I'm surprised to read that other people here thought of these books as trashy. That is not my interpretation at all. I read all over the map from the aforementioned paranormal romance to more serious or challenging fare like Neal Stephenson (fascinating, wonderful, and a bit of a slog to get through, honestly), Nabokov and Shakespeare. To me a trashy or a hacky novel is something that has nothing to say and has no thought behind it beyond pushing emotional buttons that all humans have. A trashy novel is not saying anything, it is just selling sensation. (Like, say, a tired romantic comedy or action film sell "wedding porn" or the occasionally cheap thrill of blowing things up. Which is NOT to say that there can't be satisfying and intelligent romantic comedies or action films.) Too many people make the mistake of thinking that just because something has fantastical elements or is "genre" it isn't thoughtful, intelligent or worthwhile. Which, I think, is why the Oscars sometimes seem to celebrate the most depressing movies of the year rather than the best-made ones. Some of the greatest works of literary art, the giants whose shoulders all writers stand upon, were genre or speculative, fantastic fiction. I'm talking about Dante, Shakespeare, Voltaire, even Homer (though we are not at all certain that Homer was an individual, the supernatural content in those two great epic poems can't really be avoided, can it?).... The list goes on and on. ALSO, I do NOT know what people are talking about when they say these books are sexist. (Neither do I think Shakespeare, or even Rabelais, are sexist. Or the Bronte sisters, or Jane Austen.) Any time a character is believable or authentic, then regardless of their attitudes or beliefs they are not sexist. (Because people come in all shapes, sizes, colors and belief systems. We are complex, we are human.) The Merchant of Venice makes me quite uncomfortable in a number of ways but I think it's still performed because despite the anti-Semitism inherent in the text (which, let's not forget, strongly echoes the values of its day), Shakespeare STILL gives Shylock one of the most extraordinary and memorable speeches he has given any of his character (EVER) and at the end of the day the play seems to be a plea for remembering that we are all, after all, human and therefore deserving of mercy. I think Sharon Shinn's characters are all very authentic, strong, believable and flawed and I applaud her for writing them. I only hope that my novel, when it is written, is half so good as hers have been.
Read information about the authorI’ve been writing stories and poems since I was eight years old. My first poem was about Halloween: "What is tonight? What is tonight?/Try to guess and you’ll guess right." Perhaps this inauspicious beginning explains why it took me till I was in my thirties to sell a novel. It occurred to me early on that it might take some time and a lot of tries before I was able to publish any of my creative writing, so I pursued a degree in journalism at Northwestern University so I’d be able to support myself while I figured out how to write fiction.
I’ve spent most of my journalism career at three trade and association magazines—The Professional Photographer (which, as you might guess, went to studio and industrial photographers), DECOR (which went to frame shop and art gallery owners), and BizEd (which is directed at deans and professors at business schools). My longest stint, seventeen years, was at DECOR. Many people don’t know this, but I’m a CPF (Certified Picture Framer), having passed a very long, technical test to prove I understood the tenets of conservation framing. Now I write about management education and interview some really cool, really smart people from all over the world.
I mostly write my fiction in the evenings and on weekends. It requires a pretty obsessive-compulsive personality to be as prolific as I’ve been in the past ten years and hold down a full-time job. But I do manage to tear myself away from the computer now and then to do something fun. I read as often as I can, across all genres, though I’m most often holding a book that’s fantasy or romance, with the occasional western thrown in. I’m a fan of Cardinals baseball and try to be at the ballpark on opening day. If I had the time, I’d see a movie every day of my life. I love certain TV shows so much that knowing a new episode is going to air that night will make me happy all day. (I’m a huge Joss Whedon fan, but in the past I’ve given my heart to shows all over the map in terms of quality: "Knight Rider," "Remington Steele," "Blake’s 7," "Moonlighting," "The Young Riders," "Cheers," "Hill Street Blues," "X-Files," "Lost," "Battlestar Galactica"...you can probably fill in the gaps. And let’s not forget my very first loves, "The Partridge Family," "Here Come the Brides" and "Alias Smith & Jones.")
I don’t have kids, I don’t want pets, and all my plants die, so I’m really only forced to provide ongoing care for my menagerie of stuffed animals. All my friends are animal lovers, though, and someone once theorized that I keep friends as pets. I’m still trying to decide if that’s true.
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