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Meg Howrey

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Verk av Meg Howrey

City of Dark Magic (2012) 956 exemplar
The Wanderers (2017) 516 exemplar
The Cranes Dance (2012) 247 exemplar
City of Lost Dreams (2013) 246 exemplar
They're Going to Love You (2022) 153 exemplar
Blind Sight (2011) 118 exemplar


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Andra namn
Flyte, Magnus
20th century
Illinois, USA
New York, New York, USA
Los Angeles, California, USA
ballet dancer
Joffrey Ballet
Kort biografi
Half of the duo that is Magnus Flyte.



This is a story about the daughter of two dancers, a story about a dance between art and legacy, love and ambition, betrayal and forgiveness. It’s beautifully choreographed—although, not without its flaws—as it explores the legacy of creating art and the price of putting it out into the world. The story begins with James and, as he is charming and charismatic, enchants you right into this world of ballet. Carlisle, James’s husband’s daughter, is the sole narrator and, I think, a major flaw since she’s the blandest of all the characters. While the details of her betrayal and reason for a 19-year estrangement from her father, Robert, create some suspense, I was really much more interested in Robert and James’ story. I wanted all of the dramatic details of their love affair that survives decades of important moments for the queer community: the AIDS epidemic, “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” Marriage Equality Act. Instead, their relationship, which was one of the most interesting parts, felt somewhat incomplete. Regardless, this was still an enjoyable read—the side characters are worth being center-stage and the glimpse inside the life of artists is just as captivating.… (mer)
lizallenknapp | 7 andra recensioner | Apr 20, 2024 |
A very fun read. Music, mystery, intrigue and sexy aristocrats. You'll either love or hate this book, I think. It has a quirky style that I enjoy, but (judging from other reviews) just grates for some.

The author interview here on Goodreads is a fair preview of the weird-ity you might expect. If it makes you smile, then this book might be for you.… (mer)
daplz | 50 andra recensioner | Apr 7, 2024 |

PRE-SPOILERS PART: Meg Howrey has done perhaps the best job of relating the current thinking/engineering of getting humans to Mars. And she does so without going into in-the-weeds tech jargon. But if you are at all familiar with the various humans-to-mars mission ideas swirling around these days, you will recognize almost everything she describes and appreciate the accuracy. But more importantly, The Wanderers is about the interior lives of the astronauts and their families. It is obvious to me that Howrey has read multiple astronaut autobiographies as well as works by aerospace psychologists. She really understands how astronauts think. If you grew up wanting to be an astronaut, or have ever seriously pursued the dream of space travel, or have done work that supports those who travel in space, then you will find beautiful prose here that may seem like someone pulled secrets from your soul.
Oh, and lot of the dialog is damned funny.
[Audiobook note: The reader, Mozhan Marno, is quite good and handles the various accents (Russian, Japanese) superbly.]

SPOILERS PART: Like [book:The Martian|18007564], The Wanderers has no villain. The conflict and suspense come merely from the situations in which the astronaut trainees and their family members find themselves. I find this immensely refreshing. I also appreciate that Howrey avoids most of the all-too-familiar tropes of Mars-mission fiction: the last-minute crewmember swap-out, the crewmember who goes nuts, the catastrophic dust storm, some bio-contamination from Mars that threatens the crew, etc. Of course, she avoids this in part by writing not about an actual mission to Mars, but a simulation of one. Or does she?

SUPER-SPOILERY PART: Seriously, don't read this until after you finish the book.

No, really. I meant it. Have you finished the book?

Okay. It was just a simulation, and Sergei, Helen, and Yoshi would have been able to quickly realize why based on physics.

You really finished the book? Because I'm gonna drop the spoiler here. Alright then.

In the story, the astronauts are told that Prime engineers have created tools that weigh 38% of what they do on Earth to help with the simulated feeling of being on Mars, and have weighted the boots of the astronauts' Mars exosuits to prevent injury-inducing running and jumping while working outside. But whether inside the "lander" or outside on "Mars", there is no way to change the rate at which things fall. If the astronauts had really been sent to Mars, they would have known it by the simple fact that anything dropped would fall to the ground much more slowly than on Earth.

BUT it is to Howrey's credit that I didn't even start worrying about this question until almost the last few pages of the book. I was so swept up in the story that my skepticism was dampened. There is some seriously good writing here.
… (mer)
Treebeard_404 | 32 andra recensioner | Jan 23, 2024 |
Much darker and more ballet-y than Howrey's more recent ballet novel (They're Going to Love You, which I loved) and also less original -- it felt pretty of a kind with others in the "woman's descent in mental illness" genre. Which isn't to say that it wasn't good! It was very good. I found the voice of charmingly cynical narrator Kate both compelling and entertaining, and the descriptions of Gwen's illness were genuinely quite eerie (the mouse thing! what the fuck!!!). If you're looking for something creepy and thriller-y, but not an actual honest-to-god thriller, this would be a good pick.… (mer)
maddietherobot | 18 andra recensioner | Oct 21, 2023 |



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