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Old 05-08-2013, 04:10 PM   #16
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I've decided to start reading this right now.

However, I'm very disconcerted to find that - in the very first sentence - the author (?) didn't include a singular possessive on 'mothers bedroom.'

But...this is a first person narrative, so maybe the 'writer' [protagonist] is grammatically challenged.

ADDED: I see this is purposefully being done in this one phrase, since I've read about 5 pages so far, and it's recurring without the possessive.

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I've decided to start reading this right now.

However, I'm very disconcerted to find that - in the very first sentence - the author (?) didn't include a singular possessive on 'mothers bedroom.'

But...this is a first person narrative, so maybe the 'writer' [protagonist] is grammatically challenged.

ADDED: I see this is purposefully being done in this one phrase, since I've read about 5 pages so far, and it's recurring without the possessive.

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Probably used a special character version of it in Word, then it was stripped out when converting to an ebook version.
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Lucky for Preston, he has help. Like the angelic beauty who picks him up when he's down. And the university professor who helps him sort through old Appalachian hexes and curses to find the song that may be his only shot at redemption. And when things get real bad, he has the ghost of John Lennon to remind him that "nothing is real."

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Oxford, 1935.

An exhausted nation is recovering from one Great War...and girding itself for the next one.

MR James, Britain's greatest writer of ghost stories, is summoned by the Warden of Old College to examine an ancient stone mirror.

But he soon finds himself drawn into a dark maze of secrets, including one from his own guilty past.

Oxford 1665.

At a time when established orthodoxies are being challenged by the new science, Warden Woodward of Old College acquired the same mirror. He soon suspects conspiracy and witchcraft in a city besieged by plague.

Assailed by devastating visitors, caught between fears of an ancient curse and the World Wars of the future, two men from different centuries are forced to delve into a dreadful secret and confront their own demons.

But is self-reflection the most dangerous thing of all?

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"Prospero's Mirror," by A.N. Donaldson sounds wonderful. Now in calibre.

(Already owned the Malfi title.)


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Not a free title, but a free podcast. The hosts of A Podcast to the Curious interview A. N. Donaldson, author of Prospero's Mirror, this week. You can subacribe on iTunes and so forth, or get it from their blog at http://www.mrjamespodcast.com/2013/0...-a-n-donaldson

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