Bestseller Wisdom's Kiss Creat Catherine Gilbert Murdock is Ebook I grew up in small town Connecticut, on a tiny farm with honeybees, two adventurous goats, and a mess of Christmas trees My sister claims we didn t have a television, but we did, sometimes only it was ancient, received exactly two channels, and had to be turned off after 45 minutes to cool down or else the screen would go all fuzzy Watching or rather, watching Alfred Hitchcock s The Birds was quite the experience, because it s hard to tell a flock of vicious crows from a field of very active static this might be why I still can t stand horror movies, to this day.My sister Liz, who is now a Very Famous Writer with a large stack of books, was my primary companion, even though she was extremely cautious she wouldn t even try to jump off the garage roof, which involved crouching right at the edge for ten minutes working up your nerve, and then checking each time you landed to see if you d broken anything and she learned early on that losing at games was easier in the long run than putting up with me losing Now, of course, she travels all over the world collecting stories and diseases, while I stay at home scowling over paint chips, and losing on purpose to my kids So the cycle continues Read an New York Times article by Catherine and Liz People sometimes ask if I played football in high school no I ran cross country and track, badly, but I have absolutely no skill whatsoever with ball or team sports Plus my high school didn t even have a football team Instead, I was part of the art clique taking extra art classes, spending my study halls and lunch periods working on my latest still life Please tell me this was not a unique experience I didn t do much writing my sister was the anointed writer but I read my little eyeballs out I was the queen of our library s YA section.In college I studied architectural history The formal name was Growth and Structure of Cities Program, but for me, it was all about buildings I ve always been fascinated with the built environment how spaces fit together, how streets work, how they read And curiously Warning Life Lesson approaching , it s paid off in the oddest ways For example, several of us in our neighborhood recently got quite upset about a enormous building going in across the street, and while everyone agreed that they didn t like the way it looked, I was the one who stood up at public meetings and used words like entablature and cornice line and fenestration all this architectural jargon I d learned back at Bryn Mawr and sounded like I knew what I was talking about And because of that, the building ended up getting redesigned, and in my humble opinion now will look much attractive and appropriate, which is nice because I ll be looking at it for the rest of my life So don t be afraid to study what you love, because you do not know now, and you may not know for twenty years, how amazingly it will pay off But it will Dairy Queen was my first stab at creative writing since high school, not counting several years as a struggling screenwriter which followed several years as a struggling scholar I unabashedly recommend screenwriting for mastering the art of storytelling just don t pin any hopes on seeing your work on the big screen But you ll learn so much in the process that this won t matter I also recommend, you know, living I ve been passionate about food pretty much my whole life first eating it, now preparing and then eating it And so it plays a pretty big role in my writing, and adds so much flavor not literally, of course, but the you can add that s true, whether it s emotion or geography or gardening that s me in the picture above , then the stronger that story is.. Princess Wisdom, known as Dizzy, longs for a life of adventure far beyond the staid old kingdom of Montagne Tips, a soldier, longs to keep his true life secret from his family Fortitude, an orphaned maid, longs only for Tips These three passionate souls might just attain their dreams while preserving Montagne from certain destruction, if only they can tolerate each othePrincess Wisdom, known as Dizzy, longs for a life of adventure far beyond the staid old kingdom of Montagne Tips, a soldier, longs to keep his true life secret from his family Fortitude, an orphaned maid, longs only for Tips These three passionate souls might just attain their dreams while preserving Montagne from certain destruction, if only they can tolerate each other long enough to come up with a plan Tough to save the world when you can t even be in the same room together Magic, cunning, and one very special cat join forces in this hilarious, extraordinary tale by the author of Dairy Queen and Princess Ben An incredibly creative tale told with diaries, memoirs, encyclopedia entries, letters, biographies, even a stage play, all woven together into a grand adventure.. A viral Books Wisdom's Kiss Wisdom's Kiss is a children's fairy tale akin to Shannon Hale's and Jessica Day George's. There is a princess, magic, a scheming villain, a suspiciously smart cat, romance and a happy ending.What distinguishes this tale from others in the genre is the book's format. Wisdom's Kiss is an assemblage of letters, diaries, a play, memoirs, encyclopedic entries, etc. Generally, I am quite fond of such narrative, as long as all formats are essential to the story and do not create redundancy. Here, however, what starts as an entertaining switching POV fun (every one of them opens an opportunity for a different kind of humor), soon becomes too busy, too indulgent, too repetitive. IMO, this novel would have worked much better told from only one perspective.Interestingly, in the interview in the end of the book, Catherine Gilbert Murdock answers a question about this 8 POVs format. She says the story started with 3 POVs (for three sides of a love triangle) and then she added more and more to accommodate a new scene or to showcase a character's trait. If you ask me, this is not a very inventive way to develop a narrative, lazy even. Many times I felt that by introducing a new perspective to give some info or make a joke, the author forced herself into continuing on with it throughout the book with nothing actually to say. In the end, Wisdom's Kiss is a fun (for the author) writing experiment that has 7 POVs too many. In some ways it reminded me of another fun exercise - Ransom My Heart by Meg Cabot- a romance novel parody supposedly written by the main character of her Princess Diaries series. It is an amusing joke for the first 20 pages, it is tiring the other 300.Maybe the book's intended audience - children - will enjoy it more? In all fairness, Wisdom's Kiss is an original and lively story (if you skip repetitive parts).