The Mirror Thief

The Mirror Thief go inside Ebook we sometimes find that our most momentous decisions are unseen by us as we make them We perceive only a confusion of paltry choices like the tesserae of a mosaic

The Mirror Thief go inside Ebook …we sometimes find that our most momentous decisions are unseen by us as we make them. We perceive only a confusion of paltry choices, like the tesserae of a mosaic. Only with distance do prevailing images become clear.in which the novel teasingly moons you with its own mission statement.this is a great big enjoyable monster of a book. before we start, i need to say that the ONLY reason i gave it four stars instead of five is because this is a book divided into three alternating narratives and while i loved curtis' and stanley's portions of the book, i struggled a bit with the crivano segments. maybe it was the time period or the less-theoretical descriptions of alchemical/philosophical/optical stuff, but i found myself too often during his segments doing that thing where your eyes are moving over the words but your brain isn't absorbing the story and you have to go back a bunch of times to try and make it stick. the other two sections were an absolute delight to read, but i feel like i didn't get as much out of the crivano parts as i should have. and since the three stories are connected and balanced upon one another, i'm sure there were subtleties i missed because of this, and that is certainly regrettable, but life is full of horrible failures and most of them are mine. i also want to take a second to review the blurbs, because i think it was a great idea to cover the whole ARC with indie booksellers' responses to this book, because booksellers will SELL YOUR BOOK. especially the great anmiryam budner, who has this to say: A genre-spanning tour de force that propels you on a quest through three cities and three moments in history, The Mirror Thief envelops you in its mysteries and conundrums, and then dazzles with its love stories, heists, and unexpected characters. Seay's debut succeeds not only as entertainment, but also as an intricate and lovely meditation on the shared nature of human creativity and experience across time. Brilliant.the other bookseller blurbs cite so many big-name comparisons that greg was scoffing at them a bit, which i get because i am also suspicious when SO MANY names are being thrown around; it usually sets up both very high and very contradictory expectations. however, having read the book, i can vouch that they are pretty solid touchpoints, and much better comps than most of the ones that come from publishers. i mean, not one of them mentioned Gone Girl. *their collective list includes:eco, david mitchell, nabokov, pynchon, stephenson, hemingway, palahniuk, delillo, The Da Vinci Code, rebel without a cause, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values…for once, despite my inherent readers' advisory sniffiness, i'm not affronted by that parade of comparisons. it's not like most of those authors are so wildly dissimilar, after all - you can see the overlap and the point at which mitchell, delillo, pynchon, eco, and stephenson meet, stylistically and thematically, nabokov's there out of respect, palahniuk shared a social commentary cab with delillo, The Da Vinci Code is eco's +1 and is a distant cousin to this one; you can see the similarities in their bone structure if you squint, and as for the other two - well, here's the whole blurb that mentions them, which is a perfect blurb qua blurb but is also perfect because it expresses exactly what you'd want from the source:…A delicious stew of Los Angeles-type noir, Da Vinci Code mystery, Rebel Without a Cause toughness, and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance mechanical spirituality.-Steve Salardino, Skylight Books, Los Angeles, CA.as for hemingway… i'm not actually sure why hemingway is here. i think he just heard there would be booze. because, and now i will actually talk about the book - there isn't anything concise or minimalist about this book - it's big and chewy and meaty and it's this throwback doorstopper of a book that feels contemporaneous to, although not necessarily similar to Underworld or Infinite Jest or some of robert coover's big old books. it's epic in that it covers swaths of time and ground but it's also sort of an inward-facing epic, whose preoccupation is ultimately focused on human rather than historical analogues, and it goes down and down and down into matters of self and identity using objects like books and mirrors as physical stand-ins for these abstractions where everything is shifting; cities built either on sand or water, and you either adapt to these changes as adroitly as stanley the con man, or you risk losing yourself or your sanity or your purpose or something equally vital. The events of the past week, he says, are perhaps best likened to an obscure codex with a broken spine, the contents of which have been scattered everywhere. All interested parties possess a few pages, but only the book's author knows the whole. Indeed, even the author himself may have forgotten.it's a big puzzle box of a book, and while i know i didn't figure out every single bit of it (damn you, crivano!!), i'm positive this is a book that is even more exciting on the second go-round, when you have a nice fatty layer of knowledge to cushion you and you know where its secrets live. **some of the echoes are gigantic and obvious to the extent that i rolled my eyes at first and thought oh, jeez:-crivano's story takes place in 16th century venice, italy.-stanley's story takes place in venice beach, ca in the beatnik fifties.-curtis' story takes place in the venice casino in vegas in the 21st century.-venice is the birthplace of wondrous glass and mirrorworks.-stanley's last name (although pseudonymous) is glass. (which has its own inescapable salingerian associations)-curtis has a very intimate connection to an object made of glass.curtis is physically tracking stanley in the "present" while stanley is, in the 50's, spiritually tracking crivano by reading and rereading adrian welles's book The Mirror Thief, which is the name of the book you yourself are reading and all. lines. blur. but all those big clumsy-feeling echoes are just there to mark the territory, like grecian columns in the vegas desert. they just remind the reader to stay vigilant because here be callbacks, the existence of which any postmodern kid who reads the word "mirror" is already hip to, but still - it's always good to remember that a reader is part of the process of storytelling, and frequently an easy mark in a long(ish), amicable con. Stanley reads The Mirror Thief. It's a book of poems, but it tells a story: An alchemist and spy called Crivano steals an enchanted mirror, and is pursued by his enemies through the streets of a haunted city. Stanley long ago stopped paying the story any mind. He's come to regard it as a fillip at best, at worst as a device meant to conceal the book's true purpose, the powerful secret it contains. Nothing, he's quite certain, could be so obscure by accidentit's also got some of the best writing about las vegas this side of The Goldfinch:The city is always changing. Always, just for the sake of doing it. And that's why it's always the same. Get it? That's its nature, its essence. Invisible. Pure. Formless. Indestructible…. Places become defined by what they lose. Once it's gone, it's eternal. Everything you see down there - everything! - is on its way out. Everything self-destructs. I mean, fuck Rome. This is the eternal city. Pure concept.for a debut, even a debut that took more than ten years to get here***, his writing is crisp and clear, it's incredibly propulsive, it's full of little nuggets and peeps into unrelated worlds - beat poetry, professional gambling, street life, military and police tactics, con artists, 16th century venice, conspiracies, while wrapping them all in these larger and more familiar human universalities, to the extent that one might be tempted to add richard powers to that list of NAMES, just for the facility with which he handles these very specialized and disparate knowledge-pockets.it's a great book. i loved it enough to know i will likely read it again, and i also confess to having a little book-crush on stanley and someone needs to fanfic me some tales please.Of course, he thinks. Of course it would happen like this.* and this is why booksellers and librarians should always be the ones doing the readalike lists - and i am absolutely willing to be hired for this or in any other readers' advisory-type position. please hire me for things. i am smart and restless and poor.** like, for example, when the very next book i read after this was Dodgers, and i came across the word and definition for "albedo," there was a nice rush of "ohhhhh!"*** i thought this story was kind of interesting - you gotta scroll down to the part actually about this book, but you should also read about the other forthcoming titles at your leisure because some of them sound really good and because you like books.. A globetrotting, time bending, wildly entertaining masterpiece in the tradition of Cloud Atlas.Publishers Weekly raved that with near universal appeal Seay s debut novel is a true delight, a big, beautiful cabinet of wonders that is by turns an ominous modern thriller, a supernatural mystery, and an enchanting historical adventure story Set in three cities in threA globetrotting, time bending, wildly entertaining masterpiece in the tradition of Cloud Atlas.Publishers Weekly raved that with near universal appeal Seay s debut novel is a true delight, a big, beautiful cabinet of wonders that is by turns an ominous modern thriller, a supernatural mystery, and an enchanting historical adventure story Set in three cities in three eras, The Mirror Thief calls to mind David Mitchell and Umberto Eco in its mix of entertainment and literary bravado.The core story is set in Venice in the sixteenth century, when the famed makers of Venetian glass were perfecting one of the old world s most wondrous inventions the mirror An object of glittering yet fearful fascination was it reflecting simple reality, or something spiritually revealing the Venetian mirrors were state of the art technology, and subject to industrial espionage by desirous sultans and royals world wide But for any of the development team to leave the island was a crime punishable by death One man, however a world weary war hero with nothing to lose has a scheme he thinks will allow him to outwit the city s terrifying enforcers of the edict, the ominous Council of Ten .Meanwhile, in two other Venices Venice Beach, California, circa 1958, and the Venice casino in Las Vegas, circa today two other schemers launch similarly dangerous plans to get away with a secret .All three stories will weave together into a spell binding tour de force that is impossible to put down an old fashioned, stay up all night novel that, in the end, returns the reader to a stunning conclusion in the original Venice and the bedazzled sense of having read a truly original and thrilling work of art.. Popular Book The Mirror Thief Read it before anyone else because my spouse wrote it. But it's really really good, truly, not just because my spouse wrote it.

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  1. Martin Seay is the author of the novel THE MIRROR THIEF, published by Melville House in May 2016 Originally from Texas, he lives in Chicago with his spouse, the writer Kathleen Rooney.

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  1. we sometimes find that our most momentous decisions are unseen by us as we make them We perceive only a confusion of paltry choices, like the tesserae of a mosaic Only with distance do prevailing images become clear which the novel teasingly moons you with its own mission statementis is a great big enjoyable monster of a book before we start, i need to say that the ONLY reason i gave it four stars instead of five is because this is a book divided into three alternating narratives and while i lov [...]



  2. Annoyed, Baffled, Confounded Three Ordeals Spanning CenturiesWhich Description Refers to Reading this Novel, not the Stories ThereinPerhaps I wasn t worldly enough to connect the dots The novel was really well written All 3 story strands headed in the right direction, holding my interest for the big payoff You know, the part of the novel in which the author ties it all together to the moment of last suspense in the trusty old Freytag s Pyramid With fifty plus pages left, the three storylines res [...]



  3. Outstanding Debut My sincere thanks are extended to Melville House and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read The Mirror Thief in e galley format, due to be published May 10, 2016.The Mirror Thief is quite an ambitious debut Seay is clearly a new voice to watch A little intrigue, a little magic, mixed in with history and a mystery, The Mirror Thief takes us on a captivating quest across place and time to find a gambling con artist Fascinating characters, expertly imagined and thoroughly engaging, [...]


  4. My book fairy has graced me again big hugs It ain t me specifically me I m worried about, Mister Welles It s everything else I just don t always feel like I belong in this world An intricate, enchanting, incredible feat of a story here One of those novels that leaves you thinking over the words long after you ve finished I found myself often pausing in my reading, not because I was pushing myself to get through it but for two reasons To think over the words and the story, and because I wanted to [...]


  5. This is an incredible book both thrilling and intelligent I get a headache thinking about how much research Martin must have done to bring these three eras alive the book follows characters in three distinct periods I don t want to spoil too much, as I think part of the surprise is uncovering the mystery of the book itself, BUT I will say this what really stood out to me, even beyond the surreal mysticism and beautiful writing, was Martin s deft examination of trauma and how it shapes and reshap [...]


  6. I really had high hopes for this one REALLY DISAPPOINTING Rambling, overwritten and BORING If the author spent half as much effort on a plot instead of filling page after page of uninteresting minutia and had an editor cut the book by half it might have been OK Seay actually has a decent writing style, so I think maybe a future novel will be better Slogged through half of it and couldn t take any I hate not finishing a book, but there are too many good books to read to waste time on this one If [...]


  7. Three stars from me, although that s a bit higher than I want to rate it But 2 stars would be too mean I don t want this review to put others off reading this book, though, because I would really like to know what others make of it The reviews make mention of David Mitchell and even, on occasion, Thomas Pynchon It is nothing like David Mitchell and even less like Thomas Pynchon If you pick it up purely because of those comparisons, be warned.This is a book about a book The Mirror Thief is a book [...]


  8. I have an Advance Reader Copy of The Mirror Thief by Martin Seay, due to be released in a week or two by Melville House I read the entire thing yesterday, a feat of a certain sort since it clocks in at just under 600 pages Melville House is quoting lots of indie booksellers reviewers giving high praise to this one so I was anticipating a lot, I think This is Seay s first novel , as that, it is quite impressive However, some of the descriptions are comparing it to David Mitchell s Cloud Atlas I f [...]


  9. Fans of David Mitchell will enjoy this enormous, epic novel of interwoven stories transcending time and space Set in three different Venices Italy, Los Angeles, and Los Angeles and involving mirror makers, espionage, ominous councils, secret plans and , this is an utterly original story that will spin your brain in your skull.Tune in to our weekly podcast dedicated to all things new books, All The Books bookriot category all the


  10. The comparisons to Pynchon, Nabokov, Eco and David Mitchell are not only unwarranted, but not even apt When I became convinced I was reading YA about 200 pages in I shelved it I love big novels, but this is insubstantial bloat.


  11. This is one of the times when my having met the author helped me finish the book I m not sure I would have finished otherwise At almost 600 pages, I would say that I have a firm grasp of what happened on about 200 of those pages If I had to take a test, I would have to bs my way through it and hope for the best.I can see why The Mirror Thief is getting a lot of praise especially for a debut novel The writing is so descriptive I felt like I was in places I ve never been before It wasn t my most f [...]


  12. Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted illegally So yes, I admit it, I went into Martin Seay s The Mirror Thief specifically searching for things I could find wrong with it, because it s been the subject this year of overhype a 600 page debut novel that spans across three different timeframes and genres, it s earned Seay a lot mainstream press than most first tim [...]


  13. I have read real junk books that I have rated a 1 This is not that bad, but I am wondering if I got a copy of a different book from everyone else who has been raving about this It was pretty, pretty bad to put it mildly First of all the book summaries begins by telling us a bit about the glass and mirror trade in Venice and secrets and mysteries that are happening there in the late 1500 s Then it says there are two other parallel stories that are set in the Venice Beach and at the Venetian hotel [...]


  14. Yes, I took than 6 months to read this book It was not because I didn t like it It was too rich for me to digest in a short sitting I easily got lost in this book not in a bad way I was involved in the multiple stories this book relates The language Rich, foreign, new My kind of book Thank you, Martin Seay


  15. Veronica, a minor character in THE MIRROR THIEF, teaches Curtis Stone about art She uses her background in art history to inform him that the primary goal of art was to create precise representations of reality This often meant tracing a camera obscura image Photography made this approach less important Thus the modern era in art began by exploring how perception alters reality Now it s all about two eyes and a brain in between This conversation helps to understand Martin Seay s novel because it [...]


  16. Fantastic You will think about it while you sleep You will dream about it all day long Most days I could not wait to get back to reading it This is a book that really consumes your thoughts, with its time bending journey, it keeps your mind spinning Martin Seay tells this story with inexplicable greatness and resounding depth A great debut novel Anxious to see what is to come Martin Seay is in my opinion, one of the next greats.


  17. Very annoying pretentious habit of omitting quotation marks around dialogue, forcing the reader to stop at multiple spots to suss out if it s the narrator speaking or the character, or if the character is thinking or talking Or which character is talking.Very annoying pretentious habit of coining compound words To wit artform, creampuff, lakebed, cardcounters, waterfountain, groundsquirrels Etc Etc.Excruciating amount of minutiae dealing with setting Descriptions ad infinitum of costs of meals, [...]


  18. We begin in glitzy Las Vegas, 2003, as a war weary, ex marine tracks down a con artist gambler, who happens to be an old family friend We then shift to Venice Beach, circa 1958, where a runaway, New York teenager is in search of a poet, that wrote a little book called The Mirror Thief It is about an alchemist from the sixteenth century And finally, you guessed it, we travel to Venice, in the late 1500s and follow this alchemist, as he plans to steal an enchanted mirror.How the author weaves thes [...]


  19. This book didn t quite do it for me Set up as three separate but related stories sort of like Cloud Atlas or Arcadia, this one never tied the stories together to my satisfaction And I struggled to stay interested in the Venice storyline, which is unfortunate since that s where the actual mirror thievery was happening The other two settings were very engaging and entertaining and well done, so maybe my reaction here is due to plot I finished wanting to read about Stan s abilities and outlook in [...]


  20. 700 pages later, I still don t understand a thing The prose is good Some of the pieces are engaging But I wish that I had given up after 200 pages.



  21. I do not understand in any way what I just read I had high hopes for a thrilling, surprising ending and instead was left feeling very confused I ll write tomorrow once I ve had some time to process.Review for the Library Journal Following three different stories during three different time periods, this debut novel is a complex read Curtis, a former military policeman, searches for missing family friend Stanley in Las Vegas s Venetian hotel casino Curtis believes Stanley stole money from a back [...]


  22. This is a mind boggling epic novel with an alternating narrative between three interconnected stories One is set in Las Vegas in 2003, and follows a first Gulf War veteran, Curtis, as he searches for his father s old friend Stanley, a professional gambler who s suspected of being involved in pulling off a sting in New Jersey One is set in Los Angeles and follows Stanley in 1958, when he was a homeless teenage drifter, living on his wits, and was searching for the author of a book of poetry, The [...]


  23. This book is bananas There s three stories at once happening here, and how someone even came up with this idea as a book premise is beyond me Took me a while to get into it, but at some point I found myself completely hooked into Stanley and Crivano Lots about alchemy and seeing and truth and how we present ourselves to the world and how history repeats themes over.


  24. This is a wonderful, complex debut novel The story takes place in 3 different time periods in 3 different Venices This was not an easy, breezy read, but the payoff at the end was so worth it Martin Seay writes beautiful sentences This is a book full of flowery prose and without quotation marks, but throughout, I always knew who was speaking I so enjoyed this long literary story


  25. a hard slog for me Three convoluted stories that never quite lived up the the great press reviews and promises Like other reviewers, maybe I just wasn t smart enough to grasp the connections between the separate pieces.




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