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Odd Spirits Paperback – Aug. 14 2018
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Aug. 14 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 91 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1724991922
- ISBN-13 : 978-1724991928
- Item weight : 118 g
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 0.53 x 21.59 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #499,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Seren on September 6, 2018
Odd Spirits was a delightful, spooky little read, atmospheric in all the right ways, from the warmth of Moira's kitchen herb garden to the chilliness of the spirit wreaking havoc in Moira and Rhys's home.
Moira and Rhys are both magicians of a sort. Rhys is an academic occultist like someone out of The Bartimaeus Trilogy, complete with membership in a kind-of-secret Capitalist Magician's Crew. Does that make him sound unlikable? He's really not. He's a vaguely award functional-to-disaster bisexual with an eye to detail and a dislike of sitting still - his thoughts about meditation echo my own very much:
"Mediation struck Rhys as a very honorable and healthy habit he wasn’t disciplined enough to pick up, much like praying the rosary. Both practices required him to sit still and surrender to the idea that life was not entirely in his control, and these were two things he avoided at all costs."
Moira is much more casual about her own practice, with a knack for improvisation and a desire to simply help people. She's like your witchy therapist who you see buying crystal pendants at the Michaels. Like, she literally has a meet cute with her future husband when they're both out buying candles. I feel like the page of her notebook we see is really telling:
"She had painstakingly handwritten the dates and times of that year’s major planetary movements one after another in blue ballpoint pen, on the same page as a scribbled guacamole recipe and doodles of stars."
Can you tell I love both of the protagonists?
They love each other too, but they're also married and y'know, conflict happens. Enter the spirit that turns out to be a manifestation of their own conflict avoidance, feelings simmering and bubbling just beneath the surface. As someone who - ahem - represses their own feelings to an potentially unhealthy extent, that was relatable as heck.
After exhausting their own resources and those of the Capitalists Magician's Crew - including Rhys's ex-boyfriend who is a bit of misogynist and also a dick - they end up getting rid of their manifested bad energy with - get this- open and honest communication and the power of love. Was this book written just for me? I love a healthy conclusion to some emotional conflict.
I also just want to take a moment to appreciate Sarah's prose, it reads natural as dreaming with this gorgeous subtle imagery that doesn't take itself too seriously, letting you just sink in and feel like you're really inhabiting the settings.
Odd Spirits is the perfect book for cosying up with some tea, while you wait for Jupiter and Saturn to align, or when you need a break from a long night of studying arcane Latin texts.
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Although there are elements of several genres blended together in this book such as romance, paranormal and spiritual they are all combined in a light way that makes for some great and very addictive reading which would suit all readers.
The two main characters ‘Rhys’ and ‘Moira’ are a believable and very real feeling couple who have to look within to resolve their issues. One of the best things about this book is the characterization and the way this couple interacts with each other. This story is about them after all and their resolve fitted perfectly to the rest of the book as well as the whole concept of novellas.
Good novella’s don’t get enough credit and this one in particular is a gripping and enjoyable read.
Wanted to read this before A Dowry of Blood comes out next week to get a feel for the author's writing style. Overall, found this to be a fun, thoughtful and emotionally deep short story.
Great characterization in such a short time and I liked the underlying message of the story - open communication and honesty is so valuable to healthy relationships, of any kind.
Looking forward to reading more by this author!