Wizard of the Pigeons

Wizard of the Pigeons The fifth book in the Megan Lindholm Robin Hobb backlist Seattle a place as magical as the Emerald City Subtle magic seeps through the cracks in the paving stones of the sprawling metropolis But only

  • Title: Wizard of the Pigeons
  • Author: Megan Lindholm
  • ISBN: 9780007112562
  • Page: 347
  • Format: Paperback
  • The fifth book in the Megan Lindholm Robin Hobb backlist Seattle a place as magical as the Emerald City Subtle magic seeps through the cracks in the paving stones of the sprawling metropolis But only the inhabitants who possess special gifts are open to the city s consciousness finding portents in the graffiti, reading messages in the rubbish or listening to warningThe fifth book in the Megan Lindholm Robin Hobb backlist Seattle a place as magical as the Emerald City Subtle magic seeps through the cracks in the paving stones of the sprawling metropolis But only the inhabitants who possess special gifts are open to the city s consciousness finding portents in the graffiti, reading messages in the rubbish or listening to warnings in the skipping rope chants of children Wizard is bound to Seattle and her magic His gift is the Knowing a powerful enchantment allowing him to know the truth of things to hear the life stories of ancient mummies locked behind glass cabinets, to receive true fortunes from the carnival machines, to reveal to ordinary people the answers to their troubles and to safeguard the city s equilibrium The magic has its price Wizard must never have than a dollar in his pocket, must remain celibate, and he must feed and protect the pigeons But a threat to Seattle has begun to emerge in the portents A malevolent force born of Wizard s forgotten past has returned to prey upon his power and taunt him with images of his obscure history and he is the only wizard in Seattle who can face the evil and save the city,

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    1. A dark, foreboding book rich with shadow and symbolism. However, the stylistic format and the murkiness of the plot just didn't grip me. I just didn't identify with Wizard and it ended up being a rather tedious read. I love the writer that Robin Hobb develops into, even here she is brimming with talent, but the overall story didn't work for me.

    2. Wizard of the Pigeons is a novel with many layers. Do you choose to see Wizard as a Vietnam veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome or a figure not unlike Merlin? It is a story of unrequited love, a magical quest or facing a dark past? Is Seattle magical or mundane? Is the city sheltering him or is he protecting the city? Lindholm leaves the reader a lot of room to interpret the story but nonetheless manages to write a conclusion to the story that makes all the elements fall into p [...]

    3. Stop it, Robin Hobb. (I’d say Megan Lindholm, but I’m sure that by now, the jig is most definitely up.)A little background on this book first. I got it last year at WesterCon and had Robin sign it for me. She wrote “My tourist guide to Seattle!” on the flap. I was down in Portland this past weekend, so I thought I’d finally pick this up to read on the bus.Wizard of the Pigeons is about a homeless wizard living in Seattle, and his wanderings through which we experience the city. Let me [...]

    4. This book has an ending I cannot comprehend. Possibly the character loses the plot, too:) So why five stars?This book does have a point. What things seem, and what they are, depend on how we approach them.Everyone has motivations and rules, if we know them or not. Sometimes they are beyond our ken. We enter the world of a character who is perhaps mentally ill, or perhaps magic, or perhaps both, and is very human. As a reader I was left with a great deal of insight. It may be that there is magic, [...]

    5. Absolutely one of the best books ever written about Seattle. This is the city that I grew up in, before the tech and the shiny condos and the Starbucks on every corner. First book that I ever read that made me u-turn into the bookstore and buy five more copies to mail to friends. Warning: it's a heartbreak of read.

    6. I'm a fan of Robin Hobb, so I thought it would be great to try some of her other work. Wizard of the Pigeons as whole is an interesting concept, but the execution didn't work for me. It was a dark, dreary read that left me unsure. It was a bit tedious at times, and I really had to work to move forward with reading.

    7. 2,5/5I would have given this only 2 if it wasn't for Megan Lindholm's gorgeous writing style and some pages that really struck me.I wish there'd be more magic throughout the book, from the description I had been expecting something really different from what I got so obviously I was a bit disappointed. Themes of mental illness (PTSD and depression maybe), of letting go, relatinships and listening can be found in this story. I wouldn't call this urban fantasy even if the city itself is important [...]

    8. A lovely magical book. I don't remember all the details as I read it a long time ago but I do remember that it was pretty fantastic. I loved the feel of the story, the way it made the city of seattle another character , and the strange and individual ways the magic was present in the main characters (cassie and her jumprope songs, the black wizard (forgot his name) and his music, and the main protagonist wizard (forgot his name also) and his power of persuasion.I also remember that I always pict [...]

    9. For her books written as Megan Lindholm, I'd rate Alien Earth the best, this the second best, and Cloven Hooves third. The rest of her books are worth reading: she always employs intelligent prose and interesting concepts; however, these 3 really stood out, I thought, as approaching the level of her later works. This book depressed me, however, which is the only reason I didn't give it five stars. It's been a while since I read it, but I remember loving the feel of Seattle. The "wizard" in the b [...]

    10. I actually didn't finish this book. I was all excited about it after reading Alien earth. I really loved that one, and the blurb of Wizard of the pigeons sounded good. However, I didn't like the writing: way too long descriptions of street scenes in Seattle and of rooms and so on. I suppose it is meant as a way to create atmosphere, but it didn't work for me. On top of that, the story is vague. I don't mind if not everything is clear straight away, but I don't like it if I can't get a grip on th [...]

    11. On the one hand, I love low-profile wizards in love with their city: Hellblazer's Constantine or Kate Griffin's Matthew Swift are some of my very favorite characters. On the other hand, the first few pages available on feature clunky&unnatural dialog and a wizard who doesn't seem all that likable. So I dunno. If I find this book before Think Galactic meets and discusses it, I'll read it; if not, I'll drop this.

    12. I should reread this! I read this when I was 10 or 11 and first getting into fantasy, but I was used to the dragons-and-sorcery type stuff so I didn't really get it. Pretty much all I remember is the main character is a homeless guy who has some small magic powers but makes rules for why he can't use them.

    13. Written in the 1980's Wizard of the Pigeons is an urban fantasy set in Seattle. Wizard, the title character, is living by his wits on the streets, protecting the pigeons and telling the truth when he Knows it. He has no memory of his previous life before he arrived in Seattle and found his magic. Megan Lindholm is very, very good at world building and creating atmosphere. She brought Seattle in the 80's to life for me and filled it with such a strong cast of characters. Cassie and Rasputin also [...]

    14. Different from her other novels, very interior. Really did not know where it was going until the very end. Unique. Kind of dark. Continues to explore one of her favorite themes of the tension between self-sufficiency and the need for relationships.

    15. I have read this book about 5 times. It is one of my favorite books. Not a happy ending but a true and beautiful book

    16. Got to page 122 of 250. Preserved that long because I love Robin Hobb normally. But this was to dark and creepy for me. Two stars as it was well written.

    17. Living on the streets of Seattle is a man called Wizard who talks with mummies and tells the Truth to those who sit beside him on the bus. But when he and other magic users are threatened by the amorphous gray Mir, Wizard must decide if he can and will use his powers to go to war. Wizard of the Pigeons is an urban fantasy that calls to mind Neil Gaiman and Charles de Lint in both setting and style: realistically-rendered Seattle is filled with clever, cute bits of magic from treasure-filled junk [...]

    18. I wavered between 3 and 4 stars and am not sure how there are so many rave reviews of this book. I could have gone lower, but for the fact it was well written. I guess this was as effective at world building as any other, but it may be the first world I really didn't like going to. I love Robin Hobb. I loved the Windsingers with Ki and Vandien. I really, really, really loved the Six Duchies, Rain Wilds, and Fitz and The Fool. Not since I slogged my way through Soldier Son have I been this misera [...]

    19. That jump rope song scared the shit out of you. You knew it didn't mean anything good when kids in the city start singing stuff like that. So you brought it to me to hear me say how bad it was. Well, it's bad.''Just one little jump rope song!''Omens and portents, my dear Rasputin. I have seen the warnings written in the graffiti on the overpasses and carved on the bodies of the young punkers. There are signs in the entrails of the gutted fish on the docks, and ill favours waft over the city.'Wiz [...]

    20. I picked up this book because not only was it cheap, but I am a HUGE Robin Hobb fan and it sounded intriguing. Whilst an enjoyable, and often entertaining, read, it did pale in comparison to her other works. It just lacked in something, although I cannot say what that "something" might have been. Still, if you like Urban Wizardry and stories about street people, this makes for an appealing read, interjected with enough dry humour to keep even the more discerning reader content.It is the story of [...]

    21. 3.5 stars.This book started beautifully. The writing was what immediately drew me in; I hadn't expected it to be so unique and beautiful from what I know of Robin Hobb's usual style, but it fit right in with the story.And the story continued to be just as good: confusing, maybe, but in a way that was thought-provoking, and magical, and a little sad. I liked it a lot, even if I wasn's certain I understood what was going on on all the levels that this story was told. Then, at the last chapter, I w [...]

    22. Je reste mitigée face à ce livre. Je m'attendais à un monde de magie mais je n'en ai vue la trace nul part pourtant, elle était partout! Très déboussolant mais dans le bon sens du terme. À de nombreuses reprises j'ai voulu fermer le livre car le sujet ne m'intéressait plus, mais jamais je n'ai été capable de le faire. En fait je crois que c'est le premier livre, dont le sujet ne m'intéressait pas du tout, qui est parvenu à me garder captivée du début à la fin. Et ÇA c'est de la v [...]

    23. I read this book a long while ago and really liked it. I just found a copy so I could have it and re-read it, and I wasn't at all disappointed.Lindholm here was writing so-called Urban Fantasy before it became a genre with a capital G and hers had so much more depth and meaning than the average vampire/werewolf/ancient god stories that clog the shelves now. At its heart, this is a story of PTSD and what happens to a traumatized Vietnam vet when he returns to the States but it is also a story of [...]

    24. I first read this one years ago, and only recently reread it. It is a captivating, if surreal book, that is hard to pin down. It hit on a personal level, as I have dealt with the intrusions of memory from PTSD all my life. It is not at all difficult to see the gray formlessness of an unremembered past as the embodiment of all fear and all evil. The author's skill at scene setting and descriptions is a pleasure in itself. But even more enjoyable is the underlying premise that magic is more mundan [...]

    25. This book was everything I hoped it would be when I saw it on the shelf at the second hand store. It's not particularly common to just run into Megan Lindholm books, so I purchased it without even reading the blurb. But here is my advice, if you want to read this book, clear your schedule for a day. Then choose a coffee shop that will let you sit at one of their tables for several hours, order consecutive drinks, and read. Let yourself be immersed in the fantastical city it describes. It may jus [...]

    26. I adore this book and if you find it, but it immediately. It took me years to obtain a copy after re-reading my library's copy obsessively. At any rate, this is an early work of urban fantasy that has withstood the test of time. The book focuses on a series of magic workers who live in Seattle. Wizard, the main character who is among other things obliged to look after the pigeons, has cobbled together a relatively plesant and comfortable existance living on the margins of life in Seattle. Eventu [...]

    27. This was a surprise read. The Seattle Public Library posted it in their pinterest feed without any background info and I decided to take a chance on it. I wound up having to get it through ILL from IL because there aren't a lot of libraries that still carry it. It was worth the effort. On the outside it seems like a fantasy novel, but on the inside it could be read as a first-person account of PTSD and most likely schizophrenia and homelessness. I'd recommend reading it if you can get your hands [...]

    28. This is probably my favourite book by Megan Lindholm/Robin Hobb, and certainly in the top five of my favourite fantasy books. It's a beautiful, detailed book, but such a simple story. The Wizard lives on the streets of Seattle, and a grey mist, an evil presence, MIR, has come for him. The Wizard has to find the strength to battle MIR, but also to battle himself, his past - in Viet Nam, and what he became there, and toaccept and settle into his present, as a homeless man, as the Wizard of the Pie [...]

    29. Nice book But still, I've not been really convinced. I don't know why. The "magic" Robin Hobb usually puts in her books is not the same in this one. I'm used to travel in wonderful worlds with her and in Wizard of the Pigeons, Seattle does not become the theater it could have been. Maybe that's why she wrote it with her real name? I don't know. I think Urban fantasy is not the style she is very good at. I'm a huge fan of Robin Hobb But Megan Lindholm did not convince me. I probably should not co [...]

    30. It takes a while to really get going, but when it does it's good. I especially loved the strange, complex character of Cassie, and the tenuous rules and networks built around the wizard community. Felt more like a novella than a novel, and I really wish it weren't a stand-alone book. Too many good ideas to cut it off so short, and leave so much unresolved. I also disagree with the reading the one spoiler reviewer had: there is definitely a real fantasy world here, it's just a very hard one to ac [...]

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