The Mirror Thief

The Mirror Thief 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 beau

  • Title: The Mirror Thief
  • Author: Martin Seay
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 153
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 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.

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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 [...]

    2. Read it before anyone else because my spouse wrote it. But it's really really good, truly, not just because my spouse wrote it.

    3. 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 storylin [...]

    4. Onvan : The Mirror Thief - Nevisande : Martin Seay - ISBN : 1612195148 - ISBN13 : 9781612195148 - Dar 582 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2016

    5. 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 engagi [...]

    6. 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 becau [...]

    7. 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 a [...]

    8. 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 more. I hate not finishing a book, but there are too many good books to read to waste time on t [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. 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 [...]

    11. 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 more, 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-

    12. 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.

    13. 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 m [...]

    14. (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 more mainstream press than m [...]

    15. 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 [...]

    16. Yes, I took more 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!

    17. 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 n [...]

    18. 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 more is to come. Martin Seay is in my opinion, one of the next greats.

    19. 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 o [...]

    20. 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 t [...]

    21. 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 [...]

    22. 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.

    23. After 20 pages I decided life is to short to finish this book. It's a collection of random sentences, that go nowhere. I am moving on.

    24. 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 more 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 f [...]

    25. 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, Th [...]

    26. 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.

    27. 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!

    28. 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.

    29. This novel is super complex, ambitious, and well-written. I can certainly understand all the buzz it's received.

    30. Очень непростые отношения у меня с этой книгой. В ней три сюжетные линии: наше время, 1950-е и середина 15-го века. В последнем случае действие развивается в Венеции, куда приезжает доктор Гривано, чтобы провернуть некое дело. И вот эту часть я бы с радостью читала все 700 страниц. [...]

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