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Writer of genre fiction. Book reviewer.
on June 23, 2012 :
Consisting of just about a hundred pages, SelfSame by Melissa Conway is a short book, with an amazing story. Conway does an amazing job of both writing and imagination. Her characters are solid, well-grounded and her mythology is fabulous! I was particularly impressed with how she handled 18th century Enid.
Being a poor women of virtually no social standing couldn't have been easy. Add to that the fact that she had grown up with ideas and ideals from modern-world where feminism and equality of all are preached, and you can tell it will be a tumultous ride.
Same goes for future-self Sorcha, who had to live in the present, never knowing how the past could affect her. But, somehow, both managed. I just loved how both girls (I will call them girls, because 'halves' sound ridiculous!) kept referencing to the other-world for various things...be it knowledge, history or medicine.
The mysterious aspects, the lovers and all the minor characters were beautifully done. It wasn't a Jason Bourne-worthy mystery, but, at the same time it felt real. The lack of excessive drama was very fitting to the mold of the story.
To summarize, Conway knew what she wanted to do with the story and she executed it perfectly. What some others do in two or three books, keeping readers in the dark, whetting their appetite before finally giving answers, she managed do in just a short book. And she did it beautifully. I loved the last line..hell the last scene!
No even that doesn't cover it. I loved the book!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)