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M.L. Weaver’s best friends as a child were books, as asthma kept him indoors—and in bed—a great deal of the time. His favorite genres were, and are to this day, science fiction, fantasy, and history textbooks.
Matt’s asthma abated but his love for books did not. Writing novels was always one of his goals but he didn’t manage to put pen to paper until the third year of grad school, which, as he now admits, might have been the worst possible time to focus on anything but research!
After graduating from UC Davis with a Ph.D. in chemistry, Matt moved with his wife and son to the Pacific Northwest.
on June 07, 2013 :
The Lightness of Dust is a unique and beautifully written tale that weaves together three time periods seamlessly. Kere is a young healer who wants to marry the love of her life. But while he sails off to find his fortune, her father sells her to a shady priest who wants to profit from her gifts. Sam is a struggling artist working as a handyman at a music hall. His life is simple until he meets an exotic violist who awakens feelings in him he never knew existed and takes his art to a whole new level. But will their love affair survive the separation when he enlists to fight in World War II? In present day California a young professor takes on a brilliant grad-student who wants to take over his lab and maybe ruin his marriage.
Even as stand alone tales, all three of these stories held my attention and kept me turning the pages. When you learn how their lives are all connected, its simply mind-blowing. The book combines powerfully written prose, well defined characters, and subtle paranormal/fantasy elements that explode in the last fifty or so pages. I love how each different time period was so well researched and how all the characters were so well developed. But most impressive was the completely original plot that was unlike any other novel I've read to date. This book has something for everyone--historical buffs, fantasy addicts, and even romance junkies will love it. It is definitely a five-star read all the way.
(reviewed long after purchase)
Tona Cruz Dominguez
on June 01, 2013 :
It is hard for a reader to synch 3 stories together while they are reading. This book started off as 3 different stories and in the end the story flowed together. I think that if the author had not done it this way, the story would not have resonated they way that it did. I had mixed emotions through out the story. To me each character brought out a different aspect of emotion. It was so easy to get wrapped up in this story. I am grateful that I was given the chance to read this book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)