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The true infant Jane was replaced with a mischievous, occasionally malevolent, fey changeling in 1976, who grew up contemplating how she could use her powers without divulging her true nature. In 1995, she tricked human James Baxter into marrying her, and then meticulously began to write down the chronicles of her ancestors. Disguising her work as fiction, the creature known as Jane Timm Baxter finally achieved her goal of infiltrating the world of publishing when she decided to publish and market her work in e-book format. Currently, she is continuing to encode secret messages to her kin in the form of “novels,” and believes that world domination is just a few more words away.
In her rush to “fit in” among the humans, Baxter unfortunately chose a human vessel that is less than efficient in the realm of health. Having not expected such an ongoing battle with her vessel, Baxter is currently limited in the time and energy she can apply toward her goal of world domination through art and writing. To aid her in her schemes, she employs the mischievous help of “The Chi-Baxter Pack” – four fairy spirits inhabiting the tiny bodies of canis familiaris chihuahuas. At this time, nothing else may be revealed concerning the true nature and mission of The Chi-Baxter Pack, under penalty of death.
Those who are familiar only with Jane Timm Baxter in her human disguise, frequently describe her as any and all of the following: interesting, weird, amusing, annoying, talented, dark, disturbed, sick (as in physically ill,) sick (as in mentally ill) and unique. Whether or not any of these words are accurate descriptions of any part of Baxter remains to be proven
on May 14, 2014 :
I never know what to write when reviewing a book, so I'm just going to tell it like it is.
I *LOVE* Night Garden. I devoured this book. It's an addictive page turner with interesting themes.
If I could, in real life, I'd join the Cirkus Freakatorium in order to spend more time with the characters. The only thing I didn't like about this book is that I ran out of pages far too quickly.
I'd highly recommend this book to everyone I know and everyone that I don't. I'm looking forward to reading more of Jane Timm Baxter's work.
(reviewed long after purchase)
W. Freedreamer Tinkanesh
on Oct. 15, 2013 :
A serial killer has been striking in West Hawthorne for a year. Along comes a copycat. Meanwhile Karen Krane's fiancé commits suicide in East Hawthorne. Grieving, in the company of her ever-supportive best friend Andrea, Karen starts receiving anonymous letters from a secret admirer going by the initials of NG. NG seems to know every move Karen makes and speculations over his identity are rife. Could the initials stand for the Night Garden? The place Karen created on her house roof to enjoy peace and solitude.
Jane Timm Baxter created a suspenseful and tense mystery where everyone Karen knows and meets is a suspect. The colourful support cast includes the Cirkus Freakatorium where Karen does body hook suspension and where someone pretends to be a vampire. Her best friend Andrea has contacts in the witchcraft community to scrounge protective spells.
While Karen's stalker plagues her with more letters, gifts and the occasional threat, increasing his creepy factor, the serial killer, or the copycat, kills closer and closer to Karen's life, and Karen's paranoia reaches new heights. 'Night Garden' is an intense read with a stunning ending that will echo in the readers' minds like ripples on a great lake. Jane Timm Baxter is an original talent to watch out for.
(reviewed the day of purchase)