Mary C. Moore
Mary is an offspring of the counter-culture mind-blown hippie movement that sprung up north of the Bay Area after the sixties. She roamed through the landscape with all of the other half-feral, half-naked, half-educated children running wild in the hills and forests of Northern California, like Titania's fairies roamed through the Grecian wood or Wendy's lost boys roamed through Neverland, dancing through buttercups, oak leaves, and wild strawberries.
She continued to roam as she grew older, through Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, finally landing in San Francisco where she currently resides with three pesky roommates and two mellow cats, no wait switch that. Armed with a BS in biology from the University of California San Diego, she was a veterinarian’s assistant and then a field biologist and then a zookeeper at the San Francisco Zoo. But her passion for books drew her to writing and publishing. She graduated from Mills College, Oakland with a MFA in Creative Writing and English and is currently a Literary Agent at Kimberley Cameron & Associates.
She has taken her love of adventure & biology and turned it to the pen to write about all the strange, fabulous, and unexpected in this world.
Visit her at www.marycmoore.com.
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That Damn Shoe
by Mary C. Moore
Half leprechaun and half human, Clara is more than just a barmaid--she's part of the fairy tale security team at the local pub.
It's a full moon night, which means all of the magical and the fey are out looking for trouble. So when a mysterious cloaked customer appears at one of her tables and has something to hide, Clara knows tonight her shift is not going to be easy.
by Mary C. Moore
Angels. Demons. Creatures of myth and legend. Or so they would like you to believe. Look closely, that curly hair may be covering horns, or that long jacket could be hiding wings. They walk amongst us, and they are just as human. Genus: Homo, species: angelus. Just as mortal as you or I. Vulnerable. Endangered. But not yet extinct. And Sarah Connelly’s job is to ensure they survive.
A Day at the Zoo
by Mary C. Moore
Written by an actual zookeeper, A Day at the Zoo explores some of the funnier aspects of the zookeeper's job, in particular the strange questions they are asked by the zoo's visitors. It also gives an in depth look at the normal everyday interactions between zookeepers and the animals they work with. A must read for animal lovers.
The Shadow Killer
by Mary C. Moore
Published: September 2, 2011.
There is more than meets the eye living in the underbelly of the city. In this urban fairy tale you will spend the night with a homeless girl and discover what skitters and hisses just outside your window.
by Mary C. Moore
Wolfman is a short story from the collection, Beastly Tales. It explores a dark, internal retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.
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- Insane & Out
on Sep. 28, 2012
Price gives us a unique look into a man's slow decent into madness. Jason is haunted by a bitter divorce, unsatisfactory living situation, a wicked boss and a darkness unnamed. He moves into an old house bequeathed to him by his deceased uncle, whom he has never met, where he runs into a problem with the man renting his uncle's garage. The power struggle between the man and Jason eclipses all other factors in Jason's life, until it explodes.
We are introduced to our main character, Jason, via a train ride where he interacts with a stranger called the Wolfman by the narrator. This first chapter is clunky and hard to read. It is layered with unnecessary adverbs and adjectives and comes close to turning off the reader all together, and to add injury to insult, the Wolfman is not seen again in the story, making the chapter feel pointless. However, it was not so bad that I couldn't push on through to the part where Jason hatches a scheme with one of his clients, to screw his boss. The writing smooths out and my interest was piqued. So I continued through a few more chapters where the scheme is carried out and the tension builds, but nothing really happens. Quite frankly I was losing interest. And then... Chapter Nine begins. This is where we meet the true genius of the writer. I know, you may ask, not until Chapter Nine? But this is a novella with twenty chapters, so Chapter Nine is not all that far along. All of the other plot lines fade away as Jason gets more and more obsessed with his neighbor who is renting his garage. THIS is what is worth reading, what is worth all four stars, what truly makes this piece a gem of an indie work. I was absorbed in the fascinating mindset of the man who is going insane. This part was really well written.
The ending was a bit abrupt, but satisfactory. I believe with some more work, and serious editorial input, T.J. Price could have a masterpiece novella on his hands. As it is right now, it is worth a read.
- The One Who Is Two (Book 1 of White Rabbit)
on Dec. 21, 2012
Oh where do I start? What a fabulously surreal twisted tale. It felt like the story of Alice and Wonderland all grown up and tripping on acid.
The beginning sucks you in with a seemingly innocent setting. Simon is in his old house with his ex-wife and kids hoping for a little love on his birthday. Because he had previously left them for a younger woman, the reception is less than welcoming. He is kicked out after noticing his daughter has a strange new pet, a bunny rabbit named Loofah, that keeps staring at him. Depressed he heads home and somewhere along the way reality collapses.
Suddenly we are in a world of horny flowers, dogs walking humans, and maniacal household appliances. Simon doesn't know who he is or how he got there, but outside forces are pushing him in different ways.
I loved the story and was enchanted, except for two major things:
-At points the narrative rambles through the surreal setting, there's a lot of blinding lights and dizziness and hazy memory which dulls the prose and makes the reader want to sleep. It picks up again with some strange occurrence or another like laughing signposts or a sexually suggestive Barbie Doll, but then the narration slides back into the haziness and loses its form, just a bit too much.
-The novel ends abruptly at a point that is obviously meant to be a cliffhanger but is frustrating in that it still feels like the middle of the book. It seems the series has four books in total.
This story is definitely worth a look, and I can see this author really growing into something quite fantastic. (hopefully he can cut down on the extra words)
- BUZZ: An Unauthorized Autobiography
on Jan. 28, 2013
This book left me buzzed, in a good way. We are taken on a journey with the main character, Buzz (a darkly self-destructive, yet sensitive and humorous being), as he tells us about his family history, from his immigrant parents who fled to the U.S. to escape prosecution, to his shenanigans in rented tuxedos. The arc follows the existence of our main character with an intensity and dizzying spiral, which mixes in excerpts from the excitement of NASA exploration in the late sixties to reminisces about Czech political upheaval during Stalin's rise to power.
I was a huge fan of the author's writing. It well done, smooth and vivid. Zverina is deft at weaving multiple threads around the main story and blending it together. However, my complaints were enough to dash two stars off of the review: one for the length of some of the tangents as well as the vague muses and wanderings of the character, which in turn caused my attention to wander and leave the story. The second for the end, it was rushed, was not foreshadowed enough and thus felt unsatisfactory.
As this is, I think, Zverina's debut novel, my complaints mean little. I believe he is a gifted author and has a large amount of potential to make his mark on the literary landscape.
- Wolf-Girls: Dark Tales of Teeth, Claws and Lycogyny
on Nov. 15, 2013
A fantastic collection of short stories! Everything from bloody to sweet to bitter to happy, there is something for everyone. Kate did a masterful job of collecting and editing a really diverse group of well-written stories. Sure there were those I liked less than others, and if I had to give one complaint it would be more than a few of the stories were not wrapped up well, i.e. the end was unsatisfying. But overall this is a great read, and I highly recommend it for public transportation readers because each story is just enough of a bite to get you through the commute.