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Arlene C. Harris started writing at a very early age. Her first works were epic tales involving Snoopy in his “Red Baron” mode teaming up with the cast from “Hogan’s Heroes”, mainly because at five years old she didn’t know there had been not one, but two, World Wars.
In 1996 she was the Grand Prize Winner of the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Award for her short story “His Best Weapon.” Shortly after that, she embarked on her six-book series Pont-au-Change. She has a few more books in the pipeline at this time.
Arlene lives in California.
on May 22, 2012 :
I hope I can convey the absolute delight I felt when I started reading this book.
It was only recently that I finished reading Hugo's "Les Miserables", which was an incredible experience itself. My interest still strong after the final page, I started researching a little more about the story and its various adaptations, and happened across Harris' "Resurrections". Curious and hopeful, I clicked on the "view sample" link.
I was blown away.
Harris has constructed a perfectly sound re-imagining of how events at the end of "Les Miserables" would have played out with the simple change of averting Javert's suicide, and has crafted an engaging and very satisfying narrative. This book could be inserted seamlessly into the end of "Les Miserables" (and I strongly encourage fans of the Brick to take a peek at this book), but still tells its own story, which is no mean feat.
"Resurrections" is an absolutely wonderful read. Harris' characterizations are instantly recognizable and masterfully presented. The two primary characters manage to avoid the miserable fates that await them in Hugo's novel in a very appropriate way, and it provides a deep sense of satisfaction and closure to see Valjean's selflessness act as a catalyst for Javert's character development, which in turn leads to events that allow Valjean to be saved from his own self-destruction.
I am very eager to read the next books in the series.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on May 16, 2012 :
I first purchased this book in hard-copy about 10 years ago. I enjoyed it just as much as the original Les Miserables, and -- impossibly! -- even more. I couldn't fathom why anyone would write a sequel to such a perfect book as Les Mis, but when I read Resurrections I was shaken, as if the gravitational constant of the universe had changed indeed. Arlene Harris is a superb writer. It's hard to know whether to praise more her lively dialogue, her rich imagery, or her ability to weave real history seamlessly into an emotionally compelling plot. But of course, that was ten years ago! What would I think on reading it again? When I found out it was available as an e-book I was thrilled. I purchased it for my Kindle and re-read it, and was amazed to see it was just as wonderful as I remembered. If you loved the book or the musical version of Les Miserables, the universe of Pont-au-Change is not to be missed. I'll be first in line for the next books in the series, too. I'm not one to hand out a five-star rating lightly, but this story rates every star available.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)