Cedar Sanderson, mother of four and aspiring author, grew up without television in the Alaskan bush. This and learning to read at age four have skewed her world toward books. A house full of books and a part-time librarian job keep that going to this very day. She writes what she wants to read herself, and hopes someday her children will like her books. Until then, they all live together on a farm in New Hampshire and read late into the night. She writes because she can’t help it, gets a story stuck in her head and has to write it out or it bothers her. Which led to enjoying the crafting of stories over the years, but she didn’t seek to become published for a long time – she was content just to write. Now, she’s sharing some of her work.
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Riders of the Wind
on Aug. 27, 2013
I was enjoying this, and it was enhanced by my beginning to read it while embarking on a flight that would land in Newark, the primary location of most of the story. While it doesn't start at the very beginning of aviation, it covers the commercialization of airlines, mail deliveries, and the last hurrah of aviation racing in the days of biplanes. It also touches on many topics of the times, like prohibition, the Mafia, the Lindberghs, and the depression. Some of the historical events are presented in an oddly skewed fashion, but I didn't see anything that stuck me as incorrect. For a novel, I don't ask objectivity about history!
The thing that kind of threw me out of the story was when the two main characters go to Brazil and have a supernatural encounter. I wasn't expecting that. Also, the message became a bit heavy-handed here in the story and took over what I was reading it for - the history, and the planes. Don't read this for the story telling, that is a bit flat, and the characters cardboard. But the telling of the progression of aviation was a good read, out of my usual fare these days, harking me back to my teen obsession with aerospace. I might pick up the second book, because it gets into WWII, this book having ended with the announcement of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.