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Used book in very good condition. Some cover wear, may contain a few marks. Ex-library with the usual stamps. First Edition, Second Printing. As New. Remainder mark. New, unread copy. New York: Ace Books, First Edition. Hard Cover. The upper fore-corners are very slightly bumped. The jacket is lightly rubbed at the head of the flap folds. Quarter-bound in brown on beige boards; lettered in gilt on the spine; headband. Dustjacket art by Judy York. Light rubbing at the corners of the dustjacket; price intact; no interior markings. She can live with being normal, an outsider.
After all, someone in the family had to take after her father, completely without magic. But one day, alone at home with family away, she falls terribly ill. And when the symptoms pass, something has changed. Something she has dreamed of for such a long time - and suddenly, she isn't ready to be magical like the rest of her family Seller: W.
Used book in good condition. If you've found Hoffman not quite your thing with other books, you might give this one a try. Others that I enjoyed: A Stir of Bones, Red Heart of Memory, Past the Size of Dreaming this set is a trilogy; the first doesn't really resolve the problem, the second has for me a major plot problem, and the third had quite a few loose ends that just dissolved into nothing plus an ending that didn't work for me. One that I really disliked all the way through: Catalyst. May 26, Jackie "the Librarian" rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Women fantasy fans. Shelves: fantasy , adultfiction , favorites.
Set in contemporary California, Gypsum comes into the magical heritage of her family very late, and it comes with a real wallup. She must use the magic, or it will kill her, but it's "curse" magic, so she must find a way to channel it safely. Gypsy is a very appealing heroine, and her solution to her situation is unusual. Anyone who's struggled with becoming themselves will relate to Gypsy. View all 4 comments. Nov 05, Shannon rated it really liked it Recommends it for: fans of paranormal fiction.
Throughout this entire book, I felt compelled to keep reading, continuously waiting for that big "thing" to happen. It never did. And yet I still enjoyed the read. The ending was a little flat. But it wasn't so bad that I regretted the time spent reading the book. A very interesting writer. I may have to read more by her just to see if all of her books are the same. Mar 15, Kirsten rated it it was amazing Shelves: own , read-pre Gypsum LaZelle is a magicless daughter in a very powerful magical family.
She believes she will never Transition -- that is, gain her powers -- until one weekend when the rest of her family is away, she falls ill Dec 05, Nicole rated it it was amazing. I just re-read this book and I was again struck by Hoffman's description and character building. I love all of her books, but this one is one of my favorites. View 1 comment. After putting this down, I was really conflicted over whether I really liked the book or not.
On the one hand, as I was reading it, I got swept up in the story, had trouble putting it down, and really wanted to keep reading. But, once I finished the book, I was left unsatisfied and a bit disappointed. It took a shower to help me realize just what made me so unwilling to like the book. God bless showers. I get some of my best thinking done while standing under a steady stream of hot water.
There After putting this down, I was really conflicted over whether I really liked the book or not. There were a number of things that were flawed: The characterizations were very weak and vague. While the family antics amused me Oh boy, talk about dysfunctional! Of the siblings, if Hoffman hadn't used their names I probably wouldn't have been able to tell them apart. Nor did we fully get to meet anyone outside the family. Claire and July were supposedly large and important parts of Gyp's life, but they were barely there and personality-less.
We didn't even learn much about Ian other than he was a nice guy. The rushed ending. Gyp figured out how to control her magic, and book ended. The end. It's only been a week, if that! Really needed more for me to feel real resolution. Magic was too casually acceptance by those outside the family. After Gyp outs herself with Ian, and later with Claire, neither of them freaked out, asked a billion questions, or did anything but accept that she can curse things. Completely unrealistic, even with both's experiences with the occult, given that neither of them were particularly gifted themselves or had knowingly seen real magic before.
But what really bothered me throughout the book and made me not like it was the implication that if you had power, you could do whatever you wanted to anyone who had less power or no power -- with little or no consequence. The old adage that power corrupts is shown throughout the book.
The LaZelles manipulated those around them, their surroundings, and even themselves however they saw fit, and did not question their right. As the normal sibling, Gyp was subjected to magical manipulation of her thoughts, feelings, wants, desires, actions, and even her own shape -- all without a second thought by the rest of her family.
It was considered their right to spell her Why else would her horrible, horrible mother never step in to police her children's use of power? Or try and protect Gyp from being made into a guinea pig? And her mother was the worst of the lot, creating compulsions for her children to never leave home, spelling her daughter so she would exercise and diet relentlessly, structuring their life to fit her idea of how it should be. She was abusive without ever having to lift a hand towards her children.
And when Gyp comes into her own power, she proves herself above this unthinkingly cruel way of being.
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She doesn't want to hurt people and tries desperately to try and harness her power benignly. So what does being this goodhearted persona get her? The role of walking doormat. She accommodates everyone automatically. She was so nice and sweet, she put up with everyone spelling her, manipulating her, and using her. But I have to wonder how much of that is her true personality and how much of that is having lived for two decades under the subtle control of her more powerful family members? She hated not being herself when she's cursed with Ultimate Fashion Sense - yet does she even know who she really is?
She never stood up for herself; she let herself be talked into working on a day she had called in sick, she lets herself be pulled along by Altria, though she tries and controls the outcomes. Though all the descriptions of food made me really want to make cookies and brownies. Jan 05, Kelcey rated it really liked it Shelves: new-adult , young-adult , urban-fantasy. My first book of the year is part of my attempt to clear my shelves or at least try to remember why I kept certain books from long ago. I am pretty sure I read this in high school but I couldn't remember much about it or why I had liked it enough to keep it.
It turned out to be a fun quick and rather interesting read. For one My first book of the year is part of my attempt to clear my shelves or at least try to remember why I kept certain books from long ago. For one thing, this seems to fall squarely between young adult and new adult and this was long before new adult had even started to be defined as its own genre. She is chosen to receive dark powers instead of the generally positive wish power the rest of her siblings received.
What I really liked about this book was how real it all felt. The story itself was fun and never took itself too seriously and Gyp struggles through her own powers, making mistakes and doing her best. She makes no secret of the fact that she is out for her own gain as well. While also acting as a teacher, she does not shield Gyp but instead takes her through the school of hard knocks. The ending felt rushed and cut off. Jun 09, Althea Ann rated it liked it. Although she makes no overt connection that I noticed , the LaZelle family in 'A Fistful of Sky' is extremely similar to the magical family in her other novel, 'The Thread the Binds the Bones,' and I'd assume that Hoffman intends them to be cousins, of a sort.
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However, I think that 'Fistful of Sky' is the more successful novel. It deals with the plight of Gyp, a young woman who, in addition to dealing with the issues of a loving yet controlling family and the 'normal' traumas of dating, self-ima Although she makes no overt connection that I noticed , the LaZelle family in 'A Fistful of Sky' is extremely similar to the magical family in her other novel, 'The Thread the Binds the Bones,' and I'd assume that Hoffman intends them to be cousins, of a sort.
It deals with the plight of Gyp, a young woman who, in addition to dealing with the issues of a loving yet controlling family and the 'normal' traumas of dating, self-image, and thinking about a career, has much more to worry about as well. As I mentioned, she comes from a magical family, and when she goes through 'transition' and gains her power, it turns out to be the rare power of curses.
For Gyp, who is essentially a friendly, non-vindictive type who loves baking cookies and curling up with a good book, this is truly a curse. If she doesn't use her power, she will die. Her travails as she attempts, blunderingly, to cast her nasty spells where they'll do the least harm, are charming and amusing - but also insightful, as Hoffman deals subtly with the ways in which we tie ourselves to and interact with others, the dynamics of family, relationships and society Shelves: fantasy , Gypsum is the middle child in a family gifted with strange abilities.
The story follows a plot arc that's rather similar to Savvy ; the magic feels a lot like Garden Spells. Gypsum's gift comes to her quite a bit later than the rest of her siblings. When it arrives, it's a doozy, and it's not what she'd hoped for. Again, in this it's rather like Savvy, although written for a much older audience. The story centers around how she comes to terms with her gift. A lot of reviewers bemoan the lack of ch Gypsum is the middle child in a family gifted with strange abilities. A lot of reviewers bemoan the lack of character development.
I actually thought the character development was pretty good, and the Gypsum was a reasonably sympathetic main character. The book is very well-written -- just the kind of warm, slightly funny voice that I like. I devoured the book in one day. The book falls down in two areas that make it less than five stars. The conflict is hardly climactic. Some of the scenes in the center of the book were much tenser than the "climax.
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