Wisp of A Thing

Wisp of A Thing

Book - 2013
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In the isolated ridges and hollows of the Smoky Mountains, musician Rob Quillen comes to Cloud County, Tennessee, in search of a song that might ease his aching heart and instead gets caught up in a subtle power struggle he can't begin to comprehend.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765334138
Characteristics: 349 p. ; 22 cm


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Nov 30, 2018

Who knows what makes one person like another, or another's books? A glint of the light? "...the way you hold your drink"? (Joni Mitchell lyric). Actual mileage may vary!
I think Bledsoe just has The Knack, of creating a vivid fantasy world with vivid characters so naturally you find yourself turning his pages. In my case, against my will, to start with.
He has that knack, but alone that's not enough. (His Eddie sword-for-hire series is quite banal.) So his appeal seems to be half that knack and half his clever twist on urban fantasy, call it rural fantasy. Spell-slinging hillbilly fairies! If i'd read that description i would have dismissed it as gimmick fantasy and avoided it, but he actually pulls it off. I've read only this one, but i suspect that you'll enjoy the rest of this series too.
If you (really) like music the odds of your loving his work go up, and if you love bluegrass you absolutely must read this.

Nov 02, 2018

“Wisp of A Thing”, Bledsoe’s second novel in the Tufa series, digs even deeper into the complex world he has created that blends the faerie an Appalachia. With much of the introduction behind us, the opening runs much more smoothly than the previous novel. His grip on the style and accent of these people is stronger and he has shown growth as a writer. Even with a largely new cast offered to the reader, we are still very much within the home of the world. There is some want for the previous characters to have more effect in the piece, but as we become accustomed to the new crew, they grow into the same strong characters that one expects from this author. Bliss is a welcome standby, left from the previous novel, she now features strongly within this installation. She’s a rather wonderful character and becomes less ephemeral and more human in this piece. The one challenge was Bledsoe’s shift from a female to male narrator—a strange choice considering the almost feminist nature of the first book and the somewhat matriarchal society of the Tufa. However, it eventually works even if the male outside narrator tends to wrankle at the open of the piece.

May 14, 2015

Really enjoyed this book. Great pace, very well done.

Jun 25, 2013

Smoky Mountain fairies who use bluegrass to make spells. yes, it's that much fun.


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