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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (12 Sept. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586217479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586217474
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11.4 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 451,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth Hand is the author of ‘Winterlong’ and ‘Waking the Moon’ – widely acclaimed both in Britain and the States. She lives in Maine, USA.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Aug. 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was the first of Ms. Hand's work I had read- after I finished, I bought two more of her novels. The whole plot utterly fascinated me and awoke a long dormant passion for mythology. Ms. Hand has quite a talent for interjecting the quite ordainary with an intangibly intoxicating magic. As a fan of Oscar Wilde, I was happily surprised to see a character, Oliver, clearly based on him as well as the lush development of each character. As a 15 yr. old writer-to-be, Ms. Hand's decadent descriptions and vivid imagery give me a level of perfection to aspire to. One catch- if you're too lazy to break out a dictionary for a few esoteric words, you'll miss out on a lot. I'm currently reading Glimmering and enjoying it as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Mar. 1997
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Convincing characters, original use of old horror themes, sharp social commentary and the smooth integration of research makes Elizabeth Hand's "Waking the Moon" a novel worth any reader's time. Hand makes the characters practically live and breathe on the page; readers will relate to main character Sweeney's longing for the "Beautiful Ones," and cheer on her unlikely May-December romance with Dylan. Hand avoids making anyone in the novel the "bad guy," as so many horror novels do. Even as the reader is terrified of Angelica, they can empathize with her sadness over killing those she loves. Also, Hand rises above the cliched horror plot of friends reunited to confront an evil from their past, by making each friend unique. The novel enthralls as well as educates the reader. It's well-researched, and Hand skillfully mixes this information in along with the plot. Lastly, with Angelica's cult, Hand comments on today's society and women's role in it, and takes today's "goddess" movements one horrifying step further. A wonderful novel in every way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Feb. 1999
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In Waking the Moon, Elizabeth Hand builds upon what Neil Gaiman has been trying to do (and brilliantly succeeding at, may I add) for years, and that's bring magic back into the modern world, create modern myths ofr readers to explore, enjoy and learn from. She does all of this in this aching, terrifyingly beautiful book.
The only fault I can really find in this novel is the ending, which left a bit to be desired. It was confusing, and throwing the Dylan element in wasn't exactly to taste, but these points are easy to overlook as the rest of the novel is gothic, erotic and just really well written. Hand writes like she has silver in her pen. Just beautiful imagery.
Highly recommended. I don't think you'll be sorry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zain Shah on 9 Mar. 2007
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This is one of the first novels i have read in a long time that i just could not put down. Some people may get bored with the length but i loved the way it was written, all the beautiful imagery. I'm not very good at writing reviews, so i don't usually bother but this book really affected me. it is a fantasy and there is a lot of myth involved but when you come down to it, it's a love story (but not a romance). i've read that there is a shorter version which had about 200 pages cut but i don't see how you could remove any of it. i'm thankful for every single sentence i got in the long version! btw, this won the mythopoeic society award so it must have some literary merit.
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By A Customer on 5 May 1998
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i'd been thinking about picking up this book for almost 2 years when it was featured at a convention that i attended. the first half (the part where the characters are in college) had a nice feel to it. by the second half, it all went downhill. it got less moody. the characters who are introduced later are either completely undeveloped (dr. dvorkin) or cardboard (dylan). angela, a charcter who was fairly complex in the first segment of the book becomes a much more boring villain in the second half. by the end of the book, it had just become too predictable. well, not entirely. i was surprised that the benandanti, the powerful secret society in the first half, is surpisingly helpless in the second. there is no explanation why this group that has guarded humanity against the goddess religion for all time is suddenly powerless at the end of the novel.
a more minor point is the author's apparent belief that washington d.c. has a tropical climate, or that the weather there is all that different from in new york city (i grew up almost exactly between the two cities and there never seemed to be much of a climactic difference to me).
i just reread what i wrote and i think i've given the impression that i hated this book more than i did. it wasn't bad. its just that with the set up in the beginning i expected so much more...
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By A Customer on 26 April 1999
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As an avid reader, I was really looking forward to a good, long read when I picked up this book. Well, I was half right. At this point, I am determined to finish this book only because I've wasted so much time thus far and would like to see for myself that it does indeed end.
I believe Ms. Hand enjoys reading her own writing as much as some people enjoy hearing themselves talk. Other readers have found sections so meaningful that they have read them over and over. I, too, have read sections repeatedly. I finally learned to omit about every other word and found that the sentences made much more sense.
Then there are the little things that really seem silly considering how much research supposedly went into the book. When does this book take place? If Sweeney was at the Divine twenty years ago, she would have been there in the seventies, right? Where'd Angelica find those tinted lenses? She didn't seem to know she was a goddess at that point, so I guess she didn't conjure them up.
Actually, I have been known to give up on a book. I'm just disappointed that this one didn't deliver when it had so much potential.
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