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Raven Stole the Moon

Raven Stole the Moon In this haunting debut Garth Stein brilliantly invokes his Native American heritage and its folklore to create an electrifying supernatural thriller When a grieving mother returns to the remote Alask

  • Title: Raven Stole the Moon
  • Author: Garth Stein
  • ISBN: 9780671004606
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this haunting debut, Garth Stein brilliantly invokes his Native American heritage and its folklore to create an electrifying supernatural thriller When a grieving mother returns to the remote Alaskan town where her young son drowned, she discovers that the truth about her son s death is shrouded in legend and buried in a terrifying wrinkle between life and death WhenIn this haunting debut, Garth Stein brilliantly invokes his Native American heritage and its folklore to create an electrifying supernatural thriller When a grieving mother returns to the remote Alaskan town where her young son drowned, she discovers that the truth about her son s death is shrouded in legend and buried in a terrifying wrinkle between life and death When Jenna Rosen abandons her comfortable Seattle life to return to Wrangell, Alaska, it s a wrenching return to her past Long ago the home of her Native American grandmother, Wrangell is located near the Thunder Bay resort, where Jenna s young son, Bobby, disappeared two years before His body was never recovered, and Jenna is determined to lay to rest the aching mystery of his death But the spectacular town provides little comfort beyond the steady and tender affections of Eddie, a local fisherman And then whispers of ancient legends begin to suggest a frightening new possibility about Bobby s fate Soon, Jenna must sift through the beliefs of her ancestors, the Tlingit who still tell of powerful, menacing forces at work in the Alaskan wilderness.There beliefs are shared by Dr David Livingstone, a practicing shaman who had been hired to cleanse Thunder Bay of its restless spirits The experience almost cost him his life, and he warns Jenna about the danger of disturbing the legendary kushtaka soul stealing predators that stalk a netherworld betw

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    1. Garth Stein

      Garth Stein is the author of four novels the New York Times bestselling gothic historical coming of age ghost story, A Sudden Light the internationally bestselling The Art of Racing in the Rain the PNBA Book Award winner, How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets and the magically realistic Raven Stole the Moon He is also the author of the stage play Brother Jones He has a dog, he s raced a few cars, climbed a bunch of really tall trees, made a few documentary films, and he lives in Seattle with his family He s co founder of Seattle7Writers, a non profit collective of 74 Northwest authors working together to energize the reading and writing public.

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    1. This is a slightly updated re release of Stein s first novel originally published in 1996 and out of print for some time Don t expect any Enzo like characters here this book is TERRIFYING, a flat out, brilliantly crafted horror story Stein is a blood quantum verified registered member of the Tlingit Indian Tribe of Alaska his great grandmother was full blooded Tlingit , and he has taken one of their terrifying legends and brought it to the modern world This is a story about Kushtakas, otter spi [...]


    2. This book was kind of a chore to get through I started out really liking it, but the writing was so choppy, with awkward tense and point of view changes that drove me insane Also, it was way too long.


    3. Garth Stein s third novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain, was a huge success It was so successful, that I do believe a movie is being made as a result In order to capitalize on Stein s success, his publishers have decided to re release his first novel Originally published in 1998, Raven Stole the Moon, tells the story of Jenna Rosen Two years ago at the Thunder Bay Resort, near Wrangell, Alaska the hometown of her Native American grandmother , Jenna s young son, Bobby, disappeared She has no ide [...]


    4. Garth Stein s Raven Stole The Moon is a contemporary novel set against an interesting backdrop the beliefs and ancient folklore of the Tlingit people As Jenna traipses through Wrangell and meets an interesting cast of characters including Oscar, a dog who suddenly follows her everywhere, and Eddie, a man who befriends and shelters her, no questions asked we begin to learn of a supernatural phenomenon which is intriguing and spooky What did happen to Bobby I m one of the few people in the world w [...]


    5. Story OverviewOn the surface, Jenna Rosen has it all a husband who loves her, a comfortable life in Seattle, and good looks But Jenna is troubled it shows in her excessive drinking, Valium addiction, depression and the increasing discord in her marriage But her problems can all be traced back to the loss of her son Bobby, who drowned during a family vacation in Alaska two years ago Jenna blames herself for Bobby s death and cannot get past it Yet her husband Robert seems to have been able to put [...]


    6. Haunting and touching without being overly sentimental.When a real estate developer, John Fergusen, wanted to build Thunder Bay Resort near the town of Klawock, Alaska, an area rich in Native American culture, he was advised to seek the counsel of a Tlingit shamen by the name of David Livingstone to spiritually cleanse the area on which the resort was to be built This was to keep them from a situation.ough not sure if he is referring to a lawsuit type situation or The Shining type situation Desp [...]


    7. In Garth s first book, he explores the folk lore of Alaska and a woman in search of herself and answers after the death of her son has torn her family apart This book goes into fantasy, which I normally don t read but with it based on tribal lore, makes it a wonderful story to read Garth is just a born writer and gets better as he goes Look for all his books, they will be different but they will be great reads, always with something to take away from them.


    8. I really expected to like this book The premise is fantastic the story begins with a Tlingit shaman, David Livingstone, being hired to ensure that the land around a posh wilderness resort is clear of spirits The contractor tells him, We don t want to move ahead and find out later that we have auh, you knowa situation Says David, A lawsuit type situation, or The Shining type situation As it turns out, the land is the domain of some particularly dangerous nature spirits, the kushtaka, who are shap [...]


    9. Raven Stole the Moon by Garth Stein was sent to me as an ARC by Terra Communications, and I couldn t be grateful for just how wonderful the book was One of my biggest issues with accepting ARCs is the pull between being honest about the review and still doing service to the group asking for the review With this book, however, that won t at all be a problem The story takes place in Wrangell, Alaska, primarily, amongst the Tlingit Native American population Now, this is completely serendipitious [...]


    10. Jenna lost her son, Bobby, in a tragic drowning while on a business related vacation with her family at a soon to be opened wilderness lodge Two years later at home with her husband Robert in Seattle, Jenna has yet to recover She s seen numerous psychiatrists, but has yet to come to terms with Bobby s death and the changes their loss made to their marriage After a fight at yet another business related event, Jenna takes off in Robert s car At first she just wants to get home In the end, she just [...]


    11. Warning mild spoilers.I m conflicted about this book At first I really, really liked it The first hundred pages were so intense and creepy that I actually got freaked out and had to stop reading so I would be able to sleep instead of laying awake clutching at my covers in terror Stein does have a gift of creating some very intense imagery and can write atmosphere very well.However, I have two major issues with the book First is mechanics than storyI thought that much of the writing was just pla [...]


    12. Ever since the drowning her heir son, Bobby two years ago, Jenna Rosen and her husband, Robert are like strangers then husband and wife Jenna decides to get away from her life and Robert for a while She takes off for Alaska This is where it all began Where Bobby drowned Jenna experiences some strange things like a wolf or wolf type dog chases her through the woods Jenna meets a man named David He is a shaman He tells Jenna of a legend hat the Tlingits believe It has to do with the belief that n [...]


    13. Having absolutely loved Garth Stein s, ASIN 0061565407 The Art of Racing in the Rain CD , I wanted to read his 1998 debut novel Raven Stole the Moon It was good, but honestly, not my cup of tea.About the bookTwo years ago in a remote Alaskan village, Jenna Rosen s five year old son, Bobby, fell out of a boat and drowned, and Jenna was unable to save him Unable to come to terms with her grief and sinking deeper and deeper into depression, Jenna leaves her husband in Seattle and returns to the sit [...]


    14. Robert and Jenna the couple with everything That is until they lose their only son, Bobby in a tragic drowning while on vacation in Alaska Robert desperately wants to move on with their lives while Jenna is trapped in a constant state of despair as the accident happened while she was with Bobby The stress proves too much for Jenna and she flees her marriage and life in Seattle to visit her grandmother s hometown in Alaska which just happens to be located near the Thunder Bay Resort, the location [...]


    15. The Short of It Raven Stole the Moon is almost like reading two novels, side by side There s the everyday, here and now part of it, and then there s the other part that centers around mysterious Native American legends and shapeshifters At times, it s a wild ride.The Rest of It Raven Stole the Moon is not a new book for Stein In fact, it was first published back in 1998, but after his success with The Art of Racing in the Rain, his publisher decided to release this new edition of Raven Stole the [...]


    16. Garth Stein is known for the popular book The Art of Racing in the Rain, which at one point last year, was even being sold at Starbucks Though I thought the dog was adorable and the minimalist cover appealing, I avoid books with animals as a major theme the endings almost always end up being sad.Raven Stole the Moon is a complete departure from the premise of The Art of Racing in the Rain The story begins in Seattle with a troubled couple, Jenna and her husband, getting ready to go to a party Al [...]


    17. Two years ago, Jenna Rosen s son, Bobby, drowned while on vacation in Alaska To her dismay, his body was never found and she had to return home with her loss and grief While Robert, Jenna s husband has gotten over his grief, Jenna has found nothing that can help her get over or forget the loss of her son, putting strain on their marriage and making them act like strangers than a husband and wife.One night Jenna just can t take it any and decides she needs to leave, while in the middle of one of [...]


    18. On impulse, Jenna Rosen leaves the party she and her real estate developer husband, Robert, are attending in Seattle, takes his BMW and drives north to Bellingham Again on impulse, she hops on the ferry to the Alaskan town where her Tlingit Indian grandmother lived and died But there s than impulse at work here Jenna and Robert s 5 year old son, Bobby, drowned in Alaska just two years ago, and something is drawing Jenna back to the scene On the ferry, she s given a carved silver charm of a Tlin [...]


    19. When I was growing up my mother was a storyteller She told Southern folk tales and some Celtic tales, but most of all she loved to tell trickster stories, so I grew up with Raven and Jack and Anansi, and I was definitely curious to read this book because of its title and loose association with the story of how Raven stole the moon I spent summers in Seattle from the time I was in the third grade and lived there for ten years before the rain forced me to flee , so I like to keep my eye on Seattle [...]


    20. I had heard about a lot of good things about Garth Stein s work, and was excited to be able to review one of his novels With all the great things I ve heard, I had created some high expectations I was really hoping this book would live up to It not only lived up to them, but exceeded them From the first page, I found myself under the spell of this highly emotional story There was just no way, after starting it, that I was able to put it down The characters were extremely well crafted and realist [...]


    21. I picked this book up because from the back of the book it sounded like it was one that would incorporate some Native American legend and it did The story began with Jenna and her husband two years after the drowning death of their son Bobby when he was four Jenna cannot cope with his loss and increasingly feels that her husband is putting Bobby s memory away in the past, forgetting him and moving on with his live without her She cannot forget the loss of their son, so one night, she simply driv [...]


    22. From My Blog return Raven Stole the Moon is a hauntingly beautiful, heart wrenching page turner, which immediately captures the reader s attention and does not let go Garth Stein s novel weaves in the beliefs and the culture of the Tlingit of Alaska, in this well written novel filled with a deep sadness, Native American legends, and the longing to become whole The novel begins with the 2 year anniversary of the death of Jenna Rosen s son, whose body was never recovered in the wilderness of Alask [...]


    23. I m still waiting for a category between I really liked it and It was amazing Usually I only know with time which books stick in my mind enough to get a 5 star rating I think this book might end up being one of them It turns out that I get the most enjoyment out of books with a strong sense of place Reading this book I really get the experience of the pacific northwest I love that I also thought the story was unique and engaging I read this book when I supposed to be doing other things and thoug [...]


    24. This was NOT my book whatsoever To me, the characters were undeveloped and the interplay between the characters were not believable There were many circumstances which developed without establishing a credable link to being likely The sexual content was completely inexplicable, seemingly thrown in for unknown purpose and mystifying connection between those people, to those behaviors.The final comment suggested that our foxy protagonist is somehow, possibly, connected with the country boy who she [...]


    25. The overall plot was interesting, but there were many passages and even whole chapters that really weren t needed to move the plot forward The characters were fairly one dimensional The author s note at the end further disappointed me I knew the book was his first, originally published in 1998, so I kept this in mind as I read However, Stein states in his note at the end of the book that he had the opportunity to make changes before is return to print in 2010 He could have developed his characte [...]


    26. I knew this book was a hit for me, when I fought with myself over whether to go to sleep or read one chapter In the end, I finished this story in 2 days.From the moment I started reading, I was pulled in Gradually the book built up, and in a way that half the book was done before I noticed.I really loved how the author formed the characters in the story Each one highlighted in a way, that wasn t too descriptive yet gave you everything you needed.Beautifully written, and truly an amazing story.I [...]


    27. This is Garth Stein s first novel, years before Art of Racing in the Rain I ve been reading his old stuff and have was surprised at how terrifying this novel was Jenna lives in Seattle with her husband as does Stein Her marriage is on the rocks, as they are grieving over the drowning of their young son Jenna heads to Alaska to get away, and discovers that her son s death may hold meaning Jenna s grandmother was part of the Tlingit tribe, and their folklore speaks of the kushtaka, a stealer of s [...]


    28. This book moved me in a way I did not expect It is an unpredictable story complete with characters that made me cry out in anguish including the dog The bad guys were not really bad, were they I thoroughly enjoyed the peak into Tlingit culture, better and suspensful and possibly plausible, than any of the modern zombie tales currently being raved about I met Garth once on a book tour of The Art of Racing in the Rain, another excellent read I look forward to his next publication whenver that may [...]


    29. A great story combining the ties of family life, love and loss with native mystical lore to create a story you won t soon forget.Jenna and Robert seem to have it all A great life, great friends, and their little boy, Bobby While trying to expand their earthly wealth, they travel to the newly built Thunder Bay Resort for a little business and a little pleasure But things are not always what they seem, for the land this place inhabits was owned long before the business officers arrivedd they mean [...]


    30. This book reads like a story that should be told around a campfire It is based on a Tinglit Indian legend The story was a little unconventional for me I had just finished a book about ghosts and was now reading about soul, stealing otters But Garth Stein is a very good storyteller The book has a lot of unneccessary swear words, which is interesting because this is a second edition and the only changes that were made were to cut much of the vulgarity I glad I read the cut version.


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