Thursday, April 28, 2011

Good Story 009: The Mystery of Grace

Eifelheim by Michael Flynn

In Episode #9, Julie and Scott discuss The Mystery of Grace by Charles de Lint.

On the Day of the Dead, at the Solona Music Hall, Altagracia Quintero meets John Burns — just two weeks too late.

Grace, as her friends call her, has a Ford Motor Company tattoo running down her leg and grease worked deep into her hands. She works at Sanchez Motorworks customizing hot rods. Finding the line in a classic car is her calling. Now Grace has to find the line in her own life. Grace loves John, and John loves her, and that would be wonderful, except that John, like Grace, has unfinished business: he’s haunted by the childhood death of his younger brother. He's never stopped feeling responsible. Before their relationship can find its resolution, the two of them will have to teach each other about life and love, about hot rods and Elvis Presley, and about why it's necessary to let some things go.

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The Mystery of Grace by Charles de Lint


  1. Okay another book added to my wishlist. Though I will have to prioritize it higher.

    Speaking of stories involving Wicca, have either of you read the Emberverse series by S.M. Stirling? The main plot point is that electricity and some other forms of chemical reactions have ceased in the first book "Dies the Fire." So the world is plunged into primitive time in a landscape familiar as in Lucifer's Hammer. Though with electricity or working gunpowder and explosives people devolve into basically warrior tribes. What is interesting in this series is how religion is treated in that the various groups are often founded along religious lines with the major groups involving Catholicism and Wicca along with forms of Paganism. The writer is I believe a lapsed Anglican, but he takes effort to make the religious stuff correct. In fact long time Catholic blogger Dale Price once wrote a review of the first book in the series that lead to a friendship between the author and that blogger and Dale has been offering expert advice concerning Catholicism for the rest of the series. I do enjoy this series which is still working it's way to a conclusion.

  2. I think that I read most of that first book. I liked the premise but found it so preachy about Wicca and loving mother earth that I eventually couldn't slog through it any more. I don't mind the different faiths and all that. But it was just so danged heavy handed. If it is the one I'm thinking of.

  3. I don't recall ever reading anything by S.M. Stirling. That sounds like an interesting book to me.