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Maze of Blood [EPUB] ✰ Maze of Blood By Marly Youmans – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Begin with what seems the end of things how Conall Weaver lifts a gun to his head And now dive backward into the labyrinthine worlds of home, where Conall is the center, into the maze of love, where C Begin with what seems the end of things how Conall Weaver lifts a gun to his head And now dive backward into the labyrinthine worlds of home, where Conall is the center, into the maze of love, where Conall seeks and strives with his soul mate, and into the maze of imagination, with its population of weapon wielding heroes and local color Texansand then on, into the maze of childhood, where time seems illusion and all the threads and stories start Red for the Maze of PDF or blood of frontiersmen and Indians, Conall thought, red for the blood of proven heroes and mother, the martyr of Cross Plains Maze for the looping coils of a snake that ended in a rattle that shook out revolutionary warning don t tread on me Maze for veins of blood Maze for family In Conall Weaver, the mundane world and the wonders of the imagination collide and shoot out sparks Inspired by the life of pulp writer Robert E Howard, Maze of Blood explores the roots of story and the compulsions and conflicts of the heart in a Southern landscape.

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  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • Maze of Blood
  • Marly Youmans
  • English
  • 06 October 2019
  • 0881465364

About the Author: Marly Youmans

Youmans pronounced like yeoman with an s added is the best kept secret among contemporary American writers John Wilson, editor, Books and CultureMAZE OF BLOOD Mercer University Press, Novel Inspired by the life of Robert E Howard Profusely decorated by artist Clive Hicks Jenkins Literary fantastic A haunting tale of dark obsessions and transcendent creative fire, rendered brilliantly in Youmans richly poetic prose Midori SnyderGLIMMERGLASS Mercer University Press, IndieFab BOTYA Finalist Art by Clive Hicks Jenkins Novel It s brilliantly well written, Maze of PDF or shockingly raw, and transportingly sometimes confusingly but not in a bad way weird Glimmerglass shimmers on the boundaries of the real and the unreal, of poetry and prose, of the ordinary and the fantastic It s down to the caprice of the individual reader, therefore, to decide exactly what sort of story it s trying to tell It s difficult to overstate the emotional effect that Glimmerglass has had on me This is a beautiful, complex, moving book Marly Youmans s prose flows like clear water, and every image is, as Cynthia observes, full of meaning p Tom Atherton, Strange Horizons A DEATH AT THE WHITE CAMELLIA ORPHANAGE Mercer University Press, The Ferrol Sams Award for Silver Award in fiction, The ForeWord BOTYA Awards Novel It is seldom that a novel from a small university press can compete with the offerings from the big houses in New York A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage may be the best novel this reviewer has read this year Its quality and story telling remind one of The Adventures of Roderick Random, Great Expectation and The Grapes of Wrath among others The winner of the Ferrol Sams Award for Fiction, A Death has the potential to become a classic American picaresque novel One wishes, however, that this novel will not get shunted into the regional box and be seen only as a Southern novel Its themes and the power of its language, the forceful flow of its storyline and its characters have earned the right to a broad national audience July ABOUT Contemporary Literature, John M Formy DuvalALIAD Montreal Phoenicia Publishing, Post apocalyptic long poem combining elements of the novel and the epic Art by Clive Hicks Jenkins In THALIAD, Marly Youmans has written a powerful and beautiful saga of seven children who escape a fiery apocalypse though written is hardly the word to use, as this extraordinary account seems rather channeled or dreamed or imparted in a vision, told in heroic poetry of the highest calibre Amazing, mesmerizing, filled with pithy wisdom, THALIAD is a work of genius which also seems particularly relevant to our own time novelist Lee SmithTHE FOLIATE HEAD UK Stanza Press, Art by Clive Hicks Jenkins Collection of formal poetry THE THRONE OF PSYCHE Mercer University Press, Collection of formal poetry Youmans is a writer of rare ability whose works will one day be studied by serious students of poetry Greg Langley, Books editor, The Baton Rouge Advocate, October , VAL ORSON P S Publishing, Novel Book of the Year for Books and Culture Magazine INGLEDOVE Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Fantasy, yaAIRE Louisiana State University, Collection of poetryE WOLF PIT Farrar, Straus and Giroux, The Michael Shaara Award Short list, Southern Book AwardTHERWOOD Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LITTLE JORDAN David R Godine, Publisher, .



10 thoughts on “Maze of Blood

  1. Josie Cook M.A. Josie Cook M.A. says:

    To open this book by Youmans is like jumping into another world,and moving from cloud to cloud with a vapor and flavor inside so unique while riding on a breeze to places unknown yet somehow familiar in one s mind enough to recall some of it.Youman s novels seem to follow no conventional plotting of story twists or planned conflict, yet they still evoke some type of shared humanity that can be a bit weird and also feel comforting to her reader Her carefully chosen words and formed sentences str To open this book by Youmans is like jumping into another world,and moving from cloud to cloud with a vapor and flavor inside so unique while riding on a breeze to places unknown yet somehow familiar in one s mind enough to recall some of it.Youman s novels seem to follow no conventional plotting of story twists or planned conflict, yet they still evoke some type of shared humanity that can be a bit weird and also feel comforting to her reader Her carefully chosen words and formed sentences strike an exact, detailed and accurate view that traps a reader in her created written world Whatever tale Youmans cares to weave, it is original, poetic, and filled with the creations of an artist at work She often includes wonderful unique images inside her books and on her covers She always gives credit where it is due, too I m looking forward to something new by her to read very soon

  2. Dantanian Dantanian says:

    Sheer poetry An absolute writer s writer And great illustrations by Clive Hicks Jenkins, to boot.

  3. The Advocate The Advocate says:

    Conall Weaver is a writer, a weaver of tales He authors pulp novels filled with Celtic warriors, Mongol hordes and fabulous adventurers and swordsmen Those things are in short supply in Cross Plains, Texas, where Conall lives with his invalid mother, who is dying of tuberculosis, and his father, the local physician.What Cross Plains has plenty of is cowboys, cactus, dust and heat What did you need of hell when you had Texas Conall wonders rhetorically.No one in Cross Plains really understa Conall Weaver is a writer, a weaver of tales He authors pulp novels filled with Celtic warriors, Mongol hordes and fabulous adventurers and swordsmen Those things are in short supply in Cross Plains, Texas, where Conall lives with his invalid mother, who is dying of tuberculosis, and his father, the local physician.What Cross Plains has plenty of is cowboys, cactus, dust and heat What did you need of hell when you had Texas Conall wonders rhetorically.No one in Cross Plains really understands Conall or respects his work as a writer despite the fact that he has made considerable money at it and has a string of titles to his credit A real man, a cowboy, works at a real job Conall can t bring himself to conform to those expectations He couldn t bear to become the little thing that people here wanted him to be Conall s father is distant and always too busy for anyone, including his dying wife or Conall Conall s mother clings to her son She is crazed by her life, failed expectations and disease A dreamy woman, she affects a slight Irish accent, claims to be descended from Celtic royalty and recites poetry when she is not listening to Conall read stories or poetry.Conall escapes into fantasies of mystic barbarian cultures But as hellish as home may be, it s home, and every home has some charms Conall has his perfect pet, his dog Caradog, who all his days had asked for nothing but to leap with him in the sun or to lie close to him on the bed at night Then he meets the sylph like Maybelline, a school teacher who aspires to write and wants advice from Conall The girl broke into his house like a wave Windows were thrown open to let the breeze in, and the crickets sawed like mad on their dry, chitinous fiddles Somewhere in the background a radio played a cowboy song about horse thieves and a broken heart Conall is smitten She dazzled him A kind of bewitchment was shed from her fingertips as she spoke In the distance, crickets were chirping, and a few spotted frogs were throat singing their vocal sacs emitting a series of rasping thrills Conall said that the frogs had been Mongolians in another life but had been exiled to Texas to repent of their sins He told her that he had called up the moon especially for her and that the harvest moon belonged to Ceres So Maze of Blood is a love story It s an adventure story It s mystic in places It s literary and poetic It s a Texas Gothic tale All that is wonderful, but the book does have one hurdle for readers to overcome The end is at the beginning Caradog has died Maybelline is no longer Conall s best girl And Conall, hero of the tale, has taken a fatal step almost before the plot finds its first complication Then Youmans writes the story forward from a past point It is told in first person in the rich and sometimes fantastic voice of Conall This may sound confusing, and in the hands of a lesser writer, it would be But with Youmans, you can count on the entree being just as sweet as the dessert no matter which one is served first Greg Langley

  4. Claire Youmans Claire Youmans says:

    MAZE OF BLOODBy Marly Youmans Macon, Georgia, 2015, Mercer University Press MAZE OF BLOOD, by Marly Youmans, is a book to be savored It is a book that digs deep, with every word of the spare and exquisite prose carrying level upon level of meaning It is a book that encourages, even requires, both thought and feeling in every line Though it will capture the reader immediately and never let go, it s not a book to be taken lightly MAZE OF BLOOD is a book to read over and over again.As she did MAZE OF BLOODBy Marly Youmans Macon, Georgia, 2015, Mercer University Press MAZE OF BLOOD, by Marly Youmans, is a book to be savored It is a book that digs deep, with every word of the spare and exquisite prose carrying level upon level of meaning It is a book that encourages, even requires, both thought and feeling in every line Though it will capture the reader immediately and never let go, it s not a book to be taken lightly MAZE OF BLOOD is a book to read over and over again.As she did in GLIMMERGLASS, Youmans twists time and space to explore the juncture of creativity between the material world and the spiritual This is the interface Youmans returns to here, revealing the very essence of creativity through the story of one man s all too brief life.Conall Weaver, the protagonist, fights to escape the physical and emotional confines of his life in a small Texas town He writes fiction and fantasy, leading a life of the mind that nobody else understands or respects, even though he earns a decent living at it Sere, hot, flat and empty, Texas itself becomes a metaphor for the human condition, something that constrains and torments the creative soul.Youmans draws the reader into the tension between the restrictions of the physical environment and the spiritual yearnings of the mind and heart The reader is left to determine if the creative spark needs both to catch fire.This is a beautiful and important book Clive Hicks Jenkins illustrations show the essential whimsy and joy that permeate Youmans universe even in the midst of human turmoil.Marly Youmans and I are of course vaguely related We re first cousins generations removed by 500 years and 3000 miles, and have never met IRL I d like to Her work is splendid.Claire YoumansAuthor of The Toki Girl and the Sparrow Boy and The Toki Girl and the Sparrow Boy, Book Two Chasing Dreams American I Publishing, Big Bear Lake, CA 2014 and 2015 respectively both available onand everywhere else.http www.tokigirlandsparrowboy.comclaireyoumansauthor gmail.comAmerican I PublishingPO Box 576 Big Bear Lake, CA 92315 760 362 2173 760 820 2212American.i.publishing gmail.com

  5. Rouchswalwe Rouchswalwe says:

    Finding a splendid pearl in an oyster while combing the beach Uncorking a bottle of wine, then being stunned by the enticing aroma and promise fulfilling flavor That s what turning the pages of this book written by Marly Youmans was like for me.The yarn she weaves is arresting Once I finished the first chapter, I had to close the book for a bit and simply lie there, relishing the prospect of the journey that lay ahead Indeed, there were parts of the story told with words so beautifully writt Finding a splendid pearl in an oyster while combing the beach Uncorking a bottle of wine, then being stunned by the enticing aroma and promise fulfilling flavor That s what turning the pages of this book written by Marly Youmans was like for me.The yarn she weaves is arresting Once I finished the first chapter, I had to close the book for a bit and simply lie there, relishing the prospect of the journey that lay ahead Indeed, there were parts of the story told with words so beautifully written they made my heart ache and others that found me blinking in confusion as I finished the chapter and found myself back in the present.After reading the last line, I took a deep breath, and turned to the beginning again because I d realized something Yes, it s that kind of book And now that I ve had a taste of Youmans s exquisite yarn weaving, I fully intend to engage with her other works of wonder

  6. Darrell Reimer Darrell Reimer says:

    Marly Youmans is a lyrical writer a sort of Michael Ondaatje of the Deep South, really Readers who dig the latter should, I would think, dig her.Conall Weaver, her fictional portrait of pulp master Robert E Howard, contains multitudes manythan most people do Her compassionate excavation of his tumultuous inner life makes for a surprisingly welcome immersive experience You ve gotta be in the mood for it, though Were I in another time and place, I d likely rate this a five out of Marly Youmans is a lyrical writer a sort of Michael Ondaatje of the Deep South, really Readers who dig the latter should, I would think, dig her.Conall Weaver, her fictional portrait of pulp master Robert E Howard, contains multitudes manythan most people do Her compassionate excavation of his tumultuous inner life makes for a surprisingly welcome immersive experience You ve gotta be in the mood for it, though Were I in another time and place, I d likely rate this a five out of five

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