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"A generous, affirming novel. . . . Terrific." —The New York Times Book Review
"A keenly observant, ironic, yet at heart sympathetic exploration of what America has promised and provided." —Chicago Tribune
“[D]exterously tacks between tragedy and comedy. [Raban’s] representations of materialism and the dot.com working environment are dead-on, and his descriptions of the hopes and fears of parents and spouses are heart-rending.” —St. Louis Post Dispatch
“Stylishly smooth, descriptively compelling and tragically funny. . . . This is Seattle as Dickens might describe it.” —The Seattle Times
“Waxwings . . . is hugely satisfying; buzzing with life from Seattle's dotcom industry, sharpened by domestic intrigue and then alarm as the protagonist's life begins to fall apart.” —Independent on Sunday
“The best novel yet about the dot-com era. . . . Raban’s snapshots . . . are fall-over funny. [He] nails our short-lived intoxication and hints at the hangover to follow.” —Time Out NewYork
“Raban’s pages . . . sing with dazzling phrases and fresh insights.” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“Sharper (and a lot faster) than The Bonfire of the Vanities, [Waxwings] may well be one of the best accounts ever written of an American era.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred)
“It’s a testament to Raban’s control that he can integrate personal and public catastrophes so deftly in this witty novel. . . . He prods us to consider that we’re living in a period that makes us all somehow foreigners.” —Christian Science Monitor
“Raban’s views, ironic and humane, are always acute; always illuminating. His prose - agile, musky, particular - is a treasure.” —The Guardian (London)
“Marvelous. . . . As with [Tom] Wolfe’s extravaganzas, Waxwings teems with juicy, funny characters emblematic of their time and place . . . but, unlike Wolfe, Raban knows how to bridge the gap between the broad social canvas of satire and the interior life of delicate rounded characters.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Waxwings has great amplitude and intelligence . . . a wide-ranging, pungent, sharply observed novel.” —Raleigh News Observer
“A delicious social comedy . . . Waxwings is also an elegant meditation on immigrant America.” —The Boston Globe
“Generous, funny and beautifully written . . . Waxwings is extraordinarily rich and expertly paced and arranged. The social range of the novel is enormous; the characterizations acute. Every character, however incidental, has a voice.” —The Columbus Dispatch
“Raban's specialty is the sly, unsparing metaphor and jarring observation, and he's at the top of his form in Waxwings. Yet he perceives his adopted homeland without American Beauty-style snarkiness or intellectual dispassion à la DeLillo, displaying instead the compassion and bracing honesty of an ambivalent lover.” —Village Voice Literary Supplement
“Waxwings stimulates the reader both emotionally and intellectually, gently tapping at the funny bone while giving us characters we care about. . . . It is a solid example of contemporary literature: entertainment with a message about modern society and the modern individual.” —The Orlando Sun-Sentinel
“Imagine Evelyn Waugh with a social conscience and, perhaps, a tad more humanity. . . . Enormously pleasing. . . . Wonderful fun, as lively as anything out there.” —The Hartford Courant
Posted August 29, 2014
I was here when the clan first started.Really?you might say.Really I was.I never really fit in due to my inactivity through no fault of my own.But I thought in Celestialclan you could be colorful.Dragonwhisper is green partially...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 29, 2014
&alpha&delta&delta<_>-<_>&sigma&eta &tau&sigma C<_>&epsilon<_>l<_>&epsilon<_>s<_>&tau&iota&alpha<_>lC<_>&alpha&eta &real&upsilon<_>l<_>&epsilon<_>s <p> Going to be specific on Godmodding, since we still have Godmodding flying around our camp! <br> 1. Shapeshifting is Godmodding, UNLESS StarClan gives you the power. Only ONE cat can have this power. The leader and Jetfrost will decide on who, and how much the limit of Shapeshifting they can do. If anyone Shapeshifts without being given the power, they will be punished. If it happens again, they will be kicked out of CelestialClan. <br> 2. We have powers, yes, but no Invincibility, Invisibility, etc. That's way too un-realistic. <br> 3. ONLY realistic pelt colours. Ice blue, purple, and other colours are fine, as long as it's not your main colour. Lime green, hot pink, and other unrealistic colours will not be tolerated. Please respect it. No un-realistic patterns either zebra stripes. It's never been on a real cat before, therefore if un-realistic. <br> 4. People who attack, I've noticed how some Godmode. If they say 'leaves a scar,' 'slashes at their heart,' 'eats their brains,' things like that, ignore them. <br> 5. Also, I've seen attackers power-play. Power-playing example: Heartpaw slashed at Onyxpaw, before rolling to the right, dodging any attack Onyxpaw might have done. (This is Powerplaying because you don't know if they are going to fight back, or be defensive.) 2nd ex: Heartpaw bites down on Onyxpaw's paw, and pulls back, pulling him to the ground. Onyxpaw yowls in pain, as Heartpaw stabs her claws into his neck. (You don't know how Onyxpaw will reply! He may or may not yowl. You can't control anyone else's character, but yours!) <p> We have wings, yes! It's part of CelestialClan! That will never change! I've seen someone say 'their wings grow, and their claws grow.' Is it just me? No. That's Godmodding. <p> Queens and kits better not fight like a regular Warrior! Queens will be slow, since they carry kits. If you get slashed in the stomach deep enough, your kits will die. Kits are weak. They have no training. Don't make them be slashing at noses and things like that, for they're small and the most they can do it cause little bite marks+scratches. <p> I think this pretty much clears it up on Godmodding. Guys, I get tired of seeing this. I've rped in CelestialClan since January! It's been about 8 months! I want to see all of you to start respecting me, and the senior members. Such as Pebblesplash, Jetfrost (Darkpaw...), Twilightstar (pretty sure she reincarnated as Radiancekit...), etc. I don't appreciate disrespect to Jetfrost and I's rules, so please listen! Thanks for reading! <p> ~Lionstar/Lionfang's RPer &starfWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 29, 2014
<p> No forcemating.
<p> No posting once then leaving. It's very annoying.
<p> Try to use proper grammar.
<p> (And on the other side of the spectrum) no Grammar naziing.
<p> No being rude.
<p> No murder of fellow clanmates.
<p> Do not disrespect the Starclan burial site.
<p> Be kind to your clanmates.
<p> Understand if they maybe have issues posting or otherwise.
<p> If the current Leader is not active for two weeks, the current Deputy may take over for a while. If the Leader is inactive for four weeks or more, the current Deputy will take leadership and the previous leader may NOT have his/her leadership back, though he/she may rejoin the clan as a warrior.
<p> Keep the Warrior Code.
And if you don't already know how the ranks work, they are as below:
<br> Leader: has 'star at the end of his/her name.
<br> Deputy: has a regular Warrior name.
<br> Warrior: quite self-explanitory.
<br> Queen: a pregnant She-cat. (Queens are not considered a lower rank than Warriors, they are just not allowed in fights unless absolutely neccessary.)
<br> Apprentice: has 'paw at the end of his/her name. Acquires his/her Warrior name after their Mentor decides he/she is fully trained. Apprentices do NOT automatically recieve their warrior names at twelve moons.
<br> Kit: has 'kit at the end of his/her name.
Three rp moons = one rl week
Thank you for reading! ~previous Leader Jetstar/frost~
Posted June 13, 2004
Yeah, I was suprised of how much I liked this book. It was well written and I liked a majority of the characters. Johnathan Raban has written a very good novel and is worth the time. You should get a copy today.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.