Distant Waves: A Novel of the Titanic

Distant Waves: A Novel of the Titanic

by Suzanne Weyn
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so intense, it made me cry. I love the fact that it relates back to a real event, and has that intense wonder of what is to happen next. I think this is a great book for any person of any age to read. This book is one of few that i have a hard time to put down after i begin to read.
MissMorbid1912 More than 1 year ago
I've been in love with the Titanic since I was 4. I'm a huge Titanic buff and I love reading about and studying the ship, so I was thrilled to see this book came out...until I actually read it. It was rediculous. There are many times when it's historically inacurate, and the ending was just silly. But if you're looking for a book that hardly makes any historical sense, by all means, read it. Though, I must give it this: I loved the character Thad. He is to me what Edward Cullen is to fan girls.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
What would you do if you had foreseen the sinking of the Titanic? DISTANT WAVES is one of many re-tellings of the mysterious happenings surrounding the greatest shipwreck of all time, but Suzanne Weyn's version stands out with its breadth of historical research and, most importantly, with its allusions to the paranormal. Maude Oneida Taylor is a famed psychic, one of the most respected clairvoyants in Spirit Vale, a small liberal town teeming with spiritualists and feminists. Mrs. Taylor's five daughters grow up in rather unusual circumstances, and none of them are typical American girls. Mimi, the oldest, is stunningly beautiful, leaving home to pursue a more luxurious lifestyle and travel through Europe, though she can never truly escape her heritage. Jane, a budding journalist, is the most logical of the bunch, and the story is told through her perspective. Emma and Amelie, twins, seem to have inherited some of their mother's powers. Blythe, the youngest of the group, is completely mesmerized by the power that accompanies fame and fortune. Growing up in Spirit Vale, the Taylor girls have seen so many clairvoyants, some who perhaps really have the gift and others who are clearly frauds. Jane has even seen her mother cheat, scribbling her own messages during "automatic writing" that are supposedly from loved ones that have passed on. There have been times though, when even Jane's jaded self doesn't know what to believe, such as during her sister Amelie's dangerous sleepwalking episodes. Jane's life is influenced greatly by the ideas and attitudes of physicist Nikola Tesla. After a chance meeting in a man-made earthquake in New York City when she was only four, she has followed his career carefully, regarding him as a father-figure of sorts. Tesla's manipulation of electricity and inventive mind are incredible, only eclipsed by his generosity and lack of capitalist greed. Though Jane admires Tesla, it is his handsome assistant, Thad, who captures her heart. As the Titanic sets sail from London, all five sisters find themselves on board, despite multiple predictions of its sinking. Sailing toward what might very well be their demise, Jane and her sisters must hope that somebody or something is out there watching out for them. Weyn clearly understands the time period thoroughly, though occasionally the incorporation of facts seems slightly forced and almost weighs the story down. Readers do gain a wealth of knowledge, including little-known trivia about many celebrities of the era. This book is a must-read for anyone who remembers Leonardo DiCaprio's "I'm king of the world!" line from the movie, or for anyone who has ever entertained the idea that maybe clairvoyancy isn't so far-fetched after all.
LibbyK More than 1 year ago
I thought that this was a book that would be souly about a group of girls who experianced the Titanic sinking. Let's just say I was wrong. I dont think that it lived up to my expectations but she is the author and getting the big royalties so I can't talk. It spent half or more than half of the story on land. But it was not such a bad book, let's just say I don't realy regret reading it.
Madison Rawls More than 1 year ago
i found this book when i was obsessed with the movie titanic so i thought why not. best choice i ever made. now i am obsessed with this book.
Sophiathereader More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for readers intrested in romance, history, Titanic,and family love. It begins of with a girl named Jane who has 3 other sisters and one on the way. Her father just previously passed away and her family is left living with their Aunt. The mother on the other hand hates it living at her sister and laws house and the 4 sisters and mother move to Spirit Vale. The mother their takes a job and works as someone who speaks to the dead. The five girls grow older and Mimi one of the sisters (the oldest) and Jane (the second oldest) run away to New York to interview a scientist Tesla. There Jane meets Thad and instantly is drawn to him. Also, Mimi is brought into rich society by being a companion for a wealthy man's girlfriend. Mimi's birth is a issue when she falls in love as the story progresses. All the sister's fates converge on the Titanic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed this book. I first read it in 2009 and wasn't sure what quite to expect. I was delighted by its fresh new twist on the Titanic, the war between Edison and Tesla, and  the feminist mother of the narrator, a clever medium who is left widowed and pregnant but  manages to give her daughters a good life. The heroine, a young woman named Jane who grows up in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. She is a very unique choice to narrate the book and she has a fresh yet historically accurate view of events in the late 1890's to the mid 1910's. Fair warning, the characters do not get involved with the Titanic until about 2/3's of the book but it's there all the previous events in the story are perfectly blended together. This book is a personal favorite of mine because it is very well written. In fact, I hope someday they will turn into a film. Until that day, I'll just enjoy this amazing book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm only 11 and I love this book . This story is one of my favorite. I wish it was sequel. ******************************************************** stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thot most of the book was amazing and stuff. What i hated the most was the ending tho. I thot it was sorta silly. And the girls acted a little childish for their age throught almost the entire thing. But despite all that, it used to be my all time fav book. And i have to give it some credit too cuz it WAS the book, and Suzanne Weyn WAS the author, that/who showed me that i was going to be a writer. I am 13 and i now have written one book about Greasers and im writing another one about Greasers as well. I love writing and i love reading and Distant Waves has shown me that. Crazy as it sounds, its true. BUT Suzanne isnt my inspiration anymore. Theres another author who is an evn BIGGER inspiration to me now: S.E. Hinton. Shes my fav now. Heh, ok, i know my review was boring and long and irrelevant at some points :), so sorry if i bored u.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like learning about the Titanic, but it seems like all books on this topic are non-fiction. I was very excited when I saw that this book was about the Titanic, and it was also a fiction story. I thought this book was really good and intense in many parts. I would recommend this book to anyone who actually wants to read a story about the Titanic...not just facts about it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some parts were creepy but its really good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the besy bookihave ever i cried sooouo hard i love this book soooo much it is amazing i could read it 1000 times over and over IOVE THIS BOOK i would giveit 810000000000 stars if i could
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book a few years back when it first came out and I still love. Suzanne brings history, romance and science togather beautifully!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this when it first came out. Im a huge Titanic fan, and had high hopes. But it wasnt worth it. The girls were way too modern for thier time, and the story seemed to jump around and be very unrealist. Not what i wanted or thought. Unless you're going to rent it, don't waste your money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first saw the cover, I immediately wanted this book, it was so beautiful. The idea of this book is great, but it honestly took about 200 pages for them to actually arrive on the Titanic, which annoyed me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book was captivating and so moving for me. Weyn did an incredible job of weaving a complex yet magical book. Many key ideas include the darker tones of death, racism, and psychics balanced by love, new and excitng discoveries, and freedom. The characters are special each in their own way- Jane is hardworking, curious, and puts her past behind her in hope of love and a new life. Thad is comforting and dreams big, and he is extremely loyal. Mimi, beautiful and vain, longs for a better life in the city, and with her charming and carefree spirit, will not let her past's new secrets stop her. Through secrets, love, and pain, beauty and truhs will unravel in this beautiful story about loss and discovery.-SailorPig23
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book and fell.in.love! Its based on the titanic and will keep you in love. You wish you can have the romance that goes between the main character and the boy (Thad) its so.welly writen and i have read this book so many times because im just in love with it! Read this book! Its amazing!
Amish1949 More than 1 year ago
What a story! A novel about 5 sisters who traveled on the Titanic,with a surprising ending! This novel is work of fiction, but is based on certain historical facts- which makes it the more fascinating! Suspense with mystery kept me glued to this book, reading way into the late hour! It is a beautiful story, and I highly recommend it! comment · see review
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK SUCKS!!!!!! Btw im a guy total waste of money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Adult or kid? I havent read the bpok yet but i hav red DARING TO DREAM. And lin the authors review it says that DISTANT WAVES is a book 4 teens
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it!!!!!!!!! It was n amazing book. Maybe there will be a sequal......................
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amaazing story line
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book but wish it got to the point faster :| a book bout da titanic it dosnt come in until the end :3