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Monday, September 10, 2007

Season of the Witch (another R.I.P & Unread Authors Challenge)

Mostert, Natasha. Season of the Witch. I found this one disappointing. The characters, with the exception of Frankie, who was barely necessary to the novel, seemed cold and flat.

I was willing, but unable to"suspend disbelief." The novel read quickly, I did want to finish, and there were some aspects that I found quite interesting, but it just didn't have the quirky charm of A Great and Terrible Beauty, nor were the characters or the narrative as well developed as in Dissolution.

Aspects that did appeal:

  • references to Stargate, the secret government program (dismantled in the 90's) that involved research into telepathy, clairvoyance, psychic abilities. I've always been interested in this program.
  • The Art of Memory and memory palaces. I do agree with Minnaloushe that with all of our modern technology, we no longer need to use our long term memory as much as in the past and that, as a result of books and technological aids, our long term memories have become less capable. I mean, when pre-literate societies could memorize entire histories to pass on orally, you have to admit that our abilities today are pretty meager. Scops that could memorize Beowulf and other epic works may have been the most talented "memorizers" of their time period, but without written works, everyone had to be better at memory tasks.
I had never heard of memory palaces and was interested in learning more about them. Here, and here, and here, are some sites with information about Memory Palaces.

Fiction. Gothic/mystery. Dutton. 2007. 395 pages.


  1. I am planning to read this soon, will be interested to see if I like it or agree with you.

  2. kailana -- I think most people liked Season of the Witch better than I did. It just didn't appeal to me; hope you like it better. Look forward to hearing what you think.

  3. I'm off to visit my mother, but am intrigued with the idea of memory places. I took a quick peak at one of the links and knew I would need to return. It's great that even though the book was especially good you were still able to draw something from it. Thanks for sharing those morsels.

  4. booklogged -- The idea of memory palaces fascinates me...and I could certainly use a palace or two! Sometimes, I can't remember what I wore the day before.

  5. I'm so glad there is a sensible explanation for why I forget everything. I'll have to check out the memory palaces as well.

  6. framed -- It is certainly an interesting concept, and I can use any help available!