Wisp of a Thing

Wisp of a Thing Touched by tragedy musician Rob Quillen comesto Cloud County Tennessee in search of a song to ease his pain He knows little of the mysterious Tufa only that they are an enigmatic clan of mountain

  • Title: Wisp of a Thing
  • Author: Alex Bledsoe Stefan Rudnicki
  • ISBN: 9781482915624
  • Page: 147
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Touched by tragedy, musician Rob Quillen comesto Cloud County, Tennessee, in search of a song to ease his pain He knows little of the mysterious Tufa, only that they are an enigmatic clan of mountain people whose roots are lost in myth Rob finds mystery in the mountains locals guard their secrets, even as Rob gets caught up in a power struggle he can t comprehend a vacTouched by tragedy, musician Rob Quillen comesto Cloud County, Tennessee, in search of a song to ease his pain He knows little of the mysterious Tufa, only that they are an enigmatic clan of mountain people whose roots are lost in myth Rob finds mystery in the mountains locals guard their secrets, even as Rob gets caught up in a power struggle he can t comprehend a vacationing wife goes missing, raising suspicions of foul play and a strange feral girl runs howling in the woods Change is coming to Cloud County, and only the night wind knows what part Rob will play when the last leaf falls from the Widow s Tree and a timeless curse must be broken.

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    1. I'm currently listening through every book in the Tufa series before I start reading The Fairies of Sadieville, the latest book in the series that will be published in April. I'm right on the fifth book, the one before The Fairies of Sadieville, so I'm sure I will get to The Fairies of Sadieville before the pub.date!In the first book of the Tufa series, The Hum and the Shiver are we introduced to the strange people that live in the Smoky Mountains. The Tufas is said to have been there before the [...]

    2. More reviews @ The BiblioSanctumRob Quillen is a musician known for being one of the final contestants on a reality show called So You Think You Can Sing? Despite that, Rob really isn’t one of those fifteen minute famer types and really loves music. After the tragic death of his girlfriend in a plane crash, he’s directed by a mysterious stranger to go to Cloud County, Tennessee where he’ll learn a song that will mend broken hearts. Rob is not a Tufa, but is often mistaken as one because of [...]

    3. Ahhh. . . a real treat of a read and a worthy follow-up to his 2011 book "The Hum and the Shiver." This man can't write fast enough to please me: I want MORE about his fantastical 'Tufa' people in the the Tennessee mountains. This is clever, creative world-making for those who like their fantasy firmly grounded in an otherwise ordinary world, and who relish the notion that music can have transformative power. Aspiring musician Rob Quillen feels called to Cloud County after a personal tragedy and [...]

    4. This book is a treasure; a feast for mind and heart and soul. Vibrant, lyrical, and filled with the beauty of music and the wildness of the mountains--as well as the harsh realities of living amid a strange people who are both more and less than human. It is the ultimate modern fairy tale. Its spirit will resonate in my bones long after the specific words have faded from memory. It may be a novel, but it is not a work of fiction. Just the opposite, for it contains the essence of all that is real [...]

    5. My previous exposure to Alex Bledsoe had been through several of his Eddie LaCrosse books, which I enjoyed as good pulpy fun. I had heard of his Tufa series, though, and it sounded intriguing, so when the second book in the series popped up at our annual library sale, I snapped it up. This week, when I had one of those evenings where I was working but most of my time could be spent sitting and reading, I took this and another book with me. The other book, Seanan McGuire's Chaos Choreography, I e [...]

    6. I enjoyed this outing into the present-day world of the Appalachian Fae. Singer-songwriter Rob travels to Needsville (love the name), Tennessee, looking for a song that will sing away his grief at the loss of his girlfriend. Guy that told him about the song was wearing sequins but they were backstage at the Opry at the time, so never mind. In Needsville he finds what he needs and then some, at considerable personal risk. Strong sense of place and some solid characters, starting with Rob, who has [...]

    7. Music, magic, broken hearts -- the thing country music is made of. In this case, though, it is to cope with one, that makes singer/songwriter Rob Quillen head to Cloud County. He was a contestant on a talent search TV show, who very publicly, very tragically, experienced the death of his sweetheart. He heads to mountains in search of a song he's heard of which will ease his heart, erase the pain. What he finds instead are the Tufa, a people who predate earliest settlers, and who may, or may not [...]

    8. Casually picked up at the "new books" section at the library. Enthralling story and fascinating characters. A bluegrass musician, Rob, grief-stricken after the death of his girlfriend, is told by another musician to go to a certain town in Tennessee in the Smokies and to search for a particular song, that it would heal his broken heart and it would "be on a hill, carved in stone." So he sets out on his quest. The inhabitants of the small town, the Tufa, are a closed eccentric society: magical an [...]

    9. Whoa, my second Tufa book. I fall into these books like slipping into a deep pool in. forest. It's quiet as only a deep forest can, and magics all around.Final rating: 3.75I'm afraid I may becoming obsessed with the Tufa. Book 2 and it was almost as good as Book 1, there were just a few places where I felt dialog didn't ring quite to true and grated on me. But the setting, Appalachia, the people of Cloud County and magic and the music. With this book l could swear I heard the music of the Tufa.

    10. The Tufa, first brought to us in Alex Bledsoe's terrific novel The Hum And The Shiver, are back in Wisp Of A Thing. Legend says that when the first white men made it to the Smoky Mountains the Tufa were already there. When the first tribes of nomads crossed from Asia into the Americans to become the native culture, the Tufa were there.In Wisp of a Thing we find out even more who the Tufa are and the clan war that is tearing them apart. Central to this tale is the wild young girl roaming the wood [...]

    11. Sometimes it is a good choice to read outside your comfort zone. I usually don't read Science Fiction, Horror, or Fantasy, but I often select books from the New Books section. Wisp of a Thing caught my eye and then it caught my imagination. I started reading and discovered the setting was a small town deep in the Smoky Mountains; there is a reason it is the most visited national park in the United States other than its proximity to many states. It is calming, mystical, and inspirational. The mai [...]

    12. This rural contemporary fantasy series has a unique feel. Alex Bledsoe has a talent for setting and character. And he also gives his books a very Southern feel- I don't know much about country or bluegrass music, but it's an important part of his books. I can hear each characters' accent and see the way they move. There's a lot of life and passion in these books, as well as the tragedy of the old folk songs. The Tufa (old world Fae or fairies) have settled into their little corner of the Smokies [...]

    13. Grieving musician Rob Quillen goes to an Apalachian Tufa community in search of a song that will heal his broken heart.Good thing: The politics and interplay of Tufa society are fascinating. I like that the previous book's main character had a cameo here.Bad thing: The 'romance' made me cringe a bit.This second book in the series nicely fleshes things out. I'll definitely be reading the next book and am looking forward to seeing what comes next for the town.

    14. Picked up this book on a whim and was blown away by it! If you like mountains, music, and folklore this book is for you. Off to get the next one.

    15. Maybe 4.5 stars. Love this series about the Tufa and their music, but wasn't as captivated by this second one as much as I was by the first. Perhaps because I now know something about the Tufa and wasn't driven to find out more. This was still a good story, however, and I will certainly read the next one in the series.

    16. Originally posted at Fantasy Literature: fantasyliterature/reviWisp of a Thing is Alex Bledsoe’s second stand-alone novel about the Tufa, an ancient race of magically gifted swarthy rural folk who live in the Smoky Mountains of Cloud County, Tennessee and may have descended from the Tuatha Dé Danann. You don’t need to read the first book, The Hum and the Shiver, though it’s worth your while and you’ll get a little more out of Wisp of a Thing if you recognize a couple of characters who m [...]

    17. When I picked up THE HUM AND THE SHIVER, I was doing it out of a sense of loyalty to the author. Alex Bledsoe currently lives in my hometown (Mount Horeb, Wis.) and he and I have been Twitter/Facebook pals for some time. I enjoyed his Eddie LaCrosse books, but that's more my speed: swords and banter. Love it. There was nothing about THE HUM AND THE SHIVER that actually made me want to read it. I just figured I ought to to support Alex. And damned if he didn't make me love it. There was just some [...]

    18. Author Alex Bledsoe exceeded my expectations with his last Tufa novel, Wisp of a Thing. His first Tufa book, The Hum and the Shiver, told the story of the Tufa, a group of people said to be in North America before Native Americans were here. In Wisp of a Thing, Bledsoe continues the story of this isolated group in the Southern Appalachian mountains using a different character as the lead. Tufa First Daughters and others from the first book return in Wisp as Rob Quillen, a musician and TV reality [...]

    19. As much as I enjoyed The Hum and the Shiver, I didn't care quite as much for Wisp of a Thing. To start with: it takes a lot of what was inferred and hinted about the Tufa (even allowing for the revelation at the end) and makes it explicit. Part of what I enjoyed about the first book were piecing the hints together and making guesses based on what I knew about certain mythologies and folk tales. Having it all laid out kind of takes the magic away, in a lot of ways.The other problem I have is that [...]

    20. Wisp of a Thing is another powerful addition to the Tufa series. The viewpoint of an outsider, Rob, really brought a helpful dynamic to the book that will help readers understand and relate to the mysterious Tufa in a new and more relatable way. It’s also interesting to see how Rob grows and develops throughout the book. Bledsoe slowly reveals what is really going on as book progresses, dropping well-measured hints as he goes until everything is revealed. It’s obvious that Bledsoe has a lot [...]

    21. Rob Quillan becomes famous from an appearance on So You Think You Can Sing. At the finals, his girlfriend was supposed to be in the audience, but her plane crashed on the way to the studio. In the aftermath, he sees an old-time country singer who tells him to find a song -- the the Smoky Mountains.In Bledsoe's second novel of the Tufa, we meet some of the characters from The Hum and the Shiver, and some new ones. We learn more about the history and relationships of the Tufa. This is a love story [...]

    22. 3.5 Just as Southern novels have their own tone and special characteristics, so to due novels set in the Appalachians. Superstitions, songs that tell stories, family, good and bad, hardy people from hardy stock living in circumstances that are often mysterious and hard to find. I read and was fascinated by Bledsoe's The Hum and the Shiver, last years novel that introduced the Tufas.Such fantastical characters, that can assume the appearance of and live as humans, love like humans, they basically [...]

    23. Amazing. I love this world that Bledsoe has created, so close to our own, and yet sot. His female characters are strong and believable, his villains are distasteful and yet attractive, and the situations his characters confront are very real and moving. I found myself torn between wanting to finish quickly and wanting to draw out the experience, so as to stay in the world just a little bit longer. The latter won.I love how music is interwoven in the Tufa stories - even more so in this book than [...]

    24. Wisp of a Thing is Alex Bledsoe’s second stand-alone novel about the Tufa, an ancient race of magically gifted swarthy rural folk who live in the Smoky Mountains of Cloud County, Tennessee and may have descended from the Tuatha Dé Danann. You don’t need to read the first book, The Hum and the Shiver, though it’s worth your while and you’ll get a little more out of Wisp of a Thing if you recognize a couple of characters who make cameo appearances in this second book.This story focuses on [...]

    25. Another visit to the Tufa of Needsville, TN. This isn't really a direct sequel to The Hum and the Shiver -- while it takes place after the events of the previous book, and while some characters reappear, it has an entirely different protagonist, Rob Quillen, an outsider guided to Needsville by mysterious forces after a tragic loss. Because he's an outsider, we actually learn more about the Tufa and their history than we did in the first book; and for reasons that only gradually become apparent, [...]

    26. Wow! This story is incredible! It's so hard to believe, but wonderfully crafted that you swallow it whole -- hook, line and sinker!! Rob, a recently bereaved contestant on a television talent show has just very publicly lost his fiancée in a plane crash. A mysterious, rhinestone cowboy appears to him to tell him to travel to a small Appalachian town where 'a song carved in stone' will take away his heartache. So Rob goes to Needsville and encounters the Tufa, a people so enigmatic and clannish, [...]

    27. This is a very literary modern-day fantasy. I won't call it urban fantasy because it is set in a small town. Rob Quillen, a musician from a tv contest show is told that if he can find a special song of the mysterious Tufa, it will cure his heartache from the death of his beloved. Although he does not have any Tufa blood in him, he looks like a Tufa and is able to see some of the things they have hidden. This sequel to the Hum and Shiver continues the story of the conflict between the two groups [...]

    28. In his prior novel, Bledsoe created a fascinating world, a whole culture thriving invisibly in America's hidden hills. I wanted to spend more time with those people exploring that beautiful, musical world.This time, like main character Rob, I had enough.The writing is just as gorgeous, the scenery just as beautifully set as last time. The story is as well told. But this time it's the story of an insular world falling in on itself, eating itself from within. It needed an outsider to come kick it [...]

    29. This was ok- I just felt it was rushed and a bit awkward. Like the scene when Rob's car breaks down and the local guys who stop to help himd they say 'looks like a Tufa.' - it's Tufa this and Tufa that - I just couldn't believe the dialog. I know this is a novel where he's looking for the Tufa but it just felt so awkward and fake.Also, nothing seemed to be fleshed out - there was no depth to this ---I gave it two stars because it WAS ok - seems like if it was ok it should get more.is was like a [...]

    30. Lovely fantasy novel with a quest of sorts: grieving musician heads for the Great Smoky Mountains area and the mysterious Tufa society to find a song that will heal a broken heart. His search instigates a battle of sorts in which the song is key. There's so much of the story that's grounded in our world that the fantasy elements are sometimes almost hidden, interesting extras, in a good story. Sympathetic characters, great world building with an interesting matriarchal society, colorful language [...]

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