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"Womanhood in all its aspects, both magical and mundane, is explored brilliantly and courageously by the author, who writes with brutal honesty of the weaknesses of the human heart, yet finds beauty and compassion even in the most lost character.
"Memoirs of a Shape-Shifter is a story that is sure to enchant even the most cynical reader."
"[T]his . . . tale of self discovery requires a little patience, but is oh so worth it! Thoroughly enjoyable."
"The dialogue . . . flows naturally and sparkles with genuineness, and the author does an excellent job putting himself in the mind of the female protagonist."
"The writing is highly descriptive; the word gorgeous comes to mind.... If you enjoy Gothic novels, you must read Memoirs of a Shape-Shifter. "
"This book is a fascinating study of a woman's return to her roots... An absorbing read..."
"This novel is an amazing glimpse at women....fascinating from cover to cover."
"Memoirs of a Shape-Shifter is a fantastic novel with Gothic qualities....[that] does not let go until the final page."
"...Kaplan-Maxfield's unique occult brand of psychological archaeology...."
"The third story ... is wild, dramatic and full of action...."
"... a tale rich with Gothic underpinnings...."
ForeWord Magazine singles out Memoirs of a Shape-Shifter at Small Press Center's 18th Annual Small Book Fair in NYC
from Eugene G. Schwartz, Editor at Large, ForeWord Magazine, ForeWord This Week 12.07.05/"Publishing: Hands-On and With Full Heart (Annual Small Press Center book fair dazzles our editor) "
". . . There are also always a number of plucky first book authors at the show, whose first novels merit attention and can be a good read. Three that I would mention are [ . . .] and Memoirs of a Shape Shifter by Thomas Kaplan-Maxfield, a contemporary love story that takes the reader back to magic and warfare in 1690’s New England and Celtic and Druid lore, www.keplerpress.com. . . ."
more from Schwartz's ForeWord Magazine review [12.07.05]:
"There is no book fair in this writer’s view that, for vitality, diversity and surprise, beats the SPC annual book fair (this was the 18th) held in the 1899 renaissance and beaux arts General Society for Mechanics and Tradesmen building (www.generalsociety.org) just down West 44th Street in Manhattan from the historic Algonquin Hotel.
"Organized by the Small Press Center (www.smallpress.org) each year, you can begin anywhere on the three floors of presentations (plus the balcony level of the four book-stack-tiered main floor library) and absorb yourself in the array of titles and in the stories of the publishers, editors and writers who will talk to you about how they came to be there. And books are all up for sale.
"The more than a hundred independent publishers of all sizes and genres at the fair loaded up display tables with thousands of new and backlist titles ranging through original fiction, new editions of old classics in pulp fiction and classic literature, social protest, elegant pictorials, counter-culture erotica, fine as well as rough-hewn hand made editions, children’s books, poetry, literary journals and ingenious non-book surrogate formats. And that is just a taste of a cornucopia bursting with offerings.
"They treated thousands of New Yorkers and visitors to a Christmas and holiday season launch with author readings throughout the day, panel discussions, an on-site eatery and more than enough browsing material to fill the two-day weekend allotted for the event."
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"There are also always a number of plucky first book authors at the show, whose first novels merit attention and can be a good read. Three that I would mention are Just Going Through Some Things, the first of a trilogy 'about the trials and tribulations that young women go through,' by De Ann Lain, www.flavorbooks.net; Bearing Witness: Not so Crazy in Alabama, by Carla Thompson, adventures of 'a Harlem native, transplanted in California, landed in Montgomery Alabama,' www.cwritesabook.com; and Memoirs of a Shape Shifter by Thomas Kaplan-Maxfield, a contemporary love story that takes the reader back to magic and warfare in 1690’s New England and Celtic and Druid lore, www.keplerpress.com."
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"Karin Taylor, SPC Executive Director and her staff and volunteers mounted a well-run and busy show. Whitney North Seymour and other SPC directors were always present, connecting with exhibitors and keeping spirits up. The third floor eatery circulated with food trays from time to time to keep the appetites fed. Despite its good turnout and support, the fair is worthy of even more notice and attendance. The fair presents independent publishing at its best and most diverse, in an informal and personal setting – showing books, most well done, all well intended, offered with enthusiasm, affection and conviction by their creators and producers."
New from Kepler PressMemoirs of a Shape-Shifter [ISBN 0-9713770-3-0] is distributed by Book Clearinghouse (BCH) and by New Leaf Distributing Co. It is available via local booksellers and from www.Amazon.com, as well as by clicking the BUY tab above.