Cybele, With Bluebonnets.

By: Harness, Charles L.

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Short fantasy/ghost novel.

''may well be the best thing he has ever done. It is certainly the novel I have enjoyed most this month, and it is, of all things, a ghost story. It begins in the 1920s, in the Texas of Harness’s childhood, with a young boy who will grow up to be a chemist and patent attorney. A typical boy, Joe Barnes is enchanted by his high school chemistry teacher, Cybele Wilson, who is something of a social outcast, for she is intelligent, single, educated, fond of forecasting the technological future (in terms that made me wonder if she would turn out to be a time traveler), and raised in the monastery of Saint Joseph of Arimathea, where, according to rumor, the Holy Grail itself is preserved. Things turn weird after Joe recalls a time some years previous, when he had found an excellent skipping stone (a fossil, actually, with a hole in its center). Alas, it skipped off the water into the mouth of a streambank cave, and when he pursued it, he found the cave was occupied. Thoroughly spooked, he fled, leaving his skipper behind. And then, one day in class, his chemistry teacher produces the very stone he had lost. He is spooked again, yet there is now a sense that Joe and Cybele are linked in some mysterious fashion. That sense strengthens as she nudges him toward chemistry and part-time work. When Joe graduates, it seems for a while that the link is severed, but the fates have other plans. They meet by chance and she tells him of a job opening. He starts studying at a local bible college, until his creativity gets him condemned as a spawn of Satan. And then . . . another chance encounter? The link between them snaps strong, glows white hot, and they are lovers. Yet the relationship is doomed in more than one way. It must end, in the pain of loss and a mystery involving the mystic powers of the Grail. Yet Joe and Cybele are not done, for she has sworn never to leave him, even if she must fulfill her vow in a thoroughly unusual way. I dare say no more, except to promise you a most pleasurable, enchanting, and satisfying read. Cybele, I proclaim, is indeed the master at the pinnacle of his powers'' (Tom Easton/Analog).

Title: Cybele, With Bluebonnets.

Author Name: Harness, Charles L.

Categories: Other,

Edition: First edition (& 1st printing).

Publisher: NESFA Press: MA.: 2002.

ISBN Number: 1886778418

ISBN Number 13: 9781886778412

Binding: Hardcover.

Grading: Fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new).

Seller ID: 09360