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CL has gone to the second round of the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Blog: http://clothosloom.wordpress.comWilliam Wyrd, an introverted history professor at long remove from his youthful days as a marine sniper, is drafted to serve overseas in the U.S. military at age thirty-nine. Already in a relationship made tenuous by the demands of dual professional careers anCL has gone to the second round of the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Blog: http://clothosloom.wordpress.comWilliam Wyrd, an introverted history professor at long remove from his youthful days as a marine sniper, is drafted to serve overseas in the U.S. military at age thirty-nine. Already in a relationship made tenuous by the demands of dual professional careers and their own dearth of interpersonal experience, he and his wife are completely estranged by the blunder on the part of the government. But is this merely human error at work, a bad mix of circumstances—or tangling of the skein of Fate? In the tradition of Robert Ludlum's Bourne Identity and follow-up novels, this literary action-adventure tale tests whether one's present choices, and even ultimate destiny, need be determined by one's past. CLOTHO’S LOOM tracks the struggles of a husband and wife to reunite against forces arrayed to keep them apart. Will decides to keep his reactivation a secret, and deal with the claims from his dark past alone. Assured by faceless authorities that there has been no mistake, and given a date to report, he falls in with political undesirables and succumbs to their attempt to recruit him. He soon embarks on a quest for identity that leads him around the globe. Meanwhile, his partner, pregnant and abandoned, must navigate the no-less-treacherous task of survival at a highly politicized law office, dominated by two temperamentally opposite bosses, and the glass ceiling they erect over her. The narrative proceeds in an alternating chapter structure, paralleling Will’s masculine adventures with those of a woman enduring both professional and domestic perils. The common solution: a razing of egos, and the tempering of two spirits into alloy, alchemized by the common love of a child....

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  • Emily McDaid
    2019-05-23 14:58

    Based on this first offering, I'm excited for Shawn StJean's bright future as a writer of military literary fiction. I am awarding this book five stars for its excellence married with the author's future potential.The characters of Clotho's Loom are richly imagined and the imagery extremely detailed. The storyline brings us to the heart of the modern wars we mindlessly continue. Shawn StJean's biggest strength as a writer is articulating the nuances of military culture, and he very clearly has a grasp on the English language. He has a command of so much vocabulary he could be bilingual: his second tongue being Obscurity. The result is a rewarding piece of fiction that reminds of you of the beauty, depth and breadth of our English language, which I guess is one of the points of literary fiction, and Shawn StJean has nailed it. I enjoyed this novel especially because female and male characters are deeply realistic: easy to picture; people that you feel you know.My main complaint with the book was something that was perhaps triggered by the author's command of the language: a simple character name. The lead female name, Nexus, to me, sounded incongruous with her age and position and kept reminding me of a science fiction novel. It would be interesting to learn why the author chose such an unconventional name for her. Perhaps with later works naming can be conquered more deftly. But that minor complaint is far outshadowed by the author's command of vocabulary, the interesting storyline and the well-thought plot. The nugget of imagination that the premise relies upon (a veteran being drafted because of his experience, rather than in spite of his experience) I found deeply realistic in light of today's counterinsurgency warfare, and as such, it was easy for me to suspend my disbelief and get into the character's head. For this reason, for me, Clotho's Loom was very much a story worth telling.Make no mistake, this is one long book, but it was worth it for me. I was really impressed by how clearly Shawn St. Jean had every detail of this story mentally imagined. He accounted for every minute of his characters' lives. And I felt he did a tremendous job translating his mental imagery to the page, the result of which is a novel one can really sink their teeth into and expand their horizons on the topics of personal relationships, the intricate bond between governments and the men and women who fight to defend them, war itself, and especially, the beauty of language and literature.

  • Karen
    2019-05-19 16:58

    Refreshingly well-crafted,--a stimulating read. As the title promises, it is rich with nuanced classical allusions. Gender considerations (the chapters flip back and forth between male and female protagonists) are as intriguingly informative as hauntingly accurate. True to its genre, its underpinnings offer a Romanticized view of the struggles we face on a daily basis. This multifaceted bildungsroman is the ticket to an edifying summer escape.Bonus-- the author's blog http://clothosloom.wordpress.com/ hones the reader's analytical skills in preparation for a more in-depth experience.

  • Lucinda
    2019-05-20 18:04

    Beautifully interwoven amidst fascinating premise, this lush literary masterpiece explores fact versus fate within mythologyGreek mythology is discovered through the three ‘fates’ Lachesis, Atropos and Moirae, whose influence over the Olympian Gods was controversally received and professed such singularity of thought. They touched upon the delicate thread of life and so humans were left to the hands of fate, as everyones present choices and ultimate destiny need be determined by one’s past. Blending romantic symbolism and allegory, with realism and sometimes surrealism as current and contemporary as ‘modern’ writers this truly is a distinctly unqiue work. As you peel back the layers one uncovers such profound depth, as St.Jean embraces social and political issues which add to the substancial narrative. Intreguing and utterly facinating this thought-provoking, in-depth novel contains such meaningful suggestions and is so evocative as to astonish. Struggling to be together despite powerful outside forces, this tale speaks to the heart with such intensity as to capture in esscence human emotion. Through the main characters the author questions whether fate or providence actually works together with ignorant human will, to ultimately unite for good. Heartrending, truth-drawing and quite openly candid about the concequences of ones actions, this stunning novel that oozes such clarity and acutely graphic realism is simply sublime. Entrenched rage and heated passion amidst echoes of voices of time past are encapsulated accurately, within arresting prose that is perfection itself.Haunting and absorbing I was completely enthralled by every single word that conveyed so much as I grasped its inner meaning. For those who love reflective, contemplative works that explore so much more than just mythology and the study of human civilization, I highly recommend this wonderful book that touched me. Complete with a cast of captivating characters this fresh, origonal and well-written novel is breathtaking and one that I indesputably loved so very much! The beauty of language, literature and imaginative vision is expressed so poignantly through this remarkable work of outstanding caliber and dexterity. *I won a copy of ‘Clotho’s Loom by Shawn St.Jean through a GoodReads, “first-read” giveaway*I would like to take the oportunity of thanking the author for sending me an e-copy of his novel, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. It was a real privalige and delight.

  • Susan Hanley
    2019-05-25 19:02

    Edge-of-your-seat entertaining. I was held captive waiting for the next possible thing to go wrong for Will or Nexus. I was so glad neither one fell into the usual trap of being unfaithful. It was refreshing to see how much thought was put into each character. The strength Nexus had to have had to make it through all her turmoil. Extraordinary Woman.And Will ,The physical and mental anguish he endured took a lot of courage."Must read". I have purchased this book on Amazon.com for my Kindle. I have read and reviewed it previously. Some how all traces have disappeared. Anyway . I loved it . Well written.Very interesting for both male and female. The plot was very differant and I liked how the Author showed the strength of both female(Nexus) and Male (Will) characters. I hope to see more from this author.

  • Shawn StJean
    2019-05-05 17:04

    I'm EXTREMELY GRATIFIED by all the kind folks here on GoodReads who have shown an interest in Clotho's Loom. It's a long read that gathers much momentum, so I really hope you'll find your time and energy well-invested. Several items: I invite you to my blog, http://clothosloom.wordpress.com/, where, if you look past the promo posts of recent weeks, there are plenty of posts about literary matters. Leave your footprint--I'd love to hear from you! Also, the book is on about eight places in "listopia" here--so if you're reading and find it worthy, please vote on one or more, to help boost the novel into more visibility. Finally, don't forget to to enter the giveaway here (LibraryThing usually has a shorter-term one for the e-book)! Best, ShawnP.S. Teaser trailer on my author's page, and Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QJfiL...

  • Shawn StJean
    2019-05-15 20:02

    Mass Market paperback scheduled for release in January, 2013.

  • Glasdaggrepublishing
    2019-05-05 18:11

    Review by Goddard Graves:In the interests of Full Disclosure, let me note three things. A: this is a serious book, which deserves not merely reading, but deserves, even demands serious attention. B: this Review will be extended and modified over time, but appears now in its present state, as I think further delay would be unfair both to the Author and to potential readers. C: while this in no way prejudices my evaluation, the Author exchanged novels with me, on my suggestion; I expect that he will find mine equally challenging, though for rather different reasons.If one doesn’t recognize the allusion in this book’s title, or is unwilling to look it up, then that person probably lacks the moxie to make much of this five-hundred page psycho-philosophical work. Those who DO recognize Clotho, the Fate who spins the thread of human destiny, should understand that this memorable story is a prolonged — a hostile critic might say — excessively prolonged, even distended — meditation in why and how we travel our various paths. For reasons which we must accept — lest the whole massive structure fall apart before it rises — the two protagonists, William and the curiously-named Nexus, are almost entirely devoid of even the simplest ability to make choices. Odd as that may seem at first blush, this isn’t an implausible human situation. Soon enough, however, we know that we’re not in Kansas anymore when we find that these two young Americans (born, say in the late 1960s), have somehow managed to become married to each other: again, not appetizing, either in literature or in life, but still not totally indigestible.Then however, things take an abrupt turn, and in one of this Author’s most skilled moves, he throws William into the nightmarish situation of being re-inducted into the United States Armed Forces — after having already served almost twenty years ago. Even without the Hell-drift which is American life during the “War on Terror”, this is pretty scary stuff. Now, though, for reasons we are left to ponder, essentially through the entire book, Will neither resists this action — nor even tells his wife about! She being not merely his Life’s companion, but also an attorney, would have reacted in any number of ways which any of us might do. But in the absence of information, she is simply (ha!) deserted, with the extra surprise of finding-out that she is pregnant. From that point, the story runs on parallel tracks, with William and Nexus working-out their various destinies, she as an attorney in a huge firm, described in endless mind-numbing detail, he as a sharpshooter/sniper in some unidentified theatre of war East of Suez, though I suppose it might just be Somalia.Till now I’ve deliberately withheld a vital piece of information, lest a reader break into hysterical giggling and vow never to touch this book. As wild as it seems, far from cooperating in his new call to arms, William lets himself be recruited for the unidentified Enemy, and is smuggled out of the US to undergo training — described with tremendous, draining, nightmarish power — and then posted into rough country to kill a local war-lord. He does his job, is terribly wounded, and comes home.Which is a little like saying that New York City is a wide spot in the road from Albany to Trenton. William’s experiences and the various states of consciousness are so complex, that by the end of the book — and I must at this point omit any further reference to Nexus and her pregnancy, except to say that there IS a sort of re-union — I suspected that I had missed, despite close reading, a point where the events had lost any connection to external reality, and were taking place almost entirely in William’s head. Whew.In addition to being a long-thought-out piece, CLOTHO’S LOOM is also a pretty well-written one. I believe I owe it to the Author, and to the reader, to return to this Review and quote some of his better-wrought prose. At the same time, I must say that the further he reaches for a figure of speech, the likelier he is to fall on his face — and so he does, sometimes: splat.OK, I think I’ve given the temptin’ taste which I want you all to share. Anybody who’s attempted serious reviewing knows that the toughest books are the ones worth reading despite serious flaws, and CLOTHO’S LOOM is surely one of those. There is so much mind-candy passed of as fiction these days that we should all be grateful for some serious with some real substance — even if it requires extra chewing.I for one hope to see more of his work available soon.

  • Rachel
    2019-05-16 23:14

    This book is quite an achievement. St. Jean doesn't shy away from reinventing archetypes; tossing tried-and-true formulas out the window; disregarding standard advice given to emerging novelists. The result is highly intellectual and emotionally gripping.At the beginning, I thought the book was going to be about some kind of higher reality, an archetypal hero’s journey. But the level of detail the author gives about the daily lives and thoughts of the characters keeps the story grounded in realism.Then again, ordinary reality doesn’t prevent the characters from rubbing elbows with gods, or other beings who seem to have supernatural connections, at the very least. Ultimately I think the book can be read as an archetypal hero's journey- but with both a hero and a heroine, on different kinds of journeys; or it can be taken at face value, and read as straight realism, with perhaps a few magic-realism-style elements thrown into the mix. Considering the various situations both Will and Nexus find themselves in, I found the book to be surprisingly, consistently believable.The action accelerates as the story progresses; St. Jean quite skillfully builds tension to an unexpected climax, even with profound ambiguity. (Did that really happen? Or was it a hallucination? We'll never know . . .) By the end, I couldn't put it down, and was reading as fast as I could, just to find out what would come next. As for the rating, I'm torn. I usually reserve five stars for books about which I have nothing negative to say; though there were a few issues, most notably that I didn't find all of Nexus's imperatives to be really imperative, and I didn't quite understand all her choices. Still, what the author does achieve is so much more ambitious and masterful than most of the books I've given four stars. Either way, I highly recommend it. It’s probably not for everyone, but if you like your books to be meaty and challenging, you won’t be disappointed.

  • Joyce
    2019-04-25 18:03

    Clotho's Loom is a story of Will and Nexus, a married couple, going though a difficult time due to the demands of work.Will was a sniper when he was younger and was re-drafted at the age of 39.. He did not want to go back into the service and did not tell his wife Nexus about it. One night he needed to clear his head and decided to go to one of his old stomping grounds which had changed since the days he was there. It was more of a meeting place for middle eastern people, one of whom happened to be a student of his. That chance meeting changed the course of Will's life. He disappeared from his life with Nexus and that's when the story really starts. The characters are well developed and the details of their surroundings are very detailed. It is written as two stories, chapters alternate between Will's and Nexus' lives, their struggles, misfortunes and their will to survive.I found this book very interesting and recommend it.

  • Carrie-Anne O'Driscoll
    2019-05-13 15:14

    To begin, the book is very well written for what it is. St. Jean's use of words to illustrate certain situations is beyond question. However, the book fails to progress in any way. I still don't understand who Dr. M is or what his significance is to the story. Sage was a wispy character with no foundation. The character of Domino was meant to be imposing yet it just fluttered out. At the end of the book, I knew nothing more than when I began.However, as I said, St. Jean's control of the language is amazing. His verbal illustration can be beautiful or terrifying. I do recommend that you read this book on those merits alone. Perhaps it simply wasn't "my cup of tea." It may well be yours! I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

  • Oma
    2019-05-24 15:02

    I found the beginning of this book to be interesting, but, as the book progressed, it became more difficult to differentiate between Will's actual experiences and dreams. I did have quite a few questions that did not seem to be resolved. There was too much of the book sounding like it wanted to be mythology and not enough of a connection between the two main characters to make the reader care about their relationships. Will seemed to have no real backbone nor morality. It would have been more enjoyable if some of Will's experiences had been a bit more abbreviated. I received this book in exchange for my review as an Early Reviewer.

  • Jo
    2019-05-21 15:07

    This was a book I regretted having started; but always try to finish reading a book. I thought the author could have perhaps written two or three books with the verbiage expended on this one! I admit I did skim quite a bit just to get to the end; but I found the dreams, or magical experiences beyond my interest level.

  • Karen
    2019-05-08 23:08

    Am totally absorbed but not finished. Full review to follow full read.

  • Emily McDaid
    2019-05-11 21:12

    So far, richly descriptive and incredibly atmospheric; a more detailed review is in the works.

  • Roberta
    2019-05-10 20:23

    Couldn't make any sense of this and have too many other books to read to mess with this one.

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    2019-05-07 16:58

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