am 26. Juni 1999
Having dutifully read through ALL of Maupin's *Tales of the City* novels, becoming increasingly grumpy as the formula become increasingly stale, I did not expect a lot out of *Maybe the Moon* except perhaps another quick, romp-ish read. I was pleasantly surprised, however, to find that this novel is inspired, witty, and socially ignificant without being excessively preachy. The narrative voice of Cadence Roth is convincing, the supporting characters are not just cardboard cutouts, and the story line has enough unpredictable twists and turns to keep a reader turning the pages with anticipation right up until the ending, which I found powerful, indeed.
I liked this book a lot, and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a novel that is both entertaining and thoughtful.
am 19. Mai 1997
Armistead Maupin is better known for his Tales of the City series, but I liked Maybe the Moon much better. It is a very clever story of a dwarf who played an ET-like character in a movie years ago, and has not been able to advance her career since. (I heard somewhere that the book is actually based on the life of the short person who played inside of ET.) The character development is great, and the story takes some unexpected turns, including a surprise romance, which I found quite satisfying. My favorite books have sadness mixed in with humor, as does this one. I guess this reflects real life. This book is quick to read and thoroughly enjoyable
am 25. August 1997
I agree with the previous reviewer, this is tight, funny, wicked writing, with a wonderful current of pathos and honesty. All the characters feel honest and real.
Even with out all that, a major reason worth reading this book for is the "added" LAST chapter- a wonderful 'Take That!' to Hollywood. After all the 'trials and tribulations' Mr. Maupin went through getting Tales of the City (GREAT book!)made- make this chapter even more delicious and well, hysterical...
and for all you Tales fans, one secondary (Ned) character from Tales makes an appearance briefly-
Enjoy Maybe the Moon!
am 10. August 1999
This truly is one of the best books that I have ever read. It is one of those softly quiet stories about the experiences of one person and all those around her- and it is a story that a reader can enjoy again and again on many different levels. There is the obvious connection to the whole ET/Big Budget movie machine that is Hollywood, and then there are the abject prejudices of society that we have all been guilty of, but really, this is a well written story about the life of one woman who really made what she did count.
am 21. Dezember 1997
I think the last pages of this book are the most depressing (but in a good way!) pages I have read so far! Just for what's written there, you've got to read Maybe the moon. It reveals America in its most obscene way, in a way that makes you shiver with rage. Mr Maupin has this talent to point very accurately what's wrong in the "image culture" today: he's a subtle activist for the great human cause!
am 19. August 1999
This is such a moving, heartrending story, filled with humor and sadness. The character of Cady is so well-developed I came to think of her as a real person. Her friends were also very likeable. I can't even begin to express how wonderful this book is.