Him Standing by Richard WagameseHim Standing by Richard Wagamese

Him Standing

byRichard Wagamese

Paperback | April 1, 2013

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When Lucas Smoke learns the Ojibway art of carving from his grandfather, he proves to be a natural. He can literally make people come to life in wood. Then Lucas's growing reputation attracts a mysterious stranger, who offers him a large advance to carve a spirit mask.
This mask is to represent the master, but Lucas must find its face in his dreams. As his dreams become more and more disturbing, he feels himself changing. And the mask takes control of his life. Then a chance encounter with an old woman introduces him to the identity of the master. He is an ancient sorcerer named Him Standing, a powerful and dark wizard. The more Lucas works on the mask, the closer Him Standing comes to emerging from the dream world to walk the earth again. What follows is a race against time and the forces of evil in this supernatural thriller.
Canadian author Richard Wagamese was one of the leading indigenous writers in North America. He began his writing career in 1979, first as a journalist and then as a radio and television broadcaster. In 1991, he became the first indigenous writer to win a National Newspaper Award for column writing. His debut novel, Keeper 'n Me, won t...
Title:Him StandingFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:136 pages, 7.25 × 4.75 × 0.32 inShipping dimensions:7.25 × 4.75 × 0.32 inPublished:April 1, 2013Publisher:Orca Book PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1459801768

ISBN - 13:9781459801769


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great "Rapid Read"! This is part of Orca Book Publisher's Rapid Reads series, which is SO FANTASTIC for those with lower reading levels who need an accessible book that keeps their interest (adult-level content with easier-to-read text). But that doesn't mean that there is any lack of plot or captivating story line. Loved this book! Will pick up more Rapid Reads for when I just want a quick but interesting one-sitting read!
Date published: 2018-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Him Standing Very entertaining ! Loved the suspense and the possibility that the dark forces could actually succeed. Enjoyed the back ground story of the Shamans.
Date published: 2015-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Him standing Nice read. Thanks Richard.
Date published: 2014-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It may be a rapid read, but it is full of plot I recently learned that Orca Book Publishers has a line of books that they call 'Rapid Reads'. These are shorter stories, both fiction and non-fiction, that are both shorter in length and easier to read. The target readers are ESL students, people with lower level reading skills, those who want a one night read. I feel they would also be a great choice for people who are having trouble focusing, perhaps due to an extended illness. At present there are 29 adults titles available. Him Standing by Richard Wagamese is the first I have read. Lucas Smoke is just 20 years old, yet he has the carving skills of much more experienced artist. When he holds a piece of wood in his hand, he can see his subject within it. He feels that he is making a good living by carving the images of people along the boardwalk. He learned much of his art by watching his grandfather carve spirit masks, which were highly sought by collectors. Undoubtedly he would have continued carving people, except that fateful day when Gareth Knight stopped on the boardwalk to challenge Lucas to a particularly difficult commission. This story was non-stop action right from the first page where we learn that Lucas is a nature, perhaps even a savant at his craft. It continues a a brisk pace and kept my attention for every minute. And yes, I did read it through in one evening. Even though this book is rated at a grade 2.8 level, it still have sufficient detail and was a complex enough story to keep me interested.
Date published: 2013-04-05

Editorial Reviews

"Wagamese dips into deep issues such as balance in the universe and the power of fear, and wraps them up into a mystical story that clips along and clocks in at 129 pages. An impressive feat. Also impressive is the voice he creates for Lucas; the young man's internal dialogue feels genuine throughout."