Machine Without Horses

Machine Without Horses

What is an ordinary life worth? A seasoned writer stumbles across an obituary and imagination is sparked. The brief words of memoriam describe a woman who was both extraordinary?eccentric, revered in her field, a renowned expert?but also utterly ordinary. How does a writer, intrigued by all that isn?t said, create a story? Capture an unknowable woman and all the secret pass What is an ordinary life worth? A seasoned writer stumbles across an obituary and imagination is sparked. Th...

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Title:Machine Without Horses
Author:Helen Humphreys
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1443432512
Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

Machine Without Horses Reviews

  • Kirstin
    Nov 07, 2018

    Afterwards, she takes a break, because Machine Without Horses is such an exhilarating dance for Megan that she needs some space between it and the next dance she enters. She likes to feel the residue of it in her body for as long as it will linger. Machine Without Horses is not ...

    After her masterpiece, The Lost Garden, this new Helen Humphreys novel was a huge disappointment. The first half is a meta-essay about the impossibility of fictionalizing in an interesting way the life of a woman who did nothing?nothing at all?except make salmon flies; in the secon...

    Do you believe in magic? Have you ever wondered how a magician performs their magic? If you answer is yes to these questions then please read this book. Humphreys is more than an accomplished writer. She is a writer whose precision and touch with language is delightful to experience...

    Just because you're a writer doesn't mean you can write about anything. It won't be convincing if you don't have points of connection. 142 The setting for a story is almost as important as character p30 HH obviously has many points in connection with the subject of this meta-fict...

    Helen Humphreys is a writer who defies categorization, and this newest work makes that doubly true. The book is about a British 'salmon fly tier' who lived most of her life and did all of her work near Lake Brora in Scotland. At least, the second half of the book is. The first half is ...

    Beautiful, gentle book. Layered and thoughtful. A book for writers, filled with quotable lines that I copied down to mull over later, after I return the book to the library...like this... "It [writing] has become a process for making me whole again whenever the world breaks me d...

    This was a really boring book. In the first part of the book, the author talks about all the decisions she has to make when writing a book. The second part utilizes her decisions. Most of the book discusses tying flys for salmon fishing. Perhaps someone who fishes would enjoy this book...

    Every book by Helen Humphreys is completely different from anything else she has written. It's always a surprise to follow her. This was a lovely book that was approached in such an unusual way that I was wondering where it would lead. The first section is a non-fiction account of how...

    Humphreys weaves a story that is part biography and part novel with her usual elegant style. The first half of the book reveals much about a writer's process in preparing and then crafting her story. The second half, tells the story of a driven and extraordinary woman who spent more th...

    Classic Helen Humphreys,beautifully conceptualized.Loved it. ...

    Machine without Horses is a creative blending of fact and the writing process (Part 1) and fiction (Part 2). In Part 1, Hunphries discusses her thoughts on crafting her story while revealing what she knows about real life Megan Boyd, a fly-tier. I enjoyed her thoughts on writing, such ...

    Another wonderful book by one of my very favourite authors! After a friend sent her an obituary notice that seemed intriguing, Ms Humphreys embarks on using this rather singular life outline to create a novel, and takes the reader along as she shares her process of researching and brea...

    Though I was puzzled and not fond of the title of this novel for quite awhile, of course, as it was chosen by the ever thoughtful Helen Humphreys, it meaningfully fits. This is a slow and beautiful novel about craft and creative process and the beauty that it brings to not only life, b...

    The first half of the book was frustrating to read. If I wanted to work through the decisions made in writing a book, I'd have taken a writers' course! If I wanted to learn how to tie salmon flies, I'd have found a place that offers a hands-on course! I couldn't help but question if...

    It's only January and I already think that I've read my favourite book of the year. This was so beautiful. I loved the meditation on writing at the beginning, and the actual story at the end. The story reminded me of the story at the end of the Ghost Orchard, about two knights who stum...

    Anything Helen writes is simply wonderful. Her storytelling never disappoints. I love the historical setting of the isolated Scottish highlands. Her main character Ruth is an eccentric woman who has earned a reputation as an expert at traditional ?fly tying?. Fly fisherman seek Rut...

    I wasn't sure how this book was going to play out -- a writer trying to decided how to approach a story of a famous woman who did not lead a very exciting life. She felt she wanted to create a life for her to fill in the blanks between waking up in the morning, working all day and goin...

    I so loved this book! Never have read anything else by this author but will look for more of her works. Found the structure of the book intriguing - learning more about the writing process and then reading how she utilizes all of her thinking and researching when she actually crafts th...

    I think I have fallen in love with Helen Humphreys?s writing. Machine without Horses isn?t as transcendent as her Apple Books, but it has a quiet rightness that really resonates ? and an ending that circles back, not just to the beginning of the books, but to her earlier works as...

    This book is hard to describe. Beautifully written, but the format and structure are almost academic. It's like reading a miniature textbook about both the author and her subject. Interesting, but not what I'd call entertaining. A very challenging novel to read. ...

    Explores both the real and imagined world of Megan Boyd, a famous salmon-fly dresser, living a somewhat reclusive life in the north of Scotland. Interspersed with the presence of the author's own life, drawing parallels through both of their lives. ...

    Lovely writer and semi interesting story but a bit slow ...

    4 1/2 stars ...

    Have never read this author before. Quite enjoyed the 2 stories. ...

    Part 1 was slow and thoughtful...Part 2 was especially good. ...

    Another beautiful poetic piece from Humphreys, however, this one caught me off-guard in the first third as it's not written as a typical novel. ...

  • Vicki
    Jan 22, 2019

    Afterwards, she takes a break, because Machine Without Horses is such an exhilarating dance for Megan that she needs some space between it and the next dance she enters. She likes to feel the residue of it in her body for as long as it will linger. Machine Without Horses is not ...

    After her masterpiece, The Lost Garden, this new Helen Humphreys novel was a huge disappointment. The first half is a meta-essay about the impossibility of fictionalizing in an interesting way the life of a woman who did nothing?nothing at all?except make salmon flies; in the secon...

    Do you believe in magic? Have you ever wondered how a magician performs their magic? If you answer is yes to these questions then please read this book. Humphreys is more than an accomplished writer. She is a writer whose precision and touch with language is delightful to experience...

    Just because you're a writer doesn't mean you can write about anything. It won't be convincing if you don't have points of connection. 142 The setting for a story is almost as important as character p30 HH obviously has many points in connection with the subject of this meta-fict...

    Helen Humphreys is a writer who defies categorization, and this newest work makes that doubly true. The book is about a British 'salmon fly tier' who lived most of her life and did all of her work near Lake Brora in Scotland. At least, the second half of the book is. The first half is ...

    Beautiful, gentle book. Layered and thoughtful. A book for writers, filled with quotable lines that I copied down to mull over later, after I return the book to the library...like this... "It [writing] has become a process for making me whole again whenever the world breaks me d...

    This was a really boring book. In the first part of the book, the author talks about all the decisions she has to make when writing a book. The second part utilizes her decisions. Most of the book discusses tying flys for salmon fishing. Perhaps someone who fishes would enjoy this book...

    Every book by Helen Humphreys is completely different from anything else she has written. It's always a surprise to follow her. This was a lovely book that was approached in such an unusual way that I was wondering where it would lead. The first section is a non-fiction account of how...

    Humphreys weaves a story that is part biography and part novel with her usual elegant style. The first half of the book reveals much about a writer's process in preparing and then crafting her story. The second half, tells the story of a driven and extraordinary woman who spent more th...

    Classic Helen Humphreys,beautifully conceptualized.Loved it. ...

    Machine without Horses is a creative blending of fact and the writing process (Part 1) and fiction (Part 2). In Part 1, Hunphries discusses her thoughts on crafting her story while revealing what she knows about real life Megan Boyd, a fly-tier. I enjoyed her thoughts on writing, such ...

    Another wonderful book by one of my very favourite authors! After a friend sent her an obituary notice that seemed intriguing, Ms Humphreys embarks on using this rather singular life outline to create a novel, and takes the reader along as she shares her process of researching and brea...

    Though I was puzzled and not fond of the title of this novel for quite awhile, of course, as it was chosen by the ever thoughtful Helen Humphreys, it meaningfully fits. This is a slow and beautiful novel about craft and creative process and the beauty that it brings to not only life, b...

    The first half of the book was frustrating to read. If I wanted to work through the decisions made in writing a book, I'd have taken a writers' course! If I wanted to learn how to tie salmon flies, I'd have found a place that offers a hands-on course! I couldn't help but question if...

    It's only January and I already think that I've read my favourite book of the year. This was so beautiful. I loved the meditation on writing at the beginning, and the actual story at the end. The story reminded me of the story at the end of the Ghost Orchard, about two knights who stum...

    Anything Helen writes is simply wonderful. Her storytelling never disappoints. I love the historical setting of the isolated Scottish highlands. Her main character Ruth is an eccentric woman who has earned a reputation as an expert at traditional ?fly tying?. Fly fisherman seek Rut...

    I wasn't sure how this book was going to play out -- a writer trying to decided how to approach a story of a famous woman who did not lead a very exciting life. She felt she wanted to create a life for her to fill in the blanks between waking up in the morning, working all day and goin...

    I so loved this book! Never have read anything else by this author but will look for more of her works. Found the structure of the book intriguing - learning more about the writing process and then reading how she utilizes all of her thinking and researching when she actually crafts th...

    I think I have fallen in love with Helen Humphreys?s writing. Machine without Horses isn?t as transcendent as her Apple Books, but it has a quiet rightness that really resonates ? and an ending that circles back, not just to the beginning of the books, but to her earlier works as...

    This book is hard to describe. Beautifully written, but the format and structure are almost academic. It's like reading a miniature textbook about both the author and her subject. Interesting, but not what I'd call entertaining. A very challenging novel to read. ...

    Explores both the real and imagined world of Megan Boyd, a famous salmon-fly dresser, living a somewhat reclusive life in the north of Scotland. Interspersed with the presence of the author's own life, drawing parallels through both of their lives. ...

    Lovely writer and semi interesting story but a bit slow ...

    4 1/2 stars ...

  • Gabriele Goldstone
    Jan 17, 2019

    Afterwards, she takes a break, because Machine Without Horses is such an exhilarating dance for Megan that she needs some space between it and the next dance she enters. She likes to feel the residue of it in her body for as long as it will linger. Machine Without Horses is not ...

    After her masterpiece, The Lost Garden, this new Helen Humphreys novel was a huge disappointment. The first half is a meta-essay about the impossibility of fictionalizing in an interesting way the life of a woman who did nothing?nothing at all?except make salmon flies; in the secon...

    Do you believe in magic? Have you ever wondered how a magician performs their magic? If you answer is yes to these questions then please read this book. Humphreys is more than an accomplished writer. She is a writer whose precision and touch with language is delightful to experience...

    Just because you're a writer doesn't mean you can write about anything. It won't be convincing if you don't have points of connection. 142 The setting for a story is almost as important as character p30 HH obviously has many points in connection with the subject of this meta-fict...

    Helen Humphreys is a writer who defies categorization, and this newest work makes that doubly true. The book is about a British 'salmon fly tier' who lived most of her life and did all of her work near Lake Brora in Scotland. At least, the second half of the book is. The first half is ...

    Beautiful, gentle book. Layered and thoughtful. A book for writers, filled with quotable lines that I copied down to mull over later, after I return the book to the library...like this... "It [writing] has become a process for making me whole again whenever the world breaks me d...

  • Alyson
    Nov 14, 2018

    Afterwards, she takes a break, because Machine Without Horses is such an exhilarating dance for Megan that she needs some space between it and the next dance she enters. She likes to feel the residue of it in her body for as long as it will linger. Machine Without Horses is not ...

    After her masterpiece, The Lost Garden, this new Helen Humphreys novel was a huge disappointment. The first half is a meta-essay about the impossibility of fictionalizing in an interesting way the life of a woman who did nothing?nothing at all?except make salmon flies; in the secon...

    Do you believe in magic? Have you ever wondered how a magician performs their magic? If you answer is yes to these questions then please read this book. Humphreys is more than an accomplished writer. She is a writer whose precision and touch with language is delightful to experience...

    Just because you're a writer doesn't mean you can write about anything. It won't be convincing if you don't have points of connection. 142 The setting for a story is almost as important as character p30 HH obviously has many points in connection with the subject of this meta-fict...

    Helen Humphreys is a writer who defies categorization, and this newest work makes that doubly true. The book is about a British 'salmon fly tier' who lived most of her life and did all of her work near Lake Brora in Scotland. At least, the second half of the book is. The first half is ...

    Beautiful, gentle book. Layered and thoughtful. A book for writers, filled with quotable lines that I copied down to mull over later, after I return the book to the library...like this... "It [writing] has become a process for making me whole again whenever the world breaks me d...

    This was a really boring book. In the first part of the book, the author talks about all the decisions she has to make when writing a book. The second part utilizes her decisions. Most of the book discusses tying flys for salmon fishing. Perhaps someone who fishes would enjoy this book...

    Every book by Helen Humphreys is completely different from anything else she has written. It's always a surprise to follow her. This was a lovely book that was approached in such an unusual way that I was wondering where it would lead. The first section is a non-fiction account of how...

    Humphreys weaves a story that is part biography and part novel with her usual elegant style. The first half of the book reveals much about a writer's process in preparing and then crafting her story. The second half, tells the story of a driven and extraordinary woman who spent more th...

    Classic Helen Humphreys,beautifully conceptualized.Loved it. ...

    Machine without Horses is a creative blending of fact and the writing process (Part 1) and fiction (Part 2). In Part 1, Hunphries discusses her thoughts on crafting her story while revealing what she knows about real life Megan Boyd, a fly-tier. I enjoyed her thoughts on writing, such ...

    Another wonderful book by one of my very favourite authors! After a friend sent her an obituary notice that seemed intriguing, Ms Humphreys embarks on using this rather singular life outline to create a novel, and takes the reader along as she shares her process of researching and brea...

    Though I was puzzled and not fond of the title of this novel for quite awhile, of course, as it was chosen by the ever thoughtful Helen Humphreys, it meaningfully fits. This is a slow and beautiful novel about craft and creative process and the beauty that it brings to not only life, b...

  • Sharron
    Jun 25, 2018

    Afterwards, she takes a break, because Machine Without Horses is such an exhilarating dance for Megan that she needs some space between it and the next dance she enters. She likes to feel the residue of it in her body for as long as it will linger. Machine Without Horses is not ...

    After her masterpiece, The Lost Garden, this new Helen Humphreys novel was a huge disappointment. The first half is a meta-essay about the impossibility of fictionalizing in an interesting way the life of a woman who did nothing?nothing at all?except make salmon flies; in the secon...

    Do you believe in magic? Have you ever wondered how a magician performs their magic? If you answer is yes to these questions then please read this book. Humphreys is more than an accomplished writer. She is a writer whose precision and touch with language is delightful to experience...

    Just because you're a writer doesn't mean you can write about anything. It won't be convincing if you don't have points of connection. 142 The setting for a story is almost as important as character p30 HH obviously has many points in connection with the subject of this meta-fict...

    Helen Humphreys is a writer who defies categorization, and this newest work makes that doubly true. The book is about a British 'salmon fly tier' who lived most of her life and did all of her work near Lake Brora in Scotland. At least, the second half of the book is. The first half is ...

    Beautiful, gentle book. Layered and thoughtful. A book for writers, filled with quotable lines that I copied down to mull over later, after I return the book to the library...like this... "It [writing] has become a process for making me whole again whenever the world breaks me d...

    This was a really boring book. In the first part of the book, the author talks about all the decisions she has to make when writing a book. The second part utilizes her decisions. Most of the book discusses tying flys for salmon fishing. Perhaps someone who fishes would enjoy this book...

    Every book by Helen Humphreys is completely different from anything else she has written. It's always a surprise to follow her. This was a lovely book that was approached in such an unusual way that I was wondering where it would lead. The first section is a non-fiction account of how...

    Humphreys weaves a story that is part biography and part novel with her usual elegant style. The first half of the book reveals much about a writer's process in preparing and then crafting her story. The second half, tells the story of a driven and extraordinary woman who spent more th...

  • Calypso Kenney
    Jan 25, 2019

    Afterwards, she takes a break, because Machine Without Horses is such an exhilarating dance for Megan that she needs some space between it and the next dance she enters. She likes to feel the residue of it in her body for as long as it will linger. Machine Without Horses is not ...

    After her masterpiece, The Lost Garden, this new Helen Humphreys novel was a huge disappointment. The first half is a meta-essay about the impossibility of fictionalizing in an interesting way the life of a woman who did nothing?nothing at all?except make salmon flies; in the secon...

    Do you believe in magic? Have you ever wondered how a magician performs their magic? If you answer is yes to these questions then please read this book. Humphreys is more than an accomplished writer. She is a writer whose precision and touch with language is delightful to experience...

    Just because you're a writer doesn't mean you can write about anything. It won't be convincing if you don't have points of connection. 142 The setting for a story is almost as important as character p30 HH obviously has many points in connection with the subject of this meta-fict...

    Helen Humphreys is a writer who defies categorization, and this newest work makes that doubly true. The book is about a British 'salmon fly tier' who lived most of her life and did all of her work near Lake Brora in Scotland. At least, the second half of the book is. The first half is ...

    Beautiful, gentle book. Layered and thoughtful. A book for writers, filled with quotable lines that I copied down to mull over later, after I return the book to the library...like this... "It [writing] has become a process for making me whole again whenever the world breaks me d...

    This was a really boring book. In the first part of the book, the author talks about all the decisions she has to make when writing a book. The second part utilizes her decisions. Most of the book discusses tying flys for salmon fishing. Perhaps someone who fishes would enjoy this book...

    Every book by Helen Humphreys is completely different from anything else she has written. It's always a surprise to follow her. This was a lovely book that was approached in such an unusual way that I was wondering where it would lead. The first section is a non-fiction account of how...

    Humphreys weaves a story that is part biography and part novel with her usual elegant style. The first half of the book reveals much about a writer's process in preparing and then crafting her story. The second half, tells the story of a driven and extraordinary woman who spent more th...

    Classic Helen Humphreys,beautifully conceptualized.Loved it. ...

    Machine without Horses is a creative blending of fact and the writing process (Part 1) and fiction (Part 2). In Part 1, Hunphries discusses her thoughts on crafting her story while revealing what she knows about real life Megan Boyd, a fly-tier. I enjoyed her thoughts on writing, such ...

    Another wonderful book by one of my very favourite authors! After a friend sent her an obituary notice that seemed intriguing, Ms Humphreys embarks on using this rather singular life outline to create a novel, and takes the reader along as she shares her process of researching and brea...

    Though I was puzzled and not fond of the title of this novel for quite awhile, of course, as it was chosen by the ever thoughtful Helen Humphreys, it meaningfully fits. This is a slow and beautiful novel about craft and creative process and the beauty that it brings to not only life, b...

    The first half of the book was frustrating to read. If I wanted to work through the decisions made in writing a book, I'd have taken a writers' course! If I wanted to learn how to tie salmon flies, I'd have found a place that offers a hands-on course! I couldn't help but question if...

    It's only January and I already think that I've read my favourite book of the year. This was so beautiful. I loved the meditation on writing at the beginning, and the actual story at the end. The story reminded me of the story at the end of the Ghost Orchard, about two knights who stum...

  • Krista
    Nov 27, 2018

    Afterwards, she takes a break, because Machine Without Horses is such an exhilarating dance for Megan that she needs some space between it and the next dance she enters. She likes to feel the residue of it in her body for as long as it will linger. Machine Without Horses is not ...

  • Bev
    Mar 26, 2019

    Afterwards, she takes a break, because Machine Without Horses is such an exhilarating dance for Megan that she needs some space between it and the next dance she enters. She likes to feel the residue of it in her body for as long as it will linger. Machine Without Horses is not ...

    After her masterpiece, The Lost Garden, this new Helen Humphreys novel was a huge disappointment. The first half is a meta-essay about the impossibility of fictionalizing in an interesting way the life of a woman who did nothing?nothing at all?except make salmon flies; in the secon...

    Do you believe in magic? Have you ever wondered how a magician performs their magic? If you answer is yes to these questions then please read this book. Humphreys is more than an accomplished writer. She is a writer whose precision and touch with language is delightful to experience...

    Just because you're a writer doesn't mean you can write about anything. It won't be convincing if you don't have points of connection. 142 The setting for a story is almost as important as character p30 HH obviously has many points in connection with the subject of this meta-fict...

    Helen Humphreys is a writer who defies categorization, and this newest work makes that doubly true. The book is about a British 'salmon fly tier' who lived most of her life and did all of her work near Lake Brora in Scotland. At least, the second half of the book is. The first half is ...

    Beautiful, gentle book. Layered and thoughtful. A book for writers, filled with quotable lines that I copied down to mull over later, after I return the book to the library...like this... "It [writing] has become a process for making me whole again whenever the world breaks me d...

    This was a really boring book. In the first part of the book, the author talks about all the decisions she has to make when writing a book. The second part utilizes her decisions. Most of the book discusses tying flys for salmon fishing. Perhaps someone who fishes would enjoy this book...

    Every book by Helen Humphreys is completely different from anything else she has written. It's always a surprise to follow her. This was a lovely book that was approached in such an unusual way that I was wondering where it would lead. The first section is a non-fiction account of how...

    Humphreys weaves a story that is part biography and part novel with her usual elegant style. The first half of the book reveals much about a writer's process in preparing and then crafting her story. The second half, tells the story of a driven and extraordinary woman who spent more th...

    Classic Helen Humphreys,beautifully conceptualized.Loved it. ...

    Machine without Horses is a creative blending of fact and the writing process (Part 1) and fiction (Part 2). In Part 1, Hunphries discusses her thoughts on crafting her story while revealing what she knows about real life Megan Boyd, a fly-tier. I enjoyed her thoughts on writing, such ...

    Another wonderful book by one of my very favourite authors! After a friend sent her an obituary notice that seemed intriguing, Ms Humphreys embarks on using this rather singular life outline to create a novel, and takes the reader along as she shares her process of researching and brea...

  • Magdelanye
    Mar 27, 2019

    Afterwards, she takes a break, because Machine Without Horses is such an exhilarating dance for Megan that she needs some space between it and the next dance she enters. She likes to feel the residue of it in her body for as long as it will linger. Machine Without Horses is not ...

    After her masterpiece, The Lost Garden, this new Helen Humphreys novel was a huge disappointment. The first half is a meta-essay about the impossibility of fictionalizing in an interesting way the life of a woman who did nothing?nothing at all?except make salmon flies; in the secon...

    Do you believe in magic? Have you ever wondered how a magician performs their magic? If you answer is yes to these questions then please read this book. Humphreys is more than an accomplished writer. She is a writer whose precision and touch with language is delightful to experience...

    Just because you're a writer doesn't mean you can write about anything. It won't be convincing if you don't have points of connection. 142 The setting for a story is almost as important as character p30 HH obviously has many points in connection with the subject of this meta-fict...

  • Brenda
    Feb 24, 2019

    Afterwards, she takes a break, because Machine Without Horses is such an exhilarating dance for Megan that she needs some space between it and the next dance she enters. She likes to feel the residue of it in her body for as long as it will linger. Machine Without Horses is not ...

    After her masterpiece, The Lost Garden, this new Helen Humphreys novel was a huge disappointment. The first half is a meta-essay about the impossibility of fictionalizing in an interesting way the life of a woman who did nothing?nothing at all?except make salmon flies; in the secon...

    Do you believe in magic? Have you ever wondered how a magician performs their magic? If you answer is yes to these questions then please read this book. Humphreys is more than an accomplished writer. She is a writer whose precision and touch with language is delightful to experience...

    Just because you're a writer doesn't mean you can write about anything. It won't be convincing if you don't have points of connection. 142 The setting for a story is almost as important as character p30 HH obviously has many points in connection with the subject of this meta-fict...

    Helen Humphreys is a writer who defies categorization, and this newest work makes that doubly true. The book is about a British 'salmon fly tier' who lived most of her life and did all of her work near Lake Brora in Scotland. At least, the second half of the book is. The first half is ...

    Beautiful, gentle book. Layered and thoughtful. A book for writers, filled with quotable lines that I copied down to mull over later, after I return the book to the library...like this... "It [writing] has become a process for making me whole again whenever the world breaks me d...

    This was a really boring book. In the first part of the book, the author talks about all the decisions she has to make when writing a book. The second part utilizes her decisions. Most of the book discusses tying flys for salmon fishing. Perhaps someone who fishes would enjoy this book...

    Every book by Helen Humphreys is completely different from anything else she has written. It's always a surprise to follow her. This was a lovely book that was approached in such an unusual way that I was wondering where it would lead. The first section is a non-fiction account of how...

    Humphreys weaves a story that is part biography and part novel with her usual elegant style. The first half of the book reveals much about a writer's process in preparing and then crafting her story. The second half, tells the story of a driven and extraordinary woman who spent more th...

    Classic Helen Humphreys,beautifully conceptualized.Loved it. ...

    Machine without Horses is a creative blending of fact and the writing process (Part 1) and fiction (Part 2). In Part 1, Hunphries discusses her thoughts on crafting her story while revealing what she knows about real life Megan Boyd, a fly-tier. I enjoyed her thoughts on writing, such ...

    Another wonderful book by one of my very favourite authors! After a friend sent her an obituary notice that seemed intriguing, Ms Humphreys embarks on using this rather singular life outline to create a novel, and takes the reader along as she shares her process of researching and brea...

    Though I was puzzled and not fond of the title of this novel for quite awhile, of course, as it was chosen by the ever thoughtful Helen Humphreys, it meaningfully fits. This is a slow and beautiful novel about craft and creative process and the beauty that it brings to not only life, b...

    The first half of the book was frustrating to read. If I wanted to work through the decisions made in writing a book, I'd have taken a writers' course! If I wanted to learn how to tie salmon flies, I'd have found a place that offers a hands-on course! I couldn't help but question if...

  • Nicole
    Mar 11, 2019

    Afterwards, she takes a break, because Machine Without Horses is such an exhilarating dance for Megan that she needs some space between it and the next dance she enters. She likes to feel the residue of it in her body for as long as it will linger. Machine Without Horses is not ...

    After her masterpiece, The Lost Garden, this new Helen Humphreys novel was a huge disappointment. The first half is a meta-essay about the impossibility of fictionalizing in an interesting way the life of a woman who did nothing?nothing at all?except make salmon flies; in the secon...

    Do you believe in magic? Have you ever wondered how a magician performs their magic? If you answer is yes to these questions then please read this book. Humphreys is more than an accomplished writer. She is a writer whose precision and touch with language is delightful to experience...

    Just because you're a writer doesn't mean you can write about anything. It won't be convincing if you don't have points of connection. 142 The setting for a story is almost as important as character p30 HH obviously has many points in connection with the subject of this meta-fict...

    Helen Humphreys is a writer who defies categorization, and this newest work makes that doubly true. The book is about a British 'salmon fly tier' who lived most of her life and did all of her work near Lake Brora in Scotland. At least, the second half of the book is. The first half is ...

    Beautiful, gentle book. Layered and thoughtful. A book for writers, filled with quotable lines that I copied down to mull over later, after I return the book to the library...like this... "It [writing] has become a process for making me whole again whenever the world breaks me d...

    This was a really boring book. In the first part of the book, the author talks about all the decisions she has to make when writing a book. The second part utilizes her decisions. Most of the book discusses tying flys for salmon fishing. Perhaps someone who fishes would enjoy this book...

    Every book by Helen Humphreys is completely different from anything else she has written. It's always a surprise to follow her. This was a lovely book that was approached in such an unusual way that I was wondering where it would lead. The first section is a non-fiction account of how...

    Humphreys weaves a story that is part biography and part novel with her usual elegant style. The first half of the book reveals much about a writer's process in preparing and then crafting her story. The second half, tells the story of a driven and extraordinary woman who spent more th...

    Classic Helen Humphreys,beautifully conceptualized.Loved it. ...

    Machine without Horses is a creative blending of fact and the writing process (Part 1) and fiction (Part 2). In Part 1, Hunphries discusses her thoughts on crafting her story while revealing what she knows about real life Megan Boyd, a fly-tier. I enjoyed her thoughts on writing, such ...

    Another wonderful book by one of my very favourite authors! After a friend sent her an obituary notice that seemed intriguing, Ms Humphreys embarks on using this rather singular life outline to create a novel, and takes the reader along as she shares her process of researching and brea...

    Though I was puzzled and not fond of the title of this novel for quite awhile, of course, as it was chosen by the ever thoughtful Helen Humphreys, it meaningfully fits. This is a slow and beautiful novel about craft and creative process and the beauty that it brings to not only life, b...

    The first half of the book was frustrating to read. If I wanted to work through the decisions made in writing a book, I'd have taken a writers' course! If I wanted to learn how to tie salmon flies, I'd have found a place that offers a hands-on course! I couldn't help but question if...

    It's only January and I already think that I've read my favourite book of the year. This was so beautiful. I loved the meditation on writing at the beginning, and the actual story at the end. The story reminded me of the story at the end of the Ghost Orchard, about two knights who stum...

    Anything Helen writes is simply wonderful. Her storytelling never disappoints. I love the historical setting of the isolated Scottish highlands. Her main character Ruth is an eccentric woman who has earned a reputation as an expert at traditional ?fly tying?. Fly fisherman seek Rut...

    I wasn't sure how this book was going to play out -- a writer trying to decided how to approach a story of a famous woman who did not lead a very exciting life. She felt she wanted to create a life for her to fill in the blanks between waking up in the morning, working all day and goin...

    I so loved this book! Never have read anything else by this author but will look for more of her works. Found the structure of the book intriguing - learning more about the writing process and then reading how she utilizes all of her thinking and researching when she actually crafts th...

    I think I have fallen in love with Helen Humphreys?s writing. Machine without Horses isn?t as transcendent as her Apple Books, but it has a quiet rightness that really resonates ? and an ending that circles back, not just to the beginning of the books, but to her earlier works as...

    This book is hard to describe. Beautifully written, but the format and structure are almost academic. It's like reading a miniature textbook about both the author and her subject. Interesting, but not what I'd call entertaining. A very challenging novel to read. ...

    Explores both the real and imagined world of Megan Boyd, a famous salmon-fly dresser, living a somewhat reclusive life in the north of Scotland. Interspersed with the presence of the author's own life, drawing parallels through both of their lives. ...

    Lovely writer and semi interesting story but a bit slow ...

  • Lauraine
    Nov 28, 2018

    Afterwards, she takes a break, because Machine Without Horses is such an exhilarating dance for Megan that she needs some space between it and the next dance she enters. She likes to feel the residue of it in her body for as long as it will linger. Machine Without Horses is not ...

    After her masterpiece, The Lost Garden, this new Helen Humphreys novel was a huge disappointment. The first half is a meta-essay about the impossibility of fictionalizing in an interesting way the life of a woman who did nothing?nothing at all?except make salmon flies; in the secon...

    Do you believe in magic? Have you ever wondered how a magician performs their magic? If you answer is yes to these questions then please read this book. Humphreys is more than an accomplished writer. She is a writer whose precision and touch with language is delightful to experience...

    Just because you're a writer doesn't mean you can write about anything. It won't be convincing if you don't have points of connection. 142 The setting for a story is almost as important as character p30 HH obviously has many points in connection with the subject of this meta-fict...

    Helen Humphreys is a writer who defies categorization, and this newest work makes that doubly true. The book is about a British 'salmon fly tier' who lived most of her life and did all of her work near Lake Brora in Scotland. At least, the second half of the book is. The first half is ...

    Beautiful, gentle book. Layered and thoughtful. A book for writers, filled with quotable lines that I copied down to mull over later, after I return the book to the library...like this... "It [writing] has become a process for making me whole again whenever the world breaks me d...

    This was a really boring book. In the first part of the book, the author talks about all the decisions she has to make when writing a book. The second part utilizes her decisions. Most of the book discusses tying flys for salmon fishing. Perhaps someone who fishes would enjoy this book...

    Every book by Helen Humphreys is completely different from anything else she has written. It's always a surprise to follow her. This was a lovely book that was approached in such an unusual way that I was wondering where it would lead. The first section is a non-fiction account of how...

    Humphreys weaves a story that is part biography and part novel with her usual elegant style. The first half of the book reveals much about a writer's process in preparing and then crafting her story. The second half, tells the story of a driven and extraordinary woman who spent more th...

    Classic Helen Humphreys,beautifully conceptualized.Loved it. ...

    Machine without Horses is a creative blending of fact and the writing process (Part 1) and fiction (Part 2). In Part 1, Hunphries discusses her thoughts on crafting her story while revealing what she knows about real life Megan Boyd, a fly-tier. I enjoyed her thoughts on writing, such ...

    Another wonderful book by one of my very favourite authors! After a friend sent her an obituary notice that seemed intriguing, Ms Humphreys embarks on using this rather singular life outline to create a novel, and takes the reader along as she shares her process of researching and brea...

    Though I was puzzled and not fond of the title of this novel for quite awhile, of course, as it was chosen by the ever thoughtful Helen Humphreys, it meaningfully fits. This is a slow and beautiful novel about craft and creative process and the beauty that it brings to not only life, b...

    The first half of the book was frustrating to read. If I wanted to work through the decisions made in writing a book, I'd have taken a writers' course! If I wanted to learn how to tie salmon flies, I'd have found a place that offers a hands-on course! I couldn't help but question if...

    It's only January and I already think that I've read my favourite book of the year. This was so beautiful. I loved the meditation on writing at the beginning, and the actual story at the end. The story reminded me of the story at the end of the Ghost Orchard, about two knights who stum...

    Anything Helen writes is simply wonderful. Her storytelling never disappoints. I love the historical setting of the isolated Scottish highlands. Her main character Ruth is an eccentric woman who has earned a reputation as an expert at traditional ?fly tying?. Fly fisherman seek Rut...

    I wasn't sure how this book was going to play out -- a writer trying to decided how to approach a story of a famous woman who did not lead a very exciting life. She felt she wanted to create a life for her to fill in the blanks between waking up in the morning, working all day and goin...

    I so loved this book! Never have read anything else by this author but will look for more of her works. Found the structure of the book intriguing - learning more about the writing process and then reading how she utilizes all of her thinking and researching when she actually crafts th...

    I think I have fallen in love with Helen Humphreys?s writing. Machine without Horses isn?t as transcendent as her Apple Books, but it has a quiet rightness that really resonates ? and an ending that circles back, not just to the beginning of the books, but to her earlier works as...

    This book is hard to describe. Beautifully written, but the format and structure are almost academic. It's like reading a miniature textbook about both the author and her subject. Interesting, but not what I'd call entertaining. A very challenging novel to read. ...

    Explores both the real and imagined world of Megan Boyd, a famous salmon-fly dresser, living a somewhat reclusive life in the north of Scotland. Interspersed with the presence of the author's own life, drawing parallels through both of their lives. ...

  • Cathy
    Oct 25, 2018

    Afterwards, she takes a break, because Machine Without Horses is such an exhilarating dance for Megan that she needs some space between it and the next dance she enters. She likes to feel the residue of it in her body for as long as it will linger. Machine Without Horses is not ...

    After her masterpiece, The Lost Garden, this new Helen Humphreys novel was a huge disappointment. The first half is a meta-essay about the impossibility of fictionalizing in an interesting way the life of a woman who did nothing?nothing at all?except make salmon flies; in the secon...

    Do you believe in magic? Have you ever wondered how a magician performs their magic? If you answer is yes to these questions then please read this book. Humphreys is more than an accomplished writer. She is a writer whose precision and touch with language is delightful to experience...

    Just because you're a writer doesn't mean you can write about anything. It won't be convincing if you don't have points of connection. 142 The setting for a story is almost as important as character p30 HH obviously has many points in connection with the subject of this meta-fict...

    Helen Humphreys is a writer who defies categorization, and this newest work makes that doubly true. The book is about a British 'salmon fly tier' who lived most of her life and did all of her work near Lake Brora in Scotland. At least, the second half of the book is. The first half is ...

    Beautiful, gentle book. Layered and thoughtful. A book for writers, filled with quotable lines that I copied down to mull over later, after I return the book to the library...like this... "It [writing] has become a process for making me whole again whenever the world breaks me d...

    This was a really boring book. In the first part of the book, the author talks about all the decisions she has to make when writing a book. The second part utilizes her decisions. Most of the book discusses tying flys for salmon fishing. Perhaps someone who fishes would enjoy this book...

    Every book by Helen Humphreys is completely different from anything else she has written. It's always a surprise to follow her. This was a lovely book that was approached in such an unusual way that I was wondering where it would lead. The first section is a non-fiction account of how...

    Humphreys weaves a story that is part biography and part novel with her usual elegant style. The first half of the book reveals much about a writer's process in preparing and then crafting her story. The second half, tells the story of a driven and extraordinary woman who spent more th...

    Classic Helen Humphreys,beautifully conceptualized.Loved it. ...

    Machine without Horses is a creative blending of fact and the writing process (Part 1) and fiction (Part 2). In Part 1, Hunphries discusses her thoughts on crafting her story while revealing what she knows about real life Megan Boyd, a fly-tier. I enjoyed her thoughts on writing, such ...

    Another wonderful book by one of my very favourite authors! After a friend sent her an obituary notice that seemed intriguing, Ms Humphreys embarks on using this rather singular life outline to create a novel, and takes the reader along as she shares her process of researching and brea...

    Though I was puzzled and not fond of the title of this novel for quite awhile, of course, as it was chosen by the ever thoughtful Helen Humphreys, it meaningfully fits. This is a slow and beautiful novel about craft and creative process and the beauty that it brings to not only life, b...

    The first half of the book was frustrating to read. If I wanted to work through the decisions made in writing a book, I'd have taken a writers' course! If I wanted to learn how to tie salmon flies, I'd have found a place that offers a hands-on course! I couldn't help but question if...

    It's only January and I already think that I've read my favourite book of the year. This was so beautiful. I loved the meditation on writing at the beginning, and the actual story at the end. The story reminded me of the story at the end of the Ghost Orchard, about two knights who stum...

    Anything Helen writes is simply wonderful. Her storytelling never disappoints. I love the historical setting of the isolated Scottish highlands. Her main character Ruth is an eccentric woman who has earned a reputation as an expert at traditional ?fly tying?. Fly fisherman seek Rut...

    I wasn't sure how this book was going to play out -- a writer trying to decided how to approach a story of a famous woman who did not lead a very exciting life. She felt she wanted to create a life for her to fill in the blanks between waking up in the morning, working all day and goin...

    I so loved this book! Never have read anything else by this author but will look for more of her works. Found the structure of the book intriguing - learning more about the writing process and then reading how she utilizes all of her thinking and researching when she actually crafts th...

    I think I have fallen in love with Helen Humphreys?s writing. Machine without Horses isn?t as transcendent as her Apple Books, but it has a quiet rightness that really resonates ? and an ending that circles back, not just to the beginning of the books, but to her earlier works as...

    This book is hard to describe. Beautifully written, but the format and structure are almost academic. It's like reading a miniature textbook about both the author and her subject. Interesting, but not what I'd call entertaining. A very challenging novel to read. ...

    Explores both the real and imagined world of Megan Boyd, a famous salmon-fly dresser, living a somewhat reclusive life in the north of Scotland. Interspersed with the presence of the author's own life, drawing parallels through both of their lives. ...

    Lovely writer and semi interesting story but a bit slow ...

    4 1/2 stars ...

    Have never read this author before. Quite enjoyed the 2 stories. ...

    Part 1 was slow and thoughtful...Part 2 was especially good. ...

  • Laurel
    Jan 29, 2019

    Afterwards, she takes a break, because Machine Without Horses is such an exhilarating dance for Megan that she needs some space between it and the next dance she enters. She likes to feel the residue of it in her body for as long as it will linger. Machine Without Horses is not ...

    After her masterpiece, The Lost Garden, this new Helen Humphreys novel was a huge disappointment. The first half is a meta-essay about the impossibility of fictionalizing in an interesting way the life of a woman who did nothing?nothing at all?except make salmon flies; in the secon...

    Do you believe in magic? Have you ever wondered how a magician performs their magic? If you answer is yes to these questions then please read this book. Humphreys is more than an accomplished writer. She is a writer whose precision and touch with language is delightful to experience...

    Just because you're a writer doesn't mean you can write about anything. It won't be convincing if you don't have points of connection. 142 The setting for a story is almost as important as character p30 HH obviously has many points in connection with the subject of this meta-fict...

    Helen Humphreys is a writer who defies categorization, and this newest work makes that doubly true. The book is about a British 'salmon fly tier' who lived most of her life and did all of her work near Lake Brora in Scotland. At least, the second half of the book is. The first half is ...

    Beautiful, gentle book. Layered and thoughtful. A book for writers, filled with quotable lines that I copied down to mull over later, after I return the book to the library...like this... "It [writing] has become a process for making me whole again whenever the world breaks me d...

    This was a really boring book. In the first part of the book, the author talks about all the decisions she has to make when writing a book. The second part utilizes her decisions. Most of the book discusses tying flys for salmon fishing. Perhaps someone who fishes would enjoy this book...

  • Joanna
    Nov 24, 2018

    Afterwards, she takes a break, because Machine Without Horses is such an exhilarating dance for Megan that she needs some space between it and the next dance she enters. She likes to feel the residue of it in her body for as long as it will linger. Machine Without Horses is not ...

    After her masterpiece, The Lost Garden, this new Helen Humphreys novel was a huge disappointment. The first half is a meta-essay about the impossibility of fictionalizing in an interesting way the life of a woman who did nothing?nothing at all?except make salmon flies; in the secon...

    Do you believe in magic? Have you ever wondered how a magician performs their magic? If you answer is yes to these questions then please read this book. Humphreys is more than an accomplished writer. She is a writer whose precision and touch with language is delightful to experience...

    Just because you're a writer doesn't mean you can write about anything. It won't be convincing if you don't have points of connection. 142 The setting for a story is almost as important as character p30 HH obviously has many points in connection with the subject of this meta-fict...

    Helen Humphreys is a writer who defies categorization, and this newest work makes that doubly true. The book is about a British 'salmon fly tier' who lived most of her life and did all of her work near Lake Brora in Scotland. At least, the second half of the book is. The first half is ...

    Beautiful, gentle book. Layered and thoughtful. A book for writers, filled with quotable lines that I copied down to mull over later, after I return the book to the library...like this... "It [writing] has become a process for making me whole again whenever the world breaks me d...

    This was a really boring book. In the first part of the book, the author talks about all the decisions she has to make when writing a book. The second part utilizes her decisions. Most of the book discusses tying flys for salmon fishing. Perhaps someone who fishes would enjoy this book...

    Every book by Helen Humphreys is completely different from anything else she has written. It's always a surprise to follow her. This was a lovely book that was approached in such an unusual way that I was wondering where it would lead. The first section is a non-fiction account of how...

    Humphreys weaves a story that is part biography and part novel with her usual elegant style. The first half of the book reveals much about a writer's process in preparing and then crafting her story. The second half, tells the story of a driven and extraordinary woman who spent more th...

    Classic Helen Humphreys,beautifully conceptualized.Loved it. ...

    Machine without Horses is a creative blending of fact and the writing process (Part 1) and fiction (Part 2). In Part 1, Hunphries discusses her thoughts on crafting her story while revealing what she knows about real life Megan Boyd, a fly-tier. I enjoyed her thoughts on writing, such ...

    Another wonderful book by one of my very favourite authors! After a friend sent her an obituary notice that seemed intriguing, Ms Humphreys embarks on using this rather singular life outline to create a novel, and takes the reader along as she shares her process of researching and brea...

    Though I was puzzled and not fond of the title of this novel for quite awhile, of course, as it was chosen by the ever thoughtful Helen Humphreys, it meaningfully fits. This is a slow and beautiful novel about craft and creative process and the beauty that it brings to not only life, b...

    The first half of the book was frustrating to read. If I wanted to work through the decisions made in writing a book, I'd have taken a writers' course! If I wanted to learn how to tie salmon flies, I'd have found a place that offers a hands-on course! I couldn't help but question if...

    It's only January and I already think that I've read my favourite book of the year. This was so beautiful. I loved the meditation on writing at the beginning, and the actual story at the end. The story reminded me of the story at the end of the Ghost Orchard, about two knights who stum...

    Anything Helen writes is simply wonderful. Her storytelling never disappoints. I love the historical setting of the isolated Scottish highlands. Her main character Ruth is an eccentric woman who has earned a reputation as an expert at traditional ?fly tying?. Fly fisherman seek Rut...

    I wasn't sure how this book was going to play out -- a writer trying to decided how to approach a story of a famous woman who did not lead a very exciting life. She felt she wanted to create a life for her to fill in the blanks between waking up in the morning, working all day and goin...

    I so loved this book! Never have read anything else by this author but will look for more of her works. Found the structure of the book intriguing - learning more about the writing process and then reading how she utilizes all of her thinking and researching when she actually crafts th...

    I think I have fallen in love with Helen Humphreys?s writing. Machine without Horses isn?t as transcendent as her Apple Books, but it has a quiet rightness that really resonates ? and an ending that circles back, not just to the beginning of the books, but to her earlier works as...

  • Ampersand Inc.
    Nov 06, 2018

    Afterwards, she takes a break, because Machine Without Horses is such an exhilarating dance for Megan that she needs some space between it and the next dance she enters. She likes to feel the residue of it in her body for as long as it will linger. Machine Without Horses is not ...

    After her masterpiece, The Lost Garden, this new Helen Humphreys novel was a huge disappointment. The first half is a meta-essay about the impossibility of fictionalizing in an interesting way the life of a woman who did nothing?nothing at all?except make salmon flies; in the secon...

    Do you believe in magic? Have you ever wondered how a magician performs their magic? If you answer is yes to these questions then please read this book. Humphreys is more than an accomplished writer. She is a writer whose precision and touch with language is delightful to experience...

    Just because you're a writer doesn't mean you can write about anything. It won't be convincing if you don't have points of connection. 142 The setting for a story is almost as important as character p30 HH obviously has many points in connection with the subject of this meta-fict...

    Helen Humphreys is a writer who defies categorization, and this newest work makes that doubly true. The book is about a British 'salmon fly tier' who lived most of her life and did all of her work near Lake Brora in Scotland. At least, the second half of the book is. The first half is ...

    Beautiful, gentle book. Layered and thoughtful. A book for writers, filled with quotable lines that I copied down to mull over later, after I return the book to the library...like this... "It [writing] has become a process for making me whole again whenever the world breaks me d...

    This was a really boring book. In the first part of the book, the author talks about all the decisions she has to make when writing a book. The second part utilizes her decisions. Most of the book discusses tying flys for salmon fishing. Perhaps someone who fishes would enjoy this book...

    Every book by Helen Humphreys is completely different from anything else she has written. It's always a surprise to follow her. This was a lovely book that was approached in such an unusual way that I was wondering where it would lead. The first section is a non-fiction account of how...

    Humphreys weaves a story that is part biography and part novel with her usual elegant style. The first half of the book reveals much about a writer's process in preparing and then crafting her story. The second half, tells the story of a driven and extraordinary woman who spent more th...

    Classic Helen Humphreys,beautifully conceptualized.Loved it. ...

    Machine without Horses is a creative blending of fact and the writing process (Part 1) and fiction (Part 2). In Part 1, Hunphries discusses her thoughts on crafting her story while revealing what she knows about real life Megan Boyd, a fly-tier. I enjoyed her thoughts on writing, such ...

    Another wonderful book by one of my very favourite authors! After a friend sent her an obituary notice that seemed intriguing, Ms Humphreys embarks on using this rather singular life outline to create a novel, and takes the reader along as she shares her process of researching and brea...

    Though I was puzzled and not fond of the title of this novel for quite awhile, of course, as it was chosen by the ever thoughtful Helen Humphreys, it meaningfully fits. This is a slow and beautiful novel about craft and creative process and the beauty that it brings to not only life, b...

    The first half of the book was frustrating to read. If I wanted to work through the decisions made in writing a book, I'd have taken a writers' course! If I wanted to learn how to tie salmon flies, I'd have found a place that offers a hands-on course! I couldn't help but question if...

    It's only January and I already think that I've read my favourite book of the year. This was so beautiful. I loved the meditation on writing at the beginning, and the actual story at the end. The story reminded me of the story at the end of the Ghost Orchard, about two knights who stum...

    Anything Helen writes is simply wonderful. Her storytelling never disappoints. I love the historical setting of the isolated Scottish highlands. Her main character Ruth is an eccentric woman who has earned a reputation as an expert at traditional ?fly tying?. Fly fisherman seek Rut...

  • Sandy Bishop
    Jan 21, 2019

    Afterwards, she takes a break, because Machine Without Horses is such an exhilarating dance for Megan that she needs some space between it and the next dance she enters. She likes to feel the residue of it in her body for as long as it will linger. Machine Without Horses is not ...

    After her masterpiece, The Lost Garden, this new Helen Humphreys novel was a huge disappointment. The first half is a meta-essay about the impossibility of fictionalizing in an interesting way the life of a woman who did nothing?nothing at all?except make salmon flies; in the secon...

    Do you believe in magic? Have you ever wondered how a magician performs their magic? If you answer is yes to these questions then please read this book. Humphreys is more than an accomplished writer. She is a writer whose precision and touch with language is delightful to experience...

    Just because you're a writer doesn't mean you can write about anything. It won't be convincing if you don't have points of connection. 142 The setting for a story is almost as important as character p30 HH obviously has many points in connection with the subject of this meta-fict...

    Helen Humphreys is a writer who defies categorization, and this newest work makes that doubly true. The book is about a British 'salmon fly tier' who lived most of her life and did all of her work near Lake Brora in Scotland. At least, the second half of the book is. The first half is ...

    Beautiful, gentle book. Layered and thoughtful. A book for writers, filled with quotable lines that I copied down to mull over later, after I return the book to the library...like this... "It [writing] has become a process for making me whole again whenever the world breaks me d...

    This was a really boring book. In the first part of the book, the author talks about all the decisions she has to make when writing a book. The second part utilizes her decisions. Most of the book discusses tying flys for salmon fishing. Perhaps someone who fishes would enjoy this book...

    Every book by Helen Humphreys is completely different from anything else she has written. It's always a surprise to follow her. This was a lovely book that was approached in such an unusual way that I was wondering where it would lead. The first section is a non-fiction account of how...

    Humphreys weaves a story that is part biography and part novel with her usual elegant style. The first half of the book reveals much about a writer's process in preparing and then crafting her story. The second half, tells the story of a driven and extraordinary woman who spent more th...

    Classic Helen Humphreys,beautifully conceptualized.Loved it. ...

    Machine without Horses is a creative blending of fact and the writing process (Part 1) and fiction (Part 2). In Part 1, Hunphries discusses her thoughts on crafting her story while revealing what she knows about real life Megan Boyd, a fly-tier. I enjoyed her thoughts on writing, such ...

  • Joanne
    Dec 30, 2018

    Afterwards, she takes a break, because Machine Without Horses is such an exhilarating dance for Megan that she needs some space between it and the next dance she enters. She likes to feel the residue of it in her body for as long as it will linger. Machine Without Horses is not ...

    After her masterpiece, The Lost Garden, this new Helen Humphreys novel was a huge disappointment. The first half is a meta-essay about the impossibility of fictionalizing in an interesting way the life of a woman who did nothing?nothing at all?except make salmon flies; in the secon...

    Do you believe in magic? Have you ever wondered how a magician performs their magic? If you answer is yes to these questions then please read this book. Humphreys is more than an accomplished writer. She is a writer whose precision and touch with language is delightful to experience...

    Just because you're a writer doesn't mean you can write about anything. It won't be convincing if you don't have points of connection. 142 The setting for a story is almost as important as character p30 HH obviously has many points in connection with the subject of this meta-fict...

    Helen Humphreys is a writer who defies categorization, and this newest work makes that doubly true. The book is about a British 'salmon fly tier' who lived most of her life and did all of her work near Lake Brora in Scotland. At least, the second half of the book is. The first half is ...

    Beautiful, gentle book. Layered and thoughtful. A book for writers, filled with quotable lines that I copied down to mull over later, after I return the book to the library...like this... "It [writing] has become a process for making me whole again whenever the world breaks me d...

    This was a really boring book. In the first part of the book, the author talks about all the decisions she has to make when writing a book. The second part utilizes her decisions. Most of the book discusses tying flys for salmon fishing. Perhaps someone who fishes would enjoy this book...

    Every book by Helen Humphreys is completely different from anything else she has written. It's always a surprise to follow her. This was a lovely book that was approached in such an unusual way that I was wondering where it would lead. The first section is a non-fiction account of how...

  • Jan Morrison
    Jan 19, 2019

    Afterwards, she takes a break, because Machine Without Horses is such an exhilarating dance for Megan that she needs some space between it and the next dance she enters. She likes to feel the residue of it in her body for as long as it will linger. Machine Without Horses is not ...

    After her masterpiece, The Lost Garden, this new Helen Humphreys novel was a huge disappointment. The first half is a meta-essay about the impossibility of fictionalizing in an interesting way the life of a woman who did nothing?nothing at all?except make salmon flies; in the secon...

    Do you believe in magic? Have you ever wondered how a magician performs their magic? If you answer is yes to these questions then please read this book. Humphreys is more than an accomplished writer. She is a writer whose precision and touch with language is delightful to experience...

    Just because you're a writer doesn't mean you can write about anything. It won't be convincing if you don't have points of connection. 142 The setting for a story is almost as important as character p30 HH obviously has many points in connection with the subject of this meta-fict...

    Helen Humphreys is a writer who defies categorization, and this newest work makes that doubly true. The book is about a British 'salmon fly tier' who lived most of her life and did all of her work near Lake Brora in Scotland. At least, the second half of the book is. The first half is ...

    Beautiful, gentle book. Layered and thoughtful. A book for writers, filled with quotable lines that I copied down to mull over later, after I return the book to the library...like this... "It [writing] has become a process for making me whole again whenever the world breaks me d...

    This was a really boring book. In the first part of the book, the author talks about all the decisions she has to make when writing a book. The second part utilizes her decisions. Most of the book discusses tying flys for salmon fishing. Perhaps someone who fishes would enjoy this book...

    Every book by Helen Humphreys is completely different from anything else she has written. It's always a surprise to follow her. This was a lovely book that was approached in such an unusual way that I was wondering where it would lead. The first section is a non-fiction account of how...

    Humphreys weaves a story that is part biography and part novel with her usual elegant style. The first half of the book reveals much about a writer's process in preparing and then crafting her story. The second half, tells the story of a driven and extraordinary woman who spent more th...

    Classic Helen Humphreys,beautifully conceptualized.Loved it. ...

    Machine without Horses is a creative blending of fact and the writing process (Part 1) and fiction (Part 2). In Part 1, Hunphries discusses her thoughts on crafting her story while revealing what she knows about real life Megan Boyd, a fly-tier. I enjoyed her thoughts on writing, such ...

    Another wonderful book by one of my very favourite authors! After a friend sent her an obituary notice that seemed intriguing, Ms Humphreys embarks on using this rather singular life outline to create a novel, and takes the reader along as she shares her process of researching and brea...

    Though I was puzzled and not fond of the title of this novel for quite awhile, of course, as it was chosen by the ever thoughtful Helen Humphreys, it meaningfully fits. This is a slow and beautiful novel about craft and creative process and the beauty that it brings to not only life, b...

    The first half of the book was frustrating to read. If I wanted to work through the decisions made in writing a book, I'd have taken a writers' course! If I wanted to learn how to tie salmon flies, I'd have found a place that offers a hands-on course! I couldn't help but question if...

    It's only January and I already think that I've read my favourite book of the year. This was so beautiful. I loved the meditation on writing at the beginning, and the actual story at the end. The story reminded me of the story at the end of the Ghost Orchard, about two knights who stum...

    Anything Helen writes is simply wonderful. Her storytelling never disappoints. I love the historical setting of the isolated Scottish highlands. Her main character Ruth is an eccentric woman who has earned a reputation as an expert at traditional ?fly tying?. Fly fisherman seek Rut...

    I wasn't sure how this book was going to play out -- a writer trying to decided how to approach a story of a famous woman who did not lead a very exciting life. She felt she wanted to create a life for her to fill in the blanks between waking up in the morning, working all day and goin...

    I so loved this book! Never have read anything else by this author but will look for more of her works. Found the structure of the book intriguing - learning more about the writing process and then reading how she utilizes all of her thinking and researching when she actually crafts th...

    I think I have fallen in love with Helen Humphreys?s writing. Machine without Horses isn?t as transcendent as her Apple Books, but it has a quiet rightness that really resonates ? and an ending that circles back, not just to the beginning of the books, but to her earlier works as...

    This book is hard to describe. Beautifully written, but the format and structure are almost academic. It's like reading a miniature textbook about both the author and her subject. Interesting, but not what I'd call entertaining. A very challenging novel to read. ...

    Explores both the real and imagined world of Megan Boyd, a famous salmon-fly dresser, living a somewhat reclusive life in the north of Scotland. Interspersed with the presence of the author's own life, drawing parallels through both of their lives. ...

    Lovely writer and semi interesting story but a bit slow ...

    4 1/2 stars ...

    Have never read this author before. Quite enjoyed the 2 stories. ...

    Part 1 was slow and thoughtful...Part 2 was especially good. ...

    Another beautiful poetic piece from Humphreys, however, this one caught me off-guard in the first third as it's not written as a typical novel. ...

    Humphreys has consistently been a thoughtful writer and this novel is a testament to her skills and talents. A beautiful and well-written work. ...

    Very interesting structure to this book which allowed Humphreys to fictionalized both her real life subject and herself. ...

  • Amy Roebuck
    Oct 29, 2018

    Afterwards, she takes a break, because Machine Without Horses is such an exhilarating dance for Megan that she needs some space between it and the next dance she enters. She likes to feel the residue of it in her body for as long as it will linger. Machine Without Horses is not ...

    After her masterpiece, The Lost Garden, this new Helen Humphreys novel was a huge disappointment. The first half is a meta-essay about the impossibility of fictionalizing in an interesting way the life of a woman who did nothing?nothing at all?except make salmon flies; in the secon...

    Do you believe in magic? Have you ever wondered how a magician performs their magic? If you answer is yes to these questions then please read this book. Humphreys is more than an accomplished writer. She is a writer whose precision and touch with language is delightful to experience...

    Just because you're a writer doesn't mean you can write about anything. It won't be convincing if you don't have points of connection. 142 The setting for a story is almost as important as character p30 HH obviously has many points in connection with the subject of this meta-fict...

    Helen Humphreys is a writer who defies categorization, and this newest work makes that doubly true. The book is about a British 'salmon fly tier' who lived most of her life and did all of her work near Lake Brora in Scotland. At least, the second half of the book is. The first half is ...

  • Peter
    Sep 27, 2018

    Afterwards, she takes a break, because Machine Without Horses is such an exhilarating dance for Megan that she needs some space between it and the next dance she enters. She likes to feel the residue of it in her body for as long as it will linger. Machine Without Horses is not ...

    After her masterpiece, The Lost Garden, this new Helen Humphreys novel was a huge disappointment. The first half is a meta-essay about the impossibility of fictionalizing in an interesting way the life of a woman who did nothing?nothing at all?except make salmon flies; in the secon...

    Do you believe in magic? Have you ever wondered how a magician performs their magic? If you answer is yes to these questions then please read this book. Humphreys is more than an accomplished writer. She is a writer whose precision and touch with language is delightful to experience...

  • Georgina
    Oct 25, 2018

    Afterwards, she takes a break, because Machine Without Horses is such an exhilarating dance for Megan that she needs some space between it and the next dance she enters. She likes to feel the residue of it in her body for as long as it will linger. Machine Without Horses is not ...

    After her masterpiece, The Lost Garden, this new Helen Humphreys novel was a huge disappointment. The first half is a meta-essay about the impossibility of fictionalizing in an interesting way the life of a woman who did nothing?nothing at all?except make salmon flies; in the secon...

    Do you believe in magic? Have you ever wondered how a magician performs their magic? If you answer is yes to these questions then please read this book. Humphreys is more than an accomplished writer. She is a writer whose precision and touch with language is delightful to experience...

    Just because you're a writer doesn't mean you can write about anything. It won't be convincing if you don't have points of connection. 142 The setting for a story is almost as important as character p30 HH obviously has many points in connection with the subject of this meta-fict...

    Helen Humphreys is a writer who defies categorization, and this newest work makes that doubly true. The book is about a British 'salmon fly tier' who lived most of her life and did all of her work near Lake Brora in Scotland. At least, the second half of the book is. The first half is ...

    Beautiful, gentle book. Layered and thoughtful. A book for writers, filled with quotable lines that I copied down to mull over later, after I return the book to the library...like this... "It [writing] has become a process for making me whole again whenever the world breaks me d...

    This was a really boring book. In the first part of the book, the author talks about all the decisions she has to make when writing a book. The second part utilizes her decisions. Most of the book discusses tying flys for salmon fishing. Perhaps someone who fishes would enjoy this book...

    Every book by Helen Humphreys is completely different from anything else she has written. It's always a surprise to follow her. This was a lovely book that was approached in such an unusual way that I was wondering where it would lead. The first section is a non-fiction account of how...

    Humphreys weaves a story that is part biography and part novel with her usual elegant style. The first half of the book reveals much about a writer's process in preparing and then crafting her story. The second half, tells the story of a driven and extraordinary woman who spent more th...

    Classic Helen Humphreys,beautifully conceptualized.Loved it. ...

    Machine without Horses is a creative blending of fact and the writing process (Part 1) and fiction (Part 2). In Part 1, Hunphries discusses her thoughts on crafting her story while revealing what she knows about real life Megan Boyd, a fly-tier. I enjoyed her thoughts on writing, such ...

    Another wonderful book by one of my very favourite authors! After a friend sent her an obituary notice that seemed intriguing, Ms Humphreys embarks on using this rather singular life outline to create a novel, and takes the reader along as she shares her process of researching and brea...

    Though I was puzzled and not fond of the title of this novel for quite awhile, of course, as it was chosen by the ever thoughtful Helen Humphreys, it meaningfully fits. This is a slow and beautiful novel about craft and creative process and the beauty that it brings to not only life, b...

    The first half of the book was frustrating to read. If I wanted to work through the decisions made in writing a book, I'd have taken a writers' course! If I wanted to learn how to tie salmon flies, I'd have found a place that offers a hands-on course! I couldn't help but question if...

    It's only January and I already think that I've read my favourite book of the year. This was so beautiful. I loved the meditation on writing at the beginning, and the actual story at the end. The story reminded me of the story at the end of the Ghost Orchard, about two knights who stum...

    Anything Helen writes is simply wonderful. Her storytelling never disappoints. I love the historical setting of the isolated Scottish highlands. Her main character Ruth is an eccentric woman who has earned a reputation as an expert at traditional ?fly tying?. Fly fisherman seek Rut...

    I wasn't sure how this book was going to play out -- a writer trying to decided how to approach a story of a famous woman who did not lead a very exciting life. She felt she wanted to create a life for her to fill in the blanks between waking up in the morning, working all day and goin...

  • Virginia
    Feb 04, 2019

    Afterwards, she takes a break, because Machine Without Horses is such an exhilarating dance for Megan that she needs some space between it and the next dance she enters. She likes to feel the residue of it in her body for as long as it will linger. Machine Without Horses is not ...

    After her masterpiece, The Lost Garden, this new Helen Humphreys novel was a huge disappointment. The first half is a meta-essay about the impossibility of fictionalizing in an interesting way the life of a woman who did nothing?nothing at all?except make salmon flies; in the secon...

    Do you believe in magic? Have you ever wondered how a magician performs their magic? If you answer is yes to these questions then please read this book. Humphreys is more than an accomplished writer. She is a writer whose precision and touch with language is delightful to experience...

    Just because you're a writer doesn't mean you can write about anything. It won't be convincing if you don't have points of connection. 142 The setting for a story is almost as important as character p30 HH obviously has many points in connection with the subject of this meta-fict...

    Helen Humphreys is a writer who defies categorization, and this newest work makes that doubly true. The book is about a British 'salmon fly tier' who lived most of her life and did all of her work near Lake Brora in Scotland. At least, the second half of the book is. The first half is ...

    Beautiful, gentle book. Layered and thoughtful. A book for writers, filled with quotable lines that I copied down to mull over later, after I return the book to the library...like this... "It [writing] has become a process for making me whole again whenever the world breaks me d...

    This was a really boring book. In the first part of the book, the author talks about all the decisions she has to make when writing a book. The second part utilizes her decisions. Most of the book discusses tying flys for salmon fishing. Perhaps someone who fishes would enjoy this book...

    Every book by Helen Humphreys is completely different from anything else she has written. It's always a surprise to follow her. This was a lovely book that was approached in such an unusual way that I was wondering where it would lead. The first section is a non-fiction account of how...

    Humphreys weaves a story that is part biography and part novel with her usual elegant style. The first half of the book reveals much about a writer's process in preparing and then crafting her story. The second half, tells the story of a driven and extraordinary woman who spent more th...

    Classic Helen Humphreys,beautifully conceptualized.Loved it. ...

    Machine without Horses is a creative blending of fact and the writing process (Part 1) and fiction (Part 2). In Part 1, Hunphries discusses her thoughts on crafting her story while revealing what she knows about real life Megan Boyd, a fly-tier. I enjoyed her thoughts on writing, such ...

    Another wonderful book by one of my very favourite authors! After a friend sent her an obituary notice that seemed intriguing, Ms Humphreys embarks on using this rather singular life outline to create a novel, and takes the reader along as she shares her process of researching and brea...

    Though I was puzzled and not fond of the title of this novel for quite awhile, of course, as it was chosen by the ever thoughtful Helen Humphreys, it meaningfully fits. This is a slow and beautiful novel about craft and creative process and the beauty that it brings to not only life, b...

    The first half of the book was frustrating to read. If I wanted to work through the decisions made in writing a book, I'd have taken a writers' course! If I wanted to learn how to tie salmon flies, I'd have found a place that offers a hands-on course! I couldn't help but question if...

    It's only January and I already think that I've read my favourite book of the year. This was so beautiful. I loved the meditation on writing at the beginning, and the actual story at the end. The story reminded me of the story at the end of the Ghost Orchard, about two knights who stum...

    Anything Helen writes is simply wonderful. Her storytelling never disappoints. I love the historical setting of the isolated Scottish highlands. Her main character Ruth is an eccentric woman who has earned a reputation as an expert at traditional ?fly tying?. Fly fisherman seek Rut...

    I wasn't sure how this book was going to play out -- a writer trying to decided how to approach a story of a famous woman who did not lead a very exciting life. She felt she wanted to create a life for her to fill in the blanks between waking up in the morning, working all day and goin...

    I so loved this book! Never have read anything else by this author but will look for more of her works. Found the structure of the book intriguing - learning more about the writing process and then reading how she utilizes all of her thinking and researching when she actually crafts th...

    I think I have fallen in love with Helen Humphreys?s writing. Machine without Horses isn?t as transcendent as her Apple Books, but it has a quiet rightness that really resonates ? and an ending that circles back, not just to the beginning of the books, but to her earlier works as...

    This book is hard to describe. Beautifully written, but the format and structure are almost academic. It's like reading a miniature textbook about both the author and her subject. Interesting, but not what I'd call entertaining. A very challenging novel to read. ...

    Explores both the real and imagined world of Megan Boyd, a famous salmon-fly dresser, living a somewhat reclusive life in the north of Scotland. Interspersed with the presence of the author's own life, drawing parallels through both of their lives. ...

    Lovely writer and semi interesting story but a bit slow ...

    4 1/2 stars ...

    Have never read this author before. Quite enjoyed the 2 stories. ...

    Part 1 was slow and thoughtful...Part 2 was especially good. ...

    Another beautiful poetic piece from Humphreys, however, this one caught me off-guard in the first third as it's not written as a typical novel. ...

    Humphreys has consistently been a thoughtful writer and this novel is a testament to her skills and talents. A beautiful and well-written work. ...

    Very interesting structure to this book which allowed Humphreys to fictionalized both her real life subject and herself. ...

    An absolute jewel. This just may be my new favourite book of all time. ...

    Very special book. ...

  • Christine
    Nov 10, 2018

    Afterwards, she takes a break, because Machine Without Horses is such an exhilarating dance for Megan that she needs some space between it and the next dance she enters. She likes to feel the residue of it in her body for as long as it will linger. Machine Without Horses is not ...

    After her masterpiece, The Lost Garden, this new Helen Humphreys novel was a huge disappointment. The first half is a meta-essay about the impossibility of fictionalizing in an interesting way the life of a woman who did nothing?nothing at all?except make salmon flies; in the secon...

    Do you believe in magic? Have you ever wondered how a magician performs their magic? If you answer is yes to these questions then please read this book. Humphreys is more than an accomplished writer. She is a writer whose precision and touch with language is delightful to experience...

    Just because you're a writer doesn't mean you can write about anything. It won't be convincing if you don't have points of connection. 142 The setting for a story is almost as important as character p30 HH obviously has many points in connection with the subject of this meta-fict...

    Helen Humphreys is a writer who defies categorization, and this newest work makes that doubly true. The book is about a British 'salmon fly tier' who lived most of her life and did all of her work near Lake Brora in Scotland. At least, the second half of the book is. The first half is ...

    Beautiful, gentle book. Layered and thoughtful. A book for writers, filled with quotable lines that I copied down to mull over later, after I return the book to the library...like this... "It [writing] has become a process for making me whole again whenever the world breaks me d...

    This was a really boring book. In the first part of the book, the author talks about all the decisions she has to make when writing a book. The second part utilizes her decisions. Most of the book discusses tying flys for salmon fishing. Perhaps someone who fishes would enjoy this book...

    Every book by Helen Humphreys is completely different from anything else she has written. It's always a surprise to follow her. This was a lovely book that was approached in such an unusual way that I was wondering where it would lead. The first section is a non-fiction account of how...

    Humphreys weaves a story that is part biography and part novel with her usual elegant style. The first half of the book reveals much about a writer's process in preparing and then crafting her story. The second half, tells the story of a driven and extraordinary woman who spent more th...

    Classic Helen Humphreys,beautifully conceptualized.Loved it. ...

    Machine without Horses is a creative blending of fact and the writing process (Part 1) and fiction (Part 2). In Part 1, Hunphries discusses her thoughts on crafting her story while revealing what she knows about real life Megan Boyd, a fly-tier. I enjoyed her thoughts on writing, such ...

    Another wonderful book by one of my very favourite authors! After a friend sent her an obituary notice that seemed intriguing, Ms Humphreys embarks on using this rather singular life outline to create a novel, and takes the reader along as she shares her process of researching and brea...

    Though I was puzzled and not fond of the title of this novel for quite awhile, of course, as it was chosen by the ever thoughtful Helen Humphreys, it meaningfully fits. This is a slow and beautiful novel about craft and creative process and the beauty that it brings to not only life, b...

    The first half of the book was frustrating to read. If I wanted to work through the decisions made in writing a book, I'd have taken a writers' course! If I wanted to learn how to tie salmon flies, I'd have found a place that offers a hands-on course! I couldn't help but question if...

    It's only January and I already think that I've read my favourite book of the year. This was so beautiful. I loved the meditation on writing at the beginning, and the actual story at the end. The story reminded me of the story at the end of the Ghost Orchard, about two knights who stum...

    Anything Helen writes is simply wonderful. Her storytelling never disappoints. I love the historical setting of the isolated Scottish highlands. Her main character Ruth is an eccentric woman who has earned a reputation as an expert at traditional ?fly tying?. Fly fisherman seek Rut...

    I wasn't sure how this book was going to play out -- a writer trying to decided how to approach a story of a famous woman who did not lead a very exciting life. She felt she wanted to create a life for her to fill in the blanks between waking up in the morning, working all day and goin...

    I so loved this book! Never have read anything else by this author but will look for more of her works. Found the structure of the book intriguing - learning more about the writing process and then reading how she utilizes all of her thinking and researching when she actually crafts th...

    I think I have fallen in love with Helen Humphreys?s writing. Machine without Horses isn?t as transcendent as her Apple Books, but it has a quiet rightness that really resonates ? and an ending that circles back, not just to the beginning of the books, but to her earlier works as...

    This book is hard to describe. Beautifully written, but the format and structure are almost academic. It's like reading a miniature textbook about both the author and her subject. Interesting, but not what I'd call entertaining. A very challenging novel to read. ...

    Explores both the real and imagined world of Megan Boyd, a famous salmon-fly dresser, living a somewhat reclusive life in the north of Scotland. Interspersed with the presence of the author's own life, drawing parallels through both of their lives. ...

    Lovely writer and semi interesting story but a bit slow ...

    4 1/2 stars ...

    Have never read this author before. Quite enjoyed the 2 stories. ...

    Part 1 was slow and thoughtful...Part 2 was especially good. ...

    Another beautiful poetic piece from Humphreys, however, this one caught me off-guard in the first third as it's not written as a typical novel. ...

    Humphreys has consistently been a thoughtful writer and this novel is a testament to her skills and talents. A beautiful and well-written work. ...

    Very interesting structure to this book which allowed Humphreys to fictionalized both her real life subject and herself. ...

    An absolute jewel. This just may be my new favourite book of all time. ...

  • Colette Connors
    Dec 29, 2018

    Afterwards, she takes a break, because Machine Without Horses is such an exhilarating dance for Megan that she needs some space between it and the next dance she enters. She likes to feel the residue of it in her body for as long as it will linger. Machine Without Horses is not ...

    After her masterpiece, The Lost Garden, this new Helen Humphreys novel was a huge disappointment. The first half is a meta-essay about the impossibility of fictionalizing in an interesting way the life of a woman who did nothing?nothing at all?except make salmon flies; in the secon...

    Do you believe in magic? Have you ever wondered how a magician performs their magic? If you answer is yes to these questions then please read this book. Humphreys is more than an accomplished writer. She is a writer whose precision and touch with language is delightful to experience...

    Just because you're a writer doesn't mean you can write about anything. It won't be convincing if you don't have points of connection. 142 The setting for a story is almost as important as character p30 HH obviously has many points in connection with the subject of this meta-fict...

    Helen Humphreys is a writer who defies categorization, and this newest work makes that doubly true. The book is about a British 'salmon fly tier' who lived most of her life and did all of her work near Lake Brora in Scotland. At least, the second half of the book is. The first half is ...

    Beautiful, gentle book. Layered and thoughtful. A book for writers, filled with quotable lines that I copied down to mull over later, after I return the book to the library...like this... "It [writing] has become a process for making me whole again whenever the world breaks me d...

    This was a really boring book. In the first part of the book, the author talks about all the decisions she has to make when writing a book. The second part utilizes her decisions. Most of the book discusses tying flys for salmon fishing. Perhaps someone who fishes would enjoy this book...

    Every book by Helen Humphreys is completely different from anything else she has written. It's always a surprise to follow her. This was a lovely book that was approached in such an unusual way that I was wondering where it would lead. The first section is a non-fiction account of how...

    Humphreys weaves a story that is part biography and part novel with her usual elegant style. The first half of the book reveals much about a writer's process in preparing and then crafting her story. The second half, tells the story of a driven and extraordinary woman who spent more th...

    Classic Helen Humphreys,beautifully conceptualized.Loved it. ...

  • JGrant
    Jan 17, 2019

    Afterwards, she takes a break, because Machine Without Horses is such an exhilarating dance for Megan that she needs some space between it and the next dance she enters. She likes to feel the residue of it in her body for as long as it will linger. Machine Without Horses is not ...

    After her masterpiece, The Lost Garden, this new Helen Humphreys novel was a huge disappointment. The first half is a meta-essay about the impossibility of fictionalizing in an interesting way the life of a woman who did nothing?nothing at all?except make salmon flies; in the secon...

    Do you believe in magic? Have you ever wondered how a magician performs their magic? If you answer is yes to these questions then please read this book. Humphreys is more than an accomplished writer. She is a writer whose precision and touch with language is delightful to experience...

    Just because you're a writer doesn't mean you can write about anything. It won't be convincing if you don't have points of connection. 142 The setting for a story is almost as important as character p30 HH obviously has many points in connection with the subject of this meta-fict...

    Helen Humphreys is a writer who defies categorization, and this newest work makes that doubly true. The book is about a British 'salmon fly tier' who lived most of her life and did all of her work near Lake Brora in Scotland. At least, the second half of the book is. The first half is ...

    Beautiful, gentle book. Layered and thoughtful. A book for writers, filled with quotable lines that I copied down to mull over later, after I return the book to the library...like this... "It [writing] has become a process for making me whole again whenever the world breaks me d...

    This was a really boring book. In the first part of the book, the author talks about all the decisions she has to make when writing a book. The second part utilizes her decisions. Most of the book discusses tying flys for salmon fishing. Perhaps someone who fishes would enjoy this book...

    Every book by Helen Humphreys is completely different from anything else she has written. It's always a surprise to follow her. This was a lovely book that was approached in such an unusual way that I was wondering where it would lead. The first section is a non-fiction account of how...

    Humphreys weaves a story that is part biography and part novel with her usual elegant style. The first half of the book reveals much about a writer's process in preparing and then crafting her story. The second half, tells the story of a driven and extraordinary woman who spent more th...

    Classic Helen Humphreys,beautifully conceptualized.Loved it. ...

    Machine without Horses is a creative blending of fact and the writing process (Part 1) and fiction (Part 2). In Part 1, Hunphries discusses her thoughts on crafting her story while revealing what she knows about real life Megan Boyd, a fly-tier. I enjoyed her thoughts on writing, such ...

    Another wonderful book by one of my very favourite authors! After a friend sent her an obituary notice that seemed intriguing, Ms Humphreys embarks on using this rather singular life outline to create a novel, and takes the reader along as she shares her process of researching and brea...

    Though I was puzzled and not fond of the title of this novel for quite awhile, of course, as it was chosen by the ever thoughtful Helen Humphreys, it meaningfully fits. This is a slow and beautiful novel about craft and creative process and the beauty that it brings to not only life, b...

    The first half of the book was frustrating to read. If I wanted to work through the decisions made in writing a book, I'd have taken a writers' course! If I wanted to learn how to tie salmon flies, I'd have found a place that offers a hands-on course! I couldn't help but question if...

    It's only January and I already think that I've read my favourite book of the year. This was so beautiful. I loved the meditation on writing at the beginning, and the actual story at the end. The story reminded me of the story at the end of the Ghost Orchard, about two knights who stum...

    Anything Helen writes is simply wonderful. Her storytelling never disappoints. I love the historical setting of the isolated Scottish highlands. Her main character Ruth is an eccentric woman who has earned a reputation as an expert at traditional ?fly tying?. Fly fisherman seek Rut...

    I wasn't sure how this book was going to play out -- a writer trying to decided how to approach a story of a famous woman who did not lead a very exciting life. She felt she wanted to create a life for her to fill in the blanks between waking up in the morning, working all day and goin...

    I so loved this book! Never have read anything else by this author but will look for more of her works. Found the structure of the book intriguing - learning more about the writing process and then reading how she utilizes all of her thinking and researching when she actually crafts th...

    I think I have fallen in love with Helen Humphreys?s writing. Machine without Horses isn?t as transcendent as her Apple Books, but it has a quiet rightness that really resonates ? and an ending that circles back, not just to the beginning of the books, but to her earlier works as...

    This book is hard to describe. Beautifully written, but the format and structure are almost academic. It's like reading a miniature textbook about both the author and her subject. Interesting, but not what I'd call entertaining. A very challenging novel to read. ...

    Explores both the real and imagined world of Megan Boyd, a famous salmon-fly dresser, living a somewhat reclusive life in the north of Scotland. Interspersed with the presence of the author's own life, drawing parallels through both of their lives. ...

    Lovely writer and semi interesting story but a bit slow ...

    4 1/2 stars ...

    Have never read this author before. Quite enjoyed the 2 stories. ...

  • Shawn Mooney
    Mar 18, 2019

    Afterwards, she takes a break, because Machine Without Horses is such an exhilarating dance for Megan that she needs some space between it and the next dance she enters. She likes to feel the residue of it in her body for as long as it will linger. Machine Without Horses is not ...

    After her masterpiece, The Lost Garden, this new Helen Humphreys novel was a huge disappointment. The first half is a meta-essay about the impossibility of fictionalizing in an interesting way the life of a woman who did nothing?nothing at all?except make salmon flies; in the secon...

  • Diane Melanson
    Nov 10, 2018

    Afterwards, she takes a break, because Machine Without Horses is such an exhilarating dance for Megan that she needs some space between it and the next dance she enters. She likes to feel the residue of it in her body for as long as it will linger. Machine Without Horses is not ...

    After her masterpiece, The Lost Garden, this new Helen Humphreys novel was a huge disappointment. The first half is a meta-essay about the impossibility of fictionalizing in an interesting way the life of a woman who did nothing?nothing at all?except make salmon flies; in the secon...

    Do you believe in magic? Have you ever wondered how a magician performs their magic? If you answer is yes to these questions then please read this book. Humphreys is more than an accomplished writer. She is a writer whose precision and touch with language is delightful to experience...

    Just because you're a writer doesn't mean you can write about anything. It won't be convincing if you don't have points of connection. 142 The setting for a story is almost as important as character p30 HH obviously has many points in connection with the subject of this meta-fict...

    Helen Humphreys is a writer who defies categorization, and this newest work makes that doubly true. The book is about a British 'salmon fly tier' who lived most of her life and did all of her work near Lake Brora in Scotland. At least, the second half of the book is. The first half is ...

    Beautiful, gentle book. Layered and thoughtful. A book for writers, filled with quotable lines that I copied down to mull over later, after I return the book to the library...like this... "It [writing] has become a process for making me whole again whenever the world breaks me d...

    This was a really boring book. In the first part of the book, the author talks about all the decisions she has to make when writing a book. The second part utilizes her decisions. Most of the book discusses tying flys for salmon fishing. Perhaps someone who fishes would enjoy this book...

    Every book by Helen Humphreys is completely different from anything else she has written. It's always a surprise to follow her. This was a lovely book that was approached in such an unusual way that I was wondering where it would lead. The first section is a non-fiction account of how...

    Humphreys weaves a story that is part biography and part novel with her usual elegant style. The first half of the book reveals much about a writer's process in preparing and then crafting her story. The second half, tells the story of a driven and extraordinary woman who spent more th...

    Classic Helen Humphreys,beautifully conceptualized.Loved it. ...

    Machine without Horses is a creative blending of fact and the writing process (Part 1) and fiction (Part 2). In Part 1, Hunphries discusses her thoughts on crafting her story while revealing what she knows about real life Megan Boyd, a fly-tier. I enjoyed her thoughts on writing, such ...

    Another wonderful book by one of my very favourite authors! After a friend sent her an obituary notice that seemed intriguing, Ms Humphreys embarks on using this rather singular life outline to create a novel, and takes the reader along as she shares her process of researching and brea...

    Though I was puzzled and not fond of the title of this novel for quite awhile, of course, as it was chosen by the ever thoughtful Helen Humphreys, it meaningfully fits. This is a slow and beautiful novel about craft and creative process and the beauty that it brings to not only life, b...

    The first half of the book was frustrating to read. If I wanted to work through the decisions made in writing a book, I'd have taken a writers' course! If I wanted to learn how to tie salmon flies, I'd have found a place that offers a hands-on course! I couldn't help but question if...

    It's only January and I already think that I've read my favourite book of the year. This was so beautiful. I loved the meditation on writing at the beginning, and the actual story at the end. The story reminded me of the story at the end of the Ghost Orchard, about two knights who stum...

    Anything Helen writes is simply wonderful. Her storytelling never disappoints. I love the historical setting of the isolated Scottish highlands. Her main character Ruth is an eccentric woman who has earned a reputation as an expert at traditional ?fly tying?. Fly fisherman seek Rut...

    I wasn't sure how this book was going to play out -- a writer trying to decided how to approach a story of a famous woman who did not lead a very exciting life. She felt she wanted to create a life for her to fill in the blanks between waking up in the morning, working all day and goin...

    I so loved this book! Never have read anything else by this author but will look for more of her works. Found the structure of the book intriguing - learning more about the writing process and then reading how she utilizes all of her thinking and researching when she actually crafts th...

    I think I have fallen in love with Helen Humphreys?s writing. Machine without Horses isn?t as transcendent as her Apple Books, but it has a quiet rightness that really resonates ? and an ending that circles back, not just to the beginning of the books, but to her earlier works as...

    This book is hard to describe. Beautifully written, but the format and structure are almost academic. It's like reading a miniature textbook about both the author and her subject. Interesting, but not what I'd call entertaining. A very challenging novel to read. ...

    Explores both the real and imagined world of Megan Boyd, a famous salmon-fly dresser, living a somewhat reclusive life in the north of Scotland. Interspersed with the presence of the author's own life, drawing parallels through both of their lives. ...

    Lovely writer and semi interesting story but a bit slow ...

    4 1/2 stars ...

    Have never read this author before. Quite enjoyed the 2 stories. ...

    Part 1 was slow and thoughtful...Part 2 was especially good. ...

    Another beautiful poetic piece from Humphreys, however, this one caught me off-guard in the first third as it's not written as a typical novel. ...

    Humphreys has consistently been a thoughtful writer and this novel is a testament to her skills and talents. A beautiful and well-written work. ...

  • Lisa Parker
    Jan 29, 2019

    Afterwards, she takes a break, because Machine Without Horses is such an exhilarating dance for Megan that she needs some space between it and the next dance she enters. She likes to feel the residue of it in her body for as long as it will linger. Machine Without Horses is not ...

    After her masterpiece, The Lost Garden, this new Helen Humphreys novel was a huge disappointment. The first half is a meta-essay about the impossibility of fictionalizing in an interesting way the life of a woman who did nothing?nothing at all?except make salmon flies; in the secon...

    Do you believe in magic? Have you ever wondered how a magician performs their magic? If you answer is yes to these questions then please read this book. Humphreys is more than an accomplished writer. She is a writer whose precision and touch with language is delightful to experience...

    Just because you're a writer doesn't mean you can write about anything. It won't be convincing if you don't have points of connection. 142 The setting for a story is almost as important as character p30 HH obviously has many points in connection with the subject of this meta-fict...

    Helen Humphreys is a writer who defies categorization, and this newest work makes that doubly true. The book is about a British 'salmon fly tier' who lived most of her life and did all of her work near Lake Brora in Scotland. At least, the second half of the book is. The first half is ...

    Beautiful, gentle book. Layered and thoughtful. A book for writers, filled with quotable lines that I copied down to mull over later, after I return the book to the library...like this... "It [writing] has become a process for making me whole again whenever the world breaks me d...

    This was a really boring book. In the first part of the book, the author talks about all the decisions she has to make when writing a book. The second part utilizes her decisions. Most of the book discusses tying flys for salmon fishing. Perhaps someone who fishes would enjoy this book...

    Every book by Helen Humphreys is completely different from anything else she has written. It's always a surprise to follow her. This was a lovely book that was approached in such an unusual way that I was wondering where it would lead. The first section is a non-fiction account of how...

    Humphreys weaves a story that is part biography and part novel with her usual elegant style. The first half of the book reveals much about a writer's process in preparing and then crafting her story. The second half, tells the story of a driven and extraordinary woman who spent more th...

    Classic Helen Humphreys,beautifully conceptualized.Loved it. ...

    Machine without Horses is a creative blending of fact and the writing process (Part 1) and fiction (Part 2). In Part 1, Hunphries discusses her thoughts on crafting her story while revealing what she knows about real life Megan Boyd, a fly-tier. I enjoyed her thoughts on writing, such ...

    Another wonderful book by one of my very favourite authors! After a friend sent her an obituary notice that seemed intriguing, Ms Humphreys embarks on using this rather singular life outline to create a novel, and takes the reader along as she shares her process of researching and brea...

    Though I was puzzled and not fond of the title of this novel for quite awhile, of course, as it was chosen by the ever thoughtful Helen Humphreys, it meaningfully fits. This is a slow and beautiful novel about craft and creative process and the beauty that it brings to not only life, b...

    The first half of the book was frustrating to read. If I wanted to work through the decisions made in writing a book, I'd have taken a writers' course! If I wanted to learn how to tie salmon flies, I'd have found a place that offers a hands-on course! I couldn't help but question if...

    It's only January and I already think that I've read my favourite book of the year. This was so beautiful. I loved the meditation on writing at the beginning, and the actual story at the end. The story reminded me of the story at the end of the Ghost Orchard, about two knights who stum...

    Anything Helen writes is simply wonderful. Her storytelling never disappoints. I love the historical setting of the isolated Scottish highlands. Her main character Ruth is an eccentric woman who has earned a reputation as an expert at traditional ?fly tying?. Fly fisherman seek Rut...

    I wasn't sure how this book was going to play out -- a writer trying to decided how to approach a story of a famous woman who did not lead a very exciting life. She felt she wanted to create a life for her to fill in the blanks between waking up in the morning, working all day and goin...

    I so loved this book! Never have read anything else by this author but will look for more of her works. Found the structure of the book intriguing - learning more about the writing process and then reading how she utilizes all of her thinking and researching when she actually crafts th...

  • Daysleeper236
    Apr 13, 2019

    Afterwards, she takes a break, because Machine Without Horses is such an exhilarating dance for Megan that she needs some space between it and the next dance she enters. She likes to feel the residue of it in her body for as long as it will linger. Machine Without Horses is not ...

    After her masterpiece, The Lost Garden, this new Helen Humphreys novel was a huge disappointment. The first half is a meta-essay about the impossibility of fictionalizing in an interesting way the life of a woman who did nothing?nothing at all?except make salmon flies; in the secon...

    Do you believe in magic? Have you ever wondered how a magician performs their magic? If you answer is yes to these questions then please read this book. Humphreys is more than an accomplished writer. She is a writer whose precision and touch with language is delightful to experience...

    Just because you're a writer doesn't mean you can write about anything. It won't be convincing if you don't have points of connection. 142 The setting for a story is almost as important as character p30 HH obviously has many points in connection with the subject of this meta-fict...

    Helen Humphreys is a writer who defies categorization, and this newest work makes that doubly true. The book is about a British 'salmon fly tier' who lived most of her life and did all of her work near Lake Brora in Scotland. At least, the second half of the book is. The first half is ...

    Beautiful, gentle book. Layered and thoughtful. A book for writers, filled with quotable lines that I copied down to mull over later, after I return the book to the library...like this... "It [writing] has become a process for making me whole again whenever the world breaks me d...

    This was a really boring book. In the first part of the book, the author talks about all the decisions she has to make when writing a book. The second part utilizes her decisions. Most of the book discusses tying flys for salmon fishing. Perhaps someone who fishes would enjoy this book...

    Every book by Helen Humphreys is completely different from anything else she has written. It's always a surprise to follow her. This was a lovely book that was approached in such an unusual way that I was wondering where it would lead. The first section is a non-fiction account of how...

    Humphreys weaves a story that is part biography and part novel with her usual elegant style. The first half of the book reveals much about a writer's process in preparing and then crafting her story. The second half, tells the story of a driven and extraordinary woman who spent more th...

    Classic Helen Humphreys,beautifully conceptualized.Loved it. ...

    Machine without Horses is a creative blending of fact and the writing process (Part 1) and fiction (Part 2). In Part 1, Hunphries discusses her thoughts on crafting her story while revealing what she knows about real life Megan Boyd, a fly-tier. I enjoyed her thoughts on writing, such ...

    Another wonderful book by one of my very favourite authors! After a friend sent her an obituary notice that seemed intriguing, Ms Humphreys embarks on using this rather singular life outline to create a novel, and takes the reader along as she shares her process of researching and brea...

    Though I was puzzled and not fond of the title of this novel for quite awhile, of course, as it was chosen by the ever thoughtful Helen Humphreys, it meaningfully fits. This is a slow and beautiful novel about craft and creative process and the beauty that it brings to not only life, b...

    The first half of the book was frustrating to read. If I wanted to work through the decisions made in writing a book, I'd have taken a writers' course! If I wanted to learn how to tie salmon flies, I'd have found a place that offers a hands-on course! I couldn't help but question if...

    It's only January and I already think that I've read my favourite book of the year. This was so beautiful. I loved the meditation on writing at the beginning, and the actual story at the end. The story reminded me of the story at the end of the Ghost Orchard, about two knights who stum...

    Anything Helen writes is simply wonderful. Her storytelling never disappoints. I love the historical setting of the isolated Scottish highlands. Her main character Ruth is an eccentric woman who has earned a reputation as an expert at traditional ?fly tying?. Fly fisherman seek Rut...

    I wasn't sure how this book was going to play out -- a writer trying to decided how to approach a story of a famous woman who did not lead a very exciting life. She felt she wanted to create a life for her to fill in the blanks between waking up in the morning, working all day and goin...

    I so loved this book! Never have read anything else by this author but will look for more of her works. Found the structure of the book intriguing - learning more about the writing process and then reading how she utilizes all of her thinking and researching when she actually crafts th...

    I think I have fallen in love with Helen Humphreys?s writing. Machine without Horses isn?t as transcendent as her Apple Books, but it has a quiet rightness that really resonates ? and an ending that circles back, not just to the beginning of the books, but to her earlier works as...

    This book is hard to describe. Beautifully written, but the format and structure are almost academic. It's like reading a miniature textbook about both the author and her subject. Interesting, but not what I'd call entertaining. A very challenging novel to read. ...