The Smart Bitches have uncovered a strange and sad set of circumstances involving the writing of romance novelist Cassie Edwards. Apparently passages from
Shadow Bear, her latest Signet release, are exactly the same as text in Land of the Spotted Eagle by Luther Standing Bear and an article about black-footed ferrets from Defenders of Wildlife.
Yes, ferrets. I mean of all the things someone has to go and plagiarize, it is about ferrets?
Text example from the Smart Bitch website:
|Shadow Bear by Cassie Edwards (2007, ISBN 978-0-451-22174-2, Signet)||Other Materials|
|"In my vision, I also saw the fields of sunflowers that are beloved by our Lakota people all scorched, the flowers no longer able to reach their faces toward the sun. I saw buffalo trapped amid flames."
She paused, swallowed hard, then said, "The sunflower and buffalo are two beloved symbols of our Lakota people. The sun is essential to all health and life. In spring, summer, and winter, rays are welcome. In the spring, its warmth brings forth new grass; in summer its heat cures the skins, dries the meat, and preserves food for storage. The buffalo are all and everything to the existence of the Lakota."
|So the sunflower and the buffalo were two beloved symbols of the Lakota. So first, last, and throughout existence, the Lakota knew that the sun was essential to health and to all life. In spring, summer, and winter its rays were welcome. In the spring its warmth brought forth new grass; in the summer its heat cured the skins, dried the meat, and preserved food for storage, and in the winter the Lakotas bathed their bodies in the sunshine, stripping themselves just as they did to bathe in the streams.
Standing Bear, Luther. Land of the Spotted Eagle. 2006
|"In their own way, they are a peaceful enough animal," Shadow Bear said- "They are so named because of their dark legs."
"They are so small, surely weighing only about two pounds and measuring two feet from tip to tail," Shiona said. "While alone in my father’s study one day, after seeing a family of ferrets from afar in the nearby woods, I took one of my father’s books from his library and read up on them. They were an interesting study. I discovered they are related to minks and otters. It is said that their closest relations are European ferrets and Siberian polecats. Researchers theorize that polecats crossed the land bridge that once linked Siberia and Alaska, to establish the New World population." p. 220
|"Black-footed ferrets, so-named because of their dark legs, weigh about two pounds and measure two feet from tip to tail. Related to mink and otters, they are North America’s only native ferret (and a different species than the ferrets kept as pets). Their closest relatives are European ferrets and Siberian polecats. Researchers theorize polecats crossed the land bridge that once linked Siberia and Alaska to establish the New World population."
Tolme, Paul. "Toughing it Out in the Badlands," Defenders Magazine, Summer 2005.
All told, Shadow Bear contains over sixteen similarities to texts found on the internet that were published prior to the publication of Shadow Bear. Candy and her reader friend, Katie, found all of these references through the magic of Google. Guess that is one reason that authors wouldn’t want Google Booksearch to be a success.
I’ve read in some places that people think accusations of plagiarism should be kept just between the authors of the two publications. Tomorrow, I’ll offer my opinion of why I think it is a community issue.
Updated links to the SB reports:
- Shadow Bear
- Savage Longings
- Running Fox, Part 1 and Part 2
- Savage Moon
- Savage Beloved
- Savage Beloved