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Dry Water: Nylund, Eric S. Dry Water: Nylund, Eric S.

Dry Water

Nylund, Eric S.

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ISBN 10: 0380974746 / ISBN 13: 9780380974740
Published by Avon Books, New York, 1997
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Bibliographic Details

Title: Dry Water

Publisher: Avon Books, New York

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Synopsis:

Larry Ngitis is a painfully shy writer who travels to the sleepy town of Dry Water in hopes of getting his life and career back on track. He is soon besieged by some of the town's more unconventional denizens, including a witch, a mage-necromancer and assorted ghosts all of whom believe that Larry is a prophet of local legend returned to reveal the source of a mystical, magical spring that gave the town its name.

Review:

Eric Nylund has said that Dry Water is a tribute to Roger Zelazny. And so it is--this novel alludes to many of Zelazny's books, including the Amber series. One character--a deceased fantasy writer named Dolinski--is clearly meant to represent Zelazny. And Nylund works in an amazing assortment of myth and magic, as Zelazny did. Tribute aside, this is highly original contemporary fantasy. Nylund peoples his New Mexico setting with ghosts from area history, a Navajo shaman and his son who act as guides and protectors of hero Larry Ngitis, a witch who sponsors authors in her spare time, and a necromancer who goes through history murdering anybody who seems likely to bring about major historical change. Larry's work as a science fiction writer also gives Nylund an opportunity to make some witty points about the genre. The pace is manic, with Nylund cutting back and forth between characters, time periods, and locations in dizzying fashion, but the plot works and the ending is satisfyingly unexpected. Tim Powers fans will definitely enjoy this. --Nona Vero

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