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KALIMANTAN

Shepard, Lucius.

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ISBN 10: 0312070071 / ISBN 13: 9780312070076
Published by St. Martin's., NY:, 1992
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HC in dust jacket. 1st Printing. This copy signed by Shepard. A fine copy in a near fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 6379

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Title: KALIMANTAN

Publisher: St. Martin's., NY:

Publication Date: 1992

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st US edition

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Deep in the lush jungles of Borneo, an American fugitive discovers a native drug that can bring hallucinations to life and revive the ancient spirits of the land. Reprint.

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Uncharacteristically rambling, confused stab at the heart-of- darkness theme, from the acclaimed author of Life During Wartime (1987) and several story collections. British expatriate Barnett befriends a young American wastrel, MacKinnon, who disappears into the interior of Borneo and later is reported to be experimenting with dangerous native psychoactive drugs. The Dutch doctor, old Tenzer, sends a request for Barnett's help. When Barnett arrives on the scene after an eerie, portentous journey, both Tenzer and the waidan, the ghost of a female shaman apparently murdered by MacKinnon, urge Barnett to take MacKinnon's drug, enter the spirit world, and kill MacKinnon to halt his awesome and still-growing power. No real harm will be done, the waidan assures Barnett, since the drug confers spirit immortality. Barnett takes the drug and emerges not in the spirit world but into another reality containing, for some reason, a huge crashed alien spaceship and an incomprehensible alien city, both long abandoned. Barnett eventually kills MacKinnon, only to learn that he's been double-crossed by both Tenzer and the waidan. What with all the tedious, meandering philosophical padding: a confusing and uneasy hybrid of fantasy and sf, with the ideas not even half-thought-out. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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