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Riverrun: Chronicles of the House of Darkling

S. P. Somtow

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ISBN 10: 0986053309 / ISBN 13: 9780986053306
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Paperback. 274 pages. Dimensions: 8.0in. x 5.0in. x 0.7in.the finest new series of the 90s thus far. . . fantasy novels dont come any better than this! the makings of a classic! Edward Bryant Somtow himself, with a poets cunning, arranges it all into what could be described as, like, Dante for the next millenium Faren Miller in LOCUS an object lesson in the potential of fantasy erudition and post-modern pop awareness spice the narrative adventurous, stirring writing, and Somtows powerful, lucid prose glows with internal energy and intensity. The London Times An ordinary American family gets caught up in a cosmic battle for control of the fate of the universe in S. P. Somtows Riverrun Trilogy. Young Theo Etchison is a truthsayer one with the ability to navigate the great river that connects all the parallel universes. His mother, Mary, is dying of cancer, but she may also be the mother goddess, the nurturer of the world. His father, Phil, is a second-rate poet; his brother, Joshua, has been seduced by a dragon-succubus. On a journey through America to a Mexican alternative medicine clinic, the Etchison family is sucked into the world of the Darklings, superhuman creatures who are battling for domination of the cosmos, who need Theos special gift. . This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780986053306

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Title: Riverrun: Chronicles of the House of ...

Publisher: Diplodocus Press

Binding: Paperback

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“the finest new series of the 90s thus far... fantasy novels don’t come any better than this! the makings of a classic!” — Edward Bryant “Somtow himself, with a poet’s cunning, arranges it all into what could be described as, like, Dante for the next millenium” — Faren Miller in LOCUS “an object lesson in the potential of fantasy — erudition and post-modern pop awareness spice the narrative — adventurous, stirring writing, and Somtow’s powerful, lucid prose glows with internal energy and intensity.” — The London Times An ordinary American family gets caught up in a cosmic battle for control of the fate of the universe in S.P. Somtow’s Riverrun Trilogy. Young Theo Etchison is a truthsayer — one with the ability to navigate the great river that connects all the parallel universes. His mother, Mary, is dying of cancer, but she may also be the mother goddess, the nurturer of the world. His father, Phil, is a second-rate poet; his brother, Joshua, has been seduced by a dragon-succubus. On a journey through America to a Mexican alternative medicine clinic, the Etchison family is sucked into the world of the Darklings, superhuman creatures who are battling for domination of the cosmos, who need Theo’s special gift..

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Once referred to by the International Herald Tribune as 'the most well-known expatriate Thai in the world,' Somtow Sucharitkul is no longer an expatriate, since he has returned to Thailand after five decades of wandering the world. He is best known as an award-winning novelist and a composer of operas. Born in Bangkok, Somtow grew up in Europe and was educated at Eton and Cambridge. His first career was in music and in the 1970s, his first return to Asia, he acquired a reputation as a revolutionary composer, the first to combine Thai and Western instruments in radical new sonorities. Conditions in the arts in the region at the time proved so traumatic for the young composer that he suffered a major burnout, emigrated to the United States, and reinvented himself as a novelist. His earliest novels were in the science fiction field and he soon won the John W. Campbell for Best New Writer as well as being nominated for and winning numerous other awards in the field. But science fiction was not able to contain him and he began to cross into other genres. In his 1984 novel Vampire Junction, he injected a new literary inventiveness into the horror genre, in the words of Robert Bloch, author of Psycho, 'skillfully combining the styles of Stephen King, William Burroughs, and the author of the Revelation to John.' Vampire Junction was voted one of the forty all-time greatest horror books by the Horror Writers' Association, joining established classics like Frankenstein and Dracula. He has also published children's books, a historical novel, and about a hundred works of short fiction. In the 1990s Somtow became increasingly identified as a uniquely Asian writer with novels such as the semi-autobiographical Jasmine Nights and a series of stories noted for a peculiarly Asian brand of magic realism, such as Dragon's Fin Soup, which is currently being made into a film directed by Takashi Miike. He recently won the World Fantasy Award, the highest accolade given in the world of fantastic literature, for his novella The Bird Catcher. His forty-seven books have sold about two million copies world-wide.

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