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Book of Secrets Paperback – 6 Aug 2009

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (6 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007322453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007322459
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,006,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Chris Roberson is one of that bold band of young writers who are taking the stuff of genre fiction and turning it into a whole new literary form – a form for the 21st century. A talented storyteller, he has a unique ear, a clever eye, an eloquence all too rare in modern fiction.”
– Michael Moorcock

“An exciting new writer.”
– Jonathan Strahan

“Chris Roberson is another author to watch.”
– Charles de Lint

About the Author

Chris Roberson is obsessed with superhero comics, pulp fiction, puppetry, animation, history, and science, and has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Liberal Arts Honors from the University of Texas at Austin, 1992. His books include the novels Here, There & Everywhere, The Voyage of Night Shining White, Paragaea: A Planetary Romance, X-Men: The Return, Set the Seas on Fire, End of the Century, Iron Jaw and Hummingbird, The Dragon’s Nine Sons, Three Unbroken, and Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II, and the comic book mini-series Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love.

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Five stars - was I reading a different book? I have a thing about books once you start you have to finish but I must admit this was a real struggle. The stories within the story were pointless. Wandering off into various mythologies meant lots of skim reading because they added nothing to the story; then the end branching of into some premise about angels. Perhaps this should have been in the religious section because it's not Sci-Fi and I wouldn't call it thrilling. Save yourself the time and buy something else - this isn't worth reading.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Les on 19 Sept. 2011
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I was really looking forward to reading this - loved the Da Vinci Code and similar books. To be honest I found it a very hard read and gave up. I decided to give it one more go - I gave up again. I don't know the ending and to be blunt, I don't care!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BW666 on 24 Jan. 2012
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This book is great, amazing character development; everyone has a friend they can relate to the main character in there attitudes to life and the way he thinks. This guy's a journalist, just trying to get buy and not looking after himself. He gets a call in the middle of the night offering him a the chance to write a story on a bit of a dodgey guy who he knows little to nothing about, this turns into sticky situations and such a great ending i was really REALLY impressed. this isn't just a tracking down the bad guy sort of story its also got some amazing magical twist; a book, people are willing to fight or even die for it, what is it so amazing about this book? oh you'll have to read it, its SO worth it! i never realised how important a book like this could be! Even more than a diary! A book given from gods to humankind when the only ones to walk the earth were Adam and Eve. (this is in no way a religious story)

The only thing i would say in the negative about this book is that it was a little bit slower in the first 3rd of the book but this part focuses on character development and trying to find out more about this criminals actions, plans and the main character starting to find himself digging a bit of a hole, with his can't be bothered attitude. This section does keep you reading though, you just want a little bit more to happen as youre left wanting to know more than whats given.

I would recommend to anyone who likes a bit of a mystery, not so much a detective story but a nice little mystery to unvail before them :) And MR. C, Roberson you NEED to write a second book this was such an amazing idea! you could do more with it!
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4 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
When a new publisher brings their books to market, one of the things that they have to do is not only entertain the reader but to make sure that the world knows that this is their turf. What Angry Robot have done with their recent releases is not only that but made sure that they've stomp the ground upon which they work and thrown in the bloody gauntlet to all changers big and small

What is on offer in Chris Roberson's book is a tale that investigates not only the emotional aspect of the principle protagonist but also manages to create a deep routed family history pulling the character more into line with the real world. Its cleverly done and with various different writing styles that whilst many would argue about the clashing aspect of them, does give a bone fide reference to which the character can relate. In my opinion, its incredibly well done and is a book that has to be applauded for its bravery in this new style of creation. Definitely a book that can spawn a series and one that I hope will continue to expand with each future release. Great stuff.
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6 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Keith W. Harvey on 17 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
"Book of Secrets" is (1) a crime novel, reminiscent of the noir fiction of the thirties; (2) a meta-fiction celebrating American genre fiction of the thirties, forties and fifties; (3) a bildungsroman about the spiritual journey of a young man; (4) a portal fantasy.

As you might glean from the previous paragraph, Mr. Roberson tells several stories in several forms. If we look for "the figure in the carpet" imagine an "x." One bar of the "x" progresses chronologically; that is the first person narrative of an investigative reporter by the name of Spencer Finch. Spencer Finch is on an assignment for the magazine "Logion" to reveal the nefarious dealings of a Houston bigwig by the name of J. Nathan Pierce, known as "Nez."

From this initial information, however, we are alerted that this is not your usual hard-boiled fiction based in the hard-scrabble world of reality. First, "Logion" is an online magazine and its name alerts us (perhaps warns us) that we are in "metaphysical" country. "Logion" refers to the traditional maxims and proverbs told by a sage or prophet. In most instances it is used to describe the maxims of Jesus. So, our protagonist is writing for a metaphysical or a religiously oriented virtual magazine, although that is never stated.

Next, Mr. Pierce, our unseen or barely seen subject, is called "Nez." This is obviously a reference to the Indian tribe--Nez Perce--who not only had their own unique language but a highly developed mythology. Languages and mythologies become a theme and Mr Roberson introduces us to various mysteries revolving around a mysterious book written in many hands and many languages.

Situated in the metaphysical world, we are now alert to possible puzzles of meaning. After all, it is a mystery or is it?
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