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Jerlayne Mass Market Paperback – Apr 1999


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 519 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton / Signet; First THUS edition (April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0886778093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0886778095
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,947,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Not Tolkien's elves, nor anyone else's, these elves are mine
I never imagined I'd do an elf book. I thought everything that could be said about the species probably had already been said... twice. Then Martin Greenberg challenged me to write a *different* short story about elves and mortals.

I went to bed that night muttering that no such story could be written and, in a way, I was right because what I had in mind the next morning was a novel. I turned it into a short story for Marty (it was published in ELF FANTASTIC), then spent the next two years turning my idea back into a novel about elves, goblins; mortals and immortals; the curses of iron, AIDS and demographics; and my old hometown: New York City.

The result is a bit of the GUARDIANS, a bit of SIEGE OF SHADOWS, and -- in my biased opinion -- better than anything I've written before.

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By A Customer on 13 April 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I think this was a very good book. I usually get bored not even half way through with most books over 400 pages, but this one kept my interest nearly the whole way through! The only thing I would change is the cussing, and I think it would have been cool if Goro and Jerlyane got into it more, for some reason I didnt really like her husbands character. I love how she portraid goblins. Whenever you think of them you see some nasty, short thing. But not these. They look just about the same as humans, besides the fact their blue! I love how they move through shadows! Anyhow, it was a fantastic book, well done Mrs. Abbey!
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By A Customer on 29 Mar. 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I always found myself shying away from most elf books, but after reading a few pages of Jerlayne, I was mesmerized and had to take it home. I spent most of the weekend reading and then reflecting on the different twists and turns I read and in the end found it all fascinating.
As a younger reader, I find it sometimes difficult to find a good fantasy book that grabs my attention and keeps me reading, but this was a keeper, though at times I would puzzle over situations.
I praise Ms. Abbey's imaginative ideas and style and hope to read another of her books sometime soon.
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This was the most different book I've read in a long time. It was quite a breath of fresh air. It makes elves into people, who just happen to be immortal. It postulates where all of our mythical folk stem from: the natural and the supernatural...myth and reality. I mean, sure it's just a fantasy novel, but it gives a whole new twist to the classic elven fantasy, which everyone has copied from Tolkien. I found this story fresh, and clear, and wonderful for its sheer originality. I hope there's a sequel...or a prequel even. (But with not so many type-o's next time.)
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By A Customer on 6 July 1999
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Personally, I though this book was a disappointment. It doesn't move along, and the scenes are boring, without much action. The descriptions are good, but in this story there isn't much to describe. Sorry, for all you out there that like this story. I enjoy a fantasy story with lots of action, sword-fighting, magic, rescues. I don't like this book much because it doesn't have too much of that.
Seriously, though, don't just take my word for it. You need to read this book for yourself, and draw your own conclusions.
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By A Customer on 10 May 1999
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This book is not too bad. I like the twists and turns of the story, the story's ending caught me rather by surprise. Thumbs up for the humour *heheh* especially the bit about the siren. The only grouse I have is that the story could have been a little more fast paced and not drag so much towards the end of the book. All in all it is quite a refreshing change from the usual elven stuff.
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