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The Night Land [Paperback]

William Hope Hodgson
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8 April 2005
"One of the most potent pieces of macabre imagination ever written" -- H.P.Lovecraft. Lovecraft wasn't wrong: this is, perhaps, the greatest single work of fantastic fiction in the English language. The sun has died, as have the stars. Not a solitary light shines in the heavens. The days of light are nothing by a legend -- they are a story told to soothe children. The last millions of humans still live in their Last Redoubt -- but the end of their days is at hand.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Alan Rodgers Books (8 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598183370
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598183375
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,379,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be put off by these reviews 4 Aug 2004
By A Customer
Well, here is a different view. The Night Land is not appallingly written, not horrendously sentimental, not maddeningly repetitive nor grossly overlong - but it IS one of the most amazing works of fantasy fiction in the English language. The language Hodgson uses is quite in keeping with the eerie, archaic nature of the whole work and adds to its power. There is nothing else like it in the English language and it is unlikely there will ever be again. Hodgson is a true one-off. A deeply brooding masterpiece that is part love story, part horror, part archaic fantasy, part allegory, part religious parable........just read it!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Acecee
I first read this book during college and have gone back to it to reread the entire book, and passages since. The combination of the past and the future, fantasy and science fiction, is, at times, awkward but the author manages to overcome this problem with a powerful dream-like vision of nightmarish landscapes and creatures. The images invoked by Hosdgson's writing are right out of a bad dream; tall, cloaked, grim reaper-like figures gliding along a distant road on a mission unknown to the hero; distant dark, houses through whose windows occasional lights can be seen. These images, and many more like them, invoke a unique feel about this book.
The story begins rather slowly but soon develops into a tale of a hero and heroine, a quest, and a disturbing array of creatures straight out of Hodgson's imagination. This is not a book to rush through and, in my humble opinion, is best read at night. Highly recommended for reader's of classic fantasy such as Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" and Eddison's "The Worm Orobouros".
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for fans of fantasy fiction 21 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Appallingly written
Horrendously sentimental
Maddeningly repetitive
Grossly overlong
And still one of the most amazing works of fantasy fiction in the English language.
Impressive, sombre, imagery and the sense that the author's imagination is running in overdrive will keep you reading long after common sense tells you you should fling this book at the wall.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Night Terrors 25 April 2014
By Jason
Format:Kindle Edition
Well, I have finally read this now after 2 previous attempts, and I have to say, what a strange beast of a book it is.

Put briefly, the Narrator is a man from the 18th Century how finds himself reincarnated into the far future of Earth, when the sun has died, humanity is confined to 2 gigantic pyramids, the Great and Lesser Pyramids, and weird creatures and monsters roam the darkended lands.

It is written in Olde English, which is initially off-putting, but you do get into it after a while, and in fact the archaic prose does lend the book a certain majesty. The plot itself is very simple, as he discovers that his wife is also reincarnated into this time, but they are in different pyramids and separated by the dangers of the outside. He sets out to find her, and the first half of the book detail his adventures as he travels to the Lesser Pyramid.

So far so good. While scientifically the scenario doesn't really make sense, there is an undeniable power and nightmarish quality to the journey he undertakes. But then he meets with Naani, the reincarnation of his wife - and the books takes a weird turn.

Now the Night Land turns into Fifty Shades of Night, as it combines the dark odyssey across the wastes with a sickly sweet romance between the Narrator and Naani, which is also a paen to the joys of domination and obedience.

However things do recover in the final third of the book, and the scenes where he has almost reached the Great Pyramid again are very evocative.

In my review of House on the Borderland I did wonder if it shared the same future as Night Land. Now I've read both I can see this is not the case, but there are undoubted similaries, and to me it seems like they are variations on the same theme.
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5.0 out of 5 stars quality product 22 April 2014
By russey
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Exactly as described. I try to be picky and find something negative to say. I cannnot find anything to say
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great forgotten classic 11 April 2014
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This is one of the best books I've ever read, despite it being quite a hard read. It's written in a style that makes it hard going, but the ideas and the story are so good, and the description of the Night Land so vivid that it's an unforgettable read.It's even more gripping than Hodgson's other great work, "The House on the Borderland", one of the most atmosheric (and scary) books I've read. There's even a small part that links the two books! Buy this now, it is a unique and brilliant book!
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3.0 out of 5 stars kindle 10 Mar 2014
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what a strange story full of darkness, it got boring towards the middle so never unfortunately completed the story, sorry
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2.0 out of 5 stars Could not get into it
Wish I had not bothered. Seemed like a good idea at the time. WIll not be lllioking for any more of his stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means...
William Hope Hodgson was, to put it mildly, a very colourful character, who spent much of his life exhibiting Victorian machismo in multifarious ways. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A super treat for your brain- my brain at least.
I am biased . This is probably my most read and absolute favourite book I have yet come across.This is a genre-spanning monument to wierdness. Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2011 by M P Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous: not an easy read, but it soars above its flaws.
This is a much-flawed yet fabulous book. Set mostly in a fantastically distant future, on a dark Earth whose sun has died, it is an adventure and a romance that spans... Read more
Published on 30 Mar 2010 by Jason Mills
2.0 out of 5 stars Epic in many ways but not brilliant
This is one of the 3 books I've never managed to finish.
While the imagery and ideas put forward by Hope Hodgson are good, the resulting book verges upon turgid. Read more
Published on 7 Jan 2010 by gururob
3.0 out of 5 stars An Odyssey at the End of Time, plus Romance
The story concerns a "quest" in the Outer Dark of a sunless Earth of the remotest future -- a time when only monsters and strange artifacts remain on the barren surface... Read more
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