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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: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,999,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Aug 2004
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason on 25 April 2014
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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Acecee on 27 Oct 1999
Format: Hardcover
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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By jonathan ward on 4 Nov 2014
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H P Lovecraft is my favourite writer, The Lord of the Rings is the most beautifully written book I've read, but The Night Land is my all time favourite book...ever. I cannot remember reading a book that has affected me so much. The images it conjured up when I first read it years ago remain with me still. It isn't the easiest book to read and there's nothing Hollywoodish about it, (thank goodness!) but it is unique and amazing. Like marmite, it's going to have its haters, but I cannot praise this book enough.
My advice...persevere with Hodgson's different way of writing and allow the sheer majesty and grandeur fill your imagination.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Nov 2001
Format: Hardcover
THE NIGHT LAND is:
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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By russey on 22 April 2014
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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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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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