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Oblivion Hand (Wildside Fantasy) [Paperback]

Adrian Cole

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1 Jun 2001 Wildside Fantasy
Sword & sorcery at its best -- the first of the Voidal trilogy, assembling Adrian Cole's sword & sorcery series for the first time. And don't miss Volumes 2 and 3, also available from Wildside Press.

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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good if flawed 8 Mar 2014
By Chinkster - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I second what the other review said about the book.

I first came across the Voidal in the story "Astral Stray" in a print anthology many years ago, and have been trying to find the rest of the stories of the Voidal ever since. Thanks to e-publishing, I can now complete my reading of the saga.

The writing in this first volume is rough in patches, especially the earlier stories. you can see Adrian Cole is attempting to imitate some fantasy stylists with the language, which in all honestly, verges on purple prose at times.

But the premise is solid, and the milieu of the Multiverse is incredibly inventive. Weird creatures mine the corpse of a long-dead and forgotten god; the Universe of Islands... you can actually see the improvements in the writing with every story. Ideas enough to fill several modern-day fantasy novels (drawn out, thick tomes with about 1 happening in its entire 700 page length) are casually tossed around in short stories and novellas.

Recommended!

PS. The later volumes improve and get even better.
4.0 out of 5 stars This one is really gonna depend on you... 5 Dec 2012
By Myki Jonez - Published on Amazon.com
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I gave this book four stars despite my reservations. So I'll dispense with those first: its a collection of stories that reminds me more than anything else of the Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser stories by Fritz Leiber. Only not as accomplished. Adrian Cole's prose can seem hasty, sometimes clumsy and the stories can leave you a bit unmoved at times because some of the characterisation is shallow/cliched.

Those things said, it is fiercely wierd and inventive. The stories take place in a multiverse joined by the ubiquitous astral plane, allowing those with sorcerous powers and innately magical beings such as the many and varied gods to easily transition from one place to another. This allows Cole's cool and crazy inventions...pocket worlds, floating island universes, worlds within living bodies...to shine and delight. The main characters are less sketchily conceived than the mostly stock wierd fantasy supporting cast. The likeable little familiar Elfloq's quest to help his master, the amnesiac and fate-bound Voidal, reverse his fate at the hands of the "Dark Gods" is entertaining enough and ties the disparate stories together efficiently.

The book is not brilliant but it's creative and quirky and easy to get through quickly. In the end, whatever it failed to do, it left me with lots of cool little images, memorable settings and a lasting fondness for Elfloq and the endless weird worlds of Adrian Cole's imagination.
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