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One for the Morning Glory [Hardcover]

John Barnes
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

April 1996
The Tale began when young Prince Amatus secretly sipped the forbidden Wine of the Gods, leaving him half the lad he'd once been--literally--for his left side suddenly vanished without a trace! But, as is often the case in Tales of this sort, the young Prince's misfortune was also a sort of blessing in disguise. For a year and a day later, four Mysterious Strangers appeared, and, as Amatus grew to manhood, they guided him on a perilous quest to discover his true identity--not to mention adventure, danger, tragedy, triumph, and true love. John Barnes has been heralded as "one of the most able and impressive of SF's rising stars" ("Publishers Weekly)" for his widely praised novels including "Orbital Resonance" and "A Million Open Doors." Now, in "One for the Morning Glory, " John Barnes has crafted an artful and immensely entertaining fable that takes its place as a modern fantasy classic beside such enduring works as William Goldman's "The Princess Bride" and T.H. White's "The Once and Future King."
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  • Hardcover: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312861060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312861063
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,129,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This innovative, often humorous, always unpredictable, and frequently self-referential fantasy breathes welcome new life into an old story." --"Science Fiction Chronicle""Amusing and fun, of course, and unexpectedly moving, too. I found the world mattered very much to me, and then I found myself wondering just exactly what John Barnes is up to. He's up to a lot." --Maureen F. McHugh, award-winning author of "China Mountain Zhang""Barnes is a major SF writer of the 1990s." --"The Washington Post" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

John Barnes is the award-winning author of "Orbital Romance," "A Million Open Doors," "Mother of Storms," "Earth Made of Glass," "The Merchants of Souls," "Candle," and many other novels. With Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, he wrote the novels "Encounter with Tiber" and "The Return." He lives in Colorado. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Hell?! 3 Aug 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am completely torn on this book. It is broken down into four sections, one for each of the companions that aids the young Prince Amatus, and each section is basically a novelette unto itself. The first two parts, which concern an invasion of goblins and vampires, respectively, are wonderful. It seems that with each character introduced, I was immediately enthralled with them. One of the best touches is that they're not truly heroes. Much like THE PRINCESS BRIDE (which the whole book reminded me of), the characters are sometimes assassins, thieves or the like. It is their pure hearts and charming personalities which show them as good people, if a bit immoral. That just adds to the devilish fun. The other high point is the language itself; the simple use of the words won me over, which almost never happens. It all sounds very poetic, often amusing. For instance, it is said that no goblin can set foot on land that another goblin has not already set foot on. It's just full of stuff like that. Throughout this first half, you fall in love with the characters and their world.
Then, all of a sudden, the book just dies half-way through. There actually seems to be a tangible line between parts 2 and 3 where it stops being enjoyable. The characters are no longer interesting; the prince is no more than a prince, his knights no more than knights. No more depth into these people, and they suddenly become pinnacles of decency. Also, gone is the beautiful language and clever fairy-tale-with-a-twist plots. Instead, we're reading a chronicle of the kingdom's war with an unspeakable force of evil. Wow, haven't read anything like that before. By the end, we no longer care what happens, which is for the best, because the ending is so weak.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What a way to discover John Barnes! 29 April 1999
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I picked this book up in a supermarket, and devoured it in 2 days. I have a taste for fairy tales (which is why I bought the book in the first place), and this novel plays with many of the tried-and-true conventions of the genre in a delightfully direct and tongue-in-cheek way. Like all of Barnes' novels- which I later discovered in the sci-fi section of my favorite bookstore- "One for the Morning Glory" is populated with characters whose humanity, whatever their species, is never in doubt: they make mistakes, and if they're lucky, learn from them. What's wonderful is that no one, not even the reader, ever finds a pat answer or comfortable ending point in Barnes' books- like real life, his stories are all parts of bigger stories, and therefore never really finished.
I didn't give this book 5 stars; I reserve that rank for a truly soul-satisfying read, and this didn't quite achieve that. Still, it's an entirely fun book, for both grown-ups and kids. It's the kind of book that made me fall in love with reading when I was young.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the greatest book I've ever read. 5 Feb 1999
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"One For The Morning Glory is one of the most underrated fantasy novels of all time. It litteraly made me laugh out loud, gasp in astonishment and cry all at the same time!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too snide for me 6 Jan 1999
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I got this book after having it highly recommended by a friend. I admit to being disappointed. Though well written, it's just too snide and tongue-in-cheek for me. Perhaps I take my fantasy too seriously? Unlike The Princess Bride, this book came across as being actively hostile to fantasy conventions.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Witty and entertaining; somewhat disappointing. 31 Dec 1998
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Overall, the book was enjoyable and well written. The characters are interesting and there is a witty charm that is sustained throughout the novel. However, it is deliberately predictable which takes away from a level of drama that could have made this a great novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a gem and a keeper 4 Dec 1998
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I still can't figure out exactly what sort of book it is. It could be a fun little fairy tale told with a sly wink and sharp sense of humor. It could be a commentary on the power of myth, disguised as a fairy tale. It could be an author's clever joke, where the story itself is not particularly interesting, but instead you turn the pages to see how the author use the rhythm of language to weave a sort of magic spell which transforms the story into something wonderful. Whatever it is, I enjoyed the book very much, and will keep the book and reread it many many times over the years.
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