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A Romance in Twelve Parts (Faction Paradox) Hardcover – 31 May 2011

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Obverse Books (31 May 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0956560547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956560544
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.7 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,019,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard Wright on 15 Oct. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Hands down, the most extraordinary collection of fiction in any genre that I can remember reading in years. I've been avoiding reviewing it for almost a fortnight, because it knocked me sideways, and it's been difficult to draw my thoughts about it together.

First off, what is the Faction Paradox? Well... I'm not going to tell you. I didn't know when I started reading the book, and the mystery enhanced the stories so much that I pity any reader who already knows. As the book's final page tells us: "They're here. They're not here. Get used to it."

What's clear from this collection is that Faction stories are unbound. A Faction Paradox story isn't restricted to a set of rules or a stylebook. Quite the opposite. This book is an absolute explosion of ideas, and an homage to the exhilarating possibilities of speculative fiction. The Faction Paradox 'brand' clearly doesn't limit the potential of stories - it seems instead to enable them, and the result is a book crammed with sometimes dizzying flights of fantasy.

I can't go through this book story by story, so some highlights to be going on with. The opening tale, Matt Kimpton's 'The Storyteller', caught me completely off guard with its presentation of a Scandinavian myth told in the oral tradition. The tale is of a young bard determined to live a legend in line with those he regales others with, and his hunt to do so changes his own story in strange and temporal ways. It's densely, lovingly written, and while utterly unexpected also introduces the scope of the book in a brilliant and curiously unsettling way. Compare this with Blair Bidmead's 'Now Or Thereabouts', on the face of it an amusing parody of The Apprentice with surprisingly affecting undertones.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Liars, tall tales, paradox... ohh my! 17 Oct. 2012
By D. Worsley - Published on
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40% charmingly confusing, 60% intriguing and 98% down right awesome.
It only loses 2% because of the minor quibbles of not being longer and the fact there's no linked table of contents and the cover image on my Kindle app is tiny.

Faction Paradox is the peacock's egg of the science fiction world, it's whatever you want it to be. "In fiction", the Faction is a bunch of outcasts from the society that very literally wrote the book on time, space and the laws of physics, which means they thumb their nose at every convention under the sun. Outside of the fiction, it means no two stories are the same, literally anything is possible.

This anthology gives us the story of a poor soul being written out of history and rendered a ghost of popular culture, a civil war in the Afterlife, the strange fate of a man who decided to see what time tastes like and the tragic fallout from the tactical deployment of Peace during a war.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Shadows and teeth 19 Oct. 2012
By C. Suong - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Romance in Twelve Parts is simply a great anthology, with minor caveats. The stories are varied, clever, and often leave your head scratching (your actual brain I assume), though generally in a strangely pleasing manner. It's difficult to summarize my (strictly platonic) love of this anthology, specific stories such as Storyteller, Now or Thereabouts, Tonton Macoute- well, the whole damn book, without spoiling the base elements. If you salivate at the intellectual macabre, or just wish to lie down in a charred field with a historically-perverse romantic tragedy or two, this one might lovingly fondle your devilish bits. Multiple re-reads are preferable, if not demanded.

Also redheads, quite a few redheads contained therein. Clothed, sadly. Possibly not.
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