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The Dark Shore (New English library) [Paperback]

Al Attanasio
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21 Nov 1996 New English library
An epic fanasy novel set in a fabulous world torn between the Abiding Star and the Dark Shore, a place of no return. But there is one who does return, bearing an awesome new power - black magic.

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  • Paperback: 510 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New edition edition (21 Nov 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034064947X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340649473
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,630,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A novelist obsessed with the power of fiction to impart strangeness, hermetic wisdom and, above all, wonder, I've published 22 novels and two short story collections. I love fantasy fiction. I love the courage of the human spirit to invest with real emotion experiences we know are entirely imaginary. And I love all of what 'fantasy' means to poetic thinkers.

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About the Author

A. A. Attanasio was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1951. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973. He received an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University in 1975, and an MA in Linguistics from New York University in 1976. His first novel, Radix, was shortlisted for the prestigious Nebula Award.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read 30 Aug 2013
By Emma
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It took me a good few chapters to get into this book, but I'm glad I stuck with it. The storyline is very good, takes a few unexpected turns and the world is believable. Looking forward to starting the next in the series! There are a lot of typos towards the end and L's suddenly change to I's. Hopefully that will get sorted in the future though
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This is a fantastically haunting and etherial book. Well worth the price. Try the Sample and you will become a fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Take the time to read this book 10 Nov 2013
By sneaker1404 - Published on
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When I start I book, I always finish it no mater how bad it is. I read this book many years ago early in my life as a hobbyist reader, and I was sorely tempted to quit it several times because I struggled with the writing (I could see it was English, but it was like reading Shakespeare to me) and the wonderfully unique world of magic the story is set in. I am so glad I did not stop reading this book, because to this day it is one of my favorites of all time, and is one of the few paper books I still own. Totally and completely worth the effort.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Attanasio 10 Jan 2013
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This book is classic Attanasio -- a truly unique setting, prose as evocative and dense as William Gibson, characters who transcend their own humanity, and familiar tropes revisited in new ways.

I consider Attanasio the Terry Gilliam of fantasy fiction -- he creates images that are shot into your head, mythical in dimension and simultaneously familiar and alien. On its surface, The Dark Shore has all the elements of a traditional epic fantasy -- a "dark lord" who returns to seek revenge, a pair of orphans who embark on a journey to reclaim their lost country, and fierce battles against loathsome and deadly enemies.

But these elements are supplemented with Attanasio's creative quirks -- Dogbrick, the philosophical beast-man; Ripcat, the wandering thief without an identity; even the Dark Lord has more dimensions than we usually get with such a villain. The atrocities the antagonist delivers are truly appalling, plumbing the depths of terrifying evil without lingering overlong.

I won't lie, AAA's prose is sometimes challenging. It's so poetic and packed that you have to pick your way carefully rather than charging in. Some readers are annoyed at having to learn handfuls of new words when they read. I love that sort of thing, and so The Dark Shore was a feast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Held my attention 22 Dec 2012
By Iris W Landry - Published on
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I loved everything about this book. It grabbed my attention right away and did not let go. I would recommend this series to everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A return to the "Dark Shore" 6 Oct 2012
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This is a rare and powerful book. Finally, on Kindle I added it to my library. Amazing characters and awesome concepts, just the first of the trilogy and one of many of the authors wonderful tales; a must read!
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