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The Dark Shore (New English library) Paperback – 21 Nov 1996

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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: 11.1 x 3.1 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,098,845 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emma on 30 Aug 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. JA MCVEAN on 18 Jun 2012
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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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This and the subsequent books in the trilogy were truly spellbinding for me. The author’s style and imagination in my experience surpass the vast majority of science fiction / fantasy works I have read and I cannot recommend these books highly enough. Only Tolkien give him a run for his money but the work is different in so many respects. Radix by the same author also falls in to the same category and I’m looking forward to reading more of his novels in the near future. If you’re a fan of the genre, you won’t be disappointed if you get the chance to read these novels.
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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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Take the time to read this book 10 Nov 2013
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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.
This book is awesome. 1 May 2014
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I first read A. A. Attanasio's The Dark Shore when I was in my early teens. At the time I read the science fiction and fantasy genres very sparsely. The Dark Shore immediately captivated me. Now some 15 years later, I don't read sci-fi or fantasy at all, preferring books and novels that try harder to recreate and lend insight into the truths of the world as we know it. Recently I decided to revisit The Dark Shore, wondering whether it would hold as much appeal for me as it had for my younger self. I was delighted to find that it held just as much, if not more.

When I was younger, I was less interested in the philosophical implications of this novel than the realism of the created worlds of Mr. Attanasio's imagination. For many readers I imagine that part of the appeal of novels and genres such as these is the fact that you get to suspend your disbelief and revel in a created world entirely different from your own. For me the opposite is true. I have found that in many science fiction and fantasy books, explanations of the workings of imagined worlds are often conspicuous and require a conscious effort on my part to suspend my disbelief which distracts me and diminishes my enjoyment of a text. This is not true of Attanasio's work. The constructed reality of The Dark Shore is so skillfully and seamlessly interwoven into the fabric of plot and character that it requires no choice on the part of the reader to endorse what is presented. The prose is smart and descriptive, utilizing word choice that allows the reader to see, hear, smell, and feel the text.

The part of the novel I particularly delighted in upon this reading is the philosophy of the work and the characters. The characters are attractive and three-dimensional and they grapple with realistic issues regarding the nature of the world. The implications and questions posed concerning love, greed, revenge, humanity, marginalization, etc are relevant in a way that I wholeheartedly endorse and are questions I would look for in texts of any other genre. Well written, Mr. Attanasio!
Compelling High Fantasy 20 July 2014
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Compelling high fantasy.
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Held my attention 22 Dec 2012
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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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