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The Last Legends of Earth - A Radix Tetrad Novel [Paperback]

A. A. Attanasio
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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3 Feb 2009 Radix Tetrad
"A grand and glorious visionary epic."-Robert Silverberg *** Set in the artificial planetary system of Chalco-Doror, which is no more and no less than a vast cosmic machine, The Last Legends of Earth is a love story, a gripping saga of struggle against alien control, and an examination of the machinery of creation and destruction. Above all, it is world-building of the highest and grandest order, on a scale rarely seen in science fiction since the great works of Olaf Stapledon.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix Pick; 2 edition (3 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604504218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604504217
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 22.9 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,150,424 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars read this book! 23 Jan 2007
This is one of my favourite all time SF books and I'd recommend it to anybody.

It all takes place billions of years into our future, when humans are brought back to life to serve as bait for horrific vampire-like spiders called Zotl. The story follows the human's reannimator Gai, a god like being who has created worlds for us to populate. It also follows the lives of some of those humans over thousands of years of real time, while events for Gai fly past in a matter of days.

I have read very few books that manage to convey the sense of time that Attanasio cojures up in this story; as he follows the humans' first desperate battles for survival, through the centuries of opulence and into final decay.

If you like SF, then buy this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant! 28 Aug 2003
By Krispi
I read this book about 5 years ago and have been trying to find it again to re-read ever since. It was the best sci-fi/fantasy book i have ever read! It looked a bit daunting at first as the book was so thick, but it didn't take long to get into the story. I did find the storyline got really complicated at times, hence why i want to read it again. Definitely worth the effort though!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This book is one of the most compelling I have read, once you start there is no stopping. The concept is staggering. Reading it once is good reading it 3 times and it just gets better. Get a copy if you can.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning SiFi/Fantasy Epic 30 April 2012
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I read this after reading Radix, Arc of the Dream and while I enjoyed those books, this really is in another league to all the other output I have read by this author. It is an epic story in the traditions of great epics of our time and I'm not going to list the obvious comparable books but suffice to say it is a whole universe by itself. I read it first a long time ago and loaned my copy to a friend and never got it back, imagine my delight when got my replacement copy from Amazon. I had forgotten the scale and grandeur of this book and it really grabbed me again which doesn't usually happen to me when I read a book for the second time. The Zotl are a masterful evil creatures (vampire spiders that feed on human pain) and the good folk are well developed characters, but beware the action can leave you gasping and there are some significant twists to hold your interest until the very end and then there is the rim walker! Enjoy this fantastic book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable epic 1 Feb 2001
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I was persuaded to read this book by a friend several years ago and have read it a few times since. I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes epic sci-fi. Shame it's out of print.
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