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This review is from: A Red Sun Also Rises (Hardcover)
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This is the first book I've read by Mark Hodder but I don't think it will be my last. Mr Hodder has woven a deceptive, intricate and exciting tale with fascinating characters, fantastical creatures and bewitching descriptions of an entirely "other" world. He manages to pull off writing in a pseudo Victorian style by subtly enabling the reader to suspend disbelief without being aware of this fact. I read a lot of Graphic Novels (well, alright, collections of Super Hero comics- sue me) and the experience of reading A Red Sun Also Rises is very much like one of reading a prose version of a great tale from Marvel in the sixties. Even the totally ridiculous names adopted by some of the characters early on are, after an initial jolt of disbelief, assimilated into the totally and wonderfully insane, but totally believable, within its idiom, world.
Hidden within are a couple of morality tales, the explanation behind a famous supernatural phenomenon and an allegorical story which could be applied to the history of most Western European Imperial powers of the 19th Century. All with a peppering of irony-I'm being deliberately cryptic in order not to spoil this exciting story.