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5.0 out of 5 stars Striking early work by this underrated novelist, 10 Aug 2010
This review is from: Inverted World (S.F. MASTERWORKS) (Paperback)
Although none of Priest's novels can be described as conventional, I thought this was perhaps one of the very oddest. The setting is mind-bendingly bizarre. At first the characters seem to inhabit a comparatively normal city, and much of the novel is spent discovering (alongside the hero) its true nature - and exploring the even stranger world which lies beyond its walls.

Inverted World is an extremely compelling novel, which combines a hard sf core with plenty of human interest - in fact at times `Inverted World' reads (superficially at least) like a heroic fantasy novel as we follow the progress of the hero, Helward, through his initiation into an elite guild, his arduous training, and his call to adventure. Priest's is a highly individual voice, and he resists pigeonholing. Reading `Inverted World; is a very strange, but very rewarding, experience.
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Initial post: 4 Jan 2011 09:31:18 GMT
There's some spoilers in this review.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jan 2011 17:46:06 GMT
Hi - I think I may have given too much away because I read quite a bit about the novel before I read it (so knew in advance some of the earlier revelations.) But I have edited them out now - I hope!
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