DANGEROUS OFFSPRING ( US ) = The Modern World ( UK ) Paperback – 1 Jul 2007
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"Visceral and intense action scenes...The Modern World is vivid and fun, full of colourful and flawed characters." DEATHRAY The Modern World is another glimpse into a fantasy world so agrresive it could knock seven shades of Hell out of most entries in the genre. We can't recommend it highly enough." -- Jayne Nelson SFX "Swainston is allowing us to find out a lot more about the other Immortals and their history, which is probably the most interesting part of the story." STARBURST "Entertaining and ingenious." --Roz Kaveney TIME OUT
"Visceral and intense action scenes....The Modern World is vivid and fun, full of colourful and flawed characters." (DEATHRAY )<br /><br />The Modern World is another glimpse into a fantasy world so agrresive it could knock seven shades of Hell out of most entries in the genre. We can't recommend it highly enough." (Jayne Nelson SFX )<br /><br />"Swainston is allowing us to find out a lot more about the other Immortals and their history, which is probably the most interesting part of the story." (STARBURST )<br /><br />"Entertaining and ingenious." (Roz Kaveney TIME OUT ) --Time Out
The third of the Castle novels from new fantasy sensation Steph Swainston. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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All three of Steph's books so far have woven a complex narrative dialogue between the first person narration of Jant, characterised by his immediate engagement with the worldly events of the Fourlands, and the deeper, and more fundamental story of Lightning, played out in the context of those events. At once the oldest and perhaps powerful of the immortal Circle, but at the same time the most emotionally circumscribed, the deep passions that lie within Lightning's persona have steadily emerged through the stories as much through what Lightning doesn't do or say, the options to engage with the world he declines and postpones, as much as what he actually does truly participate in and do.
The three books are very much about the progress of Lightning back to humanity, but Jant - the all-seeing messenger - does not retell the story around that theme. Typically, Jant tells an utterly self-centred version of events.Read more ›
'The Modern World', the third book in Steph Swainston's Castle series (and if you haven't read the first two - why not?) is a fantastic piece of writing. She started out a good writer but now.......words fail. To say that I was `blown away' by this latest volume would about cover it.
The book begins with a real `chuck `em in at the deep end' bang - the brutal carnage, devastation and loss following a night attack by the Insects is dropped in your lap without any warning or set up. She then effortlessly shifts a gear to give a wonderfully observed description of our narrator Jant's flight from the frontlines back to the Castle. The unfolding landscapes below him, the physical thrill of flight even in such terrible circumstances; beautiful, rich and stark description. You can really feel the benefits of Swainston's commitment to research - I understand she goes gliding to better understand the experience of a central character that flies.
From this bravura beginning, which has a brilliant twist, the story barrels along at a tremendous pace. A new and shocking development in Insect aggressive capabilities results in the raising of the largest army ever seen in the Fourlands and the Emperor San taking the unprecedented step of leaving the Castle to lead his forces in the field. The tension and uncertainty of fighting what is almost a new enemy - previous strategies are now worthless and new ones must be found - is conveyed with perfect pitch. Running through this you have the driven obsession of Frost the Architect to carry out a grand plan and then attempt to make good the unforeseen catastrophic results of her scheme. The fortunes of war reflected in an individual psyche.Read more ›
In this book, the armies of the Fourlands (and their architect) believe they can push the Insects back with a dam, push them back with water. No spoilers here, but this turns out to be a very bad thing. This bad thing happen while Jant is off to find his best immortal friend Lightning's teenage daughter Cyan, who happens to be on a drug trip of her own and Jant ends up chasing her into one of the parallel worlds.
In the end, the battle to end all battles against the Insects ensue, some immortals are killed (they can be killed, they just do not age) and more mystery is added.
My favorite part of Steph's writing is her descriptions: Jant flying, the palaces, even battles. Take a look at Steph's picture on her website...Read more ›
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If you enjoyed the world of The Year of Our War, and No Present Like Time, but we're frustrated by the fact that there was so much more you didn't know, buy tis book. Read morePublished on 10 Sept. 2013 by Harry
I picked up this book (known in America as Dangerous Offspring) because I'd heard some interesting things about Swainston as an author - people either seemed to love or loathe her... Read morePublished on 13 Oct. 2011 by sjhigbee
The Modern World is the third of the Castle stories and as such would be a bad place for a new reader to start. Read morePublished on 21 Mar. 2010 by S. Bentley
Great stuff! Swainston manages to keep her imaginitive world feeling very fresh and interesting. We learn so much more about the secondary characters and really get to feel some... Read morePublished on 2 Nov. 2009 by D Brookes
Apart from a little too much of the "Insect battles" (and in fact the words Insect and mandibles) this is again another story about yes- more Insects. Read morePublished on 27 July 2008 by Fae Usher
'The Modern World' and 'Dangerous Offspring' are the same book, different (better) cover on 'The modern world'. Read morePublished on 7 Nov. 2007 by Mr. S. Crook