- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; 1st Trade Pbk. Ed edition (7 July 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312868278
- ISBN-13: 978-0312868277
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,070,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dark Cities Underground Paperback – 7 Jul 2000
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"Unlike most of today's fantasy literature, Goldstein's work does "not" remind the reader of other books: it is truly original, and has a clear, distinct voice of its own. Highly recommended."--"Starlog"
"The best in fantasy come from Lisa Goldstein. Goldstein is one of the finest talents in any genre today."--R"ocky Mountain News"
Unlike most of today's fantasy literature, Goldstein's work does "not" remind the reader of other books: it is truly original, and has a clear, distinct voice of its own. Highly recommended. "Starlog"
The best in fantasy come from Lisa Goldstein. Goldstein is one of the finest talents in any genre today. "Rocky Mountain News""
About the Author
Lisa Goldstein is the author of seven widely acclaimed novels, including "The Dream Years, A Mask for the General, Strange Devices of the Sun and Moon, Tourists, Summer King, Winter Fool, "and "Dark Cities Underground," as well as numerous works of short fiction, recently collected in the anthology "Travellers in Magic." Goldstein lives in Oakland, California.
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On the whole, I'd say it's worth a read (it doesn't take very long); but for a much richer experience I suggest Robert Holdstock's Mythago Wood (dark fantasy) or A.S. Byatt's Possession (literary detective work).
Each of her novels has been very different from every other. Strange Devices of the Sun and Moon is a brilliantly realized Elizabethan fantasy, Summer King Winter Fool is classic high fantasy, Tourists is a haunting novel about modern American travelers in a strange land where all the rules are different, and Walking the Labyrinth is an eerie but fun "exploring my family's mysterious and magical past" type of novel. I would give any of these novels five stars.
With Dark Cities Underground, Goldstein seems to be going further into Charles De Lint urban fantasy territory, where there is magic all around us, if only we can open our eyes to see it. I do enjoy books like this sometimes, but Goldstein's earlier books all seem much more lyrical to me, and oddly much more evocative of the strangeness in everyday things.
I still recommend reading this novel. The story is wonderful, and it's fun the way it connects so many of the best-loved stories of childhood. But if you enjoy this novel, do yourself a favor and check out any of Lisa Goldstein's other novels. Each of them is a uniquely beautiful fantasy masterpiece.
In all though, it's a pretty good story. The characters are interesting and fleshed out enough to make them sympathetic protagonists or effective antagonists.
Two years ago I bought and read Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. There are obvious parallels between that book and Dark Cities Underground. I enjoyed both and would recommend both, but I feel that Neverwhere is the superior book.
DCU is a bit thin. Much is written of the build up to the main characters realizing that something else is down there underground, but there just isn't the development of the underground world the way there is in Neverwhere. I also liked the characters in Neverwhere a bit better.
Read both books and see what you think.
When a struggling journalist is hired to do a biography of A. E. Jones, the author of the classic children's series "Jeremy in Neverwas", her suspicions are aroused. Especially when she meets the author's son, now a disturbed, middle-aged man, who has become estranged from his mother for stealing his childhood. As she continues her research into truth behind Neverwas she never expects that her own daughter will also be drawn into this fantastic world. A world far more dangerous than any children's book.
This is terrific book. The author ties in history, myth and literature to create a timeless story. A fast paced and exciting roller-coaster ride. No, make that a fast paced and exciting subway ride! You'll get my meaning when you read the book.