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The House of Storms Paperback – 7 Feb 2005

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (7 Feb. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743256727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743256728
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.2 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,036,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ian R. MacLeod is the author of THE GREAT WHEEL, and his short fiction has appeared in INTERZONE, ASIMOV'S and FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, and has been shortlisted for almost every major science fiction and fantasy award including the Hugo and the Nebula. He is twice winner of the World Fantasy Award for his alternate history novella, THE SUMMER ISLES, and his short story, THE CHOP GIRL.

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House of Storms is an immensely moving novel. Macleod is clearly an excellent writer, both in skill, and in terms of plot. Without giving too much away, the story seems almost conventional - set in a Victorian England, about young love fighting against almost insurmountable forces. However, there is a great deal of complexity and depth in the novel - England is different from what we know, suffused with a mysterious substance called aether which is both magical and corrupting. The character of Alice Meynell is both dark and compelling, and unlike many fantasies, Macleod manages to portray everything in an original and fresh way, without resorting to cliches.
If you like great descriptive writing and detailed characterisation, without a plot moving at 100 miles an hour, I would recommend this book. ie not like Eddings or Brooks or Feists more recent works. More like a Dicken's novel, with a hint of Peake.
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Macleod writes wonderfully to create a credible alternative history, convincingly persuasive of the power of "aether" as the fuel that energises an imagined age. His characters, the three main ones, are powerful figures individually and in their relationship to eachother. I loved the landscape settings of the West of England,giving it a localised and distinctive particularity.The sense of reality fading to magic and then seamlessly returnig to the natural world is mesmerizing. An underlying theme of the laws of Natural Selection forming our outlook makes for an intriguing philosophical theme. A great story , beautifully told by a great storyteller.
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