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Product details

  • Hardcover: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books; 1 edition (2 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441016537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441016532
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.7 x 21.7 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,420,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Winner of the World Fantasy Award and the Philip K. Dick Award, James P. Blaylock is the author of "Winter Tides, All the Bells on Earth, Night Relics, The Paper Grail, The Last Coin, Land of Dreams, Homunculus," and "The Digging Leviathan." He lives in Orange, California, where he is a creative writing instructor at Chapman University. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x942f0b70) out of 5 stars 15 reviews
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x942f1774) out of 5 stars The Return of Blaylock 8 Dec. 2008
By rampageous_cuss - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
OK, so he hasn't REALLY been away - but if you know this author, you know he's had a couple of distinct "periods" - whimsy-and-wizardry, steampunk-silliness, contemporary-fantasy, ghosts-of-California. With this novel, Blaylock returns to the contemporary fantasy genre he last visited in 1995 with "All The Bells On Earth." If you enjoy Neil Gaiman or Charles De Lint, if you liked John Crowley's "Little, Big" or "Aegypt," or Blaylock's own "The Last Coin," "The Paper Grail," or "The Digging Leviathan," you're sure to enjoy the adventures of hapless cartoonist Cal Bryson as he finds himself juggling a miraculous artifact, a mystic feud between a secret society of California-desert eccentrics and a killer occultist, and a budding relationship with a shrewd waitress with a keen feel for his foibles.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x942f18c4) out of 5 stars A lighthearted adventure through the eyes of a cartoonist 28 Dec. 2008
By Ben Kizer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Calvin Bryson is a relatively reclusive cartoonist who hides away in his Southern California home, spending his days reading quirky books and maintaining his collection of "Californiana." Recently breaking up with his fiance, he receives a letter from his uncle and aunt in New Cyprus, a small town in the desert where the borders of California, Arizona and Nevada meet. They'd like him to come visit, which Calvin is reluctant to at first until he receives a package from his distant cousin in Iowa with the request to bring it to his relatives in New Cyprus. Thus Calvin heads out to deliver the package and learns about the Knights of the Cornerstone, a secret society which his uncle belongs to that collects artifacts and is involved in many other unknown mysteries which Calvin becomes a part of.

This book is good, light reading with likeable characters, fast moving action and lots of witty humor. It fits the Blaylock model of writing with its realistic setting sprinkled with fantastical elements. I sense a new series with Calvin and the Knights on the horizon, as I felt there was remaining stories to be told. More description on the Knights would have been nice, but if this becomes a series, the future books could be used for that. Overall, it's nice to have new James Blaylock novel after almost nine years of not having one. If you want an enjoyable book that's not too deep and easy to read, pick up Knights of the Cornerstone.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9469d8e8) out of 5 stars Still Superb N. American Magic Realist - Fabulist 27 Jun. 2009
By W. D. Gagliani - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The author of such California Gothics as The Rainy Season and All the Bells on Earth returns with another whimsical, nostalgic fantasy that seems gentle but then still manages to deliver a sharp-edged punch. Unemployed but comfortable, eccentric Calvin Bryson, a talented but not driven cartoonist, agrees to run an errand for his uncle and cancer-ridden aunt, who reside in the strange little desert community of New Cyprus. Immediately drawn into some sort of bizarre squabble between two groups of unusual people, Calvin soon learns that just about all the town's citizens are Knights of the Cornerstone, keepers of some very interesting relics such as the Veil of Veronica, which might just possibly be the real Shroud of Turin - or something. Their opponents will stop at nothing to acquire the relics and other treasure for their own unsavory purposes. Thrust and parry events escalate rapidly to a full-blown medievalist battle complete with siege engines and other logical but unexpected extremes. Revisiting similar themes as his earlier novel The Paper Grail, Blaylock effortlessly blends gentle fantasy with Knights Templar mythology transplanted to an unlikely but altogether very well-realized place. Calvin is just the sort of aimless, unfocused hero Blaylock prefers, a vessel who can be filled with purpose once a noble quest is shown to be his destiny. Deceptively simple narrative hides some astute observations about people rising to the occasion, doing right by others, the modern world, Time, and the imponderable nature of miracles and who owns them. Knights is a worthy addition to Blaylock's canon of North American magic realist novels peopled by the quirky, well-intentioned folks we might ourselves wish to be.

--W.D. Gagliani, author of Wolf's Edge
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9452175c) out of 5 stars Welcome back Mr. Blaylock 21 Dec. 2008
By Phillip McCollum - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is the first Blaylock book I've read outside of the "Cheeser" series (His earliest works). It's also the first full-fledged novel from Mr. Blaylock in about 9 years. That being said, I was unsure of what to expect since he changed genres.

I felt that the book could have used some more history on the Knights, but maybe that is being saved for another book. I could also see Calvin Bryson, an unassuming hero, being a central character in future series.

Overall, I found the book to be very entertaining, but I know part of that is because I'm very familiar with the area where the story mainly takes place. Though without that level of intimacy, I still believe the story stands on its own.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x942f1c9c) out of 5 stars Wonderful book! Superb writing! 26 Jan. 2011
By Lisa M - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
What a treasure. I have never heard of this author but I am going to snatch up anything else that might be on Kindle. The Knights of the Cornerstone is rich and beautifully written. The author makes you care about Calvin and there's a lot of wonderful humor in it. Funny, adventurous, mysterious. Right up my alley!
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