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Voice of our Shadow (FANTASY MASTERWORKS) Paperback – 10 Jan 2002

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New edition edition (10 Jan. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575073675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575073678
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,235,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Jonathan Carroll was born in America but has lived most of his adult life in Vienna. His prizewinning novels have been translated into 17 languages.

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The Gollancz Fantasy Masterworks series kicks off 2002 with Jonathan Carroll's follow-up novel to The Land of Laughs (Masterworks No.9). If your idea of fantasy reaches no further than a few goblins, elves and sword-wielding barbarians then you may be wondering why this contemporary novel of revenge from beyond the grave (or is it? Answers on a postcard please.) has been included in Gollancz's fine series. Fortunately for us, it would seem as if this publisher is aiming to ambrace as broad a range of classic fantasy as possible in this series of reprints, and that can only be a good thing. Essentially, if you thought that his first novel was a masterpiece (as I did), then you're going to be similarly blown away with this heady melange of jealousy, eroticism, adultery and hauntings. Also as in Land of Laughs, be prepared for the last couple of pages to give you a shocking jolt, leaving you with a tale which stays with you long after you've read the last of its 190 pages. Proof that novels don't always need to be 600 pages long to leave a lasting impression. If you're a fan of dark fantasy then buy it to treat yourself, and to encourage the people at Gollancz to continue with their sterling work
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I only read this novel as it was in the Fantasy Masterworks series. As such, when I was halfway through, I was wondering why it was there. The novel itself was interesting - a well penned story of a man growing up after a childhood trauma in which he is involved in his older, bullying brothers death. This leads to his escaping from America and fleeing his past to start a new life in Vienna. There he meets a couple, and falls in love with the married woman.
Up to that point the story is fairly standard - though the characters are well drawn and the settings deftly described. Then the book twists and the supernatural begins to appear. Nothing gross or over the top - just a subtle infusion as our percetion is slowly skewed from the normal to the paranormal. As the novel continues, the supernatural plays a background role - more background than expected, but effective never the less, untilthe quite stunning climax.
A superbly crafted novel. Well written, characters well drawn and well crafted.
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The world is divided into those that know JC's work and those that don't. He is a master story teller of the old school. You can imagine hearing his tales around an atmospheric midnight campfire in the woods. There's a real humanity to his characters, and his story lines always surprise and move. Voice of Our Shadow is one of the more evocative of his books right up there with Outside the Dog Museum, and After Silence. Read this, read them all!
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Voice of Our Shadow is the story of Joe Lennox. As a kid, he kills his delinquent brother, kind of accidentally, but manages to suppress the guilt. He turns his brother's story into a short story. The story is made into a play, making enough money for Joe so he can move to Vienna to live a life as a writer.

In Vienna, he learns to love the city, meets some friend and finds love - but unfortunately in a wrong place, with a wrong person. Soon Joe has another death on his conscience. A nightmare begins, as the fantastical elements of this story come to life. The story has elements of horror and supernatural.

Jonathan Carroll has written a beautiful and fast-moving book. It's not my favourite of his work, but even a weaker Carroll book is still a good one. Worth reading, but don't start with this is you're new to the world of Jonathan Carroll.
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If you're a fan of Jonathan Carroll you'll know, like I do, that he not only comes at you
from different angles, he comes at you from angles that have not even been invented!

Previous books like THE WOODEN SEA and LAND OF LAUGHS are so utterly bizarre,
but so wonderfully brilliant, that you have to take a step back with this book, which having
been written way back in 1983, has a little more normality to it.

But having said that there is a strangeness to this story which I can't quite put my finger on,
as Joe Lennox, blaming himself for the death of his brother, whizzes off to Vienna and falls
in love with a married woman.

OK you're two-thirds of the way through this book and so far.....normality?
Then, suddenly, weird things begin to creep in to the scenery.......and you say to
yourself "Jonathan Carroll is BACK!"

Yes, I enjoyed this book, despite the horrid little ending.
But that's Jonathan Carroll for you!
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Chronologically, the follow up to the Land of Laughs, although having nothing in common with that book. The story here concerns a woman called India Tate, and those who form her immediate circle. I first read this book many years ago, and still remember the shock, some weeks after finishing, when the truth of what the author had done dawned on me. It's clever, at times moving, and seriously spooky without the claptrap employed by most writers in the same genre.
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This is a wonderfully original and understated novel: a coming-of-age story with a mystery at its heart, embellished with fantasy elements that become stronger and more integral as the book heads to its conclusion. Unlike much fantasy writing these days, there's no unnecessary padding here; rather, you're left wanting more.
The setting, Vienna, is evoked with a nicely economic style, while the (few) characters come to life naturally through their words and actions. The creeping unease builds gradually, and is never overdone - and the ending packs a considerable punch. Fabulous. You can read it in an evening - go on!
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