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02:31 pm: Publisher's Weekly Reveiw...modified

Here's the review...edited by me to remove stuff that shouldn't be revealed ahead of time:



June 14, 2010



06/14/2010 Fiction

Prospero in Hell

L. Jagi Lamplighter, Tor, $25.99 (352p) ISBN 978-0-7653-1930-2

In this epic sequel to 2009's Prospero Lost, Lamplighter continues the Amberesque adventures of an ancient family caught up in matters of mythic significance. The immortal sorcerer Prospero is missing, sucked into Hell after one of his plans went awry. His far-flung, quarrelsome children have come together for the first time in years to face down the ever-present threat of the Three Shadowed Ones, who hunt them for the legendary magical artifacts they possess. As Miranda, Prospero's ever-dutiful eldest child, struggles to keep her siblings in line, she's repeatedly thrown off guard by a series of unsettling revelations. The only false note is a pivotal scene where a [deleted to avoid spoilers]. The story is convoluted and occasionally overwrought, but the rich imagery, fast pace, and masterful use of mythology make this a real page-turner. (Aug.)


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Date:June 18th, 2010 05:54 am (UTC)
I love everything after that last clause, plus the "epic sequel" and the "Amberesque adventures caught up in matters of mythic significance". Good juicy pull quotes, all.
Hugs and cheers,
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Date:June 18th, 2010 12:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks...it is really quite amazing. ;-) I loved the Amberesque, too.
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Date:June 18th, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC)

Amber Trumps

Zelazny wrote once in an essay that he initially created the Trumps as merely a convenient means to introduce all the characters and the presence of the cards, once described, afterward suggested the mechanism of communication and translocation.

You did the same with the staffs. Good technique.

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Date:June 18th, 2010 11:36 pm (UTC)

Re: Amber Trumps

I did indeed. With him in mind. I love how quickly and elegantly he introduces each character and tells us a great deal about them. I was not able to be as brief. My original version was much longer and had more info, but it just seemed too slow in the beginning. I think I got most of that other info later in the book.

Sandman does a similar thing with the room with the Portraits in it.
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Date:June 18th, 2010 01:43 pm (UTC)
Congratulations :)
Date:June 21st, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
I like convoluted stories best. They suggest a well-thought-out world behind them.
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