Sean Stewart is the author of two short stories and seven previous novels, including the New York Times Notable books Galveston and Resurrection Man. His novels have recieved the Aurora, Arthur Ellis, Canadian Library and World Fantasy Awards. He lives in California with his wife and two daughters.
This is an odd one, part ghost story, part love story and part murder story, itâ€™s protagonist is a man who can see dead people. He is one of lifeâ€™s failures even though he could make some money out of his â€˜afflictionâ€™. Getting into all sorts of scrapes, the only thing he really wants is his wife and daughter back, attempting that is tough. Itâ€™s not really spooky but its paranormal aspects are fascinating.Comparison: Audrey Niffenegger, Alice Sebold, Ben Sherwood.Similar this month: None but do try William Landay.
"e;Stewart's beautifully lucid, poetic prose makes for a narrative of commanding power and enchantment that echoes the best of Le Guin and Tolkien."e; — Booklist"e;An astonishing, wise, beautiful work, full of the terror and wonder and love and power of life and legend intertwined."e; — LocusThe island people of Clouds End are united by their history, an abundance of tales relating heroic struggles and the emergence of their land from the dreaded Mist. The preservation of their traditions is entrusted to a tribal Witness, who foretells the future and enshrines the past with stories of memorable lives. Young Brook longs for adventures that will culminate in her role as a Witness, and her journey begins when Jo, a shapeshifting "e;haunt"e; who sometimes assumes the guise of a seagull, forms her exact double. "e;Twinning"e; is a fearful fate since only one of the two can survive and both usually come to untimely ends.The end seems very near at hand with the sudden pressure of an imminent attack by the forces of a mad emperor from beyond the sea. The threat forces Jo and Brook into an uneasy alliance to defend Clouds End. Together with other young islanders, they set sail to confront the forces of evil and fulfill their destiny.
"e;Terrific fun."e; — Publishers Weekly"e;Eerie, enthralling, [and] flavorsome."e; — Kirkus Reviews"e;Fantasy novels don't get much better than Galveston."e; — Washington Post Book WorldTwenty years ago, a flood of magic swept over the island of Galveston. Isolated from the rest of the world, deprived of electricity and outside resources, the residents carry on in two separate worlds: the "e;normal"e; half; and Carnival, an endless Mardi Gras celebration populated by minotaurs and other monsters, where the music never stops and miracles abound. But now the community leaders who saved the island from chaos and guard the gates between the two halves are aging and their system is faltering. Sloan Gardner, the daughter of one of the gatekeepers, discovers how to cross between the two Galvestons and becomes a link between a father and son whose destinies hold the key to the survival of both worlds. Can a generation with no knowledge of the world before the flood maintain the barrier between the realms of magic and reality, or will the island descend into anarchy?A dramatic exploration of such themes as love, friendship, and honesty, Galveston offers a compelling view of life as a game of chance. Library Journal praised the author of this gripping novel as possessing a "e;brand of magical realism [that] combines psychological drama with otherworldly images to create a rich tapestry that lingers long after the end of the tale."e;