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Ink : The Book of All Hours: 2 by Hal Duncan

Ink : The Book of All Hours: 2

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When reality is written on skin, only blood will do as inkâ The second book in the groundbreaking literary fantasy series that began with Vellum, which was one of the most astonishing SF novels of 2005.

Challenging is not a strong enough word for this harrowing second book in the Book of All Hours trilogy; the complexity of the writing is a direct reflection of the protagonists' predicaments. Requires focus and undisturbed windows of reading opportunity (e.g. flight to Oz or similar) to indulge and appreciate fully the brilliance of the tale and its parallels to our own place in the firmament.

If you like Hal Duncan you might also like to read books by Richard Morgan and Ian Mcdonald.


Ink : The Book of All Hours: 2 by Hal Duncan

It's twenty years since the Evenfall swept across the Vellum and the bitmites took reality apart, twenty years since Phreedom Messenger disappeared into the wilderness and Seamus Finnan was imprisoned in his own past. Twenty years of chaos but the Dukes, the remnants of the Covenant, still cling to power in their enclaves of order in the bitmite-devastated wilderness . . . in their Havens in the Hinter.

Across the folds of time and space, though, rogues and rebels are rising up against the Empire. From a mediaeval fortress where wandering mummers stage a Harlequin play based on Euripidesâs The Bacchae and performed in the Cant … to Kentigern where another Harlequin, Jack Flash, wreaks havoc on a fascist state that thought him dead. From a 1939 Paris where Jack Carter and Seamus Finnan, heroes of the International Brigades, seek to rewrite history -- to a 1929 Berlin where a very different Jack seeks to save the world from a history he has helped make real. Locked in an eternal battle of chaos and order, it seems everyone must play their part now, as rebel or tyrant, hero or villain.

About the Author

Hal Duncan was born in 1971, grew up in small-town Ayrshire during the Eighties, and now lives in the West End of Glasgow. He is a member of the Glasgow SF Writer’s Circle, and works part-time as a computer programmer, while completing his follow-up novel, Ink.

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2nd February 2007


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