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Novels from fantasist Sean Stewart resemble icebergs: four-fifths of their content is hidden, adding psychological mass that is felt, even if not seen. His seventh novel is his best yet.
Galveston, Texas, is an island already rich in history and eccentric characters when, during Mardi Gras in the year 2004, sudden magic floods the streets. The world is changed--divided between the real city, where technology and its products become unreliable and scarce, and the city doomed to endless carnival, where it is always 2004 and there are still such wonders as cigarettes, cold beer, and aspirin. Twenty years later, three major figures hold the city in precarious balance: Momus, the king of carnival and god of magic; Jane Gardner, ex-lawyer and unofficial mayor, fighting to maintain essential services in the real city; and Odessa, angel and arbiter. When Gardner develops Lou Gehrig's disease, her daughter, Sloane, strikes a desperate bargain with Momus, and the delicate balance is destroyed; cataclysmic change ensues.
Stewart is at his considerable best when he focuses on character. He is able to make metaphor concrete using symbols that, in lesser hands, might be considered simplistic and clichéd. The author is less sure, however, when he attempts to paint a grander canvas: the hurricane towards the end of the book is not strictly necessary, and it flings the novel around a curve that it was perhaps not meant to follow. Despite this, the book has much to offer, with tips on poker, herbal medicine, and island survival to augment the powerful themes of loyalty and luck gliding beneath the surface. --Luc Duplessis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The return of magic to the world at the dawn of the 21st century split the city of Galveston into two parallel worlds--a "normal" city of survivors and a perpetual Carnival town of magic-touched creatures. When Sloane Gardner discovers how to cross between the two Galvestons, she becomes a link between a father and son whose destinies hold the key to the survival of both worlds. Stewart's (Mockingbird) brand of magical realism combines psychological drama with otherworldly images to create a rich tapestry that lingers long after the end of the tale. For most fantasy or modern fiction collections.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I like what one of the other reviewers here said when he remarked that this book doesn't end, it just stops. Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2003 by frumiousb
I'll be brief...This book is a sublime experience for any fan of fine dark fantasy. This book is not, however, for the faint of heart. Read morePublished on June 18 2002 by Kindle Customer
Sean Stewart came to my attention with Nobody's Son, and the fresh, adult look that it offered at Fantasy (Hey, I just found a magic sword.... Read morePublished on June 13 2001 by Warren R. Printz, Jr.
Stewart is one of the greats and this is his best book to date. Forget all those hobbit clones. Like Carroll, Gallagher, Mieville and a few others, he is bootstrapping his... Read morePublished on April 30 2001
I've liked all of Sean Stewart's other books, but this one disappointed me. All the usual elements were there, but somehow they didn't fit together right. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2001
So magic has leaked out into the real world and must be held at bay by a few unlikely heroes: So what? Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2001 by Penner
_Galveston_ is set in the same world as two of Sean Stewart's earlier novels, _Resurrection Man_ and _The Night Watch_, though all three books are set at different times, and... Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2000 by Richard R. Horton