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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (Dec 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312855451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312855451
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)


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The Triumph TR3 was running sweet tonight; Danny Holman had been fiddling with it for a week straight, but he'd tinkered with it near nonstop for the eight months he'd owned it without any really definite results. Read the first page
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Contemporary fantasy set in a future in which some sort of catastrophe has occurred and elves have returned to the world. Story takes place in a lavish gangland environment on the border between the two worlds (human & elvish). Excellent book in many ways except the author appears to like being clever a little bit too much. He leaves many things to inference, which is sometimes useful, sometimes a conceit. Still, the world is fascinating and the story engrossing.
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By J. Roberts on Oct. 1 2002
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Leave it to one of the genre's true originals to write an urban "elves-in-civilization" novel four or five years after the trend died and still make it a success. What genre is John M. Ford? Who knows. That's part of what makes him a true original.
This is a fully realized world, although we don't get a full glimpse at every detail. He keeps us just outside, telling us what we need to know for the story and leaving much to mystery. Not because he wants a sequel, I think, but just because, well, how much do we really know about our own world? His characters exposition enough to get us by, each one giving us a hint at the world, making a beautiful tapestry.
At any rate, it's his mastery of character and ability to create magic with dialogue is what pulls you along, not the story. These are some of the most vivid characters this side of Charles Dickens.
My one complaint about the book, the only thing that brings it down to 4 stars, is the somewhat pat and rather forced feeling of the ending. Suffice it to say, I can't say just what bothered me about it, but trust me, it was a bit of a let-down. The rest of the book is more than worth the price of admission, though.
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A long, long time ago, back when man was still hunting and gathering on the plains, the elves left our world to return to Elfland. About thirty years after JFK was president, they returned. They were horrified to see what humans had been doing in their absence and immediately started to change the world. One of the first things they did was to get rid of television. From there they established themselves throughout the world, making places like the "Levee" in old-Chicago where Elfland's and Earth's borders meet. Danny is a small town Iowa paramedic who has always dreamed of going to see the Levee. One day, he can no longer resist the "call" and hops in his souped up old car and heads out. When he gets near the Levee, he witnesses a drive-by shooting between rival elf gangs and races to help the survivors. He saves Norma Jean's life and enters the employ of Mr. Patrise. Mr. Patrise renames him Doc Hallownight and takes him to the Levee. There he is introduced to the 1920s/30s style of the elves and the humans who live on the border. He learns that magic is real, that everyone has secrets, that love is not always what is seems, and he learns who he really is...
This was a beautifully written novel that will stay in your mind long after you have finished it. The characters are fascinating and very well drawn. Ford does not completely flesh out the characters - he leaves them a little mystery, a little shadow, so that you never really know them, but you think you do, just like real life. Also, I loved Ford's writing style. He creates an almost hazy, blurred vision of this beautiful and ugly world that Doc has chosen to live in. His prose was absolutely gorgeous and a delight to read. I absolutely loved this book and hope that we will hear more about these characters one day.
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A long, long time ago, back when man was still hunting and gathering on the plains, the elves left our world to return to Elfland. About thirty years after JFK was president, they returned. They were horrified to see what humans had been doing in their absence and immediately started to change the world. One of the first things they did was to get rid of television. From there they established themselves throughout the world, making places like the "Levee" in old-Chicago where Elfland's and Earth's borders meet. Danny is a small town Iowa paramedic who has always dreamed of going to see the Levee. One day, he can no longer resist the "call" and hops in his souped up old car and heads out. When he gets near the Levee, he witnesses a drive-by shooting between rival elf gangs and races to help the survivors. He saves Norma Jean's life and enters the employ of Mr. Patrise. Mr. Patrise renames him Doc Hallownight and takes him to the Levee. There he is introduced to the 1920s/30s style of the elves and the humans who live on the border. He learns that magic is real, that everyone has secrets, that love is not always what is seems, and learns who he really is...
This was a beautifully written novel that will stay in your mind long after you have finished it. The characters are fascinating and very well drawn. Ford does not completely flesh out the characters - he leaves them a little mystery, a little shadow, so that you never really know them, but you think you do, just like real life. I loved Ford's writing style. He creates an almost hazy, blurred vision of this beautiful and ugly world that Doc has chosen to live in. His prose was absolutely gorgeous and a delight to read. I absolutely loved this book and hope that we will hear more about these characters one day.
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