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Voice of Our Shadow Mass Market Paperback – Nov 1 1984


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ace Books; Reprint edition (November 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441865844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441865840
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.9 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Superior Storytelling for Carroll June 6 2006
By Daniel H. Bigelow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Jonathan Carroll is an author I read for his excellent writing technique, his just-slightly-askew-from-nature supernatural twists, and his cosmopolitan viewpoint. All this he delivers with admirable regularity; he's become a brand name and practically a genre unto himself to a lot of folks. However, I have come to expect him to lose focus towards the end of his books: he values precision in writing and plot up until the end, where he enjoys leaving lots of things unsaid and lots of threads hanging. This is ideal for book-club discussions, but not so much for me: I know Carroll considers it a feature, but it's something I have to forgive him for rather than something I buy his books for.

This book is less like that than most of his work. The story -- about a young author who finds himself betraying those closest to him and who reaps supernatural consequences -- contains liberal helpings of Carroll's delightfully eccentric characters and unusual details, written with Carroll's usual precision. And it has Carroll's trademark highly imaginative magical touches -- you'd be amazed how scared Carroll can make you with a pair of white gloves, a hat, and some wind-up birds. But it also has a tidy -- and highly disquieting -- conclusion; perhaps the best Carroll has ever created. That, and the comparatively little space the fantastic elements take up in the book, make this a likely good entry point for readers new to Carroll's work.

And, for those who are new to Carroll's work, I suggest finding an entry point. Carroll is a one-of-a-kind fantasist and one of the best authors working today; he should have cross-genre appeal for anyone who admires excellent writing and original thinking. Check him out.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Insightful and disquieting Feb. 14 2003
By N. Clarke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a wonderfully original and understated novel: a coming-of-age story with a mystery at its heart, embellished with fantasy elements that become stronger and more integral as the book heads to its conclusion. Unlike much fantasy writing these days, there's no unnecessary padding here; rather, you're left wanting more.
The setting (predominantly Vienna) is evoked with a nicely economic style, while the (few) characters come to life naturally through their words and actions. The creeping unease builds gradually, and is never overdone - and the ending packs a considerable punch. I enjoyed it immensely, although if you like your fiction strictly explicable and grounded in reality you may find some of the developments a touch difficult to swallow.
This recently came back into print in the UK; if you can get hold of a copy, do: you can read it in an evening and you won't be disappointed.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Family Friendship Love Jealousy Deceit Crime and Punishment Oct. 16 2003
By "eserhan2" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Short but intense novel on hardships of growing up, even later in life as an adult. Carroll's first book is one powerful account of an anti-hero, who is bullied and ignored in his childhood as a weak, unimportant character, left to envy others and hate himself. As suspected, his past catches up eventually, even in Vienna, thousands of miles away from home. The story drives its power from the honesty of its narrator, ringing so true that one thinks it is possibly relying on some real-life experience: a.k.a. first novel being biographical. Very interesting, original in its ideas on misperception and mistreatment of others and of oneself. I compare this one favorably against the critically appraised, award winning Carroll book "Land of Laughs".
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
stunning March 19 2001
By Jim Shine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having read and enjoyed Outside The Dog Museum, I sat down with this book one Sunday evening knowing nothing about it except author and title - I didn't even read the back cover. And I did not leave my chair until I had finished. Seriously. Riveting, suspenseful, unexpected: few books have drawn me in to this extent.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An Excellent Book! June 20 2000
By "jonnyhex" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was the second book by Jonathan Carroll I was fortunate enough to read, after the spectacular Land of Laughs. I had expected to be disappointed, because how could he possible live up to the first book? Thankfully, I was wrong, Voice of Our Shadows is just as good as his first book. They both start out innocently and turn creepy by the end, and if you enjoy Carroll's work, this one is worth tracking down.

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