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The Moon's Fire-Eating Daughter: A Sequel to Silverlock (Prologue Books) by [Myers, John Myers]
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She gave him a look that made him feel warm all over. “How would you like to make a survey of the Road for me? All I need is a clear, objective report based on first-hand observation. All the others I commissioned never lived long enough to give me one.”

“What was the matter with them, except being dead?” the professor asked nervously.

“They got tangled up because they didn’t know how to look at things. I don’t know why I never thought of turning the job over to a scientist before.”

“That’s a mistake voters make, too” he allowed modestly, then loosened his collar. “Er, when do you want me to start?”

“Right away wouldn’t be to soon.”

“Oh! I couldn’t miss my one-thirty class,” he hedged.

“You won’t,” she assured him. “That is unless you get drowned in space, chewed up on land or sea, mobbed, or worse.” She ran a hand reassuringly though his hair.

“Just do, for my sake, be careful, pet.”

Resistance was useless. She was Venus. He was the merest of mortals. Ten minutes later, in spite of all his best efforts, he found himself being borne off through the sky in a chariot drawn by four eagles!

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xb4eb8918) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa321ef3c) out of 5 stars For lit-reference addicts & hard-core John Myers Myers fans July 11 1998
By A Customer - Published on
If you get excited at the idea of eavesdropping on Avram Davidson and R.A. Lafferty getting drunk together and discussing literary theory, then you really ought to read this book. If you have strict standards about story, plot-line and character development, this book will probably drive you nuts. I read it because I loved Silverlock and this was the only other John Myers Myers book I could get my hands on. It doesn't have the storyline or the character development of Silverlock (or the wonderful poems and songs), but it is even thicker with literary and mythological references. There is a reference book for Silverlock, A Silverlock Companion by Fred Lerner, and there are several online reference guides for Silverlock. The Moon's Fire-Eating Daughter deserves an online reference guide too. The book is almost an incestuous literary orgy, literature feeding off of itself. One of the high points for me was a discussion among the gods and heroes over whether the rules of form in poetry are a rein on creativity or a goad.
This is a writer indulging himself. If you have a taste for the same indulgences, you may get a kick out of it.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3220210) out of 5 stars A Rarified Romp for Literary Connisseurs Only Jan. 26 2006
By Theo Logos - Published on
Marketed as the sequel to Myers' great underground classic, `Silverlock', `The Moon's Fire-Eating Daughter' is no such beast, although it does bear a family resemblance to that former work, as a particularly fierce house cat might to a tiger. Both books are romps through the entirety of literary history, but it is there that the similarities end. Whereas `Silverlock' was a feast of literary creations, `The Moon's Daughter' introduces us to the creators, or makers, as Myers would have it. But the most important difference between them is that while `Silverlock' functions on several levels, with a story that can stand alone as a fantasy adventure even to those who miss the most obvious of its literary, historical, and mythological references, `MF-ED' has no story worth speaking of, and if you are not amused and charmed by Myers' literary game playing, there is no reason to read it.

George Puttenham is the book's hapless hero, a bored professor of Economic Geography, who is swept out of his dull routine by the godess Venus (the fire-eating dame of the title, AKA Ininni, Ishtar, Aphrodite, Astarte, etc.), and assigned the task of making a survey of the Road - a highway that is none other than the continuum of all of literary history. On that Road, he travels from ancient Sumer to Homeric Troy, from deep in the Goof Stream of the Ocean to the star Aldbaran and the planet Mercury. Along the way, he encounters most of the great writers and poets of history, (also cut loose from their respective times), mostly in bars, and they all get blotto and sling about ribald tales. Some of these encounters, such as the fist fight between Walt Whitman and William Wordsworth over which of them has a bigger ego (they reached a compromise - agreeing that William had the ranking ego, but that Walt's was based on flimsier grounds, and therefore a purer vanity) are pure gold, but unless you have a couple of PhDs in literature and comparative mythology, you are unlikely to appreciate all of the many such encounters equally.

Nor is it only the required wide knowledge of literature and mythology that limit this book's accessibility. Myers wrote the book using an exaggerated 1930s street slang that sounds like Sam Spade with a heavy brogue. It is somewhat easier to decipher than Burgess' `A Clockwork Orange' or Joyce's `Finnegans Wake', but not by much, and unless you bring a real commitment to completing it, you are likely to give up before you get the hang of the lingo.

I have read the majority of John Myers Myers' books, and am a huge fan, and as such, I enjoyed parts of this book. There are places where his idiosyncratic charm shines through and rewards the effort, but as a whole, `The Moon's Fire-Eating Daughter' misses the mark of Myers' typical magic. It is interesting as a literary curiosity, but should be avoided by all but the boldest of literary connoisseur, and the most devoted of Myers' fans.

Theo Logos
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa322006c) out of 5 stars NOT a "Sequel to Silverlock"! Oct. 28 2013
By Ken - Published on
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It would be more accurate to describe "The Moon's Fire-Eating Daughter" as "written in the same manner as 'Silverlock'", than to claim it as a sequel. This novel also involves a mundane traveling through a land of wonder, but in this case rather than literature our hero is studying cultural history. Related, but not the same.
Most I've met who did not enjoy this book were expecting it to be an actual sequel, along the lines of "The Further Adventures of Shandon Silverlock." Don't be fooled, this is NOT that book. (Although Golias does make a brief appearance.) If you can make it past that, and you enjoyed SIlverlock, you'll probably enjoy this one, too.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3220588) out of 5 stars Good solid fantasy Aug. 16 2013
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I first read this forty years ago at university. An exuberant energetic story that was not as good as Silverlock but still worth reading
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa32205dc) out of 5 stars Not really a sequel to Silverlock, and *really* not as good as Silverlock, but then what is? Oct. 17 2013
By Paula Berman - Published on
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Worth reading, anyway; another roadtrip into the land of arts and letters, with another character who grows thereby. The framing romance is inconsequential and silly; as with Silverlock the fun is in playing "spot the reference".