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AWAKE IN THE NIGHT LAND is an epic collection of four of John C. Wright's brilliant forays into the dark fantasy world of William Hope Hodgson's 1912 novel, The Night Land. Part novel, part anthology, the book consists of four related novellas, "Awake in the Night", "The Cry of the Night-Hound", "Silence of the Night", and "The Last of All Suns", which collectively tell thAWAKE IN THE NIGHT LAND is an epic collection of four of John C. Wright's brilliant forays into the dark fantasy world of William Hope Hodgson's 1912 novel, The Night Land. Part novel, part anthology, the book consists of four related novellas, "Awake in the Night", "The Cry of the Night-Hound", "Silence of the Night", and "The Last of All Suns", which collectively tell the haunting tale of the Last Redoubt of Man and the end of the human race. Widely considered to be the finest tribute to Hodgson ever written, the first novella, "Awake in the Night", was previously published in 2004 in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-First Annual Collection. AWAKE IN THE NIGHT LAND marks the first time all four novellas have been gathered into a single volume. John C. Wright has been described by reviewers as one of the most important and audacious authors in science fiction today. In a recent poll of more than 1,000 science fiction readers, he was chosen as the sixth-greatest living science fiction writer....

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Awake in the Night Land Reviews

  • Russell
    2018-12-26 22:59

    I read the reviews of this on Amazon and thought I have to read it for myself, I figured if it was half as good as they were saying it would be a good book.It's far better than then I had hoped, it's just as good as the reviewers claim. The sum exceeds the parts, it's a masterpiece made from smaller masterpieces. Take "The Mocking of Christ with Mary the Annunciate and Mary the Elder" by Frans Schwartz, for example. The alter piece consists of five pieces, depicting Christ being mocked by the crowds and plotted against by the rulers, to either side the Marys with pain, sorrow and adoration sitting, and standing in the middle, bruised and battered before His trip to the cross, is Christ, painted with a spirit of humanity and the divine. Each of the pieces are works unto themselves, but together they tell a much greater story, with Christ at the center.So to is this novel. On the surface it's a horror sci-fi, not a blood and guts horror, but more along the lines of Lovecraft horror and a blend of the older sci-fi novelists like Bradbury mixed with modern overtures, especially for the ending story.It's C.S. Lewis, Chesterton, Meville, Tolkien, Bradbury, Hardy, it's all these and more, and yet, it's all Wright.I had never read the original book, however Wright paints the landscape and world with such skill and attention it doesn't seem to be necessary.Alright, so enough with praise, what's the book about? Hope when there is no reason to hope. Humanity in the face of inscrutable and monstrous inhumanity.4 stories, 3 set directly in the Night Land. There the last of mankind is living in the Last Redoubt, a seven mile tall pyramid of a metal made in ages beyond reckoning, on the dying planet Earth, long after the sun had spent itself out. The technologies required to keep the place running are so ancient as to have passed into mythology and ritual understanding. All around the Last Redoubt lies the Night Land, inhospitable, poisoned, dark, and filled with inhuman, eldritch forces bent on wiping out the last of humanity, seeking to destroy the body and consume the soul to all that fall under their power.These forces are straight out of Lovecraft, out of nightmares. These things range from twisted creatures of flesh and bone such as the abhumans, twisted animals like the Night Hounds, and then there are things outside human understanding, outside the normal bounds of space and time. Whispering voices, tempting the listener to venture outside the protection of the Last Redoubt and past a protective circle of Earth-Current and into the domains of fell creatures, monsters beyond human comprehension, named only by their attributes. The Silent Ones, The Thing That Nods, The Slowing Spinning Wheel just to mention a few. Places like The Silent House where no sound has even been heard issuing forth for as long as humanity has been studying it, and where men, driven mad, have gleefully ran into, never to be seen or heard of again. And then there are the Watchers, behemoths the size of hills, slowly, slowly moving toward the mighty fortress, advancing at a glacier pace and inexorable as entropy. Alive and yet not, bending their strange powers at the Great Redoubt for millennia. Death will come to humankind; it has been foretold to the last days, the last stand, the Last Child, and humanity will be extinct in a dead universe, ruled by beings of total malice and outside the laws of life and death. And against all of this stands humanity's last home, standing in the face of this doom, peopled with untold millions human souls aeon after aeon in grand defiance of powers no human can hope to stand against, much less overcome. And these Things besiege the Last Redoubt for countless years, like the siege of Troy, a siege lasting for aeons.The greatest minds of mankind, toiling for millions of years, can't do more than watch the advancement the inhuman forces. The very best they create, the Last Redoubt, was to merely slow down their extinction, there was no solution to drive back the darkness, no Ring to destroy, no savior coming to fulfill prophecy, no inventions with enough force to do more than help one man possibly survive the Night Land. It sounds like something out of fever dream, born of a mind made unstable by forces dimly perceived at best. And maybe the original was. Wright then takes this forlorn hell and makes it his own. The landscape unthinkable in it's alien nature, hostile to all normal human sympathies and notions, but the burdens the characters bear are wholly human; they are our burdens of lost loves, lost friends, lost family, paths of redemption, paths of duty and honor, the ageless cry of "Why? Why us? Why me? Why now?" and having hope beyond what can be seen and felt. Wright deftly blends in Greek and Roman traditions, the cornerstones of Western Civilization. For me, this grounds the book's heroes, these are people who have lived more than once, and who we know and can recognize for they are us. The inhuman fantastic world throws the humanity into sharp relief, the story elements drawn from our past pulls the people even closer to us.The lights of the Great Redoubt shine forth, defiant in the face of Things of unthinkable malice and incomprehensible force. The light shines in the darkness, a beacon to those in the Night Land, illuminating the path when possible, giving a means to orientate the wanderers toward humanity and all good things. The light shines forth from the cities of Man, millions adding their small light the greater whole, and the darkness, not understanding, consumes all. The light shines up until the end of humanity.And that's just the first 3 stories, the fourth is where Wright really taps into CS Lewis and Chesterton. I can't summarize it without revealing too much. It's tightly written, tying together different ages of mankind and their stories into a whole that takes on more meaning at the end.I can't do this book justice, it surpassed my meager skills to do so; I only hope to add my voice to the chorus of supporters and not to mar the book's impact for other readers.

  • Andreas
    2019-01-01 20:02

    We are 21 Million years in the future, the sun has gone out already and the moon doesn't exist anymore. In the Last Redoubt the surviving humans live and defend against the nightmarish creatures of the Night Land, knowing through the use of advanced technology that in another 7 million years they will fall too. The setting is unique and allows a lot of weirdness but there is also room for romance, heroes and of course horrendous beasts who are able to launch physical and mental attacks. The first 3 novellas are about ventures into the Night Land. I liked the first most because it didn't focus too much on the journey itself but got its power through the relationship between two friends and a woman. What absolutely blew my mind though was the last novella, "The Last of All Suns", in which Wright explores the last seconds of the universe. He does it from a scientific and also from a humanistic point of view and the result is fantastic. This is what Science Fiction is for and I am thrilled that there are authors out there who tackle such questions. Wright does it in his typical style, which might not appeal to everyone. Highly recommended!

  • Mary Catelli
    2019-01-02 20:10

    This is a sequel by other hands, being based in the setting of William Hope Hodgson's The Night Land. However, I can assure you that it stands alone.It consists of four stories, three set in the Last Redoubt, and a fourth set at a mysterious location that only slowly unfolds. The first three have their time given in a line up front -- which tells us, also, how many years they are before the extinction of mankind.That is part of the setting. All take place after the sun and the moon were lost, and the sky so clouded to give not even starlight. The Last Redoubt is besieged by monsters. There are the abhumans, savages creatures once human; Night Hounds with teeth like sharks; the Watchers, enormous, glacially slow in motion, maliciously bent on the Redoubt; the hooded Silent Ones; and more ghastly and malicious nightmares.Yet there are those who venture out into the Night Lands.Tales of valor and love against that dark backdrop. They involve a prophecy fulfilled exactly, a pair of brothers arguing about whether something will lead to disaster, a man in a scene from two memories conflated, a backstory like Orpheus with a twist, a woman who is tempted at a dance to forget her brother, and much more.

  • Dan Maguire
    2019-01-03 16:15

    The Night Land is a terrifying place of poisoned waters, deranged abhumans, and ghastly, gigantic Things That Watch. Against this encroaching oblivion, the dwindling number of men must make their stand in The Last Redoubt.Wright has a gift for the written word that cannot be taught. A writer either has it or he doesn't. Wright has it and then some. The stories are sometimes horrifying, sometimes inspiring, but the language itself is always engrossing. Once you start reading it is difficult to stop.My personal favorite was the second tale. Fantastic finish here.I found certain passages of the final story difficult to follow, as different characters struggle to understand what is happening, and some of the characters are quite technically and scientifically advanced. That's not a problem, per se, but it is challenging to get through certain passages. I also am still thinking about the ending, which was unexpected, but the fact I'm still thinking about it means that the author was hitting the right notes.This was an excellent collection of novellas that defies genre or other categorization. Part sci fi, part fantasy, part horror. It really was a great reading experience.

  • Jeromy Peacock
    2019-01-16 18:19

    Whoa. John C. Wright just might be the Tolkien of Science Fiction. Read this book as soon as possible, all the way, and to the end.

  • Princessjay
    2019-01-05 17:12

    Interconnected novelettes set in the far future (22 million years away) where humanity is dying upon a darkening Earth.This is not so much SF as weird-tale/horror with some science-ish trappings. As I read them, I cannot stop critiquing their likelihood and logic. For one thing, these stories are set millions of years before the world would end. A million years is a long time, guys! The entire length of human civilization is not a 10th that at present, and the events of even one thousand years away seem unfathomably distant. On an individual level, we can barely care about what will happen in a couple of decades. And yet these people are all miserable and deflated, bewailing their doom and behaving as though imminent destruction is just around the corner. Were I faced with the knowledge that humanity will end in 7 million years... I'll be living my life just as carefree as if there is no prophecy, thanks much.And how little do these societies seem to change! although they jump aeons between each story. And, how little humans seem to change--physically, biologically--through out the aeons, despite their landscape and daily existence having changed drastically. OK, the 3rd story mentions multiple iterations of Mankind throughout the years, so there's that. But for all these different iterations, they seem to act and think much like previous versions. Always patriarchal, always and constantly consulting ancient books for lost knowledge, and full of the same rituals and moralities.And, what even constitutes human anyway? Stories like these always make me think of Planet of the Apes. What, for example, would everything look like from the Silent Ones' perspective? Or the abhumans', who are cast aside or eliminated just because they have adapted to survive in the new darkness, intelligent, and yet designated as evil and cruel?But then I slap myself upside the head, remind myself of the Dying Earth and Cthulhu and a host of similar stories, and returned to the stories themselves.---The Manichean nature of these forces bother me. An eternal evil aligned against mankind. Why? Because. A wild surmise: bc darkness hates the light, and death hates life? These dainty women with their hair tendrils.. fingernail scraping on chalkboard.The second story is an iteration of mad Antigone, determined to bring her dead brother's body back to Thebes for a proper burial. I've never understood her insistence, and I do not understand the stubbornness of this chick either.In the third story, an iteration of Aeneas bearing his aged father away from the destruction of Troy, one of these namelessly evil creatures tells the hero they intend to torture and degenerate humanity slowly, and will torment even its ghosts for eternity. Why? Just because. Feh.---It is entirely possible that, while I appreciate his writing capabilities very much, Wright and I have a fundamental disagreement of sensibilities.---For the last story, humans throughout the ages are resurrected some 15 billions years into the future, in the death throes or creation of the universe itself. They are on a ship falling at lightspeed toward the zero point, the Big Bang, with time breaking down and becoming so uncertain that quantum physic rules expand from micro-effects to macro. A lyrical imagining based on very hard science of how the end/beginning of the universe may look to our puny perspective.This story I like the best, for it explains many hidden assumptions built into the previous 3 stories; provided a variety of vastly different perspectives and speech patterns that interacted with one another; and is the last mystery left to be solved, ever. Very fun set-up.Of course, the ultimate resolution is way mushier, as these stories always are, and with religious overtones(view spoiler)[ although with a twist and maybe sly dig, bc the forces of evil inserted a fake Biblical figure to fool the protagonists into believing in their original sin.. but it's more of a dig at orthodox religion than with the godhood itself (hide spoiler)]. However, it does a good job of pulling all the Night Land lore together (view spoiler)[ the pair of lovers in the original Hodgson book; reincarnation; all lovers reunite at the end of time, etc. The men are different incarnations of a single human spirit throughout the ages, each longing for his one true love, because that spirit persistently longs after his one true love (though why should marriage as social convention persist through out MILLIONS OF YEARS is a mystery to me), and through all the iteration of longing for her throughout the ages he is the seed that will remake the same world all over again. But with the Master Word he links instead with the spirit that loves and wishes good for humans, and the universe will now begin anew with the evil shut away in silence (hide spoiler)] and resolve everything very neatly, even perfectly. For this story alone, I shall add .5 STAR to the rating. 3.5 STARS, rounded up to 4.

  • Kat
    2019-01-16 16:19

    John C Wright is not for everybody, and a series of novellas set in the same realm as an obscure, early piece of weird fiction that almost nobody today has read is probably even less for everybody, but I loved this anthology to bits and pieces--figuratively, because it was an ebook, and I would be sad if my e-reader no longer functioned.Wright captures perfectly the awful grandeur of William Hope Hodgson's creation, the last bastion of humanity, besieged in its seven-mile tall Redoubt, on a world populated by eldritch horrors, unlit by any but the most ghastly of flames. He captures it perfectly, and expands upon it, imagining the societies that must have lived (or, rather, will have lived) there, the trials they face, the decisions, for good and evil, that they make.My favorite story was the first, "Awake in the Night Land," with a truly beautiful, redemptive ending that improves on Hodsgon's vision. The second, "Cry of the Night Hound," impressed me with a new take on a very old story. I won't tell you which one, because even though the clues are pretty obvious in retrospect, it still took me half the tale to figure it out, and I enjoyed the discovery so much I would never take that thrill away from someone else. The third tale, "Silence of the Night," included some of the most horrifying imagery I have ever encountered, and chilled me to the roots of my soul. The fourth and final tale, "The Last of All Suns," was an interesting departure from the Night Land proper, and included some more John C Wright-y elements, like mashing together lots of different genre tropes and characters and making them all interact with each other; it was fun and weird and terrifying and profound.If I have one quibble (I do, here it is), it was the profusion of typographical, especially in the last tale. Perhaps a later edition can correct that fairly minor flaw.

  • Jason
    2019-01-01 18:55

    The conclusion is priceless.

  • Douglas Summers-Stay
    2019-01-21 23:56

    The Night Land is the distant future imagined by William Hope Hodgson in 1912. It is the end of the human race, long after the death of the sun, where all that remains of humanity and goodness lives in a great fortified pyramid called The Last Redoubt, beset by Elder Horrors from Beyond, giants, werewolves, The Silent Ones, slow moving sphinxes the size of mountains, and so forth. This book is a series of stories set in that land, mostly about people who journey out into the night to rescue loved ones. The end of the final story, with its reincarnation, travel through a black hole, and mysticism, recalls movies like 2001, Contact, and Interstellar.John C. Wright's science fiction is heavily influenced by his Catholicism. The themes of hell and grace, sin and righteousness are flavored by his belief in absolute morality emanating from a supernatural god outside of time, and all that follows from that; and a scriptural sense of language and pacing that is at times rich and fascinating, and other times weird and boring. At times it feels more like Gnostic texts than science fiction. This book is deliberately written in an antiquated style-- if you've ever read any H.P. Lovecraft or Mary Shelley, there are similarities. In fact, The Dark Land itself was written as if it was a 17th century book, probably for the same reasons as The Faerie Queene or the King James Bible were written in older language.

  • Wesley Morrison
    2019-01-13 20:02

    This is a book that simultaneously makes you want to give up on your own writing (because you know that you'll never, ever be this good) but also write even more (because you feel that inspired by what Wright pulls off). Any fan of H.P. Lovecraft or Gene Wolfe will devour this work, and then read it again and savor it. The line-by-line writing is gorgeous, and the novellas themselves are epic nightmares that somehow manage to stay grounded in very flawed, very believable human characters. "Tour de force" doesn't even begin to cover this book.My only complaint is the large jump in time between the third and fourth novellas. I wanted to see what Wright would do with a certain period in the Night Land the earlier novellas had foreshadowed. Even so, this is still the best book I've read in years, and one that I'll be re-reading many times in the years to come.

  • Greg Meyer
    2019-01-21 21:10

    Lovecraft's worst nightmare. Humanity's last bastion slowly losing its ascendancy. Advanced technology, imperfectly understood. Grecian tragedy mingled with the doom of humanity. Malign intelligence bent on destruction. C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy without any hope, and with more moral dogma (and religious undertone) courtesy of Wright's hard-line Catholic convert mentality. The setting is amazing, but Wright didn't write that. The stories read like Lovecraft, only laced with more Conservative mindset. The stories are engrossing. Love the stories, love the setting, hate the author and his worldview. Really, though, the atmosphere of despair and resolve in the face of the inevitable cosmic horror makes up for any flaws.

  • Sean
    2019-01-14 21:00

    I've never read anything else by John C. Wright. I picked this up since I read "The Night Land" and was eager to read more stories set in the same universe, especially if they featured a slightly more contemporary style of writing than the original (Wright uses actual dialogue, for instance). All of the four stories are excellent, particularly the second and third.I give this four stars out of five, if only because the setting is not Wright's own.

  • Mrmandias
    2019-01-13 22:03

    If this book were written 50 years ago, it would be considered one of the classics. 50 years from now, if our civilization is still around, it will be.

  • David
    2019-01-01 19:51

    Another one I wish I could give six stars. A powerful, inspiring, and absorbing collection.

  • Andrew
    2019-01-08 15:55

    Frankly stunning. It's Chesterton meets Wolfe meets Lovecraft in Hodgson's Night Land setting.

  • Robby Charters
    2019-01-17 00:16

    This is a collection of four novellas based on the world of William Hodgson's The Night Lands. The first novella is available as a free download, which I read before buying the full version. After reading the second one in the series, I went to and downloaded William H. Hodgson's book, The Night Lands. I'd say those actions should speak for themselves as to how much I liked John Wright's work.William Hodgson's Night Lands could be up there with Middle Earth and the Star Wars universe, except that Hodgson's narration of it is so difficult to slough through. John Wright has done a commendable job of moving it into public literary consciousness with his excellent writing -- much easier to read while still using grand literary style.The premise: it's millions of years in the future, the sun has died, and the earth is in darkness. The thick cloud surrounding the earth also blocks out the stars. A variety of horrific monsters have taken over the landscape, some of which can, not only kill the body, but also consume the soul as well. Humanity is surviving with the help of subterranean heat. Human technology of that time has enabled them to build a 7 mile tall pyramid shaped tower, called The Last Redoubt, capable of holding millions of people -- all that's left of humanity. Each floor is a whole city. For more details of the fascinating world, read the Wikipedia entry.I never did finish William Hodgson's book. I got more than half way through, which was enough to give me the basic idea of the story. William Hodgson was a Victorian age writer, but he intentionally wrote it in 16th century style, from the narrative point of view of a gentleman living at the time. He falls in love with a young lady named Merdath. They marry, but she dies. During his mourning, he has a dream of the far future, where a reincarnation of himself, a young man, lives in the Last Reoubt. Through highly advanced instruments and his own telepathic powers (which humanity has developed by then), he hears a voice he recognises, that of the reincarnation of Merdath. She's calling from a lesser redoubt at the opposite end of the extremely deep valley in which both redoubts were built. They were built there because the air at the old earth's surface is too thin to breath. Also, in the valley, there are scattered pot holes of lava that are good for warming oneself. The Last Redoubt, itself, is warmed and energised by a large vein of subterranean energy.After Hodgson's hero begins hearing the voice of his ancient lover, it becomes apparent that something horrible has happened to the Lesser Redoubt. The first half of the book is the journey through a landscape every bit as full and detailed as Tolkein's Middle Earth -- the difference being that almost everything is hostile and dangerous. He finds her, and the second half covers their journey home, and, I suppose, a bit of their life back at the Greater Redoubt. As I said, I didn't make it to the end, as a lot of that was more like a 16th century romance, with very wordy and detailed descriptions of their love.When John C. Wright was young, Hodgson's book was in two volumes. Young John had found the first volume, read it up to the part where the hero was on the verge of finding Merdath, and spent the rest of his young adulthood pining for the second volume. wasn't around then. His compendium of novellas stays faithful to the world of William Hodgson, including the reincarnation aspect. John C. Wright is a Roman Catholic who doesn't believe in reincarnation, but neither do I believe in witches riding on broomsticks or tiny men who live in holes, but I still enjoy an occasional story or two that feature such things.The first three stories in Wright's collection are set in the Night Lands as Hodgson knew them. His story of the search and rescue of Merdath, is a part of the history. The fourth is set at the end of the universe as we know it, one that has passed the "Night Lands" phase of human history, but takes a twist that only John Wright can give it, with his brilliant adaptation of the physics of time and space.My recommendation: discover the Night Lands through John C. Wright's book, and later, if your appetite has been sufficiently whetted, download William Hodgson's book.

  • Eric Tanafon
    2019-01-01 17:55

    My reaction to this book was mixed. I loved the first story and the last, which delivered all the horror and wonder promised in Hodgson's original opening of The Night Land...and more.In between, the narrative dragged more than a bit. One of the middle stories pretty much completely followed the classic tale of Antigone (don't read that one if you're feeling even mildly depressed), and the other's point was hard to grasp (the hero refuses the temptation to create an alternate timeline that would somehow allow ghosts to hang onto pseudo-existence just a bit longer?), besides being rife with proofreading errors.But the final story puts the book way over the top--it's a tour de force that pits humans of every age against monsters from outside time and space, while the universe collapses and the laws of physics go mad, with bits of the Cthulu Mythos and David Lindsay's Voyage to Arcturus thrown in for good measure. I couldn't stop reading it, and the ending...well, let's just say it's surprisingly satisfying, considering that (view spoiler)[the universe itself has just ended! (hide spoiler)]

  • Daniel
    2018-12-24 16:08

    I have seen AWAKE IN THE NIGHT LAND compared to Lovecraft, but I have not yet read any Lovecraft. I'll get to that, but from what I think I know it is an accurate comparison. The atmosphere of the book is extreme and savage darkness, but never quite nihilism. Hope and Light and Love are always present, even though at times seeming forgotten, but they are made so vivid only by contrast to the massive blackness and brutality of the Night Land. The creatures are bizarre, but their evil only brings out the virtue of the heroes. This book successfully caused me to look past Wright's writing-style, which I have no complaints against, and be drowned in the world of the Night Land. Typically I assess the language and the voice of the narrator, but I was immersed and lost sight of it. Having emerged from the baptism of the stories and the author's imagination, I am refreshed. I gave Castalia House my money, and I praise John C. Wright to all my friends (who actually read), but I am convinced that it is the author and the publisher who have truly blessed me. It is an honor to have this book on my bookshelf.

  • Parthena
    2019-01-04 21:08

    This was certainly one of the most unique books I've ever read. The premise is frankly awesome (in the truest definition of the word), being set millions of years in the future and in fact, near humanity's end. The pervading feeling of despair and fear is palpable as depicted with each story. I was really impressed by the writing style and the creativity.I'm only rating this 3 stars instead of 4 because I feel that some of the action was...meandering. Some are ok with this and some get a bit bored- I'm ok with some but I feel like some descriptions kind of dragged on, especially with lack of action or dialogue. I also was a bit confused by the ending of the last story. Overall though, I'd recommend this book to any fans of Lovecraft for sure!

  • Julie Davis
    2018-12-31 18:51

    I read this some time ago and can't think how I missed mentioning it here.Halfway through the first story I went to the original inspiration, William Hope Hodgson's The Night Land, to see how similar they were. Wow. Spot on, style-wise but so much more to the point than the original. Unlike Wright I'm not likely to love Hodgson's work. However, there was much to admire in this book and I enjoyed the way Wright was able to be both derivative and original simultaneously. As well as giving us good stories, natch.

  • Caleb.Lives
    2019-01-04 21:16

    Some of the finest tributes to Hodgson. Wright's continuation/expansion of Night Land is up there Meikle's Carnacki tales, or John B. Ford's sadly neglected pastiches of Hodgson's nautical horror. It's worth mentioning that. while his writing style is archaic and his vocabulary appropriately erudite, Wright's prose is far more accessible, and dare I say, enjoyable compared to that of original work that inspired it. So I'd say that this work is worth it even for those that liked Night Land's premise but couldn't deal with it's style and structure.

  • Sijy
    2019-01-08 22:54

    This is the book (short stories I know) that introduced me to Mr. Wright. Let's just say that I've been reading his books twice over in the past couple years due to nothing else being as great as his stuff.So great I had to take it with me when I went camping so I could read it again around the dying campfire.

  • Jay
    2018-12-28 21:01

    More approachable than Hodgson's original (q.v.), and references to other authors (Olaf Stapledon, Frank Belknap Long, Sophocles, Charles Sheffield, and probably others) make this homage a decent read.

  • Deep Thought
    2019-01-04 23:05

    Prose is 10/10Story is 10/10Character is 9/10 - names can be confusingWell worth the price of admission.John Wright is becoming one of my favorite authors and this book is one reason why. In my opinion, there is literally no one else who can write like Mr. Wright.

  • Paul Cross
    2019-01-05 16:55

    The first two stories were absolutely amazing. The second half lost a bit of the feeling of the others. Still a really great read.

  • Greg O'byrne
    2019-01-19 15:53

    Great book with !!finally!! a happy ending. :)

  • Paul Bard
    2019-01-22 16:19

    Superb book in almost every way.

  • Cauchies
    2018-12-27 17:00

    Amazing... A true testament of the human spirit, with all the sci-fi elements we love

  • Jack Bunce
    2019-01-07 20:55

    Simply amazingly inventive

  • Clint
    2019-01-06 21:58

    9.5 out of 10