After reading Mary Gentle's masterwork (Ash), and then being disappointed with 1610 (sundial...), but happier with Ilario, I ventured into this tome, not sure what to expect. It is a few short stories and a couple of serious fantasy 'epics'. The same characters in various different situations / times / histories / universes, have somewhat perplexing and often unexplained adventures.
But it is Mary Gentle's writing that shines through - glorious descriptive passages, multiple story lines, complex ideas, and some Very Strange characters. I never thought that I would fancy a Rat... but the descriptions of Zari, and the way her tail acts like another hand, are delicate and sensuous... (time for a lie down).
The actual main characters are the (literally) larger than life Lord-Architect Causobon and the magical, mystical White Crow - and they forge their ways through Mary Gentle's various universes with a library of esoteric Hermetic science to help them battle the gods, demons and other assorted foes.
I am not sure I entirely understood the plot of any of the stories - as Mary Gentle explains in her introduction, you never get to hear the characters inner thoughts - only their speech and actions.
But these are books to revisit (and revisit again) with always a little more explanation to be gleaned. Well worth the effort (but only 4* as Ash got 5*).
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White Crow: Rats & Gargoyles, The Architecture of Desire & Left To His Own Devices (Engelska) Pocketbok – 10 April 2003
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- Utgivare : Gollancz Paperbacks (10 April 2003)
- Språk : Engelska
- Pocketbok : 864 sidor
- ISBN-10 : 0575075198
- ISBN-13 : 978-0575075191
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A Handy CollectionGranskad i Storbritannien den 12 juni 2003
Disturbing but never predictable, it's nice to get all the 'White Crow' stories in one volume, along with a couple of short stories I'd not seen elsewhere. Hand-crafted darkness, every murky shadow a bespoke gloom.
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