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The Banquet of the Lords of Night and Other Stories Hardcover – August 1, 2005

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As the 18 highly original and imaginative entries in her debut story collection reveal, Williams (The Poison Master) has an astonishing ability to create strange worlds and complex characters with only a few words. She finds new tangents with standard myths (a homosexual Eros and Psyche) and uses non-Western concepts (a bureaucratic Chinese hell) to great effect. There's no typical Williams story, though each contains an element of darkness. Sometimes a stunning idea—dolls of living flesh ("Loosestrife") for affluent but infertile girls or a fad for fashionable diseases ("Nightside")—shows room for further development, and plots occasionally falter, but the impact of each tale is always strong. In one of the best, "The Blood Thieves," a real estate agent's efforts to buy property in central Reykjavik for a multinational genetic research corporation are stymied by a northern fairy called a huldra. The author manages to both entertain and enlighten as she mixes whimsy and humor with a fear of genetic manipulation and a warning about the power of global conglomerates. In "Dog Years," a truly chilling modern ghost story, a dying girl makes a Faustian bargain: in exchange for life, she must let ghosts hungry to see the world use her eyes. Williams's unique cross-genre voice is a reinvigorating one for SF, fantasy and horror. FYI: Two of Williams's four novels have been nominated for Philip K. Dick Awards.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892389932
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892389930
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,846,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Liz Williams is one of the brightest talents writing today. She has deep knowledge of various eastern cultures & uses this to set her Inspector chen novels in motion. I like her version of a Chinese Hell & the future Singapore 3. Wonderful characters. You will enjoy these. Highly recommended.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. G. Summers on February 6, 2007
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I found these stories very entertaining and, to some degree, they fore- shadow the Detective Chen novels.
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