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One reason for Pavane's relative obscurity among American SF readers might be its British setting and author (the Moore and Dick novels are both set in the U.S., and De Camp, Moore, and Dick were all American). Another reason might be that Pavane is a novel created from interrelated but standalone stories (six "measures," or novelettes, and a coda), and the stories are of varying quality. Most are wise, beautifully written, and intensely visualized, especially the opener, "The Lady Margaret," and the closer, "Corfe Gate"; but "Brother John," the story of the monk-artist who witnesses Inquisition tortures and sparks an anti-Church rebellion, is far less detailed, and sometimes even unclear. Another reason for the novel's obscurity may be that some of the stories/chapters have more of a fantasy feel than is typical of more recent alternate history. Also, the nature of the coda's revelations may put off some readers. Nonetheless, Pavane is an intelligent, powerful, and moving work, deserving of a wide readership. --Cynthia Ward --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I first heard of this author when a man who reviewed for a leading science fiction and fantasy novel said bluntly, "This is the D*****dest story I've ever read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marcia
If you are looking for an alternative history (which is how this was billed), you will be mildly disappointed. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michael D. Kanner
Having listened to this in the Neil Gaiman Presents audiobook read by Steven Crossley, I liked the narrator's ability to convey the Dorset voices--Gaiman notes that the speaker... Read morePublished 10 months ago by John L Murphy
Beautiful writing and truly captured the alternate world setting. I was a little disappointed that these were loosely linked stories rather than a cohesive novel, but I still... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Glenn T. Costello
Possibly the most disappointing, and certainly the most overrated book, I have ever read. Page upon page of tedious and excruciatingly detailed scene setting, leading to a... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Michael John Pogson
hard to believe it is fiction. great characters, great stories.Published 13 months ago by philip e. loiterstein
What an excellent book this is. I will not go into the specifics of this book but it is a truly a *5* star masterpiece! Read morePublished 15 months ago by A Roger Zelazny Fan
I adore this book but left it behind when I was divorced. It has always stuck with me because if the vivid imagery, I think. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Suz deMello