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Shadowbridge Paperback – January 15, 2008
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Frost draws richly detailed human characters and embellishes his multilayered stories with intriguing creatures--benevolent sea dragons, trickster foxes, death-eating snakes and capricious gods--that make this fantasy a sparkling gem of mythic invention and wonder. -- Publisher's Weekly, October 22, 2007
[F]illed with the brilliant details of Frost's masterful world building--containing all manner of fantastic story. -- Regina Schroeder -- Booklist, December 1, 2007 (starred review)
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I workshop fiction in a number of groups with a good batch of writers whose ranks include (or have included) Judith Berman, Ann Tonsor Zeddies, Karen Joy Fowler, John Kessel, James Patrick Kelly, Kelly Link, Jonathan Lethem, and Nalo Hopkinson. I also know a number of writers who do not workshop and should not workshop. Like anything else, whether or not you want feedback and opinions is matter of knowing yourself.
I teach writing--peripatetically--at Swarthmore College in PA, at Write By The Lake in Madison, WI, at wrtiers' conferences in Pennsylvania, etc. It's a different part of the brain, teaching, and good writers don't necessarily make good teachers, just as the reverse is true.
Top Customer Reviews
We follow Leodora as she finds herself as a Shadow-Puppeteer and Story-Teller, following in the footsteps of a father she never knew. As she collects stories and comes to understand this world, she encounters dangers that she only half understands.
I'm giving the book only 4 stars for now. It's half a book and doesn't stand alone; the second half comes out in summer. But I'm not sorry I read it, even though I'd planned to wait for the second book as well. It gives the world time to percolate.
This is book one of two, the second of which is coming out in June, called Lord Tophet.
All in all, it's a fantastically done book, wrought with myths within myths. Leodora is a collector of stories, several of which are featured in the book, and are lovely works in and of themselves. I was lucky enough to hear Frost read part of this aloud last summer, and was hooked then. The writing itself is excellent; Frost has a way of drawing you in with the prose alone and keeping you there. Add to that a wonderful trio of characters, and you have a book that's hard to put down.
SHADOWBRIDGE is fully deserving of being nominated for a World Fantasy award, because it is the epitome of what fantasy could and should be.
Although they are published as two separate volumes, Shadowbridge is really just the first half of a longer book. It introduces the concepts and begins the story, and does a good job of both. What shines most is the setting: Shadowbridge is a world of endless bridges rising over open seas, where spans of the bridge make up cities and the spans connect into large spirals which replace continents. Men, monsters, and gods populate the bridges, living in complex and divers societies. It is a vibrant and magical setting, unlike anything else I've seen before, and it immediately captures the imagination. Leodora and her companions are a bit pale in comparison, although they too hold the reader's interest: Leodora is willful and brave and her storytelling opens the novel up to a number of stories within stories.
These stories within stories are something of a mixed blessing, however.Read more ›
Oh, did I mention this is a world made entirely of bridges?
The world of Gregory Frost's "Shadowbridge" is a trackless ocean, spotted with a few islands and an eternal ribbon of bridges on which people live. Every bridge has its own traditions, its own culture, and its own puppet-play myths that let Leodora bloom into an ever-better artist. It's hard to imagine an editor who would actually approach a fantasy writer these days and ask, "Say, Gregory, would you mind making your work a little less like `The Lord of the Rings'?" Yet that's what this author has done with this story.
And story is just what happens here. The characters relate to the world through narratives and folk tales. Like Chaucer and Aesop, what matters in actual events is only comprehensible in these novels according to how the characters relate to their stories.
"Shadowbridge" is a smart book that avoids many common fantasy pitfalls. Brief encounters reveal that this world is full of elves, fauns, and fairies, but they don't play much of a role. Magic is a force, but no one gets hung up on bearded patriarchs in pointed hats. And the gods are as interesting of characters as the humans whose lives they direct.
That's not to say thise book are wholly groundbreaking.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a collections of stories about an impossible world, and it sucks you to the very last. The characters are fascinating and tangible. Read morePublished 21 months ago by ebeowulf
This is one of my favorite books of all time. It is so rich and immaginative. It has a varied and wonderful story line that keeps you visualizing wondrous, beautiful, awesome... Read morePublished on November 22, 2013 by PurplePassion
This book is amazing. The writing is easy to follow but complicated enough to make you think. I just can't stress enough how you should just check this out. Read morePublished on November 20, 2012 by Impetusin
Although this book is well written it loses something by switching from the story line to just plain stories.. Read morePublished on March 30, 2011 by Nancy E
Shadowbridge by Gregory Frost- This is the first book of a two book adventure. The second book is called Lord Tophet. Read morePublished on February 23, 2010 by Travis Eisenbrandt
Shadowbridge/Lord Tophet is like a lot of fantasy series published: The first volume has no real ending. It's all about trying to get you to buy the next book. Read morePublished on October 12, 2009 by Gary Townsend
When I picked this book up, I nearly put it down again. I thought to myself: I am actually really sick of storytellers, puppeteers, bards and performers as fantasy main characters. Read morePublished on May 11, 2009 by frumiousb
It took me so long to like this book, to get into this book that if it had not become so enjoyable during the second half of this, I would have given it a one. Read morePublished on April 24, 2009 by Shawna Lanne
Elegant writing and masterful storytelling combine to take you to a world that you could have never imagined. Read morePublished on February 11, 2009 by M. Lamba