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Silverlock Paperback – April 5, 2005
"A Criminal Magic" by Lee Kelly
THE NIGHT CIRCUS meets THE PEAKY BLINDERS in Lee Kelly's new magical realism, crossover novel and casts a spell of magic, high stakes and intrigue against the backdrop of a very different Roaring Twenties. Learn more
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For Silverlock, who is as ignorant of literature as a fish, it's initially simply something that happens to him. He is, in Golias's kind phrase, "Not well informed." Nor are we. Whether it's hanging out with Robin Hood, wandering into the scenes of Shakespeare's "Midsummer's Night Dream, or quaffing mead with Beowulf, or even his own quests; it's initially all the same. But gradually the stories he lives and the stories he hears, and Golias's own example, transform him into a better person.
I could tell you that "Silverlock" is an allegory, that Myers is telling you that literature has the power to transform, and make a person better, and that life without literature is not worth living. But that's like saying "Hamlet" is a story about a depressed prince. Saying this book is an allegory is implying its cod liver oil. It's not. This book is masterful as pure, sweet entertainment; the encounter with Izaak Walton and a dozen others is amusing even if you have never heard of any of them.
Sure, what makes the book even more fun is trying to recognize the characters and situations Silverlock encounters.Read more ›
'Silverlock' is a masterpiece that works on several levels. It is a first rate adventure yarn, following the misadventures of the title character from his ship wreck in unknown waters through many close scrapes, battles, drinking bouts, and wenchings in the enchanted realm of the Commonwealth of Letters. It is also a clever allegory, following the development of Silverlock as he changes from a cold cynic with no knowledge or respect for the world of literature, to an enthusiastic aspirant maker of tales. And finally, it is an incredible literary game. Every person, place, and thing in Silverlock, outside of the protagonist is lifted from the vast range of literature and myth, from Gilgamesh to Mark Twain, and the challenge to identify these tantalizing references proves irresistable to most readers.
These literary references and the way Silverlock interacts with them create the book's unique magic. A typical series of scenes finds Silverlock emerging from the forest where the night before he has been the guest of Robin Hood and his merry band; stopping at a tavern and lunching with the Mad Hatter and his party, and pushing on for an evening feast at Heorot Hall, where the revelers are celebrating the death of Grendel by recounting the tale of the Alamo in Norse verse. All this and more in but one chapter.
'Silverlock' is a book you will come back to many times.Read more ›
Okay, it sounds boring or tedious or somehow suspect, but this book will make your cheek muscles hurt from the silly grin you'll wear while reading it. The plot exists in part to hang all of these delightful songs (yes, songs), characters, rimshots, and, well, yes, references off of. But it never slows down or gets tedious at all. You'll find yourself merrily zipping along right through it.
It is hard to find because it comes and goes from print--this book's the size of a Michener novel--and most people get this white-knuckled grip on their second or third copy (the first ones always having been loaned out and NEVER returned). This book is LOVED, and if you don't know about it you should (again) scroll up and purchase it now... because...
...like the Hippocrene spring at the end of the book, I can tell you all about it, but you'll never *really* understand until you've sipped from its waters.
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Great fun, and a cast of characters unmatched in any tale ever told. It inspires exploration of other works while proffering a return to savor what may have eluded first... Read morePublished 1 month ago by cjc
This is my favorite book of all time. Period. The title character is the only original person in the story... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Phillip Layman
Lots of fun for fans of Pilgrims Progress....a rollicking good adventure story about a rascal who learns a thing or two (in spite of himself). Humor in abundance.Published 8 months ago by shiner
A classic among classics. It still amazes me that this isn't heralded as one of the prime pieces of modern literature and taught far and wide in schools.Published 10 months ago by D. Parks
Swashbuckling adventure wrapped around a humorous and irreverent romp through the classics.Published 11 months ago by Piixel Pusher
By turns hailed as "a book-lover's book" and "a fantasy Pilgrim's Progress", this book is an odd conglomeration of lots of things. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Claire Bendix
An old favorite of mine since my teenage days,,a book that I have read multiple timesPublished 13 months ago by Dennis
I loved this book when I was a young reader and still do. Upon first reading, many of the literary allusions that confused me led to further reading. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Clayton Pigwillow