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The Moon's Fire-Eating Daughter: A Sequel to Silverlock (Prologue Books) [Kindle Edition]

John Myers Myers
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She gave him a look that made him feel warm all over. “How would you like to make a survey of the Road for me? All I need is a clear, objective report based on first-hand observation. All the others I commissioned never lived long enough to give me one.”

“What was the matter with them, except being dead?” the professor asked nervously.

“They got tangled up because they didn’t know how to look at things. I don’t know why I never thought of turning the job over to a scientist before.”

“That’s a mistake voters make, too” he allowed modestly, then loosened his collar. “Er, when do you want me to start?”

“Right away wouldn’t be to soon.”

“Oh! I couldn’t miss my one-thirty class,” he hedged.

“You won’t,” she assured him. “That is unless you get drowned in space, chewed up on land or sea, mobbed, or worse.” She ran a hand reassuringly though his hair.

“Just do, for my sake, be careful, pet.”

Resistance was useless. She was Venus. He was the merest of mortals. Ten minutes later, in spite of all his best efforts, he found himself being borne off through the sky in a chariot drawn by four eagles!

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  • File Size: 1399 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Prologue Books (January 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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If you get excited at the idea of eavesdropping on Avram Davidson and R.A. Lafferty getting drunk together and discussing literary theory, then you really ought to read this book. If you have strict standards about story, plot-line and character development, this book will probably drive you nuts. I read it because I loved Silverlock and this was the only other John Myers Myers book I could get my hands on. It doesn't have the storyline or the character development of Silverlock (or the wonderful poems and songs), but it is even thicker with literary and mythological references. There is a reference book for Silverlock, A Silverlock Companion by Fred Lerner, and there are several online reference guides for Silverlock. The Moon's Fire-Eating Daughter deserves an online reference guide too. The book is almost an incestuous literary orgy, literature feeding off of itself. One of the high points for me was a discussion among the gods and heroes over whether the rules of form in poetry are a rein on creativity or a goad.
This is a writer indulging himself. If you have a taste for the same indulgences, you may get a kick out of it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Rarified Romp for Literary Connisseurs Only January 26, 2006
Marketed as the sequel to Myers' great underground classic, `Silverlock', `The Moon's Fire-Eating Daughter' is no such beast, although it does bear a family resemblance to that former work, as a particularly fierce house cat might to a tiger. Both books are romps through the entirety of literary history, but it is there that the similarities end. Whereas `Silverlock' was a feast of literary creations, `The Moon's Daughter' introduces us to the creators, or makers, as Myers would have it. But the most important difference between them is that while `Silverlock' functions on several levels, with a story that can stand alone as a fantasy adventure even to those who miss the most obvious of its literary, historical, and mythological references, `MF-ED' has no story worth speaking of, and if you are not amused and charmed by Myers' literary game playing, there is no reason to read it.

George Puttenham is the book's hapless hero, a bored professor of Economic Geography, who is swept out of his dull routine by the godess Venus (the fire-eating dame of the title, AKA Ininni, Ishtar, Aphrodite, Astarte, etc.), and assigned the task of making a survey of the Road - a highway that is none other than the continuum of all of literary history. On that Road, he travels from ancient Sumer to Homeric Troy, from deep in the Goof Stream of the Ocean to the star Aldbaran and the planet Mercury. Along the way, he encounters most of the great writers and poets of history, (also cut loose from their respective times), mostly in bars, and they all get blotto and sling about ribald tales.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT a "Sequel to Silverlock"! October 28, 2013
By Ken
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It would be more accurate to describe "The Moon's Fire-Eating Daughter" as "written in the same manner as 'Silverlock'", than to claim it as a sequel. This novel also involves a mundane traveling through a land of wonder, but in this case rather than literature our hero is studying cultural history. Related, but not the same.
Most I've met who did not enjoy this book were expecting it to be an actual sequel, along the lines of "The Further Adventures of Shandon Silverlock." Don't be fooled, this is NOT that book. (Although Golias does make a brief appearance.) If you can make it past that, and you enjoyed SIlverlock, you'll probably enjoy this one, too.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good solid fantasy August 16, 2013
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I first read this forty years ago at university. An exuberant energetic story that was not as good as Silverlock but still worth reading
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Worth reading, anyway; another roadtrip into the land of arts and letters, with another character who grows thereby. The framing romance is inconsequential and silly; as with Silverlock the fun is in playing "spot the reference".
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Not a true sequel to SILVERLOCK, but the Lady of the Lake does appear in both books, and there is a line about "Golias" in it.
SILVERLOCK had the reader bumping into literary characters, this book has you bumping into authors. The protagonist is on a journey to becoming a poet, and I had a rough time with about the first third of the book, but it picked up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, great followup March 30, 2014
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The language of this book was amazing, the sense of transitioning through human history was also pretty darned cool, as was watching the characters morph from concept to concept. This is a good followup to Silverlock.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not of the same brilliance as Silverlock
Although John Myers Myers did a phenomenal job in the crafting of Silverlock and taking a reader through The Commonwealth of Letters, The Moon's Fire-Eating Daughter seemed... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a sequel. An exposition on randomly placed words.
I fought my way through the first 1/3 or so of this thing before finally giving up. It seems that every other sentence had either an invented word or some bizarre use of an... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Classis Fantasy Fiction!
I read this, originally, years ago; and it is still as brilliant as it was then. I would highly recommend it, and its prequel, Silverlock!
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars the moon's fire-eating daughter : a sequel to silverlock
this book is gobbledegook and I thought it would get better it never did someone may like it but not me.
Published 16 months ago by Lorraine M Lambert m lambert
1.0 out of 5 stars FROM CLASSIC . . . TO CR@P
What happened?!

If you're reading this review, then apparently you've read or heard about SILVERLOCK by the same author, a parody so good that it would even give that... Read more
Published on March 28, 2010 by EMAN NEP
2.0 out of 5 stars If you liked Silverlock...
and Your a professor of letters from the 1930's, and drunk you might get this but is really pretty incomprehensible to anyone else, even the well read.
Published on January 24, 2009 by BookBill
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