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  • File Size: 1492 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Parsina Press (December 23, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 23, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GB48HO
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Born in Philadelphia in 1947, Stephen Goldin is a Nebula Award finalist science fiction and fantasy author who's lived in California since 1960. He received a Bachelor's degree in Astronomy from UCLA and worked as a civilian space scientist for the U.S. Navy for a few years after leaving college, but has made his living as a writer/editor most of his life. He's published more than 40 books, and lots of articles and stories.

His first wife was fellow author Kathleen Sky, with whom he co-wrote the first edition of the highly acclaimed nonfiction book, THE BUSINESS OF BEING A WRITER. His current wife is fellow author Mary Mason. So far, they have co-authored two books in the beloved "Rehumanization of Jade Darcy" science fiction series about a female space mercenary who, when she doesn't have a convenient war to fight, works as a bouncer at an interspecies bar and grill.

His four-volume epic fantasy, the Parsina Saga, came about because he was bored with fantasies that all seemed to be either based on European mythology or else involved barbarian heroes. Instead he conceived an Arabian Nights-style adventure out of the dreams of his childhood and exciting movies like Ray Harryhausen's "7th Voyage of Sinbad." Genies in bottles and flying carpets are only some of the wonders that await the intrepid reader of SHRINE OF THE DESERT MAGE and the ensuing volumes.

In the mid-1970s he took E.E."Doc" Smith's novella "Imperial Stars" and expanded it to novel length, then wrote nine more original novels of his own to form the classic Family d'Alembert series. In the early 21st century though, unhappy with the way those first versions had become outdated, he wrote an entirely new first novel, TSAR WARS, with an entirely new universe and characters and then rewrote all the remaining novels to comply with it. The result was the completely re-envisioned Agents of ISIS series. While purists may insist on the original books, modern space opera readers have said they prefer the newer series for its better writing, deeper background, more believable (well, slightly) characters, and up-to-date technology. The books of the Agents of ISIS series are also considerably less expensive in ebook format than those of the original series.

His newest book is the fun--and funny--QUIET POST, set in a fantasy universe where almost anything can, and does, happen. It's surreal and was great fun to write; we hope it's at least as much fun for people to read!

Mr. Goldin served the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America as editor of the SFWA Bulletin and as the organization's Western Regional Director. An atheist, he has lived with cats all his adult life. Artistically, he enjoys Broadway musicals and surrealist art.

Learn more about him at his Web site, http://stephengoldin.com. Many of his books and stories can be bought through Parsina Press at http://parsina.com.

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I waited for decades for Goldin to finish the Parsina Saga. I think he rushed it, I wish he had taken a couple more volumes to wrap it all up. These are lush alternate-universe books with incredibly detailed prose, wonderful characters, and a quite acceptable quest-oriented plot. You'll love Cari the righteous Jann, the schemer and great wizard Akar, brave and modest Selima, and especially the storyteller turned wizard. The Prince of Ravan is maybe a little too good to be believed, and his unworthy brother, ambitious stepmother, and the base thief who steals the urn containing the most powerful and evil of all the Djinn, of all are maybe a little too evil to be believed. Or maybe not. Maybe the thief and the second Prince of Ravan are on a level with Ariel Castro. I can't quite believe Ariel Castro existed and was as evil as he was. It's hard to imagine, but he really existed and really did unthinkable things, and he's not alone. There are a lot of evil people out there, and many of them are still getting away with vile things. So maybe it's not so hard to believe in the potential of evil. I won't put spoilers here. If you like well-written fantasy, you'll love these books. They are internally consistent, full of food descriptions (I always enjoy exotic food in books!) and will bring the Arabian Nights type fantasy world fully to life for you. This is William's wife. I don't know if he's ever found time to read these, but if he gets a chance, in between all that workbench book stuff, I know he'll love them. Putting this same review on all volumes that are available.
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Treachery of the Demon King is the fourth, and last, part of the Parsina Saga. (The series starts with Shrine of the Desert Mage Shrine of the Desert Mage: The Parsina Saga Volume One) In this book Goldin masterfully pulls together all the plot threads he established in the first three volumes. Each situation is resolved. Like a true Turkish carpet, everything is tightly woven together and there are no loose ends beyond the wistfulness of having to say goodbye to magical Parsina. Treachery of the Demon King is a most satisfying conclusion to this series of fantasy books that have draw as much from folktales and legend as they do from mass market Sword and Sorcery paperbacks.

For those reading on the Kindle, this book has been edited for the Kindle. Typos appear no more frequently than they would in a book from a publisher. Accordingly, it is a pleasure to read on the Kindle.
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By KimL on November 10, 2013
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Finally got the final book and was very happy with how the Goldin managed to wrap all the storylines up. The series is a fun romp and great read.
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