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Scottish author Duncan's challenging SF debut, the first in a two-book series about an epic battle between good and evil, reveals the history of the advanced, ancient and powerful civilization of Kur through Egyptian, Babylonian and East Indian myth as well as bitmites, cyber-avatars and warring bands of fallen angels. A book, The Vellum (aka The Book of All Hours), is both portal to parallel realities and guide to a language of power that can be both inscribed in the skin and on the soul. Since individual characters like Seamus Finnan, Jack Carter, Thomas Messenger and Thomas's sister, Phreedom, whose lives are destroyed, prolonged and forever scarred by contact with a realm called the Vellum, tend to appear and reappear at intervals often 20 or 40 years apart, their adventures in the human, parallel and cyber universes can be hard to follow. Readers who persevere will find this a truly rewarding read. (May)
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Following the trail of a family legend, Reynard Guy Carter finds The Book of All Hours, aka the Vellum, a blueprint for all creation written by the scribe of God after the word was spoken. Carter thereafter wanders the strange, deserted worlds of the Vellum, while angels and demons, the Covenant and the Sovereigns, battle for control of the order of everything. Within the Vellum, Phreedom Messenger is on a quest to find her brother that will lead her to the very depths of the underworld in a movement parallel to Innana's descent to the underworld of Ereshkigal; and Seamus Finnan, her brother's betrayer and an old friend, is, like Prometheus, bound for his sins. The paths the three characters follow become a scintillating web of journeys across worlds and through the three dimensions of time. Duncan's version of a battle among the messengers of divinity proves fascinating as it takes unexpected turns within the framework of ancient myths. Regina Schroeder
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I have only abandoned three books in my entire 50+ year old life. This is one of them. Repetitive doesn't begin to describe it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paul J. Camp
silly me i said everything i should've needed to say in my review of INK; basically: read both books now.Published 7 months ago by skinnyblackcladdink
Never have I been so simultaneously confused and entertained at the same time. Vellum is a ricocheting pinball of images and ideas and I loved every minute of it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by N. Holtschulte
I felt the character and plot development was a bit chunky at the beginning, yet once the author yanked us into another dimension, the awkward and disturbing and edgy was what I... Read morePublished 17 months ago by RubyG
The problem with Vellum and Ink: when you finally get the story -- and you will get the story -- it will be exactly like the Christmas where you opened the box that you were sure... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Michael Wardlow
Of all the books I've read this year, it took me the longest (nearly a month) to get through 'Vellum. Read morePublished on September 22, 2013 by Rich Stoehr
As other readers have stated this book starts great, it really grabed me in the beginning. But it slowly, verrry slowly turned into a collection of anti-christian diatribes. Read morePublished on May 18, 2013 by Angela
This book is a very cool sci-fi fantasy taking place in the past/present/future. It combines ancient myth (some better known than others) with modern personal stories. Read morePublished on April 22, 2013 by Kevin Skweres