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City of Golden Shadow (Otherland, Volume 1) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1998

4.4 out of 5 stars 355 ratings
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Tad Williams is the brightest and best of the fantasists working in what is so often, and so inaccurately, described as ‘the tradition of J.R.R. Tolkien’.” ―Neil Gaiman, author of American Gods

“Irresistible characters, challenging ideas, an intricate, and startlingly possible plot―everything any reader of SF or fantasy could ask for in a novel, with gorgeous writing besides. A dazzling book.” ―Melanie Rawn, author of Dragon Prince

“This brilliantly crafted book delivers even more than its title promises: not one other land but many come to life here, each engrossing, glittering, and dangerous. In this intricate geography of the mind Williams tells a cracking good story, but even as the suspense builds, you come to realize that you’re seeing a strangely familiar world―ours as it might come to be. Otherland is one of the best works of science fiction I’ve ever read.” ―Katharine Kerr, author of the Dragon Mage series

“On an epic scale, and most impressive of all (1996’s SF novels), is Otherland, a big colorful novel full of real-world conspiracy and virtual reality wonders, with characters worth caring about.” ―Locus

“Otherland has sparked a phenomenon, drawing even fans who don’t normally read science fiction with a mix of futurism, fantasy, and social criticism.” ―Metro Santa Cruz

A wonderful mixture of visual imagery and movement…once again Tad Williams paints us a picture so vivid and real that it becomes three dimensional. Highly recommended…” ―Absolute Magnitude

Tad Williams proves himself as adept at writing science fiction as he is at writing fantasy. Best of all, however, are Williams’s well-drawn sympathetic characters.” ―Publishers Weekly

The ultimate virtual-reality saga, borrowing motifs from cyberpunk, mythology, and world history.” ―San Francisco Chronicle

About the Author

Tad Williams has held more jobs than any sane person should admit to—singing in a band, selling shoes, managing a financial institution, throwing newspapers, and designing military manuals, to name just a few. He also hosted a syndicated radio show for ten years, worked in theater and television production, taught both grade-school and college classes, and worked in multimedia for a major computer firm. He is cofounder of an interactive television company, and is currently writing comic books and film and television scripts as well. Tad and his family live in London and the San Francisco Bay Area. You can find Tad Williams at tadwilliams.com.

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  • Item Weight : 13.1 ounces
  • Mass Market Paperback : 800 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9780886777630
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0886777630
  • Product Dimensions : 4.2 x 2 x 6.7 inches
  • Publisher : DAW (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : 0886777631
  • Customer Reviews:
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