Delusion's Master Paperback – October 15, 2011
|New from||Used from|
Inspire a love of reading with Amazon Book Box for Kids
Discover delightful children's books with Amazon Book Box, a subscription that delivers new books every 1, 2, or 3 months — new Amazon Book Box Prime customers receive 15% off your first box. Sign up now
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
- Paperback : 238 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1607620952
- ISBN-13 : 978-1607620952
- Dimensions : 5.98 x 0.54 x 9.02 inches
- Item Weight : 12.5 ounces
- Publisher : TaLeKa (October 15, 2011)
- Language: : English
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
This book is in a very similar vein, Tanith Lee uses fairy tales, myths and legends as her jumping off point for her imagination. In the case of Delusion's Master the starting point is Arabian nights and the Old Testament. She weaves these old tales into new forms that are strange to say the least.
There is a lot of sensuality and darkness in her work that I find delicious. A definite gothic aesthetic. Her work is very original and hard to compare to anyone else but if I had to make a comparison i'd say she is like a sensual, feminine version of Robert E Howard. More sex, madness and sorcery than the Conan stories.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will definitely read more of Tanith Lee in the future.
Yet another incredible story, a rich tapestry of incredible adventures and lives being put in your hands like a treasure beyond value. Appreciate what she is offering, there is no regret reading this. Only one sadness. It evnentually ends and you want it to continue for ever.
In Delusion's Master, Lee introduces us to Chuz, the eternal master of insanity. He stage manages the fall of a great nation which indirectly leads to the strange love affair between the Master of Night and the Daughter of the Comet.
The Flat Earth books are structured more as a series of linked stories than as traditional character-oriented narratives. They are short and pleasant to read. Lee herself is a master of dark fairy tales and uses the structure admirably.
While you can begin with Delusion's Master, it probably makes the most sense to go back and read Death and Night first. Although the sexual content seems rather tame by the standards of today (this was written in 1981) these are still adult-themed books and probably not suitable for very young readers.
We first meet Chuz when a jealous queen tries to get rid of the baby she believes has caused the king to stop loving her. When she accidentally kills the child and her husband puts her aside, Chuz shows up to comfort her by helping her descend into madness. When he offers to grant her a wish, she asks that Chuz make her husband, the king, as mad as she is. That's why the king decides to build a tower to heaven where he will wage war on the gods. Everyone knows that pride comes before the fall so, sure enough, disaster strikes the land. This sets off a string of strange events that have the demons, once again, meddling in the affairs of men.
The beautiful demon Azhrarn, from the first two FLAT EARTH books, continues to be a main character. When he becomes involved in Chuz's doings on earth, we see Azhrarn get his feelings hurt, seek revenge, fall in love, and have a child. The demons are not like the uncaring gods above -- they are passionate creatures. Occasionally they can be tender and compassionate with favored mortals, but their fickle emotions can suddenly turn to vanity, petty jealousy, and hate. And then the humans suffer.
Delusion's Master is quite a bit shorter than Night's Master and Death's Master and Chuz, the title character, isn't nearly as interesting as Azhrarn, but fortunately we get plenty of Azhrarn here. All of the FLAT EARTH tales have been dark, but Delusion's Master actually gets uncomfortable because it includes baby killing, rape, and the torture of a mentally disabled girl. The imagery is vivid and I admit that I squirmed. Still, Tanith Lee continues to enchant us with the exotic setting and peerlessly gorgeous writing.
There are several biblical allusions in this installment: the Tower of Babel, the Flood, redemption of humanity through death, and man's natural hatred of snakes. The most beautiful moment in the book is when Azhrarn goes up to the Earth to find out why men hate snakes and then, as a favor to snakes, sets out to make them more palatable to humans.
I'm still enjoying this series on audio. Susan Duerden's narration gets even better with each book. Each also has an interesting introduction by Tanith Lee. In this one she talks about how her mother influenced her writing.
Of all the Flat Earth books this will always be my favorite.