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Killing with the Edge of the Moon: (A Graphic Novel without Illustrations) by [Attanasio, A. A.]
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In this lyrical fairy tale from fantasy veteran Attanasio (The Crow: Hellbound), geeky teen Chester "Chet" Hubert must rescue flame-haired daydreamer Flannery Lake from the Otherworld, when all he really wanted was a date. Flannery's grandmother, Nedra Fell, screws up a Wiccan ritual in an attempt to cheat Death, who decides Flannery will make a welcome substitute. After Flannery is hit by a school bus, she falls into a coma and her soul is lured to the Otherworld by a deceitful "techno-pagan" who promises her love but plans on feeding her to a demonic dragon. Luckily, Nedra convinces the smitten Chet to rescue Flannery in a colorful adventure reminiscent of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth and as magical as the best work of Charles de Lint, Jane Yolen and Holly Black. (Sept.)
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About the Author

I’m a novelist and student of the imagination living in Honolulu. Fantasies, visions, hallucinations or whatever we call those irrational powers that illuminate our inner life fascinate me. I’m particularly intrigued by the creative intelligence that scripts our dreams. And I love carrying this soulful energy outside my mind, into the one form that most precisely defines who we are: story.

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  • File Size: 4136 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
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  • Publisher: Firelords; 2 edition (December 24, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 24, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004VF67OS
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Format: Hardcover
As always, Attanasio's writing is rich and lyrical and a joy to read. The subscript on the title page really says it all - A graphic novel (without illustrations). If that doesn't describe his writing I don't know what does. Although there is some dark and even hellish imagery in the book, the story itself is actually much lighter than in his other novels. One thing I love about his books is that you are often unaware that you are learning about actual mythology. This is a fantasy novel through and through, and lacks some or all of the existentialism found in his other works. However, I was delighted to find reference to the planetary dragon used in his Arthor series.

There is one important thing to note here: This book is SHORT! Currently the title is only available in hardcover, and the price for this does seem a bit much for the length. If you aren't a fan, wait for the paperback.
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While I like the story and finished it in like two nights, it just didn't grab hold and warp my mind like A.A's other books have. I didn't expect that this book would or could do that with what is essentially a novella length release, but, one can always hope.

If you're reading this A.A, please don't stop writing and continue to fight the 'man'. Your books are better than 90 percent of what's on the market today. 'Last Legends of Earth' is such an amazing book, I know it's weird to say, but it changed my life, or at least what I come to expect from a great Sci-Fi novel, and it has never been topped yet (some of the takeshi kovach stuff is a good second though). Another great A.A read is 'Wyvern', it's not really sci-fi, but mind boggling in scope none-the-less.

One of my top five authors of all time!
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Format: Hardcover
I thought that this was an excellent novel. Mr. Attanasio,s books are always filled with vivid imagery and this was a prime example. The climatic scenes were very exciting to read and the entire book is like reading a dream.
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Witches out to teach people a lesson? Check. Fairies trying to lure people into their realm? Check. World dragon? Check. Strong basis in Celtic mythology and folklore? Definitely. Now that's an Attanasio book!

I liked this book a lot more than I liked the Conjure Book. It felt more like what I was used to from Attanasio. The story was very poetic...not necessarily the way it was written, but the plot itself: girl gets taken by the fairies, her love has to win her back. It's a story of love and redemption. And writers always get bonus points with me for writing fairies properly. Go to hell, Tink - real fairies are terrifying.

I also noticed that Attanasio writes dragons well - both in this book, and The Dragon and the Unicorn. It's an interesting mythology, that the world is a dragon.

Another part I enjoyed about this book was how contained this story was. There's really only five essential characters that the book focuses on, and each of them has time to develop. All of the other background characters stay just there - in the background. The book doesn't stop to go into details about why Chester's family is vegetarian. That information isn't important to the plot, so there's no lengthy sidetracking to go into detail about it. I loved how focused the book was on the story.

The characters, while not the most likeable cast, were interesting enough. Really, it was the Daoine Siddhe that kept me reading.

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Long ago, Orpheus made a similar trip. However, when he tried it, things didn't work out so well. Of course, the Otherworld isn't exactly Hell, and Flannery, unlike Orpheus's wife, Eurydice, isn't quite dead. Flannery's spirit dances with fairies in the Otherworld while her body dies in a hospital bed. If her witch grandmother can't convince Chet to work the Fetch, Flannery will soon be dead and food for the world dragon.

The Orpheus myth is a prime example of what Joseph Campbell calls the hero's journey. Chet's hero journey is faithful to the mythic archetype, while modern and unpredictable. Filled with reversals and surprises, Attanasio's story pits the uncertainty of contemporary adolescence against the ageless themes of Celtic myth.
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I came across a short story by Attanasio in an '07 sci-fi/fantasy magazine - and really was taken with the amount of story and rich description he could pack in so few pages (he's a monster with description). In looking up other books, this is the first one I went to - liking the summary of magic, faerie, doors between worlds, and keen to meet the Black Dog. Attanasio's style holds true: these 150 pages hold more thoughtful writing and depth of detail than Twilight can manage in 550. Less is more. "For an instant, she seemed woven of light." The keen way Nedra is stitched together and contrasted with her waifish, initially disconnected granddaughter, Flannery arcs nicely as their relationship and understanding of each other grows through experience and exposure. Poor, hapless Chet's transformation from nerdling into young warrior: "All I wanted was to go to the spring dance with her -- and now we're already at death do us part." The line between our world and the Otherworld - distinct at times and blurrily overlapping at others, "in dreams, where the two worlds bleed together." The allure of the easy way - even if its self-destructive or outright false. Great, sharp details are called out for the dragon's lair: "The acetylene brilliance illuminated clotted arches and stalactite lofts of a gruesome cathedral." The story holds neatly together as a written work and (but for a swelling "ta da" moment in the last chapter) avoids made-for-the-big-screen sloppiness that a lot of current fantasy is fouled by. As "dogs love to fetch a good bone", I will fetch more works by Attanasio.
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