- Publisher: Highland Pubns (June 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 091626100X
- ISBN-13: 978-0916261009
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,461,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Lush imagery, sensual language and erotic undertones age well in this reprinted classic-as complex, seductive, and daring now as when it first came out in 1978. The award-winning Lee (Tempting the Gods) weaves a colorful tapestry of words as she laces together eighteen tales of the Flat Earth, where dismissive gods regard humanity as a mistake and capricious demons toy with mortals to while away the centuries. Though the cast changes every few stories, Azhrarn, Prince of Demons and Lord of Darkness, remains a constant presence, affecting mortal lives both directly and indirectly. From adopting a human infant for his own inscrutable reasons, to bringing down an over-ambitious king and challenging the gods for the fate of the world, Azhrarn's mark on the world stretches over the centuries and leaves no one untouched by the end. Themes of love and hate, truth and lies, beauty and ugliness are intertwined against a mythic backdrop that borrows adeptly from fairy tales and folklore while drawing inspiration from Oscar Wilde and the Arabian Nights. Eschewing a conventional plotline in favor of short stories sharing common elements and overlapping characters, this fantasy continues to push boundaries and challenge expectations. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Praise for Tales of the Flat Earth:
“Lee has craftsmanship...style, wit, delicacy, strength, and depth of imagination and a sure touch for words.... Night's Master is like a treasure chest spilled open with cascading dreams of silk, jewels, demon horses, perfumes, spices, tapestries, and (most previous of all) a sense of wonder.” —The British Fantasy Society Bulletin
“A strange fin de siècle eroticism pervades these finely felt and well-written tales. They possess a certain raw power that derives from a simplicity recalling myth and legend.” —Publishers Weekly
“A satisfying fantasy, and one which shows real talent at work. It could easily become a cult item. Recommended.” —Library Journal
“The style is complex and fascinating, the plotting and interweaving of characters and action meticulously worked out and invariably entertaining.” —SF Chronicle
“Here we have storytelling at its best and fantasy in its purest and strongest essence. Tanith Lee portrays with a masterful hand an amazing, ancient world.” —SFSite
“Tanith Lee is fantastika’s Joyce Carol Oates…. You can imagine these timeless stories whispered around an oasis campfire or in a starship’s engine room.” ―Locus (for Tanith Lee) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
The stories are ornate, robust, and complex. Lee makes the entranced reader feel all of the subtle, and not-so-subtle emotions of the characters. This is one of the very, very few books that can pull the reader to a greater realm where they can learn more about even themselves.
As for the binding of the book (hard cover version), the boards are solid and strong, the paper is quality and thick and the binding is tight. Overall a quality pressing for the price. I did find that after reading the front cover wouldn't close back down completely almost as if the page contents had swelled and wouldn't allow the book to close all the way but i found that placing the book between two larger books over night remedied this.