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Under the Pendulum Sun Paperback – October 3, 2017
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“An evocative, claustrophobic Gothic novel with strikingly creepy set-pieces, which repeatedly dislocates its reader’s and characters’ worldview in a forceful examination of faith and the power of stories.”
– Aliette de Bodard, Nebula, Locus and BSFA Award-winning author of The House of Shattered Wings
“Under the Pendulum Sun is a weird, ingenious, and ravishing story of the Fae and the outsiders driven to discover their secrets, told with a heady melange of disturbing beauty and enticing dangers.”
– Kate Elliott, author of Cold Magic, Black Wolves, and Court of Fives
“An enchanting literary debut – I couldn’t put it down!”
– Lavie Tidhar, World Fantasy Award winning author of A Man Lies Dreaming and Central Station
“Hauntingly beautiful and masterfully told. This looks like the start of a brilliant career.”
– Keith Yatsuhashi, author of Kokoro
“Jeanette Ng has no time for Victorian attempts to sanitise and prettify Faerie. A story as intriguing as it is eerily disturbing.”
– Juliet McKenna
“Jeannette Ng's imagery is breathtaking, her setting dark and delightful, and her use of theology is pure genius. Like some sinister elf, Under the Pendulum Sun will steal your imagination and never give it back.”
– N S Dolkart, author of Among the Fallen
“Under the Pendulum Sun does live up to its fabulous pitch. A richly woven fantasy from a brilliant imagination. Definitely one for readers interested in fairy lore and Gothic fantasy.”
– Rod Duncan, author of The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter
“Imagine Northanger Abbey’s Catherine Morland confined to a particularly mysterious corner of Gormenghast with the Faeries of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell for company and you start to get an idea of how delightfully intricate and beautifully realised a novel Under the Pendulum Sun is. A remarkable debut.”
– Jonathan L Howard, author of Johannes Cabal the Necromancer series
“Under the Pendulum Sun is a delicious fusion of repressed Victorian missionary values and the horror of the Fae. A sumptuous account of the journey into the land of the Fae, and into the darkest recesses of the human soul, this book delighted and shocked in all the best ways.”
– Emma Newman
"Extremely beautiful, entertaining, and emotionally compelling...read this excellent book."
– Grimdark magazine
– Publishers Weekly
“A novel whose big heart enables it to engage with big ideas. Read it carefully, and be rewarded.”
– Andrew Wallace, author of Sons of the Crystal Mind
"Jeannette Ng has written an utterly brilliant gothic novel, using all the tropes and cliches of the genre and rising above them in magnificent style. I highly recommend it."
– Intellectus Speculativus
"There is a wisdom, but also an exquisite beauty in her words that stun you... Under the Pendulum Sun is a gorgeous book."
– Utopia State of Mind
"An intricate distortion of myth and history."
– Victorian Soul Critiques
"A deep, rich and very definitely eerie gothic novel that asks some very hard, very interesting questions about god, faith, the nature of truth and what stories and storytelling have to do with all of it."
– Kam Reads and Recs
"Under the Pendulum Sun is a dark, psychological fantasy in a gothic vein, paying considerable literary homage to authors such as the Brontës. Impressively, Jeannette Ng manages to keep her debut novel grounded in historical reality despite its taking place entirely in the faelands."
– The Fancy Hat Lady Reads
“Holy wah. Holy wah! Holy WAH! This book was an amazing read!”
– Purple Owl Reviews
"Jeannette Ng’s Under the Pendulum Sun expertly weaves fantasy, the Gothic, academia, and religion in this compelling novel about missionaries to Arcadia, the land of the Fae."
– Fairy Book Mother
“The writing and the world building are an absolute treat and the story is very original.”
– Helen’s Bookshelf
"Under the Pendulum Sun is a towering work of imagination."
– Alan Brenik
"Jeannette Ng has subverted the Gothic novel and given it a fresh lease of life."
– Strange Alliances
“The writing is, in a word, beautiful.”
– YA On My Mind
“A pre-Halloween puzzle box of a book.”
– Victorian Soul Critique
“Beautifully crafted and structured, but containing a deeper, hidden heart that takes patience to reach. 5 Stars: Excellent.”
– Occasionally Random Book Reviews
“Under the Pendulum Sun is an amazing debut novel from an author to watch.”
– The Illustrated Page
“A book that will pull you in about fourteen different directions and refresh your imagination.”
– Chain Interaction
“Ng's writing is first rate and this is an enjoyable, immersive book that is able both to take seriously the perspective of its Victorian characters and to show their worldview under assault from a cultural encounter for which they're wholly unfitted. It's a haunting, intricate book which is like nothing I'd read before. I'd strongly recommend it.”
– Blue Book Balloon
“The author does an excellent job of building suspense and setting throughout, and gives us interesting characters.”
– JD DeHart
"A stunningly different fantasy that mixes Crimson Peak with Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell."
– Fine Print
“Under the Pendulum Sun contains wonders and terrors, sweet love and brittle disgust. ”
– Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog
“Under the Pendulum Sun is a debut novel from a writer who knows her prose craft.”
“Really interesting and refreshing.”
– Bofinkins (vlog)
“Under the Pendulum Sun is fantastic and I can’t wait to see what Jeannette Ng writes next.”
– Pretty Terrible
About the Author
Jeannette Ng is originally from Hong Kong but now lives in Durham, UK. Her MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies fed into an interest in medieval and missionary theology, which in turn spawned her love for writing gothic fantasy with a theological twist. She runs live roleplay games and is active within the costuming community, running a popular blog.
Author hometown: Durham, UK
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You can tell Jeannette Ng has done the research on this. Not just because she has her Master's in Medieval and Renaissance studies (by the way this book takes place in 1800's) but also because of her mastery of the language. She uses the terminology these characters would have used in their time, in their place. My favorite part was that the Fae tell how long it takes to get somewhere, not with time or distance, but stories. For example, the Pale Queen commented to the Salamander that it had been too long since they'd last seen each other.
The Salamander bowed deep, her wet-seeming scales glistening. "It has been as long as it takes to tell a tale, neither long nor short."
And this really gives you an insight into the Fae mindset. If one doesn't measure time by seconds and minutes or distance in feet or meters, it really affects your interpretation of the world around you.
The best part, for me, is that everything ended up making perfect sense. When I got to the end of the book and saw the full scope of this story my jaw dropped in awe. I don't want to give any spoilers, but I will say that the Mastermind of it all has much more power, influence and insight than I had EVER thought to give them credit for! I was floored by how little I had comprehended! Don't get me wrong, the story's only told from Catherine's perspective, but still! I ended up falling into the same thought trap that she did and I almost never do that! I was so caught up in this story that I was unable to predict, unable to see, except as hindsight. IT WAS AWESOME!
I'll admit, the dark, gothic fantasy genre isn't for everyone. If you are interested in true fairy tales, like the original dark Brother's Grimm stuff, you'll probably like this. There's a lot of theology mixed with mythology that does such a wonderful job of tickling one's curiosity.
HOWEVER, I have to spoil a bit of the book in order to provide a fair warning for prospective readers. This concerns the book's focus on a very taboo sort of relationship that, when I told some of my friends about it, they reacted in disgust.
First I'll make some space so Amazon doesn't' shove this in your faces, haha.
An essential part of this book details an incestuous relationship that turns sexual. While the sex isn't graphic - being that this book is trying to emulate a time when you had to be pretty on the sly about sex - the incest is there, it's discussed, and the characters involved aren't "punished". If incest squicks you out, then I implore you to skip this book and read another with a similar theme. Perhaps you might want to check out the wonderfully weird book that's referenced within this one, by Margaret Cavendish called The Burning World. It's so wacky and there is no incest in it.
However if incest doesn't bother you, like I said the depictions of sex are very tame, and I enjoyed the book very much. But it came as a surprise to me since none of the reviews I saw mentioned it, so I just wanted to let people know in case they would have the reaction that my friends had!
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