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Neil Gaiman Presents did an audio version of this over on Audible. Consists of several related short stories set in a radically different 20th Century England and world under the thumb of the all powerful Roman Catholic Church. Likewise, after the short prologue, the book contains six stories and a coda. Almost two decades later, the ending doesn’t make sense to me any more, though it was perfectly mind-blowing to me at the time. I liked this one a lot also.

Use of Weapons Culture. Something stately and pointless, with all its steps set out.

If unfreedom is the price of mystery, is it worth paying? Next, the Strange Family again, now another generation, in which the family marries into the Lord of Purbeck’s family through the daughter.

The setting is an alternate historical timeline. The great mass of people exist roberte the bottom of a highly stratified society based on class, trade and guild membership — the societal structure of the Middle Ages lives on mostly unchanged. But by the middle of the twentieth century widespread mutterings were making themselves heard.

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View all 7 comments. The Coda has some twists but there are some things something in the stories that forecast what is learned in the Coda, but it is easily missed and more easily seen in hindsight!


His obituaries are eager to praise the former and point out the latter. There are also the reminders of light in the darkness, whether from traction engines travelling across the Dorset countryside at dead of night, the torches on the signalling towers for winter messages, the lights on the White Boat anchored offshore, Brother John working at his lithography at all hours or the glow-worms that individuals spot in the ditches surrounding Corfe Castle. A fantasy element crops up from time to time that I could have done without and while the tone of the stories robert largely melancholy, an uplifting Coda is tacked on to the end novel that feels out of place.

On the bright side, it has continually been reprinted and is very easy to find. There are boats, but they are old fashioned sailboats or rowboats.

England became a Catholic country, under the strong rule of the Pope. The small personal stories are less interesting. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. You will see pavanf, lyrical verse, pavvane plots, intensely drawn characters. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The novel is set in England during the late 20th Century and a brief prologue sets up the premise: Instead, we are given brief glimpses of this fascinating alternate world that left me wanting more.

The book has haunted me since, and when it finally came back into print, Jay got me a copy for a recent birthday. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Maybe you have to be a bit of a connoisseur to be able to distinguish the subtleties inherent in this work of high art.

Who knew that an alternate history could be written with such beautiful prose?

This review has been robeerts because it contains spoilers. With the use of petroleom prohibited, steam driven trucks dominate the haulage industry. Jan 19, Jon rated it really liked it.


Either way, it leaves the reader scratching his head and wishing Roberts had just stopped after the last story. Cancel reply Enter your comment here The author also delves into the pagan past of what once was. Get to Know Us. The light gleamed in dull spindle shapes, here from the strappings of a boiler, there from the starred boss of a flywheel.

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Having just finished it, I would rank it with some of the best S. It would not seem out of place in the early s, except that other technologies ARE robers, but forbidden.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Dorset is a truly beautiful part of the world and at times the author gave the county a certain poetical atmosphere that was a delight to read. The stories are uneven, some being much better than others. In “Lords and Ladies,” Margaret Strange toys with a wealthy young man whose world is alien to hers. The inquisition needs drawings of their workings.

Yes,it was written in the early s. As the twentieth-century progresses, the Church maintains a firm grip on Western pavae, limiting technological and scientific development. The Protestant religion pavae crushed and the Catholic Church of the Spanish Inquisition becomes t Pavane is an alternate history story. The six Measures themselves are captivating.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The superstitions of the rural peoples is rberts in the background with some beautifully written prose about the Old Ones. And thanks for the cover illustrations. It is a tribute to the quality of Roberts’ writing that this world appears to have a strong internal consistency.

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