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A Bed of Earth (The Secret Books of Venus #3)

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The third book in Tanith Lee's compelling series based on alchemy and the elements focuses on the element of earth. It is a haunting journey to a parallel version of sixteenth-century Venice, where a fierce territorial rivalry between two noble families-the della Scorpias and the Barbarons-unearths a supernatural force from beneath the placid surface of the canals and rott ...more
Hardcover, 345 pages
Published August 5th 2002 by Overlook Books (first published 2002)
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Chere
The third of The Secret Books of Venus is as rich and luscious as the first two. The story is different in theme as the others, yet it is consistent in its history and setting. I feel that I know Venus so well, that I've been there myself. As before, this tale is filled with magic and vivid images and colors, a lush tapestry. It is a story of fantasy, but also a story of human emotions, most of all the transcendent power of love. It had me gripped until the end, delivering a final twist even at ...more
Lauren
Some of this book is horrifying, but there is horror all over the stories of Paradys & now Venus. I didn't care so much for the 1st 2 Venus books, because I felt they were going nowhere & lacking in substance of their own.

Book 3 tells several different stories of love, revenge, & death, & offers redemption at the end, which is rather kind of Lee considering how she has punished me in other books like Vivia or Mortal Suns.
Unwisely
I liked the first book in this series. My library doesn't own the second book in the series, so I picked this up. I ... really, really couldn't get into it. I didn't like the main character, and she was too frustratingly naive for me to get past the first 100 pages, so I finally gave up. Ugh.
Jennifer
This book is very strange. The flamingo on the cover actually kills some guy and makes a nest in his body. I'm pretty sure flamingos don't really do that.
Lynn
Great!
Even the book cover illustration reflects the story.
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Tanith Lee was a British writer of science fiction, horror, and fantasy. She was the author of 77 novels, 14 collections, and almost 300 short stories. She also wrote four radio plays broadcast by the BBC and two scripts for the UK, science fiction, cult television series "Blake's 7."
Before becoming a full time writer, Lee worked as a file clerk, an assistant librarian, a shop assistant, and a wai
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