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The Stone War

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  54 ratings  ·  14 reviews
John Tietjen loves New York City like life itself. But while he's out of town at a conference, confused reports come out of the city. Millions of refugees are streaming out, each bearing contradictory tales of fire, earthquake, explosions, collapse. Making his perilous way back, he gathers a few survivors and establishes a shelter. But the full nature of the catastrophe is...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published June 15th 2000 by Tor Books (first published 1999)
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This may be one of the most unusual fantasy novels I've ever read. I loved it. It's somewhat-contemporary, and set in a city, and the city is central to the story. Think "Wizard of the Pigeons", or "The City, Not Long After". I'm calling it somewhat contemporary because it's in no way the common fantasy novel setting, with vaguely medieval social and economic qualities. Nor is it what's now called urban fantasy, with a hot babe battling elves, witches or whatever.

It's set in a future New York w...more
Nov 16, 2007 Wealhtheow rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who want to build a new society on the bones of the old
John loves New York City, which has grown so dangerous that all but the poorest residents hire armed guards and build gates around their neighborhoods. No one, not even his beloved sons, understands his affection for a place everyone else wants to escape. While he is away on business, earthquakes and fires abruptly raze the city. John heads against the tide of refugees (this part of the book is probably the most effective) toward the city, to find his family and discover what happened. He finds...more
Dana Stabenow
A spooky book. In the unfortunately not too distant future, architect John Tietjen lives in and loves New York City, in spite of the homeless on every street, and the gangs on every other street, and the security guards on every street corner. Then things really go to the dogs. When John is out of town on a job, some mysterious force unleashes true evil on the city by way of earthquakes, flooding, and a horrific force creating monsters of many of the few people left living. John makes his way ba...more
As Robins' novel begins, a near-future New York is essentially under armed guard. Citizens are subject to ID checks as they traverse from neighborhood to neighborhood. Gangs roam the night freely and without consequence; law enforcement is minimal and ineffective. Central Park is no man's land. The homeless population has exploded -- although Robins never gives an explanation, she leaves the impression that middle-class families have been priced completely out of adequate housing. Those with suf...more
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This has been on my shelf for years, and wasn't what I had expected. I thought it would be a sci-fi/fantasy novel, but it fits more in with Stephen King or Dean Koontz. A furturistically dangerous NYC is destroyed by a series of inexplicable disasters--earthquakes, fires, floods--and the hordes of forgotten street people are somehow changed into monsters, bent upon revenge. The rest of the book reminded me heavily of King's The Stand--where everyday people are forced into an epic battle of good...more
Post-apocalyptic NYC, fantasy version. I guess a New Yorker mirror of Pat Murphy's San Francisco inThe City, Not Long After (a book I adore). This was, excellent in parts, not in parts. I disagree vehemently with Maureen McHugh's blurb -- the bit she cites as "the hand of a master at work" I could barely choke down. But there are some truly lovely moments as well.
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Jan 29, 2012 Electric Landlady rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: city lovers; fans of Emma Bull, Charles de Lint, Seanan McGuire, and the Bordertown books.
This is the sort of classic urban fantasy that has nearly (though not quite, thankfully) vanished: the kind where the "urban" part is as important as the "fantasy" part, not merely chicks in leather kicking supernatural butt. A wonderful story about community and the love of cities - specifically, New York. Loved it.
Brenda Pike
This book reminds me a bit of The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue, a fantastical book that isn't really about what it's about. It's less plot-driven and more character musing, a slow read but well worth it.
A serendipitous find for a quick vacation read...that ended up being much deeper than I had expected. Thought-provoking urban fantasy that gets at the power of place, the power of suppressed emotion. It really comes into its own with these themes during part three.
I almost never read fantasy, but really enjoyed this- now looking back to when I read it, 1999, before 9-11, it kind of gives me an eerie feeling! I might not like it if I read it in 2008.
An architect returns from a short business trip to find disaster has befallen his beloved city. Lovely writing, engaging plot and very believable characters. A must read!
Lisa Murray
This was tough for me to get into and I didn't like the closing, but I was completely immersed through the story. Definitely a page turner!
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Writing gives Madeleine Robins the chance to focus on many of her ruling passions: cities, history, swordplay, the history of disease, and the future of mankind–with a side order of historical costuming and infrastructure (urban plumbing is far more interesting than you’d think).

Born in New York City, the Author has been, in no particular order, a nanny, a teacher, an actor and stage-combatant, an...more
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