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Darker Angels

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  59 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Nominated for the Bram Stoker Award, Darker Angels takes the reader from the bloodstained battlefields of Virginia to the slave auctions of Haiti. As Abraham Lincoln lies in state in new York, the widow of the famous abolitionist has a chance encounter with the poet Walt Witman, who has an astonishing tale to tell. Edgar Allan Poe, Lord Byron, and Marie Laveau, the legenda ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 3rd 1999 by Tom Doherty Associates (first published 1997)
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David
Nov 01, 2013 David rated it really liked it
Somtow is one of the unsung masters of horror. Where else can you get an historical fiction novel of the civil war with guest spots from Lincoln, Whitman, Byron, a shaped shifting Panther woman, and Zombies galore all wrapped up in a symbolic statement to the horrors of war written by a Thai author.
Dave Roberts
Jun 11, 2010 Dave Roberts rated it it was ok
I love books that are a lot of work to read, as long as there is some reward in that work. I just didn't feel it, with this one. Were I a fan of historical fiction in general, I might have liked this one more. But something in the tone was off for me throughout, and the confusion created by the nesting stories wasn't nearly as compelling as it should have been.
Eliel
May 02, 2008 Eliel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By no means is this an easy book to read. Each time one gets a sense of who the characters are, one of them takes to telling a story that brings new characters into the fold.

It's the very recursive nature of the book that made me like it so much in the end. I do admit to hating it somewhat in the middle, though for the same reason. But I got over it and I ended up liking it.
Μιχάλης
Jul 26, 2012 Μιχάλης rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Moondance it is not, but quite a fascinating read. The story-within-a-story-within-a-story structure is getting tiring at times, but there are some scenes throughout the book that make it worth reading.
Ευθυμία Δεσποτάκη
Οι κατά περίπτωση μεμονωμένες ιστορίες είναι χαριτωμένα ενδιαφέρουσες. Η επιλογή της τεχνικής αφήγησης όμως είναι πολύ κουραστική και προσωπικά με άφησε με έναν μόνιμο εκνευρισμό. Η δε κατάληξη μάλλον αδύναμη, παρά την όποια τρυφερή της πρόθεση.
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Called by the Bangkok Post "the Thai person known by name to most people in the world," S.P. Somtow is an author, composer, filmmaker, and international media personality whose dazzling talents and acerbic wit have entertained and enlightened fans the world over.

He was Somtow Papinian Sucharitkul in Bangkok. His grandfather's sister was a Queen of Siam, his father is a well known international la
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