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Collected here for the first time, Avram Davidson's six Jack Limekiller stories create a rich and colorful world where the magical and inexplicable coexist with the outboard motor and the escalation of the American war in Vietnam. British Hidalgo is "a place that you can put your arms around," welcoming and friendly to the visitor, but uncanny beings dwell in the bush and ...more
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by Old Earth Books
(first published November 1st 2003)
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I just finished reading this book for the third time, and I'll read it again. It's a collection of six stories concerning the adventures of a sailer in a Central American nation 'small enough to put your arms around.' Based on the author's experiences, the plots of the stories are fairly humdrum horror. But they draw on a well of erudition far beyond what you normally see, and the simple stories are elaborately decorated with discursive loops of exposition, marvelously rendered sensory details, ...more
Fantastic, immersive, probably anecdotal work. Like ghost stories written by a tropical Charles Bukowski, except way better. Highly recommended. This collection and the author were recommended in another collection (Year's Best SF?). This was so good it made me read his excellent unhistory book as well. In fact if I ever find another Avram Davison book while browsing, I'll probably just get it and worry how good it is later.
Davidson's writing is absorbing. His ear for dialect is admirable, and his prose is rich and eloquent. I felt that whatever supernatural quality existed in the story collection was somewhat subsumed by the overwhelming character of the region in which they are set, but that is a small nit to pick. Overall a very satisfying read!
Avram Davidson was an American Jewish writer of fantasy fiction, science fiction, and crime fiction, as well as the author of many stories that do not fit into a genre niche. He won a Hugo Award and three World Fantasy Awards in the science fiction and fantasy genre, a World Fantasy Life Achievement award, and a Queen's Award and an Edgar Award in the mystery genre. Davidson edited The Magazine of ...moreMore about Avram Davidson...