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3.16  ·  Rating Details ·  31 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
In a world turned upside-down by civil war and fading dogma, the Absence--an unstable void of nothingness--is absorbing people and territory into an irretrievable limbo. Now a failed seminarian must again believe in the holy Text to save his family from this terrible fate. But with the enchantments of the Absence so great and all-encompassing, how can one lone man hope to ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Roc
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Jan 30, 2015 Bill rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
In a world based on the north-central Ohio valley in which William Blake's Milton is considered a holy text, what's not to love? English majors and lovers of the Romantic movement will geek out, but there's a lot to enjoy in Arcady for everyone.

The headiness of the interspersed Milton passages is lightened with just the right dose of slapstick, and the magic parts are well-written and follow their internal rules well.

The climactic scene is a little disappointing, though. There seem to be two c
May 28, 2012 Macha rated it really liked it
4 & 1/2 stars. i liked this book a whole lot. it reminded me of the good old days when Lin Carter's Ballantyne Fantasy series first came out: opening all those books for the first time, that felt a lot like opening this one. It's a Borderland fantasy: bit of James Branch Cabell, bit of William Morris, that kind of thing. i was so disappointed to discover a whole lot of people didn't like it at all. it's a very literate book though: the text of magic is John Milton, augmented by the ...more
Peter Greenwell

I normally like weird, but not when it's disjointed and incoherent. Even going down the postmodernist close reading route didn't work.
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Interesting and unique book. I enjoyed reading it, but not as much as I wanted to, the story is a bit unfocused.
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Michael Williams was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and through good luck and a roundabout journey through New England, New York, Wisconsin, Britain and Ireland, has ended up less than thirty miles from where he began. Over the past 20 years, he has written a number of strange novels, from the early WEASEL'S LUCK and GALEN BEKNIGHTED in the best-selling DRAGONLANCE series to the more recent lyrical ...more
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