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The Fallen Country

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Billy Binder lived in a very different world from the other kids as school. It was a place of eternal cold, a land of snow dragons and ice princesses ruled by a dark figure called the Ringmaster. A world without hope, without fear, without pain, where anger was the greatest weapon, the greatest strength.. It was a desolate forsaken place, but it was better than the real wo ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 0 pages
Published March 1st 1986 by Spectra
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Jan 02, 2013 Meizhangza rated it liked it
I read the Thai translation of the story, not the English one. So there might be some mistakes in the names of people and places and spellings.

This story is quite satirizing. All the fantasy settings are not convincing enough. For the whole time of reading this, I was thinking of the fallen country as Billy's imagination that is made solid, in the story, just because he believes in it so strongly and so do his friends. It's more like illusion experienced by a group of people. The country does no
Mar 04, 2013 Rick rated it it was amazing
A modern classic of fiction for young people. Like Rowling, Somtow writes children's literature without talking down to the reader. Far too many books for young people make the mistake of thinking that children can't understand what they read. Somtow let's the story unfold on it's own with out needing to censor reality. It's a pity that his work doesn't get the recognition that it deserves. Adding the original short story is a nice touch for this edition, but the novel is a true masterpiece.
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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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