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The Book of Skulls by Robert Silverberg
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Mar 11, 12

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Read in January, 1978

My favorite Silverberg novel...and that is saying a lot. Silverberg is one of the finest writers to come out of science fiction and fantasy. The Book of Skulls is both one of his straighter fiction tales and, at the same time, the most esoteric. The plot concerns four college students on a journey to find a hidden monastery in Arizona. (There's more of those in Arizona than you would think!) They are motivated by a promise of immortality. However for two to gain this, one must die by his own hand and one must be murdered. The novel is told in first person with the alternating chapters taking the viewpoint of each of the four seekers. Aside from being great storytelling, the book is also a graduate class in the art of the character study. It is unfortunate that this book is so hard to find but it is definitely worth seeking out.
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