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Chase the Morning

(The Spiral #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  263 ratings  ·  25 reviews
During a nostalgic visit to the docksides of his youth, Steve, an unassuming import/export agent, steps into another universe, where buccaneers, demigods, and mythic heroes mingle. Reprint.
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 1992 by The Hearst Corporation (first published 1990)
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Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-read, read-in-2013
I have loved this book for a fairly long time now, but have not re-read it in a rather long time, leading to some sweating over the possibility of the Suck Fairy waving her wand. Fortunately, overall that was an unnecessary concern...

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This is still a rollicking fun adventure story. Pirates! Evil! Rescues! Fights! Sailing ships!!

I still adore the concept of ships that can set off at dawn or dusk into the cloud archipelago, and that places exist in both the Core and the Rim. That is, places
I liked it for the atmosphere, and the idea that is at the base of it – that at the edges of our world exist everything else, and you can find it by turning another street, and that ships are sailing into the sky to go to strange places where time and space bleed together.
Apr 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful novel about a hapless middle-management type who finds himself inexplicably transported from modern Britain to an alternate world Caribbean full of pirates, voodoo, adventure and romance.
Glen Engel-Cox
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
A fun novel, recommended to me by Bob Gore, who knew that I liked pirates (especially as seen in Tim Powers’ On Stranger Tides). Bob said that Chase the Morning wasn’t as good, and he was right, but it was still worth reading, and worth examining to discover why it isn’t as good.

First off, the story. Steve’s a hollow young urban professional in some modern European city in which the residents speak English, visit pubs, drive nifty sports cars fast, and engage in shipping and receiving. Steve dec
Adam Windsor
Michael Scott Rohan has a gift for evocative text. He paints vivid pictures with his words, and that's one of the real strengths of this book. The other is Mad Mall, who is great fun as a character. It's not a book without flaws, though. I can certainly see what he was going for with his 80s yuppie protagonist, but understanding that didn't make me warm to the man all that much more - especially in some moments where the racial and gender attitudes of that era come through. Also, the prose can s ...more
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Read.

I read this book ages ago and I was glad to find it again. It had the same hold on me as the first time I read it and I am looking forward very much to read I g the next on in the series.
Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
While perfectly enjoyable, this came as somewhat of a disappointment to me. I really wanted to really like, but instead I just enjoyed it. Better than OK, it comes nowhere near the excellence that is Rohan's work on the Winter of the World trilogy, which I have to admit, I did not fall in love with the first time I read it. Unusually, I found myself wanting to give this book a full five stars because of previous reading experiences, but ended up steadily shaving off a few points here and there, ...more
Edoardo Albert
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Have you ever felt, with a sense verging on a conviction, that if you just took a different turning or went down another street, that you could simply walk right out of this world? Do you suspect that some among the lost and the disappeared, those who go and never come back, are some who did exactly that? Have you felt the shift of the world's scenery and thought that, for a moment, you glimpsed the other scenes upon other stages?

I have. I don't know if Michael Scott Rohan did to, before his de
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
I read this when it first came out and loved it. Re-reading it, the idea of sailing away on the dawn light east of the sun and west of the moon is as magical as ever. The message was a little more heavy handed than I remember though.
Mar 12, 2020 rated it liked it
A pretty confusing read, but really creative. I'm interested to see how the second book picks up from here. I except most of the same characters. ...more
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book (and the two others in the trilogy) have a lot to answer for - especially in the eyes of my parents. I loved this book from the first time I read it - despite the first person narration - due to the brilliant characters and writing style. The plot, featuring as it does, pirates, voodoo and a variety of locations will probably feel more familiar to people post POTC than it did to 17 yr old me. I loved the way in which our lead character - essentially a corporate shell by choice - is dra ...more
Dec 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful book but it's not for teens. And not because it's boring or complicated, nothing like that, it's about the identification with the main character. I really felt like I was akin to Steve, where life is perfect by the normal standards but you remember those childhood days when everything was surprising and on summer days the time felt like goo and eyes were sparkling with wonder.

What is this book about? Pirates? Yes, formally speaking. But for me it was mostly about feeling ali
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Can not say i hated it but i surly didn't like it that much. The author's use of old and made up language makes this book hard to read. If the author had not resorted to this tactic and stuck with plain English the book would definitely be much more enjoyable. The story it self though was interesting what one can make of it that is. It is quite confusing, and leaves one shaking their head thinking "Wtf". 2 stars.. Because like i said ..I didn't hate it.. But i didn't like it all that much. So it ...more
Alan Denham
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: just-paper
Brilliant book (first of a trilogy, with some associated shorts). This is a nice approach to a parallel worlds scenario, with the earth we know at the centre of The Spiral - and things getting wierder the further from the centre you get, with much of the action for this first one set in the days of sail - Nelson's Navy rather than Tea Clippers. A limited amount of credible magic, principally Voodoo, and a lot of nice twists on obscure bits of folklore. Michael Scot Rohan has found his strength! ...more
Jonathon Dean
Slow, flowery prose. I genuinely didn't care about any of the characters or what happened to them. The central plot was a quest to rescue a character we'd barely met, launched upon by an apathetic office drone. Combine that with 40+ pages per chapter, and it felt like a chore for the most part. ...more
May 04, 2011 marked it as didnotfinish
I stopped about 2/3 of the way through - I just didn't care whether the rescue was successful or if the main went home or stayed or what was about to happen on the next page. Just, meh. I guess I just wasn't in the mood for it. ...more
May 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Been a while since I've read this book, it's a long time favourite. But reading it now the "real world" sections feel terribly dated whilst the fantasy section is as strong as ever. It's a strange contrast. ...more
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clear writing, great characters, superb dialogues, brilliant magic and more than that - a work that ponders with the 'emptiness' we feel, stuck in a rut of salary-rent/mortgage-date-love-children life, against a backdrop of a swashbuckling adventure story. Absolutely loved it. ...more
May 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very good book. Pirates, loas, zombies, magic, sailing ship battles, a demon, Wolves, and a businessman named Steve -- there's something for almost everyone. The battle between magicians was fascinating and different than any I'd read before. ...more
Ice Bear
Feb 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Readable for holidays
Jens Walter
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Das Buch hat mich sofort in seinen Bann gezogen. Die Idee, dass alte Orte eine Verbindung in die Vergangenheit behalten, fand und finde ich immer noch ich großartig.
Bill Kte'pi
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the most intriguing takes on the "hidden world" trope I've read, though I'm ambivalent about the way voodoo is handled here. ...more
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dave Millard
Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Once in a while I like a good fantasy book, and this one I really enjoyed. The concept of an alternate universe sort of blended into ours was a cool concept, and fun to read.
Tim Boman
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A favorite, I've read it several times. ...more
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Michael Scott Rohan (born 1951 in Edinburgh) was a Scottish fantasy and science fiction author and writer on opera.

He had a number of short stories published before his first books, the science fiction novel Run to the Stars and the non-fiction First Byte. He then collaborated with Allan J. Scott on the nonfiction The Hammer and The Cross (an account of Christianity arriving in Viking lands, not t

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