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Khepera Rising

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The wickedest man in Africa has problems, and they can't all be solved by magic.

Occult bookshop owner and black arts magician James Edward Guillaume reckons he has it all, and enjoys living up his reputation as South Africa's "wickedest man", a nice house, a business that's breaking even and the pick of all the pretty Goth girls and boys in Cape Town.

Little does he know, a
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Kindle Edition, First edition, 209 pages
Published December 21st 2009 by Lyrical Press, Inc. (first published 2009)
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Aj
May 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
For a black magician, Goth, womanizer, drug addict, bi-sexual, marginally criminal, extremely self-satisfied punk, Jamie Guillaume is a pretty good guy. You will come to care for him very quickly because under all of that gobbelty-gook he is a person worth caring about. And one tough mother. Things that happen to this kid would kill you or me. Hell a tenth of the things that happen to him in this dark and horrifying mystery would send me running into the night, screaming at the top of my lungs. ...more
Greg Hamerton
Dec 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: horror, goth and dark magic fans
Recommended to Greg by: the author!
An incendiary work of black magic that will leave kindergoths wide-eyed.

Occultist James Edward Guillaume enjoys living up to his reputation as South Africa's wickedest man, but in so doing, he becomes a target for those who believe his esoteric arts and alternative lifestyle are the work of the devil and should be punished.

The author displays an accomplished style that gives me confidence to follow her into the dark. The protagonist, Jamie, offers a distinctive shock-rocker view of the world wit
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Tony-Paul Vissage
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book! Forget my prejudice this time. It’s almost stream-of-consciousness presentation is probably the only proper way to view the world Jamie sees. As for Jamie himself…in spite of the title tacked on him by the DPSO, which appears undeserved, he’s a likable chap. He tried to warn his friends of danger; he’s up-front about his beliefs and doesn’t try to hide how he feels. When a henchman is captured, he does everything he can to prevent the man’s death, only to lose him to a forc ...more
Zane
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spark-notes version:

Good:
Strong characters with clear motivations, fast-paced plot, descriptions are vivid and make locations come alive, powerful and relevant themes, easy-reading without sacrificing complexity

Bad:
Felt like there was a brief 10 page lull between the two high points of the novel

Considerations:
Main character is someone you'll either love or hate, some people might find the novel theme offensive

Full review:
http://www.thechemicaldream.com/blog/...
Suz
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I really enjoy Dorman's voice. It's dark and gritty and subtle and overt, and I always close one of her books hoping I may one day get to visit South Africa. Khepera Rising was no exception, in spite of the anti-hero main character and the way the end felt like a beginning, but without marketing games.

Patricia Burroughs
So, am I really going to admit that I just bought this book because the guy on the cover is cracking me up? Love this cover.

And now I've read it. This is not my usual genre, urban fantasy/horror, but I was caught up in this gritty, brutal, graphic story from the very beginning pages. Strong, evocative writing. Compelling, dark tale. Highly recommended if you're into the dark side.
Monique Snyman
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An occult bookshop owner and black arts magician called James Edward Guillaume figures that he has everything and he especially enjoyed living up to his reputation as South Africa’s “wickedest man”. He has a nice house, a business which is breaking even and he can pick and choose from the prettiest Goth girls and boys in Cape Town. However, he’s in for a big surprise when a group of violent Christo-militants has their eyes set on him, ready to destroy his carefully constructed fantasy world. To ...more
Carrie Clevenger
James “Jamie” Guillaume starts out as a thirty-something man who runs an occult shop, has a proud reputation as South Africa’s “Wickedest Man”, has his pick of all the kindergoths in town at his disposal, and wears carefully applied make-up, completing his immersion in his self-constructed fantasy world. Piece-by-piece, this meticulously-maintained environment is slowly reduced, laying bare the true man beneath the veneer and positioning him against larger-than-life adversaries.

Khepera Rising is
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Gareth
Jul 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Having read a short story involving these characters, I was looking forward to this book immensely ... but although there's potential, it's decidedly unrealised potential.

Don't get me wrong - Nerine Dorman is a great writer. Intelligent, clever use of language and narrative throughout makes this a vastly enjoyable read. The problem is that the truly interesting stuff only kicks off in the last two chapters. The rest of the book trotted along nicely, but it felt a little ... mmm ... undersold. Th
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Sonya Clark
Mar 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
The further I got in this one the more I liked it. Set in South Africa, the main character is black arts magician James Guillaume. James starts out as a thoroughly unlikable prat but as he gets more than his fair share of bad luck and trouble thrown at him - deaths, beatings, being targeted by religious fundamentalists - despite his best efforts I found myself liking him. I enjoyed the South African setting, the hypnotic scenes of magical ritual and dream sequences, and most of all getting to kn ...more
Lori Green
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was so well written and such an interesting story!

I loved the main character Jamie because he was so completely an anti-hero that at those moments when I liked him or felt sorry for him, I was disgusted with myself for it.

(Real review to follow)
Noor Jahangir
Jan 18, 2010 rated it liked it
Khepera Rising is the debut novel of South African travel writer, Nerine Dorman. When she’s not fighting off baboons with a mop, or working to tight deadlines at her day job, Nerine moonlights as an author of dark and gothic fantasy.
Khepera Rising plunders the black heart of the gothic underground movement in Cape Town, illustrating deep research and knowledge of the dark path with scary detail. Her descriptions of Cape Town are both lucid and meticulous and would fit well in an alternative tou
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Carrie Clevenger
Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
James “Jamie” Guillaume starts out as a thirty-something man who runs an occult shop, has a proud reputation as South Africa’s “Wickedest Man”, has his pick of all the kindergoths in town at his disposal, and wears carefully applied make-up, completing his immersion in his self-constructed fantasy world. Piece-by-piece, this meticulously-maintained environment is slowly reduced, laying bare the true man beneath the veneer and positioning him against larger-than-life adversaries.

Khepera Rising is
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Dorothy Shaw
May 30, 2011 rated it liked it
This book is outside of my normal genre. It's one of those reads that I can't race through, not because its not interesting, but because it's a complex world and cannot be rushed through. I have a few other authors that, when I read them, it's the same.

This is an amazingly complex story. Jamie is such an interesting character. His journey is part self destruction, part salvation. I watched with wide eyes when he began, and each domino fell systematically into the other, carrying him forward. He
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A. B. Neilly
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: magic, terror
This novel has taken me out of breath. I really didnt expect to be so concerned about Jamie, the most stupid and powerful Black Magician I have ever met. The novel has a hectic timing that makes you worry about him most of the time. The events are plenty of colourful symbols, and the author shows a deep knowledge of mythology and magic that makes the whole reading a pleasure. It has make me feel real fear, something that did not happened to me since I read "It" by Stephen King, and it has been m ...more
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Nerine Dorman is a South African author and editor of SFF currently residing in Cape Town. Her short fiction has been published in an assortment of anthologies, including the Midian Unmade: Tales of Clive Barker's Nightbreed; The Endless Ages Anthology for Vampire: The Masquerade; the Wraeththu mythos; and War Stories: New Military Science Fiction, among others. Her YA fantasy novel Dragon Forged ...more
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