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In the last days of a dying city, the decadent chatelaine chooses a forbidden lover, separating twin outcasts and setting them on trajectories that might finally bring down the palace. Then, screaming from the skies, a lone god reappears and a limbless prophet is carried through South Gate, into Nowy Solum, with a message: beyond the city, something ancient has come awake.
Paperback, 300 pages
Published May 15th 2011 by ChiZine Publications (first published January 1st 2011)
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Apr 18, 2016 added it
Shelves: sf
Ovo je dekadentno bizarni (bizarno dekadentni?) roman od one sorte koju je izuzetno teško "izvući" kako treba - SF ali smešten u takvo okruženje/vremensku udaljenost/štagod da deluje kao epska fantastika. Vidi Knjigu Novog sunca. Osim što je ovo mnogo bizarno dekadentnije. Odnosno, negde od početka pa do kraja mi se u glavi vrtela priča Vonde Mekintajer, Mala lica, i *njena* vizija simbiotskih svemirskih brodova (i ovo je otprilike jedino što ću da kažem o radnji jer se to saznaje na prve dve st ...more
Apr 23, 2014 added it
If David Lynch and Sheri S. Tepper had a son together, he might write like Brent Hayward. I am loving this beautiful, strange story so, so very much.

Science fiction at it's best. This was an enthralling story, written almost poetically. I can't wait to read more of Mr. Hayward's books.
Jun 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers:

The clouds over (the once great) city of Nowy Solum have not parted in a hundred years, ever since the Gods have left or died. Within its great castle, the chatelaine spends her days in drunken orgies; her father, the castellan, retired from the decision-making process, indulges in disturbing biological research. On the streets outside, social divide slowly corrupts and destroys its citizens while on the undergrou
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book, I just made an account to give it a good review after reading the unfair "Oh I read ten pages, it was confusing" reviews on here.

This book intentionally throws you into the midst of vibrant, fully formed non-earth world. It doesn't hold your little hand and tell you how this universe works. But the scenes are set beautifully, and all you have to do is quiet your inner voice saying "wtf?" and just go along for a scenic ride - you are given all the information you need
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 stars for the narrative, 4 stars for its emotional impact on me

My reading habits seem to be evolving. Again. I'm veering away from most fantasy and immersing myself more in science fiction. I'm increasingly restless, requiring books that command my full attention. I've become quite the masochistic reader-- reveling in narratives that make my brain hurt, expanding it beyond familiar and comfortable limits. Perhaps the brain is like the stomach, increasing brain food intake results in a gain in
Apr 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
First published in June of 2011, Canadian author Brent Hayward’s second novel entitled ‘The Fecund’s Melancholy Daughter’ found itself within ideal company with ChiZine Publications.

DLS Synopsis:
The once great city of Nowy Solum is slowly decaying from the inside out. After the Gods deserted the city, the citizens of Nowy Solum took to a new, more bitter and self-involved way of life. Within the confines of her great castle, the city’s chatelaine spends her days and nights partaking in drunken o
Tom II
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a good classic style science fiction book, not predictable, easy to read, and detailed enough to pull you into this world without getting lost in a seemingly alien world.
Codi Boone-murphy
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
I'm not too sure what happened.
Dec 21, 2016 rated it liked it
I loved the setting, the writing and the characters. Brent Hayward has such a wonderful imagination! But I found the ending dissatisfying. Darn.
Hal Bodner
Aug 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
I believe in full disclosure when assigning a two-or-less star review to a book. Therefore, I want to confess up front that I was unable to finish this book. I gamely gave it a hundred pages, just shy of half way, before giving up.

In fairness,the book was well written. Unfortunately, there is no star rating equivalent to "Nice work even though I disliked it intensely."

Is the book pretentious? I cannot say for sure. It certainly seems to be, at first blush. Yet there is a genuine quality to the w
Kat K.
Jun 29, 2012 rated it liked it
This novel was an interesting read. The way the "chapters" bounce back and forth without introduction makes it a bit difficult to keep up with the changes, but somehow it held my interest. The world that Hayward creates is also a bit removed from anything I can really relate to, which I believe is the point, but it also makes it difficult to latch onto the story line until I was able to kind of pick up a knowledge base within the world. I didn't necessarily find this read compelling, but it was ...more
May 31, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book felt really too all over the place for me. I often couldn't figure out what was happening or where it was happening, and sometimes the plot threads were too far apart for me to be able to realize that they were the same plot line. While it did eventually come together, not everything the story brought up was explained. When did the gods die?! It seemed like the sisters were doing pretty good...and what was the fecund's baby? WAS it a miscarriage??
Also, I think the story was maybe just
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
Hayward's turn of phrase is very unique and very descriptive, and this is probably why I hung in and finished this book, even though it is really very confusing. Most of the book I felt kind of baffled, thinking that I might have missed something that made it clearer, and at the end, I felt like I must have many incomplete threads. It's refreshing, however, to read something really rather unique in the science fiction realm.
Sep 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
Super confusing. Still didn't understand what was going on after ten pages.
Jul 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Very interesting book with unusual concepts; very confusing ending (to me at least).
Nov 26, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This is copy 3 of 35 signed numbered copies.
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Author of the novels Filaria ('08), The Fecund's Melancholy Daughter ('11), and Head Full of Mountains ('14), and of several shorter fictions, collected in Broken Sun, Broken Moon ('19).

UK born, raised in Montreal, lived in LA for a spell and as an expat in Poland. Currently resides in Toronto.

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