Volves around the efforts of Prof Titus Tiggs and his allies to figure Out Why So Many why so many things are occurring such as errant drowned revenants mastiffs mutating into hybrid man beasts and
a blue flying man The real enjoyment in reading the book is in the characters and atmosphere blue flying man The real enjoyment in reading the book is in the characters and atmosphere by Barlough from the malevolent town miser Josiah Tusk to the affable but socially inept Dr Dampe to the uncompromising Miss Honeywood proprietor of the Blue Pelican In fact the denoument is anticlimactic The machinations of the bad guys are forestalled in a couple of paragraphs and the threat to Salthead avertedAnother point in the novel s favor is that it s completely self contained The second book in the series The House in the High Wood is an entirely new story with an entirely new cast of charactersIn the end I can only say that I enjoyed reading this novel and would recommend it I ve only read three paragraphs and I m already mad about this book Plus it was enthusiastically blurbed by one of my literary heroes Tim Powers If you haven t read anything he s written go right out and read Declare No really go ahead I ll waitYe are slowe going But I shalle persevereAnd we ve hit the downhill slope Sabercat attacks myriad main characters crashing into one another at last spooky occurrences black magic mastadons Stayed up too late not uite past the halfway mark HurrayAnd finally finished it Ultimately a little disappointing but well worth the time Very dense somewhat slow but very enjoyable Only for those who like Dickens What a remarkable and strange book this was It reads very much like a victorian novel say from Dickens or maybe Thackeray and yet the subject matter is like something out of HP Lovecraft Highly recommended First I would classify this book as science fiction than anything else Although it does indeed deal with the supernatural it is set after a time called the Sundering when a giant comet or asteroid or something put an end to the normal geography of the earth and illed off most of its inhabitants except for the little corner of the world wherein the story occurs Second if you want a fast food give it to me now story DO NOT pick up this book The first part in which the characters are introduced the first series of weird events take place is very slow and after having finished I can totally see why But if you are NOT a patient reader and if you don t like the sort of Victorian feel in a tale this book is NOT for you Third I totally LOVED this bookbrief plot summary no spoilersIn the vicinity of Salthead life goes on complete wi. Science fiction and dark fantasy Jeffrey E Barlough's Dark Sleeper draws the reader into a complicated plot featuring dozens of fascinating characters and culminating in a surprising and unforgettable clima. .
Jeffrey E. Barlough Ð 5 Summary1st in a fairly long apparently I lost track when they switched from Ace to a small imprint and am anxious to catch up series of extremely bizarre mystery novels set in one of the uniue world settings I ve yet to encounter A very Victorian esue civilization survives after a cataclysmic event only on the West Coast of North America The world is in an ice age replete with ice age mega fauna like sabretooth tigers giant sloths and the mastodons that pull the coaches But life in what reads like very English country villages goes on Very uniue and uite remarkable Each novel is essentially a standalone and they may be read in any order Elements of Dickens and Lovecraft and dare I say it Terry PratchettI m fairly certain that it was a review by Faren Miller in Locus that introduced me to this book and its 1st seuel The House in the High Wood and she recently reviewed the most recent volume Where the Time Goes putting me on notice that I have a lot to catch up on In an interview at Black Gate Barlough said he loves mixing genres and imagining things what if HP Lovecraft had written the Perry Mason mysteries or if MR James had created Sherlock Holmes In Dark Sleeper he did just the sort of thing It reads as if Charles Dickens wrote a fantasy mystery novelAncient terrors and ice age beasts threaten the residents of Salthead a great city on the western coast of what in our world would be Washington state On an Earth where the Ice Age never fully ended medieval England spread out earlier and further across the globe When a mysterious catastrophe struck in 1839 perhaps a comet striking the planet only the English colonists along the western coast survived With a cast of eccentric professors imperious innkeepers mysterious young men and a miser who puts Scrooge and Marley together to shame Dark Sleeper is a wonderful blast If you like Dickens Doyle Powers and Blaylock this should be right up your alley You now I read this book probably about 7 8 years ago but it has always stuck with me Its like Dickens and Lovecraft had a torrid love affair died
In Childbirth One Died Ofchildbirth one died of birthing the other died of a broken heart left their child to be raised by a a broken heart left their child to be raised by a of victorian Melodrama and Gothic viction writers and the unholy child grew up to be an Alternative history book gone uite wrong in a perfectly right ind of wayThis is with out a doubt the MOST unusual thing I ve sleepy Dark Sleeper a book that felt like it sprung from my own dreams cozy dreams of being in a warm place with a wet cold world outside a strange world full of mysteries cozy. In the fog enshrouded city of Salthead metaphysics professor Titus Tiggs and Dr Daniel Dampe investigate a series of strange impossible sightings from phantom ships and ghosts to creatures long extinct What. Mysteries a strange world like Dickens England transformed into a place locked out Of Time With Prehistoric time with prehistoric and sinister Etruscans wandering about a place with magic in the shadows uirky characters full of charm the author s fondness for his heroes made me fond of them in turn villainous characters full of malice the author s glee in creating these gargoyles made me smile along with him surprisingly deep emotions slowly filling the narrative making it less light but resonant a careful calibrated yet happily eccentric prose style always The Light Beyond the Forest keeping me engaged and interested a less than admirable but still uite lovable tomcat a story that reads as if a hobbyist decided to turn his various peculiar interests into one peculiar book peculiar but full of familiar things peculiar but wonderful I m looking forward to reading I normally only read children s fiction but the title of this book intrigued me so I had to read it I was so glad I did I could not believe Mr Barlough is not a very popularlynown name What an excellent writer Everything is just so well thought out and the story lines all converge into a wonderful tale I have read every book in the library and interloan system he has written My Mother s Day present to myself will be the 2 newest ones I found on yesterday What I found at Hoole and A Tangle in Slops I absolutely love his most intricately woven tales 45 stars It took me a while to get to this but I really loved it I love Dickens anyway and it s written in that 19th century style with evocative character names Ephraim Badger Dr Daniel Dampe plus mastodons Too Not To Mention Not to mention battle against unleashed evil forces What s not to like Reading Dark Sleeper I was reminded of The Moonstone because both authors write in a style and with a pace not often encountered in modern novels In both instances for me this was initially off putting but once I got used to it I found myself enjoying the cadences and the obvious fun the authors took in writing Upon reflection I find that this is true of Shakespeare O Brian ER Eddison and a number of my favorite authorsBut to return to the book The setting is an alternate Earth where mastodons thunder beasts and saber tooth tigers saber cats still roam the countryside A catastrophe called the sundering has laid waste the entire planet except for a relatively small region where survivors of an English colony persistThe ancient university town of Salthead is the stage where immortal Etruscan priests lucumones a prankster demi god and the uixotic mortal inhabitants act What plot there is re. They uncover is an ancient mystical evil intent on destroying every person in the townWritten in a style reminiscent of 19th century authors like Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy with tantalizing elements of.