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No Present Like Time Hardcover – 21 April 2005
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Another year in mankind's war for survival against the insects. God is still on holiday, the Emperor still leads and his cadre of immortals are still quarreling amongst themselves.
It is known that the insects are reaching the Fourlands from the Shift but now mankind just has to do something about it. And in the meantime attention shifts to new lands and a naval expedition is launched.
And Jant, the Emperor's drug-addicted winged messanger is expected to join it. Just perfect for a man terrified of ships and the sea.
Steph Swainston's trilogy is building to be a landmark of modern fantasy. This is a wildly imaginative, witty yet profound fantasy, peopled with bizarre yet real characters.
For my money Swainston is one of the best British authors writing in any genre. She has a facility with language and a genius for plot and character which Booker prize winners could, and should, be envious of. The Hobbs, Brookses and Feists of this world may well outsell it, but this will be the outstanding fantasy book of the year by a country mile (Publishing News)
An uncompromisingly classy act. (THE GUARDIAN)
¿NO PRESENT LIKE TIME is a welcome return to the world Swainston put on paper so delectably first time round. Whereas THE YEAR OF OUR WAR centred on ¿ you guessed it ¿ a war, NO PRESENT LIKE TIME has more of a political edge, embossed with flawless, deep characterization. (This is) an extremely unusual, familiar yet at the same time extraordinarily original novel. There¿s joy to discover on every page, even if that page does involve some poor fool getting his read ripped off¿ (Jayne Dearsley SFX)
"Once again, Steph Swainston has created a remarkable work of fantasy, both refreshing and enjoyable. It is great to see such a revitalisation of the genre with brilliant new authors like her leading the way." (OUTLAND)
- Publisher : Gollancz (21 April 2005)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0575070064
- ISBN-13 : 978-0575070066
- Dimensions : 16.2 x 3.1 x 24.1 cm
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However, this isn't a bad thing. There's charm in a book which doesn't oversimplify everything and all events told are well written.
The novel's characters are what really brings this 'fantasy' novel to life and it'll appeal to a much wider range of readers than most books in this genre.
Well worth a read and I'm looking forward to seeing what else Steph Swainston writes.
Some of the best and most original fantasy you'll ever read.
8.5 / 10
Author of "Half Discovered Wings"