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The Worm Ourorobos by [Eddison, E. R.]
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Length: 407 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled
Language: English

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A glorious, lush tale of a great war for domination set on a planet of spectacular beauty

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The Worm Ourorobos is second only to the Lord of the Rings in the pantheon of 20th century English fantasy. E.R. Eddison, who moved in the same literary circles as Tolkien, was praised by Tolkien as "The greatest and most convincing writer of 'invented worlds' that I have read".

The Worm Ourorbos was originally published in a very limited and now very rare edition in 1922. Eddison wrote three sequels set in roughly the same universe, but none of them have the sustained pacing and invention of Ouroboros.

Before diving in, there are a few things to be aware of. The rich language Eddison uses is based on Tudor and Jacobean English, with some modern anachronisms; it may take some getting used to, and occasionally a trip to the unabridged Oxford English Dictionary. The narrator, one Lessingham, who appears in a very brief framing sequence, disappears a few dozen pages in. The book is set on Mercury; however, keep in mind this is not science fiction, so this is not literally the planet Mercury. Eddison on several occasions in the body of the book calls the world 'Middle Earth', and the setting is recognizably the Midgard of the Norse myths and sagas, although for some unexplained reason the denizens worship the Greek pantheon. The cast of characters, like Tolkien, are principally masculine, albeit with a couple of standout female leads. And lastly the various nationalities (Demons, Witches, Pixies, Imps, etc.) are not really separate species as in Tolkien; they are all essentially humans.

Once you get past these details, The Worm Ouroboros is a thoroughly enjoyable book which will satisfy anyone who has finished the Lord of the Rings and wants a new immersive universe.

This Kindle edition includes a map not available in the original, for which I am solely responsible.--J.B. Hare

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1004 KB
  • Print Length: 407 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Evinity Publishing Inc (12 March 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001VKXH3K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Michael Battaglia
5.0 out of 5 starsWhere the demons are men and the witches are men and everyone really looks forward to being invaded
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