A Shadow All of Light Author Fred Chappell are Books Fred Davis Chappell
A Shadow All of Light Author Fred Chappell are Books Fred Davis Chappell retired after 40 years as an English professor at University of North Carolina at Greensboro He was the Poet Laureate of North Carolina from 1997 2002 He attended Duke University.His 1968 novel Dagon, which was named the Best Foreign Book of the Year by the Academie Fran aise, is a recasting of a Cthulhu Mythos horror story as a psychologically realistic Southern Gothic.His literary awards include the Prix de Meilleur des Livres Etrangers, the Bollingen Prize, and the T S Eliot Prize.. In the province of Tlemia, where human shadows are powerful commodities, an apprentice shadow thief embarks on an extraordinary adventure.This stylish, episodic fantasy novel, in the mode of classic Jack Vance, follows the exploits of Falco, a young man from the country, who arrives in the port city of Tardocco with the ambition of becoming an apprentice to a master shadowIn the province of Tlemia, where human shadows are powerful commodities, an apprentice shadow thief embarks on an extraordinary adventure.This stylish, episodic fantasy novel, in the mode of classic Jack Vance, follows the exploits of Falco, a young man from the country, who arrives in the port city of Tardocco with the ambition of becoming an apprentice to a master shadow thief Maestro Astolfo, whose mysterious powers of observation would rival those of Sherlock Holmes, sees Falco s potential and puts him through a grueling series of physical lessons and intellectual tests.Falco s adventures coalesce into one overarching story of con men, monsters, ingenious detection, cats, and pirates A wry humor leavens this fantastical concoction, and the style is as rich and textured as one would hope for from Chappell, a distinguished poet as well as a World Fantasy Award winning fantasy writer.. A viral Ebook A Shadow All of Light Maybe it's just that I read 'Ill Met in Lankhmar' just recently, but I don't think so. This book really brings Fritz Leiber and his ilk to mind, harking back intentionally to the swords and sorcery of an earlier era. The episodic structure and 'low fantasy' theme are similar to the Fafhrd and The Grey Mouser tales. The language that it's told in definitely references Jack Vance. (Think: a liberal sprinkling of archaic and 'ten-cent' words in the midst of an otherwise informal, chatty narrative.)As far as that goes, YMMV. I know many people love Vance's writing style and laud it to the heavens. I personally have tended to find his prose stylings annoying. However, I actually found the language here amusing, because it fit with the narrator's personality of a belatedly-educated man with the desire to impress his readers.This narrator is known as Falco, a onetime 'country bumpkin' who came to the big city with the goal - in which he succeeds - of convincing the notorious shadow master (or thief?) Maestro Astolfo to take him on as an apprentice. In this world, shadows are a commodity. They can be separated from their owners, bought and sold, used for disguise or other purposes. Much of the trade in shadows is less than wholly legitimate.In this volume, Falco tells us a series of tales, spanning a couple of decades, of his various adventures (and misadventures) working for and with the Maestro. Sorceresses, pirates, burglaries, assassins, booby traps, magicked jewels, double-crosses and suchlike accoutrements of fantasy adventures all make their appearances.Many thanks to Tor and NetGalley for the opportunity to read. As always, my opinion is solely my own.