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West of January (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Dave Duncan

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Set on a distant planet, far in the future, West of January tells the story of a world in which the sun moves across the sky with agonizing slowness. It takes lifetimes for a region to experience dawn, midday, and dusk, and because of this the planet’s population does not remember the catastrophes that occur as the sun moves across the sky—entire civilizations have been scorched into oblivion. The only people who remember the dangers of the past are the planet’s “angels”—a people who have tried to preserve past technologies and ancient knowledge, and who work to try to save the other people from the destruction that threatens them when the sun moves. The hero of this book, Knobil, was born among the herdsmen, a primitive civilization in which the men kill one another and exile their sons so that each man can have as many women and children as possible. Knobil, however, is the son of an angel, and his destiny leads him to move among all the other peoples of his world—the beautiful but unthinking seafolk, the cruel slavers, the manipulative traders, and, worst of them all, the spinsters whose deadly secret he discovers nearly too late. This action-filled story of a very strange planet showcases Duncan’s remarkable ability to create unique worlds.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1536 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 320 pages
  • Editeur : Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (1 avril 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00J2IK66O
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of Duncan's two best 25 septembre 2004
Par Norman Siebrasse - Publié sur Amazon.com
In my opinion 'West of January' and 'Shadow' are Dave Duncan's two best books. Not only are these undoubtedly the best of his single book novels, in many ways they are better than his series. My other favourite works by Duncan are his earlier series -- in particular 'A Man of His Word', 'The Great Game' and 'The Seventh Swordman'. West of January and Shadow are a distillation of what is best about Duncan; a coherent and intriguing alternative universe, excellent characterization and plotting -- plus a keen moral edge that is sometimes submerged in the storyline of his series. It's as if you took one of best series and squeezed the essence into a single book. Shadow has been re-released, and I hope the same happens to West of Janurary.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good old-fashioned lost-colony SF. 3.7 stars 27 novembre 2005
Par Peter D. Tillman - Publié sur Amazon.com
I've always liked Duncan's SF, and finally got around to this one, which was recently reissued. This is a classic hardscrabble-colony story, set on a resonance-tidelocked planet, where the habitable zone migrates around the world. In their struggle to survive, the colonists have lost most of their technology. The protag is a neolithic-level herdsman, just coming-of-age. He has an untypically upwardly-mobile career.

There are no real surprises here, but good, clean, workmanlike writing that moves right along to an implausible (but fun) power-fantasy wrapup. Recommended for frivolous relaxation.

Here's an enthusiastic review by John Toon, at Infinity Plus, link at first comment:

"This is an astonishing exercise in world-building, rich and bold in design, and a complex and emotional biography of its protagonist..."

Happy reading--

Pete Tillman
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Early Dave Duncan book -- quite good 3 mai 1999
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche|Achat vérifié
Like "Shadow," another of Dave Duncan's early books, this is the story of an iconoclastic hero set in the far future, in a world that doesn't work exactly the way ours does. In this world, because of the way the earth revolves and rotates, the sun moves across the sky with agonizing slowness. It takes lifetimes for a region to experience dawn, midday and dusk. From generation to generation, the people of this world forget the catastrophes that occur when the sun moves -- except for the "angels," people who have preserved the ancient knowledge and work to try and save the other people from the destruction that threatens them when the sun moves. The hero of this book, Knobil, was born among the herdsmen, a savage race where the men kill each other and exile their sons so that every man can have as many women and children as possible. Knobil, however, is the son of an angel, and his destiny soon takes him among all the other people of his world -- the beautiful but mindless seafolk, the cruel slavers, the wily traders, the terrible spinsters whose secret he discovers nearly too late.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Brilliant and Depressing 13 janvier 2014
Par technomance - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This book has stayed with me for years. It's one of my favorites, and and the same time I dreaded reviewing it because everything about it depresses me.

As I've said before, Duncan has a gift for creating planets, orbital elements down to culture. The reason for this is that function *must* follow structure; people are shaped by their environment, their language, culture and lives must fit into their world.

My depression is caused by two things. First, the MC's life, which is just plain...tragic, threaded through with pain he cannot escape. With grief - normal grief, and emotional pain, we see at least the promise of respite...and none of it his his fault. Life sucks, and then the sun stops shining, and would you like a silk scarf with that?

Secondly, the human mind *must* have some lingering attachment to normative Earth-rhythms, circadian and otherwise, because the very vividness with which Duncan creates his planet means I experience the odd disconnect, almost horror, regarding the planet's "days"--solar movement, its consequences...West of January. It's like having Seasonal Affective Disorder via proxy.

The blurb up there doesn't do this book justice.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Yet another wonderful world from Dave Duncan 20 août 2009
Par Lisa Gordon - Publié sur Amazon.com
West of January is science fiction because it is a possible future, but the story is set on a distant world where descendants of the human race struggle to survive. Duncan has created a whole new world with an interesting mythos evolved out of what is remembered of our human race. As always, he tugs at the reader's imaginations with just enough familiarity to make his visions completely different and unique. The world stands up on its own, and again as always, his characters are engaging - perhaps not exactly heroic, perhaps not completely evil.

I enjoyed the book quite a bit and found it to be more fully fleshed than some of Duncan's earlier alternate worlds.
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