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Vellum: The Book of All Hoursby Hal Duncan
Synopses & Reviews
An extraordinary, incendiary debut from a rare new talent, Vellum showcases a complex and sophisticated level of writing coupled with a fecund imagination that defies description.
It's 2017 and angels and demons walk the earth. Once they were human; now they are unkin, transformed by the ancient machine-code language of reality itself. They seek The Book of All Hours, the mythical tome within which the blueprint for all reality is transcribed, which has been lost somewhere in the Vellum — the vast realm of eternity upon which our world is a mere scratch.
The Vellum, where the unkin are gathering for war.
The Vellum, where a fallen angel and a renegade devil are about to settle an age-old feud.
The Vellum, where the past, present, and future will collide with ancient worlds and myths.
And the Vellum will burn...
"Scottish author Duncan's challenging SF debut, the first in a two-book series about an epic battle between good and evil, reveals the history of the advanced, ancient and powerful civilization of Kur through Egyptian, Babylonian and East Indian myth as well as bitmites, cyber-avatars and warring bands of fallen angels. A book, The Vellum (aka The Book of All Hours), is both portal to parallel realities and guide to a language of power that can be both inscribed in the skin and on the soul. Since individual characters like Seamus Finnan, Jack Carter, Thomas Messenger and Thomas's sister, Phreedom, whose lives are destroyed, prolonged and forever scarred by contact with a realm called the Vellum, tend to appear and reappear at intervals often 20 or 40 years apart, their adventures in the human, parallel and cyber universes can be hard to follow. Readers who persevere will find this a truly rewarding read." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Duncan's version of a battle among the messengers of divinity proves fascinating as it takes unexpected turns within the framework of ancient myths." Booklist
"The characters, some gay, are gritty and believable, and their rough vernaculars ring true. The plot is complex to follow as it weaves through space, time, and the 'vellum' reality underneath." Library Journal
"A mind-blowing read that's genuinely unlike anything you've ever read before....Vellum has expanded fantasy's limits like nothing published in years." SFX (five-star "must-read" review)
"A remarkably ambitious debut novel. For lovers of innovative fantasy, it's a must-read." Interzone
"Vellum is a revelation — the opening gambit in the career of a mind-blowing colossal talent whose impact will be felt for decades." Jeff VanderMeer, author of City of Saints and Madmen
"Duncan's writing is fluent and powerful. He possesses an imagination capable of both conjuring worlds and capturing the intricacies of moments. Vellum is more than a novel; it's a vision." Jeffrey Ford, author of The Girl in the Glass
"In Vellum — a monstrously brilliant and often hilarious novel of mad Irishmen, bad angels, femmes fatales, and demons — we are presented with the tale of a war occurring throughout the breadth and depth of time and space. Hal Duncan has, at the very least, created the Guernica of science fiction." Lucius Shepard, author of A Handbook of American Prayer
About the Author
Born in 1971, Hal Duncan grew up in small-town Ayrshire, Scotland, and now lives in the West End of Glasgow. He is a member of the Glasgow SF Writers' Circle and is currently working part-time as a computer programmer. Vellum is his first novel.
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