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Publisher Comments:

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...

Review:

"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.)

Review:

"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

Review:

"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

Review:

"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)

Review:

"A remarkably ambitious debut novel. For lovers of innovative fantasy, it's a must-read." Interzone

Review:

"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

Review:

"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

Review:

"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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gardeninmypocket, November 20, 2008 (view all comments by gardeninmypocket)
I tried to like this story but it just wasn't worth wasting my time I stopped reading it long before I was near the end of the story. The overview of the story sounded really intriguing, superhuman against, Angels versus demons, all mixed up with ancient gods and supernatural beings. Tying mythology of all cultures together and uniting it with the Christian mythology. And trying to have it make sense. But somewhere along the way the author forgot to make sure that everything makes sense and flows fluidly. Instead putting in tortured, wandering prose, uninteresting and venal characters who all seemed to be homosexual, had three different story lines going on without ever tying everything up. Every paragraph seems to have a different topic, making the reader wondering what is going on and making the story more confusing.
The book had great potential, and interesting ideas. All the author had to do was clean his writing up and get over his hang ups and angst with the world and stop topic hopping. And at least have a few paragraphs that make sense. I've read other reviews saying it was a really good book as long as you stuck with it. But there was no way I was going to suffering through anymore of this writing.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345487315
Author:
Duncan, Hal
Publisher:
Del Rey Books
Author:
Hal Duncan
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Fantasy - Dark/Horror
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Science / Adventure
Subject:
Horror - General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Epic
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
The Book of All Hours
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
April 25, 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9.2 x 6.05 x 1 in 0.7 lb

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Product details 480 pages Del Rey Books - English 9780345487315 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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.)
"Review" by , "Duncan's version of a battle among the messengers of divinity proves fascinating as it takes unexpected turns within the framework of ancient myths."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "A remarkably ambitious debut novel. For lovers of innovative fantasy, it's a must-read."
"Review" by , "Vellum is a revelation — the opening gambit in the career of a mind-blowing colossal talent whose impact will be felt for decades."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
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