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IT'LL TAKE MORE THAN ANGELS AND DEMONS TO STOP HIM.

Reporter Spencer Finch is a journalist embroiled in the hunt for a missing book, encountering along the way cat burglars and mobsters, hackers and mysterious monks. At the same time, he's trying to make sense of the legacy left him by his late grandfather, a chest of what appear to be pulp magazines from the golden age of fantasy fiction. Following his nose, Finch gradually uncovers a mystery involving a lost Greek play, secret societies, generations of masked vigilantes - and an entire hidden history of mankind. It's like The Da Vinci Code retold by the Coen brothers in this blockbuster blur.

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Conspiracy! | Angelic Mysteries | Pulp Fiction | Blow Your Mind ]

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Reporter Spencer Finch is embroiled in the hunt for a missing book. While trying to make sense of the pulp fantasy magazines left to him by his grandfather, Finch gradually uncovers a mystery involving secret societies, generations of masked vigilantes--and an entire hidden history of mankind. Original.

About the Author

Chris Roberson is obsessed with superhero comics, pulp fiction, puppetry, animation, history, and science, and has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Liberal Arts Honors from the University of Texas at Austin, 1992. His books include the novels Here, There & Everywhere, The Voyage of Night Shining White, Paragaea: A Planetary Romance, X-Men: The Return, Set the Seas on Fire, End of the Century, Iron Jaw and Hummingbird, The Dragon's Nine Sons, Three Unbroken, and Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II, and the comic book mini-series Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love. His short stories have appeared in such magazines as Asimov's Science Fiction, PostScripts, and Subterranean.

Along with his business partner and spouse Allison Baker, he is the publisher of MonkeyBrain Books, an independent publishing house specializing in genre fiction and nonfiction genre studies. He has been a finalist for the World Fantasy Award four times--twice for publishing, and once each for writing and editing--twice a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three times for the Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History Short Form (winning in 2004 with his story O One), and the 2009 Sidewise Award winner for his novel The Dragon's Nine Sons. The author lives in Austin, Texas.

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Nulaanne, March 20, 2013 (view all comments by Nulaanne)


If I had to describe The Book of Secrets by Chris Roberson in one word it would be interesting. I love books that are mystery's that involve religion, books and puzzles. That is what from reading the blurb on the back of the book I thought this one would be. It was not, but it was not a bad book.

The back of the book talks about a secret in human history that is found in old pulp sifi stories. No, not really. There is a secret that has been hidden in history, but not in sifi stories. The stories are more along the PI/Crime fighter/pirate/cowboy line. No odd aliens or anything more advanced than a cell phone. Then I am not to sure about that. The pulp stories all tell of a hero called The Black Hand or Hands as sometimes the case may be.

But, this book is also about a stolen book, and not for the book itself but for the secret it contains. One that could change the world, or change what world is lived on. That might be where the sifi stuff comes in at, but it really is more a retelling of, well if I put that in here that would be a spoiler and I am not about that.

It was a fast paced book and when reading it I kept expecting to hear an old movie mystery sound track that plays dundundunnnn when a clue or a secret was reviled, but only when reading the pulp fiction parts. I read this for my TBR pile challenge.

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Pg. 150 "Royce Crayton, to be charitable, was the oddest duck in the entire lunatic flock I'd collected over the years."
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780857660107
Author:
Roberson, Chris
Publisher:
Angry Robot
Author:
Various
Subject:
Fantasy - Urban Life
Subject:
Fantasy - Contemporary
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Contemporary
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
7 x 4.2 x 1 in .42 lb

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