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- Published on Monday, 28 June 2010 3:00 am
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Rjurik Davidson's The Library of Forgotten Books will be published by PS Publishing in the summer of 2010.
Rjurik Davidson is probably an unknown writer to several readers, so here's some information about him:
Rjurik Davidson is a freelance writer and editor. Over the years he has worked as a kitchen-hand, salesperson, cook, telemarketer, musician, writer, tutor, activist and lecturer. He has travelled widely, driven the Nullarbor Plain (with the longest stretch of straight road in the world) too many times to remember, and lived in Perth, Los Angeles and Paris. He speaks crippled French with a perfect accent, which causes all sorts of mix-ups. He has bunked with Indonesian democracy activists, travelled overland through Java during rioting, watched David Lynch movies in Berlin, been harassed by the mafia in a Novgorod nightclub. He has written short stories, essays, reviews and screenplays, and has been short-listed for and won a number of awards. He is currently Associate Editor of Overland magazine, and lives in Melbourne.
Rjurik Davidons's blog can be found here.
A REVIEW OF RJURIK DAVIDSON'S THE LIBRARY OF FORGOTTEN BOOKS
Rjurik Davidson's The Library of Forgotten Books belongs to PS Showcase series (PS Showcase #8).
Here's the decription of The Library of Forgotten Books:
In this collection, PS Publishing presents the short works of a powerful, exciting new voice in SF and fantasy: Rjurik Davidson, whose protagonists wander dark cities of dreams, ravished by love and tormented by destiny...
Visit the fantastic metropolis of Caeli-Amur, where rival Houses of thaumaturgists – half scientist, half magician – battle one another in vendetta, espionage, and murder, ruthlessly employing philosopherassassins: killers weighed down one minute by deep thought, uplifted the next by pure ecstasy. Enter the totalitarian city of Varenis, whose librarians every week consign thousands of forbidden books to obscure shelves, in halls haunted by dead writers, half-ghost, half-demon...
Voyage to an alternate post-World War Two Australia, whose vast inland sea has made her one of the world’s Great Powers; there, in a Melbourne colossal beyond conception, criminals, communists, and government agents weave shadowy conspiracies only a weary veteran private eye can hope to penetrate. And holiday in a French resort whose cinema offers patrons fugitive glimpses of their countless possible futures, torturing them with hope, exhilarating them with despair...
These are the visions of Rjurik Davidson: cogently atmospheric, psychologically profound, boundlessly imaginative.
And here's the review:
I hadn't heard of Rjurik Davidson before, so I knew nothing about his stories when I began to read this collection. In my opinion he is – without a doubt – a very talented writer. His stories range fluently from fantasy to science fiction.
The Library of Forgotten Books contains the following stories:
- The Cinema of Coming Attractions
- Int. Morgue. Night
- Lovers in Caeli-Amur
- Twilight in Caeli-Amur
- The Passing of the Minotaurs
- Lost in the Library of Forgotten Books
The first two stories in this collection are science-fictional stories with a noirish flavour. Both stories are well written and fascinating.
The last four stories (Lovers in Caeli-Amur, Twilight in Caeli-Amur, The Passing of the Minotaurs and Lost in the Library of Forgotten Books) in this collection are stories about Caeli-Amur and they demonstrate Davidson's ability to create marvelous adult fantasy. Although I liked the first two stories very much, they're nothing compared to these four stories.
The fantastic metropolis of Caeli-Amur is an amazing creation and the way Davidson writes about the happenings and characters is wonderful. The characters are interesting and the dialogues are good. After reading all the Caeli-Amur stories I think I can say that they are triumphs of imaginative fantasy.
All these stories are amazingly powerful and they contain different kind of themes, so there's something for everybody. I loved the atmosphere of these stories – Davidson transports the reader to another world with his words. These original, thoughtful and atmospheric stories are great entertainment to readers who want quality and substance in their fantasy stories.
I enjoyed Rjurik Davidson's stories very much. It's a shame that this collection has only a bit over 150 pages, because when I reached the end I hoped they'd be more pages to read. I loved these stories so much that I would've liked to read more similar stories. I'm sure that Rjurik Davidson will go far, because his stories are among the best new stories I've read.
It'll be interesting to see what Davidson writes next, because these stories show that he has lots of imagination. I hope he writes more stories about Caeli-Amur.
I can highly recommend this short story collection to speculative fiction readers.