The Secret Books of Paradys

The Secret Books of Paradys Tanith Lee
  • Title: The Secret Books of Paradys
  • Author: Tanith Lee
  • ISBN: 9781585677795
  • Page: 387
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Secret Books of Paradys Tanith Lee The Secret Books of Paradys The gothic genius of Lees great works of fantasy are finally available in onevolume Witness the city of Paradyss life and history through the eyes of itsprovocative and perverse citizens in this dark
    The gothic genius of Lees great works of fantasy are finally available in onevolume Witness the city of Paradyss life and history through the eyes of itsprovocative and perverse citizens, in this darkly fascinating odyssey as onlythe award winning author could imagine it.Includes The Book of the Damned 1988 The Book of the Beast 1988 The Book of the Dead 1991 collectThe gothic genius of Lees great works of fantasy are finally available in onevolume Witness the city of Paradyss life and history through the eyes of itsprovocative and perverse citizens, in this darkly fascinating odyssey as onlythe award winning author could imagine it.Includes The Book of the Damned 1988 The Book of the Beast 1988 The Book of the Dead 1991 collection of short stories The Book of the Mad 1993
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    About Tanith Lee


    1. Tanith Lee was a British writer of science fiction, horror, and fantasy She was the author of 77 novels, 14 collections, and almost 300 short stories She also wrote four radio plays broadcast by the BBC and two scripts for the UK, science fiction, cult television series Blake s 7 Before becoming a full time writer, Lee worked as a file clerk, an assistant librarian, a shop assistant, and a waitress Her first short story, Eustace, was published in 1968, and her first novel for children The Dragon Hoard was published in 1971 Her career took off in 1975 with the acceptance by Daw Books USA of her adult fantasy epic The Birthgrave for publication as a mass market paperback, and Lee has since maintained a prolific output in popular genre writing.Lee twice won the World Fantasy Award once in 1983 for best short fiction for The Gorgon and again in 1984 for best short fiction for Elle Est Trois La Mort She has been a Guest of Honour at numerous science fiction and fantasy conventions including the Boskone XVIII in Boston, USA in 1981, the 1984 World Fantasy Convention in Ottawa, Canada, and Orbital 2008 the British National Science Fiction convention Eastercon held in London, England in March 2008 In 2009 she was awarded the prestigious title of Grand Master of Horror.Lee was the daughter of two ballroom dancers, Bernard and Hylda Lee Despite a persistent rumour, she was not the daughter of the actor Bernard Lee who played M in the James Bond series of films of the 1960s Tanith Lee married author and artist John Kaiine in 1992.


    491 Comments


    1. How fast does a man run when the Devil is after him Best opening line of a book ever

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    2. I kind of wish I were writing these up as four separate volumes, because the books are quite different from each other although they re all set in vaguely the same place a transformed version of Paris and parallel time continuity The Book of the Damned is three unconnected novellas, two of which are excellent while one is mediocre The Book of the Beast contains two intertwined novellas, both of which are okay but unexceptional The Book of the Dead is short stories, the best of which are terrific [...]

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    3. I am very conflicted about this book On the one hand, the stories in it mostly consist of horrible people doing horrible things to each other, and suffering for it Occasionally someone who is not horrible has horrible things done to them that they don t deserve, and sometimes they turn horrible because of it, or they just suffer and die These stories are dark, dark, dark There are some exceptions, but most of what goes on in these stories is terrible.But the writing is so good, I couldn t put th [...]

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    4. Dark, terrifying and beautiful is the best way to descirbe the world, the atmosphere Tanith Lee creates It can be fairly difficult to follow at times, but it s always well worth following through to the end.

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    5. Read as one big book, this is a fabulously dark poetic chronicle of the good evil in a multidimensional land called Paradys.

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    6. , , _ pun intended D

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    8. There is a dark tone of dread and fear running through this series It is this tone that most characterized the city of Paradys that nightmare city of immorality and evil, a city that is lawless, ruthless, mad, and where people can use and abuse each other however they like, where people found stabbed to death in the streets is a common occurrence and where occultists whisper their dark secrets in the shadows and where people are highly promiscuous, having sex with whoever they feel This city whe [...]

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    9. A truly brilliant book Lee s flourishing language is so original and her diction always an eccentric delight This is very grown up fantasy a rare thing these days that deserves praise outside of its genre for the sheer greatness of its prose.

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    10. High, high above, just before the top of the tower had broken, hung the wound of a mighty sword, a window petalled by glass magenta and maroon, crimson and carmine, blood, scarlet, madder and pomegranate it bled, this glass, every petal, and as it fell down towards the east, the sunrise, it paled through every flushed nuance of roses.A while ago, I asked for recommendations of books set in alternate versions of cities other than London, and someone recommended the Secret Books of Paradys A coupl [...]

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    11. This work is all over the place Most of it is composed of short stories novellas the final book interweaves multiple characters settings timelines Tanith Lee was really ahead of her time, and wildly imaginative There are lurid insights into passion and abandonment most authors cannot touch, yet the Cycle ends on a hopeful note of healing and justice The characters and there are many are drawn in deft strokes, recognizable as the people one sees every day Empires in Azure hit a sour note with a l [...]

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    12. I picked this up on a whim at the library the other day I ve only ever read The Black Unicorn by Tanith Lee before, so I really wasn t sure what to expect other than lushly drawn worlds and unusual characters On both those points I was definitely not disappointed in the slightest What did surprise me, however, was just how dark and gothic the Paradys books really were I was pleased with the two happy endings of the tales in her stories the rest really were tragic, in almost the classic sense of [...]

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    13. I m a bit surprised I d never heard of these before picking up Book of the Damned at the library by chance They are a haze of gothic insanity, the sort of things that might hav been written while drinking absinthe if the drink really had the hallucinatory qualities ascribed to it by urban legend The fictional French city of Paradys is host to a bizarre rogues gallery of vampires, fiends, Satanists, ghosts and vengeful mortals, all decadent, depraved and oddly philosophical The series isn t for e [...]

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    14. I like The Tanith Lee I ve read Some of her best stories rather resemble Angela Carters reimagined fairy tales I ll have to read this sometime soon.Finally Read This All of it is excellent, and it s best is Glorious Some of the Short Stories in The Book of the Dead are fabulous Nothing in the previous stories prepared me for the Arabesque Eccentricity of the Book of the Mad Visionary

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    15. I have to say this was sometimes a tough read But interesting and deep enough to keep me going all the way through Currently I am thinking of reading it again as this book left me thinking and dreaming of the dark world Tanith Lee created.

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    16. This was a really strange book I m not sure if I m just not sophisticated enough to appreciate it, but it was just weird The first half was a total drag and from there it started to pick up The last half was pretty good, but it was a LONG haul to get there.

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    17. These stories are haunting even when they are perplexing sometimes I wasn t sure I liked what I was reading, but I felt compelled to read on nonetheless The stories were irresistible, yet there were times when I was searching for meaning.

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    18. current page 181 I am so confused with this book right now It is a bizarre work, and definitely in a different vein from Lee s other works namely, the Claidi cycle Brilliant words, though I love her parlance, but man I don t have a clue what is going on o.o Bizarre.

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    19. I love these stories, I have several of her novels and have enjoyed them all Difficult to find, but worth the read every time.

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    20. Very good plots, with gender sex transformation twists as always with Lee.

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    21. WHAT Off the wall WEIRD

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    22. Gave up on this after the first three stories It s so moody and Lovecraftian and Gothic, I needed a break Reviews hint that perseverance might be rewarded, so I may pick it up again.

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    23. her stuff is always unusual

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    24. Very good It gets slow in the middle but the ending sure and well make sup for it Lee is one of the best lyrical writers out there and her imagery is so incredibly tangible it gives you chills.

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    25. Reminiscent of the best pulps Somewhat retro but lovely for all of that.

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    26. I liked part of this and really bogged down on much of it I ve never been good with collections of short stories that way I liked the antiquated writing style Very Gothic.

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    27. An interesting series of stories held together with a common setting It is very gothic and clearly an early work since it is very mixed, some stories being very good and others falling flat.

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