West of January

West of January

eBook - 2014
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Set on a distant planet, far in the future, WEST OF JANUARY tells the story of a world in which the sun moves across the sky with agonizing slowness. It takes lifetimes for a region to experience dawn, midday and dusk and because of this the planet's population does not remember the catastrophes that occur as the sun moves across the sky--entire civilizations have been scorched into oblivion. The only people who remember the dangers of the past are the planet's "angels"--a people who have tried to preserve past technologies and the ancient knowledge and who work to try and save the other people from the destruction that threatens them when the sun moves. The hero of this book, Knobil, was born among the herdsmen, a primitive civilization in which the men kill each other and exile their sons so that each man can have as many women and children as possible. Knobil, however, is the son of an angel, and his destiny leads him to move among all the other peoples of his world--the beautiful but unthinking seafolk, the cruel slavers, the manipulative traders and, worst of them all, the spinsters whose deadly secret he discovers nearly too late. This action-filled story of a very strange planet showcases Duncan's remarkable ability to create unique worlds.
Publisher: New York : Open Road Integrated Media, 2014
ISBN: 9781497605794
1497605792
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (320 pages)

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JeremiahSutherland Sep 10, 2012

This is a pretty good book. Duncan is a very imaginative writer when he creates worlds and civilization. The problem with this author is that he doesn't know when to shut up. The story goes on far too long. He tortures the main character with one mishap after another and then ties everything up in the last 10 pages.

dntblnk Jan 27, 2010

This is a book I would get a first time Sci-Fi reader to read. If they like it then it opens lots of other books to be read. If no then they usally have a general area that they will stay with.

Rachiecakes Aug 08, 2009

Great sci-fi read, that isn't just about warring starships. Was a bit depressing, but had great action and momentum. Was a great concept -- very unique. Wonderful stand alone book.

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