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Vellum : the book of all hours
Hal Duncan
Adult Fiction DUNCAN

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From Publishers' Weekly:

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. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

This is the first of two volumes in "The Book of All Hours" series by Scottish debut novelist Duncan. Set in 2017 and partially about a conflict between bionanotechnology-enhanced humans and the rest of the race, the book has sf and fantasy components and is deliberately difficult to categorize per commentary on the author's blog, The meta-story of the millennial conflict between angels and devils is played out in Christian, Sumerian, and future contexts and draws together the stories of Glasgow University student Reynard Carter; American biker girl Phreedom and her brother, Thomas; and the pair's sometime mentor, Seamus Finnan. 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. Reminiscent of both Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code and Kevin Smith's film Dogma, this novel is suitable for larger public and academic libraries.-Sara Tompson, Univ. of Southern California Lib., Los Angeles (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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