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Luk'ianenko, Sergei
Adult Fiction LUKIANE

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Set in contemporary Moscow, Lukyanenko's fantastic American debut-the first in a series about an epic struggle between good and evil-charts the adventures of a race of supernaturally gifted Others, who serve either the Light or Dark Side. The Others slip in and out of an eerie parallel world where they coexist in an uneasy peace that a terrible revolution may soon disrupt. Philosophical Anton Gorodetsky, an earnest Night Watch agent, falls in love with 24-year-old Svetlana Nazarova, a troubled young doctor under a Dark Magician's curse. While Anton endeavors to undo the curse, he discovers Egor, a gifted boy unwilling to choose between his Light or Dark abilities. As humankind's fate hangs in the balance, Anton is forced to re-examine his allegiance, and Svetlana is drawn deeper into the exotic, vivid universe of dueling magicians, shape-shifters, witches and vampires. Potent as a shot of vodka, this compelling urban fantasy was adapted to a Russian blockbuster movie in 2004. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Set in Moscow in the late 1990s, this work was a smash success in its native Russia. It even spurred a movie of the same name that was recently released-and eagerly anticipated-in this country. The movie was dazzling but bewildering; the book is more convoluted still. Its plot revolves around Anton Gorodetsky, a regular Russian Ivan who just happens to be an Other. Others are something like sorcerers who, once identified, choose either the side of light or the side of darkness, which coexist in an ancient and uneasy truce. But, predictably, the center cannot hold, and dark and light seem destined to duke it out to claim a newly acknowledged Other with the power to tip the balance. While Lukyanenko proves that he has some interesting things to say about all this good and evil business-and just how murky it is-it isn't enough to save his story from its own clumsiness. We're told, for example, that Others have all sorts of powers, but it's never clear what they can and can't do. Lukyanenko has been compared to Asimov and Tolkien, but those writers set their looking-glass worlds in brilliant relief to our own. This otherworld is merely a shadow.-Tania Barnes, Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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