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Tad Williams
[Cover] Otherland: City of Golden Shadow
DAW paperback
Something of a departure for Williams, the popular fantasy author who up until now has made his name on weighty fantasy epics (such as Tailchaser's Song, and the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy). A near-future cyberpunk saga, Otherland features Renie Sulaweyo, a South African teacher who discovers something unusual about the ever-expanding worldwide network and virtual world: some people, including her brother Stephen, have logged into the net and never returned. The focal point of the problem appears to be the massive virtual undertaking known only as Otherland... but everyone who investigates winds up dead. The first of four projected novels. Eeep. Maybe it's not such a departure after all.
[Cover] River of Blue Fire (Otherland, Volume 2)
DAW (hardcover, 634 pages, $24.95 US/$34.99 Canada)
Publication date: July 1998

There's no doubt about it -- Williams (author of Tailchaser's Song and the fantasy trilogy Memory, Sorrow and Thorn) likes his canvas large. Very large. The sequel to Otherland: City of Golden Shadow is the second in a projected series of four novels, and if they're as large as the first two we're looking at over 2,800 pages of epic science fiction. In the first volume a small band of hardy searchers broke the Grail Brotherhood's barriers and entered Otherland, the product of advanced 21st-century science, an astoundingly detailed and very dangerous virtual world in which imagination can literally create everything. As the second book opens we join our ragtag bunch of heroes again -- and lurking in disguise in their midst is the brutal and vicious serial killer Dread, still seeking the precious data that will allow him overthrow his Grail Brotherhood masters. The group follows the river of blue fire through world after world, hoping to find some means to open Otherland to the rest of humanity, but still unable to go offline -- and growing in certainty that events in this supposedly virtual setting are terrifyingly real. In the course of their journey they encounter insects the size of dinosaurs, cartoon ads come to life, post-holocaust worlds, and treachery from within.
Review by Victoria Strauss
The Dragonbone Chair
DAW
Book one of the popular series Memory, Sorrow and Thorn. The High King lies dying, and his death will unleash an ancient evil in the shape of the Storm King, undead ruler of the Sithi. Only the small League of the Scroll recognizes the danger, and it falls to Simon, the castle scullion, to solve the riddle that offers the only hope of salvation. Followed by Stone of Farewell and To Green Angel Tower.
 
Stone of Farewell
DAW
Not much you can count on in publishing these days, but on this you can still rely: it's always blackest in the middle book of a dark fantasy trilogy. It's no exception here, as the dark magic and terrifing minions of the undead Sithi ruler spread their seemingly undefeatable evil across the land of Osten Ard. The last remants of a once-proud human army seek desperately for a last sanctuary and rallying point: the Stone of Farewell. The second book of Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, and sequel to The Dragonbone Chair.
 
Tailchaser's Song
DAW
Tad Williams' first novel. Fear stikes the fraternity of cats as the word spreads: cats have begun vanishing mysteriously, never to be seen again. Fritti Tailchaser tries to rouse the cat community just before his beloved Hushpad disappears, and with a small group of companions he sets out on a dangerous and magical quest to rescue her.
 
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