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!DOWNLOAD E-PUB ♹ Dark Sleeper ♫ In the fog enshrouded city of Salthead, metaphysics professor Titus Tiggs and Dr Daniel Dampe investigate a series of strange, impossible sightings from phantom ships and ghosts to creatures long extinct What they uncover is an ancient, mystical evil intent on destroying every person in the townWritten in a style reminiscent of th century authors like Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy, with tantalizing elements of science fiction and dark fantasy, Jeffrey E Barlough s Dark Sleeper draws the reader into a complicated plot featuring dozens of fascinating characters and culminating in a surprising and unforgettable climax What a remarkable and strange book this was It reads very much like a victorian novel, say from Dickens or maybe Thackeray, and yet the subject matter islike something out of H.P Lovecraft Highly recommended. Reading Dark Sleeper I was reminded of The Moonstone because both authors write in a style and with a pace not often encountered in modern novels In both instances, for me, this was initially off putting but once I got used to it, I found myself enjoying the cadences and the obvious fun the authors took in writing Upon reflection, I find that this is true of Shakespeare, O Brian, E.R Eddison and a number of my favorite authors But to return to the book The setting is an alternate Earth whe Reading Dark Sleeper I was reminded of The Moonstone because both authors write in a style and with a pace not often encountered in modern novels In both instances, for me, this was initially off putting but once I got used to it, I found myself enjoying the cadences and the obvious fun the authors took in writing Upon reflection, I find that this is true of Shakespeare, O Brian, E.R Eddison and a number of my favorite authors But to return to the book The setting is an alternate Earth where mastodons thunder beasts and saber tooth tigers saber cats still roam the countryside A catastrophe called the sundering has laid waste the entire planet except for a relatively small region where survivors of an English colony persist.The ancient university town of Salthead is the stage where immortal Etruscan priests lucumones , a prankster demi god, and the quixotic mortal inhabitants act What plot there is revolves around the efforts of Prof Titus Tiggs and his allies to figure out why so many strange things are occurring such as errant drowned revenants, mastiffs mutating into hybrid man beasts, and a blue flying man The real enjoyment in reading the book is in the characters and atmosphere evoked by Barlough, from the malevolent town miser Josiah Tusk to the affable but socially inept Dr Dampe to the uncompromising Miss Honeywood, proprietor of the Blue Pelican In fact, the denoument is anticlimactic The machinations of the bad guys are forestalled in a couple of paragraphs and the threat to Salthead averted.Another point in the novel s favor is that it s completely self contained The second book in the series, The House in the High Wood is an entirely new story with an entirely new cast of characters.In the end, I can only say that I enjoyed reading this novel and would recommend it You know I read this book probably about 7 8 years ago, but it has always stuck with me Its like Dickens and Lovecraft had a torrid love affair, died in childbirth one died of the birthing, the other died of a broken heart , left their child to be raised by a commune of victorian Melodrama and Gothic viction writers, and the unholy child grew up to be an Alternative history book gone quite wrong in a perfectly right kind of way.This is with out a doubt the MOST unusual thing I ve ever read You know I read this book probably about 7 8 years ago, but it has always stuck with me Its like Dickens and Lovecraft had a torrid love affair, died in childbirth one died of the birthing, the other died of a broken heart , left their child to be raised by a commune of victorian Melodrama and Gothic viction writers, and the unholy child grew up to be an Alternative history book gone quite wrong in a perfectly right kind of way.This is with out a doubt the MOST unusual thing I ve ever read You mite think that so many different influential elements mite create discord in the book, but it was not so I actually enjoyed this book despite the secret war inside of me where half of me enjoys Dickensian stories, and the other half thinks they are sunshiney tripe , and intended to, by hook or by crook, read the other 4 books in the series Check it out if you can find it, its like nothing else in Fantasy you will ever read wow, thats a tall order, I hope it delivers In an interview at Black Gate, Barlough said he loves mixing genres and imagining things what if H.P Lovecraft had written the Perry Mason mysteries, or if M.R James had created Sherlock Holmes In Dark Sleeper he did just the sort of thing It reads as if Charles Dickens wrote a fantasy mystery novel.Ancient terrors and ice age beasts threaten the residents of Salthead, a great city on the western coast of what in our world would be Washington state On an Earth where the Ice Age never full In an interview at Black Gate, Barlough said he loves mixing genres and imagining things what if H.P Lovecraft had written the Perry Mason mysteries, or if M.R James had created Sherlock Holmes In Dark Sleeper he did just the sort of thing It reads as if Charles Dickens wrote a fantasy mystery novel.Ancient terrors and ice age beasts threaten the residents of Salthead, a great city on the western coast of what in our world would be Washington state On an Earth where the Ice Age never fully ended, medieval England spread out earlier and further across the globe When a mysterious catastrophe struck in 1839 perhaps a comet striking the planet , only the English colonists along the western coast survived With a cast of eccentric professors, imperious innkeepers, mysterious young men, and a miser who puts Scrooge and Marley together to shame, Dark Sleeper is a wonderful blast If you like Dickens, Doyle, Powers, and Blaylock, this should be right up your alley 4.5 stars It took me a while to get to this but I really loved it I love Dickens anyway, and it s written in that 19th century style with evocative character names Ephraim Badger, Dr Daniel Dampe plus mastodons too Not to mention a battle against unleashed evil forces What s not to like I ve only read three paragraphs, and I m already mad about this book Plus it was enthusiastically blurbed by one of my literary heroes, Tim Powers If you haven t read anything he s written, go right out and read Declare No, really, go ahead, I ll wait.Ye are slowe going But I shalle persevere.And we ve hit the downhill slope Sabercat attacks, myriad main characters crashing into one another at last, spooky occurrences, black magic, mastadons Stayed up too late, not quite past the halfway m I ve only read three paragraphs, and I m already mad about this book Plus it was enthusiastically blurbed by one of my literary heroes, Tim Powers If you haven t read anything he s written, go right out and read Declare No, really, go ahead, I ll wait.Ye are slowe going But I shalle persevere.And we ve hit the downhill slope Sabercat attacks, myriad main characters crashing into one another at last, spooky occurrences, black magic, mastadons Stayed up too late, not quite past the halfway mark Hurray And finally finished it Ultimately, a little disappointing, but well worth the time Very dense, somewhat slow, but very enjoyable Only for those who like Dickens I normally only read children s fiction, but the title of this book intrigued me so, I had to read it I was so glad I did I could not believe Mr Barlough is not a very popularly known name What an excellent writer Everything is just so well thought out and the story lines all converge into a wonderful tale I have read every book in the library and interloan system he has written My Mother s Day present to myself will be the 2 newest ones I found onyesterday, What I found at Hoole I normally only read children s fiction, but the title of this book intrigued me so, I had to read it I was so glad I did I could not believe Mr Barlough is not a very popularly known name What an excellent writer Everything is just so well thought out and the story lines all converge into a wonderful tale I have read every book in the library and interloan system he has written My Mother s Day present to myself will be the 2 newest ones I found onyesterday, What I found at Hoole , and A Tangle in Slops I absolutely love his most intricately woven tales First, I would classify this book as science fictionthan anything else Although it does indeed deal with the supernatural, it is set after a time called the Sundering, when a giant comet or asteroid or something put an end to the normal geography of the earth and killed off most of its inhabitants except for the little corner of the world wherein the story occurs Second, if you want a fast food, give it to me now story, DO NOT pick up this book The first part, in which the characters ar First, I would classify this book as science fictionthan anything else Although it does indeed deal with the supernatural, it is set after a time called the Sundering, when a giant comet or asteroid or something put an end to the normal geography of the earth and killed off most of its inhabitants except for the little corner of the world wherein the story occurs Second, if you want a fast food, give it to me now story, DO NOT pick up this book The first part, in which the characters are introduced the first series of weird events take place, is very slow, and after having finished, I can totally see why But if you are NOT a patient reader, and if you don t like the sort of Victorian feel in a tale, this book is NOT for you Third, I totally LOVED this book brief plot summary, no spoilers In the vicinity of Salthead, life goes on, complete with the normal characters you might find in any sort of Victorian Dickensian type storythe crusty miser who sits around thinking of ways to make people miserable the venerable professor, who is raising his niece to be a finely educated young woman with the help of her governess the publicans at the inns where the townfolk gather for ale socializing, yada yada yada It is a place where mastodons are used for travel, and one might see the occasional megathere or saber tooth cat However, what is not normal is the appearance of a sailor, drowned long ago after he set sail to forget the love of his life or the little boy with the red hair whose face melts, or the appearance of said sailor s ship out of nowhere moored at the town s docks Titus Tiggs, the above mentioned professor, hears about these weird things and after a while, finds that there is someone who might hold the key to the mysterious happenings So off he and a party of friends go to talk with this friend, where they learn just what s going on Now they must take action, because things could most easily go from bad to worse Set in three parts, the first part covers the intro to the characters, the place, and the supernatural events plaguing the townspeople part two is the discovery of what is causing these things, and part three of course is the denouement.This is just a nutshell overview and doesn t begin to cover the breadth of this amazing story My advice to readers who are interested in the book BE PATIENT Everything in the beginning which may be a little slow for many readers has a reason for being there If you are just patient, you will definitely be rewarded with a wonderful tale Now it s on to the second book 1st in a fairly long, apparently I lost track when they switched from Ace to a small imprint and am anxious to catch up series of extremely bizarre mystery novels set in one of theunique world settings I ve yet to encounter A very Victorian esque civilization survives, after a cataclysmic event, only on the West Coast of North America The world is in an ice age, replete with ice age mega fauna like sabretooth tigers, giant sloths and the mastodons that pull the coaches But life in w 1st in a fairly long, apparently I lost track when they switched from Ace to a small imprint and am anxious to catch up series of extremely bizarre mystery novels set in one of theunique world settings I ve yet to encounter A very Victorian esque civilization survives, after a cataclysmic event, only on the West Coast of North America The world is in an ice age, replete with ice age mega fauna like sabretooth tigers, giant sloths and the mastodons that pull the coaches But life in what reads like very English country villages goes on Very unique and quite remarkable Each novel is essentially a standalone and they may be read in any order Elements of Dickens and Lovecraft and, dare I say it, Terry Pratchett.I m fairly certain that it was a review by Faren Miller in Locus that introduced me to this book and its 1st sequel The House in the High Wood and she recently reviewed the most recent volume Where the Time Goes , putting me on notice that I have a lot to catch up on