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The book of the damned /

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Language: English
Published: Overlook Press, 1990
Series: Lee, Tanith. Secret books of Paradys ; 1.
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Three novellas linked by their setting in the strange magical city of Paradys, in a timeless France, evoke an alternate world of dark fantasy, bizarre imagination, and decadent atmosphere.

Review by Booklist Review

World Fantasy Award winner Lee's latest volume--three novellas linked by a common setting--is the first entry in a new saga, the Secret Books of Paradys. Paradys is a city forgotten by time and with a strong French flavor, not to mention vampires ("Stained with Crimson"), vengeance ("Malice in Saffron"), and murder ("Empires of Azure"). The whole work is an astonishingly good mix of horror, historical fantasy, and intense but well-handled eroticism--all of which no fantasist but Lee could probably achieve. Highly recommended for larger fantasy collections or wherever Lee's avid audience can be found. ~--Roland Green

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

This fourth and final installment of filmmaker Jarman's journals is as forthright as the earlier ones (At Your Own Risk, Dancing Ledge and Modern Nature). Although at times the nitty-gritty details of filmmaking overwhelm (Jarman began work on The Last of England as he wrote this, and he worries over funding and wonders whether he is underfunded because he is openly gay), Jarman is always on sure footing when writing about his past. He describes his parents with painful candor: his mother was slightly wacky but sweet, the kind of housewife who served strawberries to her family only to realize she'd dipped them in mayonnaise rather than whipped cream. "Her life was as open as my father's was closed," Jarman writes. His father was an ill-tempered man, as well as a kleptomaniac, but Jarman delicately manages to describe his stern behavior without condemning him completely. Jarman's style of jumping from place to place and year to year can be confusing (particularly when people are mentioned without any background), but it is effective in providing snapshots of different times and places, such as a service in the 1960s in New York at a church nicknamed "Mary on the Verge" because it was such a cruising scene. In a voice free of self-pity, he recounts a childhood overshadowed by his fearsome father; the days spent grappling with his emerging sexuality and then with the diagnosis that he was HIV-positive. "It was almost with relief that I listened to the doctor's catalogue of do's and don'ts-shaving, hairdressing, all the little details (soap and water it seemed eliminated the virus outside the body)-but for all of medicine you might as well just wash your mouth out with carbolic." (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Review by Library Journal Review

The provocative title of this fourth volume of the journals (e.g., At Your Own Risk, LJ 12/92) of the late British avant-garde filmmaker, artist, and gay activist suggests a look back in anger and defiance of the conventional. It is, but it is also rich in wit, intellect, and a clearly articulated aesthetic. Written while editing his film The Last of England (1987) and originally entitled that in Britain, this first American edition goes by the uncompromising title Jarman (1942-94) originally chose. Part memoir, part career retrospective, the journal is a collage, incorporating dryly moving personal reminiscences from childhood through the 1980s, glimpses of his filmmaking genius at work, and penetrating critiques of his own art and those of others, as well as vivid prose and poetry miniatures. Filled with startling verbal and photographic imagery, this book, like Jarman's films, may not appeal to every taste, but his importance as an artist and its own merits justify its inclusion in all film, art, and gay studies collections.‘Richard Violette, Social Law Lib., Boston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by School Library Journal Review

YA-- Three bizarre, spellbinding novellas comprise the first volume of this series. ``Stained with Crimson'' is an erotic, horror-filled vampire tale. In ``Malice in Saffron,'' a young girl exacts vengeance against men as a result of being brutally raped, but then tells of her eventual redemption and horrible self-sacrifice. ``Empires of Azure'' is a grim tale of death and sorcery. The unifying element is the setting: the magical French city of Paradys during the medieval era. Lee's superb imagination and her creative use of language to convey mood has generated three fantastic tales, but they are definitely not for the faint-hearted.-- Pat Royal, Crossland High School, Camp Springs, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Tanith Lee, September 19, 1947 - May 24, 2015 Tanith Lee was born on September 19, 1947 in London, England, the daughter of ballroom dancers. She attended various primary schools and had a variety of jobs, from file clerk and assistant librarian to shop assistant and waitress. Lee attended an art college for one year, but felt she would be better writing her ideas than painting them.

Her first professional sale was "Eustace," a 90 page vignette which appeared in The Ninth Pan Book of Horror Stories in 1968. While Lee was working as an assistant librarian, she wrote a children's story that was accepted for publication. Others of her stories were also bought but never published. In 1971, Macmillan published "The Dragon Hoard," another children's book, which was followed by "Animal Castle" and "Princess Hynchatti and Other Stories" in 1972.

Lee was looking for a British publisher for her book "The Birthgrave," but was denied at every House she went. She then wrote to American publisher DAW, known for it's fantasy and horror selections, who immediately accepted her manuscript and published the book in 1975. Thus began a partnership between the two that lasted till 1989 and resulted in 28 books. After the publication of her third book by DAW, Lee quit her job and became a full-time freelance writer.

Lee has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, the August Derleth Award and the Nebula. She has had more than 40 novels published, along with over 200 short stories.

Lee died peacefully in her sleep after a long illness on May 24, 2015.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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