The Way to Babylon

The Way to Babylon Michael Riven a successful author and former soldier has fallen off a mountain Broken in both body and mind racked with guilt and loss by the death of his wife Jenny he withdraws into himself in the

  • Title: The Way to Babylon
  • Author: Paul Kearney
  • ISBN: 9781781081891
  • Page: 124
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Michael Riven a successful author and former soldier has fallen off a mountain Broken in both body and mind, racked with guilt and loss by the death of his wife Jenny, he withdraws into himself in the rural hospital where he painfully recovers His readers are desperate to know what will happen next in the fantasy world of his stories, but neither writing, nor living, aMichael Riven a successful author and former soldier has fallen off a mountain Broken in both body and mind, racked with guilt and loss by the death of his wife Jenny, he withdraws into himself in the rural hospital where he painfully recovers His readers are desperate to know what will happen next in the fantasy world of his stories, but neither writing, nor living, are of interest to him any.But there are others seeking the scribe out Men of Minginish have begun a quest to rescue their blighted homeland, and have come between worlds Riven will be asked to travel to a land both familiar and terrifying, which he once thought his own creation The author must take up the companions of his stories grim Bicker, fierce Ratagan and sly Murtach and find a way to mend what was sundered.

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    1. How many miles to Babylon?Three-score miles and ten.Can I get there by candlelight?Yes; and back again.If your heels are nimble and lightYou may get there by candlelightAuthor Michael Riven just hasn't been the same since his wife perished in a climbing accident. After recovering from his own injuries he looks forward to a quiet life of isolation and steering clear of writing. But when a character from one of his books appears and takes him into the realm of Minginish, a world of his own creatio [...]

    2. Originally published on my blog here in February 2000.Paul Kearney's first novel was an impressive debut. It tackles a theme at the centre of the fantasy genre, the relationship between fiction and the real world. Michael Riven is a successful fantasy author, two thirds of the way through a trilogy whose background is drawn from the mountains he loves on Skye. Then a climbing accident leaves his wife dead and Michael severely injured. Unable to bring himself to write more, he receives visitors a [...]

    3. nhwvejournal/847572ml[return][return]A rather lyrically done tale of a fantasy novelist who is recovering from an accident in which his wife died, and finds himself sucked bodily into the world he has created - or has he? Was it perhaps "really" there all the time?[return][return]The protagonist's grief and healing are nicely observed. It would be very easy to fall into being twee with a plot like this, and Kearney skilfully avoids that trap. All very well described.

    4. The author visits his creation as a grieving process. I found that the story introduced the author/protagonist well and brought him into the "fantasy world" well. The characters were interesting and believable. But, as the protagonist goes into the other world, I found him too passive and not analytic enough (he's supposed to be a smart writer and the whole psychoanalytic aspect was underplayed IMHO). Overall it felt to me like a more mellow Thomas the unbeliever. An interesting read.

    5. It was okey, not as good as the the first book in those series but okey. About a famous fantasy author that when his whife dies mourns her and unknowingly causes chaos in this imaginative world and are by some of his imaginative characters ransmitteed into his crestion, his alternative world and there awaits an adventure how to heal this broken world he taps into.

    6. I enjoyed this book a lot, I liked the main character a lot. He seemed to be the best developed, the end was a bit abrupt but all in all, a pretty enjoyable read. I enjoyed the world the author created and the imagery.

    7. Paul Kearney is one of my favourite authors. I absolutely loved his most recent works. Despite its being Kearney's debut written in '92, The Way to Babylon still reads very well as a modern fantasy story.

    8. Pretty good read, especially for a first book. I really liked the way this book started, but I found the last quarter dragged a bit and the ending wasn't as satisfying as I had hoped. Probably my least favorite of Kearney's works that I've read, but still worth the time.

    9. At times, I was reminded of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. I liked this book and it's characters enough to read more Paul Kearney.

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