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characters Awake in the Night Land ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free AWAKE IN THE NIGHT LAND is an epic collection of four of John C Wright's brilliant forays into the dark fantasy world of William Hope Hodgson's 1912 novel The Night Land Part novel part anthology the book consi. I read the reviews of this on and thought I have to read it for myself I figured if it was half as good as they were saying it would be a good bookIt s far better than then I had hoped it s just as good as the reviewers claim The sum exceeds the parts it s a masterpiece made from smaller masterpieces Take The Mocking of Christ with Mary the Annunciate and Mary the Elder by Frans Schwartz for example The alter piece consists of five pieces depicting Christ being mocked by the crowds and plotted against by the rulers to either side the Marys with pain sorrow and adoration sitting and standing in the middle bruised and battered before His trip to the cross is Christ painted with a spirit of humanity and the divine Each of the pieces are works unto themselves but together they tell a much greater story with Christ at the centerSo to is this novel On the surface it s a horror sci fi not a blood and guts horror but along the lines of Lovecraft horror and a blend of the older sci fi novelists like Bradbury mixed with modern overtures especially for the ending storyIt s CS Lewis Chesterton Meville Tolkien Bradbury Hardy it s all these and and yet it s all WrightI had never read the original book however Wright paints the landscape and world with such skill and attention it doesn t seem to be necessaryAlright so enough with praise what s the book about Hope when there is no reason to hope Humanity in the face of inscrutable and monstrous inhumanity4 stories 3 set directly in the Night Land There the last of mankind is living in the Last Redoubt a seven mile tall pyramid of a metal made in ages beyond reckoning on the dying planet Earth long after the sun had spent itself out The technologies reuired to keep the place running are so ancient as to have passed into mythology and ritual understanding All around the Last Redoubt lies the Night Land inhospitable poisoned dark and filled with inhuman eldritch forces bent on wiping out the last of humanity seeking to destroy the body and consume the soul to all that fall under their powerThese forces are straight out of Lovecraft out of nightmares These things range from twisted creatures of flesh and bone such as the abhumans twisted animals like the Night Hounds and then there are things outside human understanding outside the normal bounds of space and time Whispering voices tempting the listener to venture outside the protection of the Last Redoubt and past a protective circle of Earth Current and into the domains of fell creatures monsters beyond human comprehension named only by their attributes The Silent Ones The Thing That Nods The Slowing Spinning Wheel just to mention a few Places like The Silent House where no sound has even been heard issuing forth for as long as humanity has been studying it and where men driven mad have gleefully ran into never to be seen or heard of again And then there are the Watchers behemoths the size of hills slowly slowly moving toward the mighty fortress advancing at a glacier pace and inexorable as entropy Alive and yet not bending their strange powers at the Great Redoubt for millennia Death will come to humankind it has been foretold to the last days the last stand the Last Child and humanity will be extinct in a dead universe ruled by beings of total malice and outside the laws of life and death And against all of this stands humanity s last home standing in the face of this doom peopled with untold millions human souls aeon after aeon in grand defiance of powers no human can hope to stand against much less overcome And these Things besiege the Last Redoubt for countless years like the siege of Troy a siege lasting for aeonsThe greatest minds of mankind toiling for millions of years can t do than watch the advancement the inhuman forces The very best they create the Last Redoubt was to merely slow down their extinction there was no solution to drive back the darkness no Ring to destroy no savior coming to fulfill prophecy no inventions with enough force to do than help one man possibly survive the Night Land It sounds like something out of fever dream born of a mind made unstable by forces dimly perceived at best And maybe the original was Wright then takes this forlorn hell and makes it his own The landscape unthinkable in it s alien nature hostile to all normal human sympathies and notions but the burdens the characters bear are wholly human they are our burdens of lost loves lost friends lost family paths of redemption paths of duty and honor the ageless cry of Why Why us Why me Why now and having hope beyond what can be seen and felt Wright deftly blends in Greek and Roman traditions the cornerstones of Western Civilization For me this grounds the book s heroes these are people who have lived than once and who we know and can recognize for they are us The inhuman fantastic world throws the humanity into sharp relief the story elements drawn from our past pulls the people even closer to usThe lights of the Great Redoubt shine forth defiant in the face of Things of unthinkable malice and incomprehensible force The light shines in the darkness a beacon to those in the Night Land illuminating the path when possible giving a means to orientate the wanderers toward humanity and all good things The light shines forth from the cities of Man millions adding their small light the greater whole and the darkness not understanding consumes all The light shines up until the end of humanityAnd that s just the first 3 stories the fourth is where Wright really taps into CS Lewis and Chesterton I can t summarize it without revealing too much It s tightly written tying together different ages of mankind and their stories into a whole that takes on meaning at the endI can t do this book justice it surpassed my meager skills to do so I only hope to add my voice to the chorus of supporters and not to mar the book s impact for other readers Don't Try This at Home How to Win a Sumo Match Catch a Great White Shark Start an Independent Nation and Other Extraordinary Feats For Ordinary People yet it s all WrightI had never read the original book however Wright paints the landscape and world with such skill and attention it doesn t seem to be necessaryAlright so enough with praise what s the book about Hope when there is no reason to hope Humanity in the face of inscrutable and monstrous inhumanity4 stories 3 set directly in the Night Land There the last of mankind is living in the Last Redoubt a seven mile tall pyramid of a metal made in ages beyond reckoning on the dying planet Earth long after the sun had spent itself out The technologies reuired to keep the place running are so ancient as to have passed into mythology and ritual understanding All around the Last Redoubt lies the Night Land inhospitable poisoned dark and filled with inhuman eldritch forces bent on wiping out the last of humanity seeking to destroy the body and consume the soul to all that fall under their powerThese forces are straight out of Lovecraft out of nightmares These things range from twisted creatures of flesh and bone such as the abhumans twisted animals like the Night Hounds and then there are things outside human understanding outside the normal bounds of space and time Whispering voices tempting the listener to venture outside the protection of the Last Redoubt and past a protective circle of Earth Current and into the domains of fell creatures monsters beyond human comprehension named only by their attributes The Silent Ones The Thing That Nods The Slowing Spinning Wheel just to mention a few Places like The Silent House where no sound has even been heard issuing forth for as long as humanity has been studying it and where men driven mad have gleefully ran into never to be seen or heard of again And then there are the Watchers behemoths the size of hills slowly slowly moving toward the mighty fortress advancing at a glacier pace and inexorable as entropy Alive and Who Was Seabiscuit? yet not bending their strange powers at the Great Redoubt for millennia Death will come to humankind it has been foretold to the last days the last stand the Last Child and humanity will be extinct in a dead universe ruled by beings of total malice and outside the laws of life and death And against all of this stands humanity s last home standing in the face of this doom peopled with untold millions human souls aeon after aeon in grand defiance of powers no human can hope to stand against much less overcome And these Things besiege the Last Redoubt for countless My Big Book of Sewing years like the siege of Troy a siege lasting for aeonsThe greatest minds of mankind toiling for millions of Acts of Mercy years can t do than watch the advancement the inhuman forces The very best they create the Last Redoubt was to merely slow down their extinction there was no solution to drive back the darkness no Ring to destroy no savior coming to fulfill prophecy no inventions with enough force to do than help one man possibly survive the Night Land It sounds like something out of fever dream born of a mind made unstable by forces dimly perceived at best And maybe the original was Wright then takes this forlorn hell and makes it his own The landscape unthinkable in it s alien nature hostile to all normal human sympathies and notions but the burdens the characters bear are wholly human they are our burdens of lost loves lost friends lost family paths of redemption paths of duty and honor the ageless cry of Why Why us Why me Why now and having hope beyond what can be seen and felt Wright deftly blends in Greek and Roman traditions the cornerstones of Western Civilization For me this grounds the book s heroes these are people who have lived than once and who we know and can recognize for they are us The inhuman fantastic world throws the humanity into sharp relief the story elements drawn from our past pulls the people even closer to usThe lights of the Great Redoubt shine forth defiant in the face of Things of unthinkable malice and incomprehensible force The light shines in the darkness a beacon to those in the Night Land illuminating the path when possible giving a means to orientate the wanderers toward humanity and all good things The light shines forth from the cities of Man millions adding their small light the greater whole and the darkness not understanding consumes all The light shines up until the end of humanityAnd that s just the first 3 stories the fourth is where Wright really taps into CS Lewis and Chesterton I can t summarize it without revealing too much It s tightly written tying together different ages of mankind and their stories into a whole that takes on meaning at the endI can t do this book justice it surpassed my meager skills to do so I only hope to add my voice to the chorus of supporters and not to mar the book s impact for other readers

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characters Awake in the Night Land ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Sts of four related novellas Awake in the Night The Cry of the Night Hound Silence of the Night and The Last of All Suns which collectively tell the haunting tale of the Last Redoubt of Man and the end of the h. Interconnected novelettes set in the far future 22 million years away where humanity is dying upon a darkening EarthThis is not so much SF as weird talehorror with some science ish trappings As I read them I cannot stop critiuing their likelihood and logic For one thing these stories are set millions of years before the world would end A million years is a long time guys The entire length of human civilization is not a 10th that at present and the events of even one thousand years away seem unfathomably distant On an individual level we can barely care about what will happen in a couple of decades And yet these people are all miserable and deflated bewailing their doom and behaving as though imminent destruction is just around the corner Were I faced with the knowledge that humanity will end in 7 million years I ll be living my life just as carefree as if there is no prophecy thanks muchAnd how little do these societies seem to change although they jump aeons between each story And how little humans seem to change physically biologically through out the aeons despite their landscape and daily existence having changed drastically OK the 3rd story mentions multiple iterations of Mankind throughout the years so there s that But for all these different iterations they seem to act and think much like previous versions Always patriarchal always and constantly consulting ancient books for lost knowledge and full of the same rituals and moralitiesAnd what even constitutes human anyway Stories like these always make me think of Planet of the Apes What for example would everything look like from the Silent Ones perspective Or the abhumans who are cast aside or eliminated just because they have adapted to survive in the new darkness intelligent and yet designated as evil and cruelBut then I slap myself upside the head remind myself of the Dying Earth and Cthulhu and a host of similar stories and returned to the stories themselves The Manichean nature of these forces bother me An eternal evil aligned against mankind Why Because A wild surmise bc darkness hates the light and death hates life These dainty women with their hair tendrils fingernail scraping on chalkboardThe second story is an iteration of mad Antigone determined to bring her dead brother s body back to Thebes for a proper burial I ve never understood her insistence and I do not understand the stubbornness of this chick eitherIn the third story an iteration of Aeneas bearing his aged father away from the destruction of Troy one of these namelessly evil creatures tells the hero they intend to torture and degenerate humanity slowly and will torment even its ghosts for eternity Why Just because Feh It is entirely possible that while I appreciate his writing capabilities very much Wright and I have a fundamental disagreement of sensibilities For the last story humans throughout the ages are resurrected some 15 billions years into the future in the death throes or creation of the universe itself They are on a ship falling at lightspeed toward the zero point the Big Bang with time breaking down and becoming so uncertain that uantum physic rules expand from micro effects to macro A lyrical imagining based on very hard science of how the endbeginning of the universe may look to our puny perspectiveThis story I like the best for it explains many hidden assumptions built into the previous 3 stories provided a variety of vastly different perspectives and speech patterns that interacted with one another and is the last mystery left to be solved ever Very fun set upOf course the ultimate resolution is way mushier as these stories always are and with religious overtonesview spoiler although with a twist and maybe sly dig bc the forces of evil inserted a fake Biblical figure to fool the protagonists into believing in their original sin but it s of a dig at orthodox religion than with the godhood itself hide spoiler


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    [PDF/EPUB] (Awake in the Night Land) Free read ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ó John C. Wright I read the reviews of this on and thought I have to read it for myself I figured if it was half as good as they were saying it would be a good bookIt's far better than then I had hoped it's just as good as the reviewers claim The sum exceeds the parts it's a masterpiece made from smaller masterpieces Take The Mocking of

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    [PDF/EPUB] (Awake in the Night Land) John C Wright is not for everybody and a series of novellas set in the same realm as an obscure early piece of weird fiction that almost nobody today has read is probably even less for everybody but I loved this anthology to bits and pieces figuratively because it was an ebook and I would be sad if my e reader no longer f

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    Summary Awake in the Night Land John C. Wright ó 5 characters [PDF/EPUB] (Awake in the Night Land) The Night Land is a terrifying place of poisoned waters deranged abhumans and ghastly gigantic Things That Watch Against this encroaching oblivion the dwindling number of men must make their stand in The Last RedoubtWright has a gift for the w

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    [PDF/EPUB] (Awake in the Night Land) Free read ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ó John C. Wright We are 21 Million years in the future the sun has gone out already and the moon doesn't exist any In the Last Redoubt the surviving humans live and defend against the nightmarish creatures of the Night Land knowing through the use of advanced technology that in another 7 million years they will fall too The setting is uniue and allows a lo

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    Summary Awake in the Night Land Free read ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ó John C. Wright John C. Wright ó 5 characters Interconnected novelettes set in the far future 22 million years away where humanity is dying upon a darkening EarthThis is not so much SF as weird talehorror with some science ish trappings As I read them I cannot stop critiuing their likelihood and logic For one thing these stories are set millions of years before the world would

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    John C. Wright ó 5 characters [PDF/EPUB] (Awake in the Night Land) This is a seuel by other hands being based in the setting of William Hope Hodgson's The Night Land However I can assure you that it stands aloneIt consists of four stories three set in the Last Redoubt and a four

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    [PDF/EPUB] (Awake in the Night Land) Free read ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ó John C. Wright Whoa John C Wright just might be the Tolkien of Science Fiction Read this book as soon as possible all the way and to the end

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    [PDF/EPUB] (Awake in the Night Land) Lovecraft's worst nightmare Humanity's last bastion slowly losing its ascendancy Advanced technology imperfectly understood Grecian

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    Summary Awake in the Night Land [PDF/EPUB] (Awake in the Night Land) 85 Just under five stars because the story structure became at places a bit repetitive person goes out from the Last Redoubt unto the night lands to rescue someone and the final story was a bit obtuse in the hard to follow dialogues But apart from that this was a great book that is a hommage to The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson and even manages to improve on that book It can also be read on its own as its referenc

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  • Awake in the Night Land
  • John C. Wright
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  • 19 October 2019
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