Iron Chamber of Memory

Iron Chamber of Memory The small island of Sark in the English Channel is the last feudal government in Europe By law no motor vehicles run on the road and no lights burn at night Only the lord of the island may keep houn

  • Title: Iron Chamber of Memory
  • Author: John C. Wright
  • ISBN: 9789527065907
  • Page: 293
  • Format: Paperback
  • The small island of Sark in the English Channel is the last feudal government in Europe By law, no motor vehicles run on the road, and no lights burn at night Only the lord of the island may keep hounds.Into the strange, high house of Wrongerwood wanders Hal Landfall, penniless graduate student at Magdalen College, looking for his missing friend Manfred Hathaway, who hasThe small island of Sark in the English Channel is the last feudal government in Europe By law, no motor vehicles run on the road, and no lights burn at night Only the lord of the island may keep hounds.Into the strange, high house of Wrongerwood wanders Hal Landfall, penniless graduate student at Magdalen College, looking for his missing friend Manfred Hathaway, who has just inherited the lordship, the house, and the island What he finds instead is the lovely, green eyed Laurel, a beautiful girl from Cornwall who is Manfred s wife to be There is said to be a haunted chamber in the house, erected by Merlin in ancient days, where a man who enters remembers his true and forgotten self When Hal and Laurel step in, they remember, with fear and wonder, a terrible truth they must forget again when they step outside John C Wright is one of the living grandmasters of science fiction and the author of THE GOLDEN AGE, AWAKE IN THE NIGHT LAND, and CITY BEYOND TIME TALES OF THE FALL OF METACHRONOPOLIS, to name just three of his exceptional books In 2016, his novel SOMEWHITHER won the inaugural Dragon Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.

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    1. I finished John C. Wright's latest book "Iron Chamber of Memory" last night. I would agree with Lars Walker's review:> Iron Chamber of Memory is simply a wonderful fantasy story – an original and unforgettable work of imagination. It’s about memory, and it’s about sex – or rather, erotic love.And that it was a "fairy tale for adults".The first half of the book I thought I had figured out the trajectory of the novel. I was totally wrong and there were layers of reveals to come. I would [...]

    2. A strange little tale -- very dream-like in the sense of actual dreams, not the "dreamy" of daydreams.In the prologue, Hal at his father's funeral finds his mother senile, and some inexplicable events happen. Then he has to return to England, where he is working on his dissertation.In the opening proper, he's on the island of Sark, with a woman named Laurel, trying to break into a house. Flashes back to show him waiting for his best friend Manfred, who recently inherited a house there and is ine [...]

    3. When last year I’ve read “Orphans of Chaos” I fell in love with John C. Wright. I finally found fiction that is not post-modern, in which various traditions and values are alive and in the same time fun and rule of cool are equally important. Then I’ve read all of “Count to Eschaton” and proceeded to build a little shrine in the name of John C. Wright. It was obvious to me a that point that I need to buy “Iron Chamber of Memory” when it came out. And boy what a mistake that was. [...]

    4. John C. Wright has a phenomenal imagination, but this tale was outside my preferred genres. At seemingly 70% erotic romance (I should have surmised that from the scantily clad temptress on the cover, but there is often little relationship between a book and its cover), I had to read two-thirds of the book to get to the action. Once the action took off, I enjoyed the story. If you like romance, you may find this more to your taste.

    5. Iron Chamber of Memory by John C. Wright is a very strange book. I’m not sure what I was supposed to get out of it. It starts out in a cemetery, where Hal Landfall is burying his father, accompanied by his feeble mother who is suffering from dementia. Hal feels responsible for his parents, and regrets how his mother now has to live. But we never really return to this theme. (Chekhov's gun, anyone?) I already know that everyone gets feeble and dies. Thanks for the reminder. The first half of th [...]

    6. With Between the Wall and the Fire wrapped up (or mostly so), a major software release just out the door at my day job, and the Memorial Day holiday giving me a long weekend, I finally had a chance to relax for a bit. In addition to catching up on the season finales of my favorite shows, I also had time this weekend to read Mr. John C. Wright‘s newest masterpiece, Iron Chamber of Memory.And yes, I do mean masterpiece. This isn’t just one of Mr. Wright’s finest works, although it is definit [...]

    7. Incredible ideas and an incredible story. The pacing was rushed in the last third of the book and some very deep ideas were squandered due to lack of context. This book could have been deeper and much more accessible to a wider audience if some of the ideas were more explicitly explained.

    8. Wanted to like this better than I did. Wright is immensely talented, and I have loved some of his other stuff. So, I suspect that this is simply not my genre.Fantastic cover art, though!

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