Viriconium

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Bantam Books, 2005 - Fiction - 462 pages
64 Reviews
'I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life'. So begins Alexander’s extraordinary confession on the eve of his greatest crisis of leadership. By turns heroic and calculating, compassionate and utterly merciless, Alexander recounts with a warrior’s unflinching eye for detail the blood, the terror, and the tactics of his greatest battlefield victories. Whether surviving his father’s brutal assassination, presiding over a massacre, or weeping at the death of a beloved comrade-in-arms, Alexander never denies the hard realities of the code by which he lives; the virtues of war. But as much as he was feared by his enemies, he was loved and revered by his friends, his generals, and the men who followed him into battle. Often outnumbered, never outfought, Alexander conquered every enemy the world stood against him - but the one he never saw coming.

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M. John Harrison prose is beautiful, clear and poetic. - Goodreads
Nice, twisting plot. - Goodreads
Harrison's writing is excellent. - Goodreads
It narrates the clearest, most readable plot. - Goodreads
... color often overwhelms plot and character. - Goodreads
One without stable points of reference. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Css1971 - Goodreads

Simply. M John Harrison is "taking the piss". I'm not going to finish reading the book because I frankly can't be arsed slogging through several hundred more pages of inane, asphyxiating prose. Read full review

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User Review  - Kranthi Askani - Goodreads

Robustly imaginative, brilliantly paced...and with prose that is breathtaking...redolent of ballard..much more actually Read full review

Contents

THE LAMIA LORD CROMIS
345
VIRICONIUM KNIGHTS
365
THE LUCK IN THE HEAD
382
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

M. John Harrison is the award-winning author of eight previous novels and four collections of short stories. His fifth novel, Viriconium, was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and his sixth, Climbers, won the Boardman Tasker Award. Light was recently awarded the James Tiptree Jr. Award and shortlisted for the 2002 Arthur C. Clarke Award.

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