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Fantasy
  • Author:
    Keith Miller
  • ISBN:
    1904853684
  • ISBN13:
    978-1904853688
  • Genre:
  • Publisher:
    Immanion Press (September 19, 2009)
  • Pages:
    250 pages
  • Subcategory:
    Fantasy
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    1706 kb
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    1781 kb
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    1176 kb
  • Rating:
    4.6
  • Votes:
    252
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Keith Miller's story is bizarrely and lushly written, exuding the feel of a just-awakened-from dream that is simultaneously deeply familiar and fantastically foreign.

Only 2 left in stock (more on the way). Keith Miller's story is bizarrely and lushly written, exuding the feel of a just-awakened-from dream that is simultaneously deeply familiar and fantastically foreign. Or, perhaps more exactly, it both creates and provides an analogy for that warmly disoriented feeling you have when you emerge from an engrossing story, unsure of which is more real, the images and characters still parading around in your mind or the concrete reality of the book, the chair, and the coffee cup that surround you.

Minarets A year after arrival in Alexandria, I finally turned my attentions to the library at its center. This delay was not from cowardice or lack of interest. e and I wanted to be certain in my surroundings, to acquire all the information I could, before attempting to breach its stone carapace. Though I will not disown a certain unwillingness to rattle the life I’d built here: my friends at the Kanisa Prometheus, dawn wine, afternoon coffee, the occasional late-night rendezvous with a book-whore

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The Book on Fire book. Only a book lover will be able to appreciate Keith Miller. I feel 99% of the population won't get all they can from this book, and Keith Miller writes like nobody else. He writes fiction like poetry. I could read his paragraphs over and over, just for the beauty of the writing.

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Balthazar, book thief and bon vivant, arrives in Alexandria to steal from the famous library. But from the moment he steps off the boat, a veiled figure shadows him. Zeinab, literary prostitute and avenging ghost, will be his chaperone through the city of books. But once inside, instead of ransacking it, he becomes obsessed with the youngest librarian, Shireen, who was born in the library and is herself more than half book. Their love story forms the heart of the novel. Balthazar schemes to get Shireen out of the.

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Balthazar, book thief and bon vivant, arrives in Alexandria to steal from the famous library. But from the moment he steps off the boat, a veiled figure shadows him. Zeinab, literary prostitute and avenging ghost, will be his chaperone through the city of books. With her help, he succeeds in penetrating the underground library. But once inside, instead of ransacking it, he becomes obsessed with the youngest librarian, Shireen, who was born in the library and is herself more than half book. Their love story forms the heart of the novel. Balthazar schemes to get Shireen out of the library. But Zeinab has plans of her own . . . In sumptuous, evocative prose, 'The Book on Fire' explores the relationships between creation and destruction, between belief and imagination, between desire and fulfillment.

Drelajurus
Keith Miller's books feel, in my opinion, to be under appreciated.

They're dense, and the prose can sometimes be a bit of a slog - but that is because there is a lot going on. The imagery is rich and there is meaning everywhere, but that can be difficult to dive into unless you're prepared for it.

But, if you are prepared, his books create wonderfully beautiful and tragic fantasy worlds. They don't hold your hand and explain it to you as if you are a visitor, yet instead treat you as a tenant of that world listening to the tale directly.

These stories deserve more attention than they get.
MARK BEN FORD
Keith Miller's second novel is even more erudite, sensible & shocking than his first (The Book of Flying). At first glance, The Book on Fire is a story of impossible, incendiary loves set in a mythologised Alexandria. But the reader slowly catches on with the author's devious deceptions, realizing that woven between the lines of the sumptuous story is a treatise on the inalienable freedom of words.

Miller is a perfect showman: the whole is breath-taking, filthy & sublime; his characters are bibliophiles & whores, blaspheming priests & addicts. The plot twists & turns & coils upon itself; the prose gently cajoles before snapping at you with expletives & scatology.

The Book on Fire is not for the casual reader or the tourist: it is the antithesis of our insipid, white anglo-saxon sheepishness, confusing cultures, creeds & morals in a world which reveals to us our own madness.
Light out of Fildon
This is one of the best books I've read in a decade. It's a wonderful Odyssey about a bibliophile, and it's both charming and disturbing on many levels. Keith Miller is a brilliant writer and I recommend this to anyone who loves books and who's looking for an exciting story line.
Adrietius
This book is amazing. Miller's second published work. Just as well written as his first but definitely geared towards a more mature audience. Fantastic writing. I hope he continues to write because he is one of my all time favorite authors.
mIni-Like
Wonderful
MeGa_NunC
-- this book and Keith Miller's other book, The Book of Flying, are the most magnificent books I've ever read. Nobody else has ever written so eloquently about what it means to love books, words, and stories, and in such a magical and brilliant story.
Majin
Reading a truly great book causes a beautifully tragic sensation because as you delight in each new line of text and turn of plot, there's also the stark and stinging reality that you've just consumed a beautiful moment that never again will be. Before you began, before you cracked the spine and turned the first page, the book was all mystery and potential. But after hours alone, having greedily devoured the text and the images and magic that they produced, you put down a spent book. The book that was afire with life is now in some ways consumed. You can read and reread--and you will if it's truly great--and you can carefully pass it along to other kindred souls, and then delight in seeing the flash and flush that reminds you of your first time, but you're still left hungry for more. For more first times.

Keith Miller's story is bizarrely and lushly written, exuding the feel of a just-awakened-from dream that is simultaneously deeply familiar and fantastically foreign. Or, perhaps more exactly, it both creates and provides an analogy for that warmly disoriented feeling you have when you emerge from an engrossing story, unsure of which is more real, the images and characters still parading around in your mind or the concrete reality of the book, the chair, and the coffee cup that surround you. In this story, Balthazar's obsession about his own treasured books is equaled only by his compulsion to find and consume the next great text--an easy analogy for this reader to relate to. And though this tid-bit only hints at what's to come, it seems from Miller's description that the love of books and the love of a lover become intertwined as the story progresses, forcing Balthazar to destroy what he loves because he loves it, thus acting out the feeling of reading great books--the consumption of something one loves because one loves it.

I look forward to the opportunity of reading more of this story, knowing already that once it's done, though I'll hoard it away in my secret stash, I, like Balthazar, will be left hungering for more.
A truly unique voice - urbane, informed, energetic. I thought of Laurence Durrell because of Alexandria and the lush and lovely language. This is a readers read (see excerpts below), candy for those who love literature and language. If this voice and level of language is merged with an engaging plot, this book will be a rewarding read.
I love to read and loved this:

"But if you have truly read a good book, a book more lovely than dying, more quenching than the act of love, then you might discover on these shelves a title that chimes with some long-interred emotion."

"Do you love to read? I'm talking about nestling in a pool of lamplight and cradling a book like a baby in your lap and nudging the corner upward with your thumb, the whorls snagging the grain of the paper, and hearing the soft sizzle as the page turns. Do you love to read?"

Yes, yes, yes for The Book of Fire