I find it difficult to express my astonishment at learning that Robert Franson had written a second novel, and that it was a prequel to The Shadow of the Ship. I read The Shadow of the Ship when it was released in 1983, and looked for any information about Robert Franson, and other writing, for decades without even learning if Robert Franson was a real person. After decades of unsuccessfully checking new bookstores for a new release, and used bookstores for anything else that he might have published, and many internet searches once the www became available, I finally concluded that either Franson had passed away after writing one novel, or that this was a pseudonym that had only been used once.
Fast forward to 2020. For no particular reason, I ran another search for Robert Franson - and to my surprise, found that Robert Wilfred Franson is still alive, had reissued a revised version of The Shadow of the Ship, and had released a sequel, Sphinx Daybreak in 2018! (All this just a few days after Deborah Christian's Splintegrate was finally released, also after two decades of waiting!)
Sphinx Daybreak is a remarkably rich book. It is set in the early 20th century, and features the protagonist from The Shadow of the Ship, Rheinallt. The new book provides much, but not all, of the huge back story that flushes out Rheinallt, aircats, and bloodsway. To describe it as rich is an understatement; while it is not as dense as reading James Joyce or Thomas Pynchon, it is full of historical and artistic references that enrich the novel.
I'm ecstatic that this has become available; I just wish that I had known about it at the time of it's release slightly more than a year ago. It is referred to as an Overflight novel, leaving me hopeful that Franson will follow with more books in this fascinating universe. Hopefully with a shorter interval between books than the last time!
- フォーマット： Kindle版
- ファイルサイズ： 1078 KB
- 推定ページ数： 612 ページ
- 出版社: Franson Publications (2018/9/12)
- 販売： Amazon Services International, Inc.
- 言語: 英語
- ASIN: B07HBDR57V
- Text-to-Speech（テキスト読み上げ機能）: 有効
- Word Wise: 有効にされていません
- カスタマーレビュー: 評価の数 3
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