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A tale of good and evil, where neither is what it seems! Aiden Fleischer, a bookish priest, finds himself transported to an alien world. With him is Miss Clarissa Stark, a crippled hunchback of exceptional ability, wronged by an aristocrat and cast out from society.
On the planet Ptallaya, under two bright yellow suns, they encounter the Yatsill, a race of enthusiastic mimics who shape their society after impressions picked up from Clarissa’s mind. Creating a faux London, the alien creatures enroll Clarissa in their Council of Magicians and Aiden in the City Guard. But why does the peaceful city require guards? After a day that, in earthly terms, has lasted for months, the answer comes, for on this planet without night, a red sun also rises, and brings with it a destructive evil. The Blood Gods! Hideous creatures, they cause Aiden to confront his own internal darkness while trying to protect his friend and his new home.
With a sharp eye for period detail and a rich imagination, Mark Hodder establishes a weirdly twisted version of Victorian London on a convincingly realized alien world, and employs them to tackle a profound psychological and moral question. A Red Sun Also Rises breaks new ground by combining the sword-and-planet genre with Victorian steampunk while adding an edgy psychological twist.
©2012 Mark Hodder (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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By Maura on 04-16-14

Transported

Would you listen to A Red Sun Also Rises again? Why?

yep!<br/>Just waiting till the details get a bit fuzzy in my memory.<br/>I love visiting new places. This book takes me to its realities.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Red Sun Also Rises?

uummm It was no one moment. More like I realized connections and giggled.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

not out loud.. but internally a little of both

Any additional comments?

Precious..... I wonder what other books this writer has written.. gotta go look!! See Ya

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By Maynard on 01-05-13

"the less i feel pain of my twisted bones"

A Red Sun Also Rises: there was a truth, that little know, close to the beginning of the story. In fact it may be the first time I have heard it since realizing it myself. “ the more engaged I am with a task the less I feel the pain of my twisted bones”. It is powerful only less to its truth. This hooked me…

This is my first steampunk novel and my review is premature. but all-in-all, I am enjoying it. Considerably in fact. There is a good chance that I will finish it in one listening. That too is a first for me. Don’t get me wrong, I'm not saying this is fantastic five star stuff; this is just a couple of firsts & a good book. it begins in a manner that shows the author’s love of dickens. Once firmly set into a dickens’ backdrop the scenery drifts further and further to the fantasy. I assume this is standard of all the steampunk stories.

But here, with this one, the performance is way above average. The characters are distinct, their voice and delivery truly fit the personality of the story. And the portrayal of the bazaar characters took it to the next level. wonderful entertainment. Once I got to the proper-English bantering 4 legged oyster creatures I couldn't stop, but to write this review (I am just short of half way thru the book now).

A take on morals gives the story the feel of being more than a simple science fiction. social progress and religious interference on it seem to be leading towards some existential coda. The philosophy thus far is not overbearing the context.

The creatures, their descriptions, are clever and fantastic. The 4 legged oyster creatures pictured on the cover are example.

Yeah, I really am digging on this book. I hope that it stands comparable to the others in it’s genre.

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5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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