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Stewart, Sean, 1965-
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New York : Ace Books, 2000.
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454 pages ; 22 cm
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"Galveston had been baptized twice. Once by water in the fall of 1900. Again by magic during Mardi Gras, 2004. Creatures were born of survivors' joy and sufferers' pain: scorpions the size of dogs, the Crying Clown, the Widow who ate her victims. And the island of Galveston would forever be divided - between the real city and a Galveston locked in a constant Carnival, an endless Mardi Gras." "Now it is twenty years later. The Mardi Gras continues. The revellers dance on, the singing never stops, and of the thousand who wander in, only a handful every return to the real world ..." "On this particular night, Sloane Gardner wanders in. In part, to see her stepfather, Momus, the leader of the carnival city. In part, to save her mother. "I just can't stand to see her die," she says. But her choice of words is unfortunate. Momus, with his twisted sense of humor, makes sure she misses everything. For four days Sloane is swallowed in dance, in song - blinded by Mardi Gras. And what happens to the people on the other side while she is gone can never be changed..."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Author Notes

Sean Stewart is the acclaimed author of Galveston, The Night Watch, Clouds End , the New York Times Notable Book Resurrection Man , the Aurora Award-winner Nobody's Son , and the Aurora and Arthur Ellis Award-winning debut Passion Play . He lives in Davis, California, with his wife and two daughters.

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Booklist Review

In Stewart's unusual postapocalypse novel, the big disaster is a "flood" of magic during Mardi Gras in 2004 that pretty much destroyed the technological infrastructures of cities. Since then, magic has become ever more potent. Protagonist Josh Cane, the son of a pharmacist and a medicine woman, is impoverished after his father loses the family home in a poker game. Josh dreams of being respectable again and of being able to court a certain girl. Meanwhile, the influx of magical influence has made the practice of medicine and related fields more uncertain than they already were. Politics, however, remains as intense as ever, as urban politics on the Gulf Coast attest, and not only intense but nasty in a thoroughly convincing way. Indeed, Stewart's urban fantasy is convincing straight through, thanks to superior command of the language, excellent characterization, and a plot full of novelties introduced without any sense of reaching for them. Stewart may not be Tolkein or LeGuin, but he has definitely mastered the art of the well-told tale. --Roland Green

Library Journal Review

The return of magic to the world at the dawn of the 21st century split the city of Galveston into two parallel worlds--a "normal" city of survivors and a perpetual Carnival town of magic-touched creatures. When Sloane Gardner discovers how to cross between the two Galvestons, she becomes a link between a father and son whose destinies hold the key to the survival of both worlds. Stewart's (Mockingbird) brand of magical realism combines psychological drama with otherworldly images to create a rich tapestry that lingers long after the end of the tale. For most fantasy or modern fiction collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.