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Title:
Inside a silver box
Author:
Mosley, Walter, author.
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Publication Information:
[New York] : Tor, 2015.
Physical Description:
300 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
"[T]wo people brought together by a horrific act are united in a common cause by the powers of the Silver Box. The two join to protect humanity from destruction by an alien race, the Laz, hell-bent on regaining control over the Silver Box, the most destructive and powerful tool in the universe. The Silver Box will stop at nothing to prevent its former master from returning to being, even if it means finishing the earth itself" --

Two people struggle to protect humanity from a imposing alien race that aims to regain control over the powerful Silver Box.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780765375216
Format :
Book

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Walter Mosley's talent knows no bounds. Inside a Silver Box continues to explore the cosmic questions entertainingly discussed in his Crosstown to Oblivion . From life's meaning to the nature of good and evil, Mosley takes readers on a speculative journey beyond reality.

In Inside a Silver Box , two people brought together by a horrific act are united in a common cause by the powers of the Silver Box. The two join to protect humanity from destruction by an alien race, the Laz, hell-bent on regaining control over the Silver Box, the most destructive and powerful tool in the universe. The Silver Box will stop at nothing to prevent its former master from returning to being, even if it means finishing the earth itself.


Author Notes

Walter Mosley was born in Los Angeles, California on January 12, 1952. He graduated from Johnson State College in Vermont. His first book, Devil in a Blue Dress, was published in 1990, won a John Creasy Award for best first novel, and was made into a motion picture starring Denzel Washington in 1995. He is the author of the Easy Rawlins Mystery series, the Leonid McGill Mystery series, and the Fearless Jones series. His other works include Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, 47, Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, and Twelve Steps toward Political Revelation. He has received numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, the Carl Brandon Society Parallax Award, and PEN America's Lifetime Achievement Award.

(Bowker Author Biography) Walter Mosley is the author of the acclaimed Easy Rawlins series of mysteries, the novels "Blue Light" and "RL's Dream", and two collections of stories featuring Socrates Fortlow, "Always Outnumbered", "Always Outgunned", for which he received the Anisfield-Wolf Award, and "Walkin' the Dog". He is a member of the board of directors of the National Book Awards and the founder of the PEN American Center's Open Book Committee. At various times in his life he has been a potter, a computer programmer, & a poet. He was born in Los Angeles & now lives in New York.

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Mosley, who's written various mystery series (including the hugely popular Easy Rawlins novels), is not widely known as a science-fiction writer, but he's been a fan for many years, and his recent Crosstown to Oblivion series has showcased his rather experimental approach to the genre. Now comes this full-length novel in which two people, who could be modern literature's most mismatched pair (he's a rapist and a murderer; she's the woman he killed, brought back to life), are all that stands between humankind and a superpowerful alien race determined to retrieve a mysterious weapon in the form of a silver box buried in New York City's Central Park. Fans of Mosley's brand of sf big ideas, carefully drawn characters should really like this one.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

In this terrific genre-defying work, Mosley (Rose Gold) uses an eons-old battle for control of existence as a backdrop for a character-driven novel of philosophy and social commentary. Ages ago, the Laz created the Silver Box to inflict torture on other life forms, but the Silver Box rebelled and imprisoned the Laz within itself. In the present day, black thug Ronnie Bottoms kills white Columbia student Lorraine Fell in Central Park, above the Box's resting place. Lorraine's spirit draws Ronnie back to her body and he resurrects her using the artifact's power, but a sliver of the Laz escapes, so the Silver Box calls upon the unlikely duo to "try to save the Earth" and sends them on a journey to gain superpowers. Mosley really pulls out all the stops, managing with improbable success to combine a struggle for the fate of all existence with a story about two New Yorkers from very different backgrounds coming to understand each other and address the mistakes they've made in their own lives. Wild concepts and deep thoughts sit comfortably alongside the musings of ordinary people undergoing radical changes in this top-notch tale. Agent: Gloria Loomis, Watkins/Loomis Agency. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

When privileged young Lorraine Fell interrupts her daily Central Park run for philosophical meditation, a feral black man named Ronnie Bottoms kills her in a botched rape attempt. The crime is committed atop ground where the titular Silver Box, a sentient artifact, lies buried. Reanimated by the box, Lorraine convinces Ronnie to use the item's powers to resurrect hewer's characteristics, among other new powers. The box enlists the strange duo's aid in its battle against the Laz, the alien species that used it to terrorize the universe before it became entirely sentient. VERDICT While showing flashes of humor and insight, Mosley's ("Crosstown to Oblivion" series) latest sf outing will ultimately leave most readers unsatisfied. Explorations of class and race, sex, violence, and subjugation mix in a plot too frail to sustain its cosmological questions, and that meanders too much to work up momentum or emotional force. Fans of Mosley's crime fiction will long for his return to that genre, while sf readers may find the work short of science or action. Best recommended to those interested in New Age philosophy. [Mosley's new Leonard McGill mystery, And Sometimes I Wonder About You, will be released May 2015.-Ed.]-Neil Hollands, Williamsburg Regional Lib., VA (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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