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ISBN: 0856175390
Author: Jane Gaskell
Language: English
Publisher: White Lion Publishers Limited; 1st thus edition (1975)
Pages: 480
Category: Science Fiction
Subcategory: Fantasy
Rating: 4.7
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Jane Gaskell (born July 7, 1941, in Lancaster, England) is a British fantasy writer.

Jane Gaskell (born July 7, 1941, in Lancaster, England) is a British fantasy writer. She wrote her first novel, Strange Evil, at age 14. It was published two years later and was described by John Grant as "a major work of the fantastic imagination", comparing it to George MacDonald's Lilith and David Lindsay's A Voyage to Arcturus. China Miéville lists Strange Evil as one of the top 10 examples of weird fiction whilst John Clute called it "an astonishingly imaginative piece of fantasy by any standards.

Gaskell was born Jane Gaskell Denvil on 7 July 1941, in Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, England (previously in the county of Lancashire). See if your friends have read any of Jane Gaskell's books. Jane Gaskell’s Followers (29). in Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, The United Kingdom.

The Serpent by Jane Gaskell. I've never actually read a "historical romance" novel, but The Serpent is rather like what I imagine them to be, though The Serpent is set in a fantasy prehistory, when the Earth had no moon and dinosaurs, giant snails, and half-reptile people lived alongside ordinary humans. Cija is a princess who has spent the first 17 years of her life locked up in a tower with her female servants, due to a curse and a prophecy.

Jane Gaskell's heroine, Cija, is both vulnerable and capable. The characters are clearly drawn, the locales are exotic (but still believable), and the action continual. Destined for one disaster after another, Cija is a memorable and ultimately likeable protagonist. Other Products from austindridge (View All). Art at Work - Chase Manhatten Collection (Book) 1984.

The first book (or the first part of the first book) in the Atlan, Cija series. After first publication, the original novel "The Serpent" was split into two separate novels, The Serpent" and "The Dragon

The first book (or the first part of the first book) in the Atlan, Cija series. After first publication, the original novel "The Serpent" was split into two separate novels, The Serpent" and "The Dragon. Set in prehistoric South America and in the mythical world of Atlantis.

Jane Gaskell is a British fantasy writer. The Serpent is a novel by British writer Jane Gaskell. It was first published in 1963. Books from The Vampire Chronicles were the subject of two film adaptations, Interview with the Vampire in 1994, and Queen of the Damned in 2002. Her Atlan saga is set in prehistoric South America and in the mythical world of Atlantis.

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Jane Gaskell: The Atlan saga The serpent. Paperback Library Cover art by Frank Frazetta. A selection of classic paperback book covers from the through A general overview of. That cover got me some stares from the so-religious-he-won’t-sit-next-to-women guy on the bus. Would recommend. The Serpent, Jane Gaskell.

Author: Jane Gaskell Author Record 3845. Legal Name: Lynch, Jane Gaskell. 1 The Serpent (1963) also appeared as: Variant: The Dragon (Book 2 of The Serpent) (1975). Birthplace: Grange-over-Sands, Lancashire, England, UK. Birthdate: 7 July 1941. Variant: The Serpent (Book 1 of The Serpent) (1975).

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White Lion, 1973. British hardcover with dustjacket, reprint. The first book (or, the first two books) in the Atlan / Cija series. This work is often split into two separate volumes, The Serpent" and "The Dragon," but here it's complete as originally published. Set in prehistoric South America and in the mythical world of Atlantis. The books in the series are: "The Serpent (1963); and "The Dragon" (1963); [both contained in the book offered here], "Atlan" (1965); "The City" (1966); and "Some Summer Lands" (1977).

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Doath
anyone who enjoys fantasy adventure fiction will love this trilogy. Jane Gaskell writes with a distinct voice and her protagonist Cija, is a wonderful and real character faced with fantastic circumstances
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The Serpent by Jane Gaskell

I've never actually read a "historical romance" novel, but The Serpent is rather like what I imagine them to be, though The Serpent is set in a fantasy prehistory, when the Earth had no moon and dinosaurs, giant snails, and half-reptile people lived alongside ordinary humans.

Cija is a princess who has spent the first 17 years of her life locked up in a tower with her female servants, due to a curse and a prophecy. She has never even seen a man; in fact, she was told that men were extinct. When a foreign army takes over Cija's country, Cija's mother has to give Cija to the invading army's general as a hostage. Cija's mother tells Cija to seduce the general and stab him in the neck in his sleep. This is not so easy as Cija's countrymen might hope, because the army with which Cija now marches is full of beautiful girls who are all trying to seduce the general, who, despite the fact that he has scaly skin like a grey snake's, is a real hunk. Can Cija triumph over her rivals and get into the snakeman's bed? Can Cija bring herself to murder the hunk, even if she has the chance?

The pace is slow, and the plot is not resolved as this is the first volume (300 pages long) of a series. There are many characters, most of them involved in catty relationships based on envy and jealousy. The whole thing is kind of squalid and cynical. Neither Cija nor the snakeman general is interesting enough that I cared whether they fell in love or killed each other or whatever. At times I wondered if this book was meant to appeal to the S&M crowd; people get flogged, women get raped, there are lots of slave girls who get groped and beaten, etc. Gaskell throws in some jarring anachronisms; one of the characters talks about "sublimating" sexual desire, and the army's quartermaster demands that requests be made in "triplicate" and carries around a little notebook. (Aren't paper and ink expensive in this preindustrial society?) Gaskell also tosses in an impassioned plea for government regulation of chemical fertilizers and preservatives. There are also lots of "literary" descriptions of the weather, landscape, light playing on gilded columns and reflecting off panes of glass and so on.

I read the Pocket Books 1978 edition of this 1963 novel, the one with the Boris Vallejo cover and the Soho Weekly News blurb. ("A thrill a minute!" we are told.) I counted ten phallic symbols in Boris's cover painting; see how many you can spot!

Not really for me, but Gaskell is admirably ambitious and seems to have an extensive vision, so 2 stars.

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