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ISBN: 1597800937
Author: Matthew Hughes
Language: English
Publisher: Night Shade Books (July 1, 2008)
Pages: 256
Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.6
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The Spiral Labyrinth book. Can Henghis survive long enough to return to his own time? The Henghis Hapthorn books feel like they're written with my tastes in mind.

The Spiral Labyrinth book. It was bad enough when Henghis Hapthorn, Old Earth's foremost.

Here are nine tales of Henghis Hapthorn, foremost freelance discriminator of Old Earth in the planet's penultimate ag. To keep two genres separate, I now use my full name, Matthew Hughes, for sff, and the shorter form for the crime stuff. I also write media tie-ins as Hugh Matthews.

Here are nine tales of Henghis Hapthorn, foremost freelance discriminator of Old Earth in the planet's penultimate age. Included are the six stories that ran in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (and were previously collected in The Gist Hunter and Other Stories), leading up to the events that began the first Hapthorn novel, Majestrum, plus three more. I've won the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award, and have been shortlisted for the Aurora, Nebula, Philip K. Dick, . Van Vogt, and Derringer Awards.

Nine Tales of Henghis Hapthorn. ISBN: 978-881078-2-3. The success of the Hapthorn stories led to three novels, Majestrum, The Spiral Labyrinth, and Hespira, which carry on the tale of impending doom from the six-story arc that began with Mastermindless and continued on to The Gist Hunter. This collection contains those six, plus three other Hapthorn tales: Sweet Trap, which, though a self-contained story, is also the first two chapters of The Spiral Labyrinth; Fullbrim’s Finding, which takes place just after Hespira; and The Immersion, which is set before the story arc begins.

After all, I see before me two of its alleged pinnacles of creation who, having. The Spiral Labyrinth, A Tale of Henghis Hapthorn. Matthew Hughes, 9 Tales of Henghis Hapthorn

After all, I see before me two of its alleged pinnacles of creation who, having. Hespira, A Tale of Henghis Hapthorn. To Hell and Back: The Damned Busters. Song of the Serpent (as Hugh Matthews). To Hell and Back: Costume Not Included. Old Growth (as Matt Hughes). To Hell and Back: Hell To Pay. Matthew Hughes, 9 Tales of Henghis Hapthorn. Thank you for reading books on GrayCity.

The spiral labyrinth. A tale of Henghis Hapthorn. The integrator took two seconds to complete a comprehensive survey, then reported, "Not in the foundationals nor in the settled secondaries

The spiral labyrinth. Chapter One. "Expensive fruit may grow on trees," I said, "but not the funds needed to purchase it in seemingly limitless quantities. The integrator took two seconds to complete a comprehensive survey, then reported, "Not in the foundationals nor in the settled secondaries. But apparently one can still come across an undisturbed crack on the most remote worlds. I could not determine if this information was relevant to the case.

In the sequel to Majestrum, Old Earth's foremost discriminator continues to struggle with a world in which science must give way to magic.

Night Shade Books, 216 pages. Hapthorn hates magic. Matthew Hughes Matthew Hughes was born in 1949 Liverpool, England, but moved to Canada when he was five. This is the second novel featuring Henghis Hapthorn, a discriminator - read private detective - on an alternate Earth. Aided by his intuitive inner self, Osk Rievor - having become a separate entity during the course of the first novel - and his faithful grinnet - an AI housed in a furry little body like a cross between a cat and an ape - Hapthorn is approached by a wealthy socialite with what appears to be a straightforward.

Book 2 of 4 in Tales of Henghis Hapthorn (4 Book Series). Matthew Hughes is a real artist, with an old-fashioned devotion to the craft of writing. This is not science fiction, nor is it "realistic" in the way that people seem to expect of all fiction nowadays. The sentences are crafted, not just thrown on the page like a transcription of an overheard conversation at Starbuck's.

Henghis Hapthorn is the foremost penetrator of mysteries and uncoverer of secrets in a decadent, far-future Old Earth .

Henghis Hapthorn is the foremost penetrator of mysteries and uncoverer of secrets in a decadent, far-future Old Earth, one age before Jack Vance's Dying Earth. A superb rationalist, he has long disdained the notion that the universe has an alternative organizing principle: magic.

Sherlock Holmes meets Jack Vance’s Dying Earth in The Spiral Labyrinth, the new novel from Matthew Hughes, acclaimed author of Majestrum. The universe continues to shift away from logic and reason, rewriting its basic operating system, bringing about a new age of sympathetic association, or magic. It was bad enough when Henghis Hapthorn, Old Earth’s foremost discriminator and diehard empiricist, had to accept this coming of a new age of magic. Now he no longer has the leisure to anticipate and prepare for the inevitable changes. Hapthorn finds himself cast forward and stranded several centuries in the future. This new world of contending wizards and hungry dragons is a difficult one to assimilate, and Hapthorn must do so without his magic-savvy alter ego. Worse, some entity with a will powerful enough to bend space and time is searching for him through the Nine Planes, bellowing “Bring me Apthorn!” in a voice loud enough to frighten demons.

Comments:

Vinainl
Matthew Hughes is an under-appreciated writer. For years he has been toiling in a mainly Jack Vancean sort of vein, turning out stories and novels set in a world where science is just about to turn over to magic, but not quite yet. Old Earth, with a baroque and dizzying array of ancient cultures, is a rich field for Hughes to explore. On an even larger scale, Old Earth is itself but one planet in "The Spray", Hughes's answer to Jack Vance's Oikumene. A dizzying array of planets of even more diversity than Earth itself, Hughes' fiction allows the reader to experience a full and inexhaustible range of cultures, environments and characters. His prose brings these environments and characters to life, transporting the reader to areas both familiar and absolutely alien for all of their humanity.

In the Spiral Labyrinth, we continue the adventures of Henghis Hapthorn, previously seen in a couple of short stories as well as Majestrum. As a freelance discriminator (private investigator) he is a late-age-of-Earth Sherlock Holmes, with a number of twists. Thanks to the results of previous adventures, his integrator, a semi-sentient computer, has been transformed from a device to a fruit-craving unique creature. Also, his sense of intuition, an invaluable compliment to his finely honed sense of reason and logic, is in fact now a full fledged sub personality within his brain that he can converse with, named Osk Rievor. Even with these handicaps (although he would insist they are advantages), Henghis is the foremost discriminator on Old Earth.

In the Spiral Labyrinth Henghis once again gets plunged into situations far beyond his ken, surviving by applications of luck, verve, reason and intuition. Hughes likes to put his characters through the wringer. The keystone event of Spiral Labyrinth, for example, has Henghis, thanks to the titular device, accidentally transported several centuries into the future--and past the point where the rules of the universe finally change from science and magic. Worse, he has been transported here without Osk Rievor (who knows a little theory of magic), and so he must survive on reason alone, in a land without reason.How does Henghis survive in a world of dragons and spells, and how he manages to get home are the meat and potatoes of the book.

And, like previous novels and stories, Spiral Labyrinth stands alone, but continues to build the life, career and nature of its main character. You certainly can start here, Hughes does a good job enfolding previous events into the narrative in an organic way. However, this does not mean the stories are episodic. I have no doubt that the adventures of this book, and their impact on Hapthorn, will continue to resonate through the next

If you are a Jack Vance fan, or simply enjoy picaresque adventures in a baroque series of settings with an engaging main character, the Henghis Hapthorn stories of Matthew Hughes, including the Spiral Labyrinth, are definitely for you.
Acebiolane
Based on the number of reviews, this seems to be a an undiscovered book. This is a shame, as it is a very entertaining short novel which left me wishing it had a rather greater number of pages (my highest compliment - it was TOO SHORT!)

The spoiler-free version is that this sequel to Majestrum continues following our discriminator (did I get that right?) Mr. Hapthorn and his alter ego and organic integrator as they become drawn into an affair dealing with magic.

SPOILER WARNING

You are warned!!

The author manages to integrate both the sci-fi setting of the previous novel and the 'dying earth' magical setting and rules Vance created (and Gary Gygax borrowed/used for the D&D magical system). Much of the novel takes place in a magical environment, and the related patterns/rules on spell memorization/casting/naming apply here as well.

We are treated to a great deal of sarcastic, dry wit, a game of chance, a parade of rather nasty antagonistic sorcerors, with their varied whims and characteristics, and some personal sorrow and loss to boot (something rarely in any vance novel - this book has a sad ending :(

it is possible some readers will feel I am emphasizing the Vance-style issue excessively, but I would offer that the author has explicitly stated that "... I write the kind of story I like to read, and what I like to read is a Jack Vance story." He has also stated that the hapthorn stories are set in the penultimate age of earth, one eon before the time of the Dying Earth of Vance.
Ffleg
Matthew Hughes is a real artist, with an old-fashioned devotion to the craft of writing. This is not science fiction, nor is it "realistic" in the way that people seem to expect of all fiction nowadays. The sentences are crafted, not just thrown on the page like a transcription of an overheard conversation at Starbuck's. It's like Trollope or Smollett...full of wit and clever language. But it's also exciting and thoroughly enjoyable. The only comparable living writer of "speculative fiction" I can think of is Jack Vance, and he's quit writing at age 93. So we are fortunate indeed to have Matthew Hughes, whose unique voice is a thoroughgoing delight. Highly recommended.

(This review was posted for another Hengis Hapthorn book, Majestrum, but it applies equally to this one).
Castiel
I think I used brilliant to describe the first book in this series. Amazing will do nicely for this one. Once again Hughes juggles a complex plot filled with mystery, magic and humor and does it admirably. Some readers might find this confusing at times, in fact so did I, but don't dare blame the author. Try to remember everything that happens. This is not a book to be skimmed, but a clever story that should be savored. I highly recommend this series and now must cut this review short so I can begin savoring the third novel in this amazing trilogy.

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