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Darker Than You Think [NOOK Book]

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While researching a story on a mysterious box brought back from Mongolia, newspaper reporter Will Barbee meets the intriguing and seductive April Bell. After a series of frighteningly vivid dreams, and a string of murders that leave his close friends dead, Barbee starts to piece together the mystery of shapeshifter and werewolf April Bell, and comes to realize his part in the murders. As the truth starts to emerge, Barbee struggles with the ...
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Overview

While researching a story on a mysterious box brought back from Mongolia, newspaper reporter Will Barbee meets the intriguing and seductive April Bell. After a series of frighteningly vivid dreams, and a string of murders that leave his close friends dead, Barbee starts to piece together the mystery of shapeshifter and werewolf April Bell, and comes to realize his part in the murders. As the truth starts to emerge, Barbee struggles with the reality of his past, and what this box and its contents mean to his future.

Written by Jack Williamson, the only writer to receive both SFWA's Grand Master Award and the Horror Writer of America's Lifetime Achievement Award.

"Darker than You Think yields sheer enjoyment, generating wonder and suspense as Williamson springs his sequence of trapdoors with the effortless agility of a master"
- Peter Straub

"On looking back over his long and influential career, I have no hesitation in placing Jack Williamson on a level with the two other American giants, Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein."
- Arthur C. Clarke
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Editorial Reviews

Connie Willis
"He is a man of extraordinary talent and consummate humility, of penetrating intelligence and great kindness, a scholar and a gentleman. We are unbelievably lucky to have him as one of the forefathers of the field."
Ben Bova
"Not only is he (Jack Williamson) one of the best-loved figures in the field of science fiction, he has been a pioneering writer, breaking ground in new areas long before most of us had learned how to read."
David Weber
"Like the best of... wines, vintage Williamson travels well."
David Brin
"For most of a century, Jack Williamson has been exploring the edges of what human destiny might become."
Mike Resnick
"A giant in the field of science fiction...When you're the acknowledged Dean of Science Fiction, you're allowed to coast a little. Jack is the only writer around who has demonstrably improved with every passing decade."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012302823
  • Publisher: Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/13/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 566,110
  • File size: 676 KB

Meet the Author

Jack Williamson (1907-2006) was one of the most important and influential figures in science fiction. Born in 1907, he came to New Mexico with his family in a covered wagon in 1915. His first science fiction story appeared in a professional magazine in 1928, and he kept writing new novels and stories through 2005 when his last novel THE STONEHENGE GATE was published. His updated autobiography WONDER'S CHILD is available. Jack Williamson coined many words that became staples in science fiction and in the world at large: genetic engineering, terraforming, psionics, spaceport, prime directive, ion drive, Tellurian, neutronium. He is the only writer to receive both SFWA's Grand Master Award and the Horror Writer of America's Lifetime Achievement Award. The University of Eastern New Mexico, where he taught for many years, has a Jack Williamson library wing. www.spectrumliteraryagency.com/williamson.htm
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  • Posted February 25, 2009

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    Enduring novel standing the test of time

    (Originally written July 25, 2005)

    The most pleasant surprise about "Darker Than You Think" for me is how NOT-dated it was. When I realized that it was a reprinting of a novel from the 1940's, I kind of expected the writing style to reflect its age. Not that 60 years is a LONG time in the writing world, but I have read other novels that practically screamed "Hey! I was written in the 1970's!" and so on. There was some jargon and lingo that was dated, and the newspaper was clearly NOT run in the computerized world. But other than that, this novel could ALMOST have been written this year.

    My favorite element was probably the loose interpretation of lycanthropy. I wasn't as crazy about the use of the law of probability and such, but it was cool seeing one individual being able to turn into a wolf AND a saber tooth tiger AND a snake and so on. The explanation behind this was new and interesting, not quite like any other horror novel I have ever read.

    The one thing about the writing style that DID bug me was the constant "shivering" by the main character. That and his flip flopping attitude about humanity versus the monster. For the first part, once the real "horror" of the plot started to unfold, the guy was CONSTANTLY "shivering" in horror or "shuddering" in fear, and let's not forget "gasping" words such as "Huh." By the end of the book, I think one of those words was used at least once per page. As for the flip flopping, he would embrace the monsters, then he would rebel on behalf of his human friends, then he would embrace the monsters again, then he would rebel. And on and on. It got a little tiring.

    BUT ... looking past those two elements, I enjoyed the novel quite a lot. It is definitely a worthy read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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