Stone Junction [NOOK Book]

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Stone Junction is a novel about Daniel Pearse, an orphaned child who is taken under the wings of the AMO - Alliance of Magicians and Outlaws. An assortment of sages sharpen Daniel's wide-eyed outlook until he has the concentration of a card shark Zen master, via apprenticeships in meditation, safecracking, poker, and the art of walking through walls. This unconventional education sets Daniel on the trail of a strange, six-pound diamond sphere, held by the U.S. government in a New Mexico vault, rumored to be the ...
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Overview

Stone Junction is a novel about Daniel Pearse, an orphaned child who is taken under the wings of the AMO - Alliance of Magicians and Outlaws. An assortment of sages sharpen Daniel's wide-eyed outlook until he has the concentration of a card shark Zen master, via apprenticeships in meditation, safecracking, poker, and the art of walking through walls. This unconventional education sets Daniel on the trail of a strange, six-pound diamond sphere, held by the U.S. government in a New Mexico vault, rumored to be the Philosopher's Stone or the Holy Grail. Shadowing the slippery netherworlds of role-playing games like Magic or Dungeons & Dragons, Daniel's quest to retrieve the magic stone and discover who killed his mother becomes a bravura act of storytelling, both a free-spirited adventure and a parable about the powers within us all.

Both a high adventure that spans the decades from Haight-Ashbury to 1980s New York and a parable about the powers within us all.

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Editorial Reviews

Seattle Times
Jim Dodge is a masterful storyteller.
Santa Cruz Sentinel
His roller coaster of scenes, people, ideas, jokes, hugs, and zen breaths make Stone Junction a super read.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A short but remarkable life leads wizard-in-training Daniel Pearse to the ``junction'' entrance of the legendary philosopher's stone, but not before this novel chronicles his extraordinary education. Daniel's unwed mother, Annalee, raises him in a shack that serves as the hideout for an ancient counterculture society, the Alliance of Magicians and Outlaws AMO. Annalee falls for AMO poet Shamus Malloy, whose plot to steal plutonium results in her violent death. Young Daniel, in pursuit of his mother's betrayer, joins AMO and discovers a faculty that includes Wild Bill Weber on meditation and survival; rancher Mott Stocker on sex and drugs; Willie the Click on safecracking; and Bad Bobby Sloane on poker. Daniel wants to learn who betrayed Annalee, but is distracted by the task of stealing a glowing, perfectly spherical diamond from the White Sands Proving Grounds, an easy proposition for the well-schooled youth. But instead of relinquishing the stone to AMO leader Volta, as he had sworn to, Daniel surrenders to total obsession with its mysteries. Aptly subtitled ``an alchemical potboiler,'' and smartly crafted, Dodge's Not Fade Away third novel may be his first cult classic. Jan.
Library Journal
``Potboiler,'' alchemical or not, is an apt description of this book. Pretentiously divided into four parts labeled Air, Earth, Water, and Fire, it chronicles the life of Daniel Pearse and his waif mother Annalee, who run a safe house for outlaws. One of them, Shamus Malloy, a poet and ``alchemist'' who dramatically wears a black glove over his scarred hand, leads them into an aborted plutonium heist in which Daniel's mother is killed. The counterculture alchemical secret society (AMO) to which Malloy belongs persuades Daniel to steal a prize diamond from the government. He does, and it is indeed the Philosopher's Stone that renders Daniel divine and annihilates the thieves who have used him. A fair idea, but hardly worth 373 pages of sex, violence, contrivances, and obscenities.-- Kenneth Mintz, formerly with Bayonne P.L., N.J.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555847654
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 563,719
  • File size: 3 MB

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