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Based on Cherokee traditions, this irreverent dark fantasy is a moving love story, a cry of protest against crimes against native peoples-- and more. A young Cherokee, his dead (but still sarcastic) shaman grandfather, and the Asian woman they both love must save the world from a monster fed by human error and evil.

The author, William Sanders, says: "What I was trying to do in this novel was create a modern fantasy based on the Monster Slayer legends found in virtually all ...

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Based on Cherokee traditions, this irreverent dark fantasy is a moving love story, a cry of protest against crimes against native peoples-- and more. A young Cherokee, his dead (but still sarcastic) shaman grandfather, and the Asian woman they both love must save the world from a monster fed by human error and evil.

The author, William Sanders, says: "What I was trying to do in this novel was create a modern fantasy based on the Monster Slayer legends found in virtually all native peoples' traditions. I also wanted to say something about certain authentic monsters of our own time.... I consider this the finest story that has ever chosen me to tell it."

William Sanders is a Vietnam-era veteran and a former powwow dancer and Cherokee gospel singer. His works have been nominated for many awards, including the Nebula and Hugo Awards in science fiction. His short story "The Undiscovered" won the Sidewise Award for Alternate History. This is his 16th book.

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Al Sirios
Sanders' prose misses no beats and he keeps pulling off new plot twists with the ease of a seasoned expert. The novel is lean and mean like Billy, but soft in all the right places like Janna. It kicks butt. — Outside, May 1999
Charles deLint
It has everything I love about a book.... Sanders' prose and dialogue is wry, and funny, and serious, and gripping. The book swallows you whole from first page when Billy's grandfather talks to him through the body of a bluejay and doesn't let you go until the end, with not a wasted page in between. Rather, there's a wealth of intriguing incident and story, character and interaction, high flights of fancy and down to earth horrors." — in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, August, 1999
Harry Turtledove
Billy Badass and the Rose of Turkestan is William Sanders at the top of his form, which is saying a great deal. Sanders, a Hugo, Nebula, and Campbell finalist, has a wry wit, a keen eye and ear, and a sympathetic understanding for those whom life has dealt a busted flush, all these virtues being very much on display here. He takes us places where we think we might not want to go, from the imminent end of the world to several hells on earth imposed by man on his fellow man, and makes us learn from all of them. Oh, yeah--and watch out for the talking blue jay. — , award-winning SF author
Lisa DuMond
This is a story of horrifying truths, deadly lies, and people pushed aside since long before current memory. And no one could tell it better than Sanders. It has been a long while since a writer has come along with such a brilliant economy of language. . . . Realistic dialogue, multi-dimensional characters, a driving story line--there is never a moment when the reader feels in anything but capable hands. %#151; in SFsite, February 1999
Poul Anderson
One crackling hell of a book--suspenseful, funny, sad, angry, with people in it who come alive and whom we really get to care about, and with a close, unblinkered look at lifeways that are strange to most of us but touch our hearts. — , multiple award-winning SF author and Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Grand Master
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738803104
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.64 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2000

    In the running for a Nebula Award!

    If Sanders wins the Science Fiction Writers of America's Nebula Award this year, I wouldn't be surprised. This is the kind of book that renews my faith in modern fiction! Congratulations, William Sanders, on a wonderful book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 1999

    A truly fine read

    My eyes usually glaze over when an author allegedly has a 'voice,' but Sanders makes his Cherokee grandson and grandfather leap off the page. The other characters are also nifty - it is hard to imagine a heroic Immigration and Naturalization Service bureaucrat, but Sanders makes her three dimensional. Reminded me of Heinlein's 'Fairy Godmother Department' for modeling bureaucratic behavior, but this lady embodies no-nonsense, honest-to-the-bone decency. Did not need a magic wand, just a quiet sort of guts. Sadly, Sanders is hard to find in print - suggest you try his material at www.alexlit.com, where the short stories can be found without digging out old scifi managizines. Shakespeare staging Hamlet in Cherokee gives a bit of Sanders' imagination.

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