The Quorum

The Quorum

by Kim Newman
     
 

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“Fascinating… Witty and Sage.” Library Journal. In the polluted River Thames, a monster is born. Formed of filth and grime, Derek Leech emerges from the murky depths, destined to found a global media empire. In 1978, three school friends with high aspirations—Michael, Mark and Mickey—are offered a deal by the mysterious magnate. If they agree… See more details below

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“Fascinating… Witty and Sage.” Library Journal. In the polluted River Thames, a monster is born. Formed of filth and grime, Derek Leech emerges from the murky depths, destined to found a global media empire. In 1978, three school friends with high aspirations—Michael, Mark and Mickey—are offered a deal by the mysterious magnate. If they agree, their future wealth will be ensured, but they must offer Leech a sacrifice in return, a conspiracy of lifelong pain against their absent friend, Neil. Accepting the terms, the men prosper over the next fifteen years. But as the era of excess comes to an end, the trio must pay the price for their success, and they soon discover that fame and fortune is a fate worse than death. A brand-new edition of the critically acclaimed novel, featuring five short stories by the award-winning author. “Newman’s sprinting intensity... puts him into the first rank of current horror novelists.” Booklist “Fans of ‘Deal with the Devil’ stories ought to be delighted with this novel... which brings a new twist or two to the genre.” Publishers Weekly

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fans of ``Deal with the Devil'' stories ought to be delighted with this fifth novel from British horror writer Newman (Anno-Dracula), which brings a new twist or two to the genre. Be advised, though, that supernatural elements play second fiddle to social satire in this fast-paced tale: it's no accident that the ``Devil'' here is a media mogul or that those caught in his web are involved in film, books, TV and, especially, comic books. The victims are four young men with high aspirations who become inseparable friends in school. In 1978, as they are approaching adulthood, three of them-Mike, Mark and Mickey-are offered a deal by Derek Leech, head of a vast media empire. Their future success will be ensured, but they must offer Leech pain in return-not their own pain, but that of their absent friend, Neil. Accepting the terms, the three prosper over the next 15 years, all the while working together to bring travail into the failed life of their former comrade. But, when a private investigator hired by the trio to keep track of their victim becomes suspicious, things begin to fall apart. In deals with the Devil, as we all know, whatever goes around comes around: moral enough for this fine and funny romp. (Oct.)
Library Journal
In this Faustian fantasy, three school chums make a pact with one Derek Leech, a humanoid creature born fully formed from the muck of the river Thames. He seemingly offers them lives filled with success in exchange for a sacrifice of lifelong pain. That pain need not be theirs, he assures them, but our chums neglect to read the fine print. This well-told tale is peopled with a fascinating array of characters and offers much witty and sage commentary on our materialistic society. American readers may find the modern, colloquial British English a bit daunting, particularly since Newman's previous novel, the popular Anno-Dracula (LJ 8/93), was set in Victorian England and did not suffer from this handicap. For large fiction collections and wherever the author has a following.-Patricia Altner, Dept. of Defense Lib., Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C.
Dennis Winters
Newman chronicles four young Englishmen, friends since their days at school, in this contemporary twist on the Faust theme. Events swirl around them as the narrative pirouettes between the 1970s and the 1990s, always moving ever faster toward inescapable damnation. Although the book's richly textured tapestry of the English pop-cultural milieu sometimes makes it a little difficult for an American to catch all the allusions, Newman's sprinting intensity forces the reader to run to keep up, even as the black-comic landscape forces him to stop to appreciate the author's adroitness. Newman's postmodern morality play puts him into the first rank of current horror novelists.
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‘There were some absolutely fantastic moments that really fascinated me with their twists and the darkly comic wit that Newman had running through them.’ - The Curiosity of a Social Misfit

‘It’s a lean, tautly plotted tale, and there’s an attack to the writing and a bite to the humour...this is perhaps Newman’s best book outside of his Anno Dracula series...’ - Starburst

 

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781781165553
Publisher:
Titan
Publication date:
10/22/2013
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
338,262
File size:
1 MB

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