City of Golden Shadow (Otherland Series #1)

City of Golden Shadow (Otherland Series #1)

by Tad Williams
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Overview

City of Golden Shadow (Otherland Series #1) by Tad Williams

Otherland...
Surrounded by secrecy, it is home to the wildest dreams and darkest nightmares. Incredible amounts of money have been lavished on it. The best minds of two generations have labored to build it. And somehow, bit by bit, it is claiming the Earth's most valuable resource--its children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101551264
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 01/01/1998
Series: Otherland Series , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 792
Sales rank: 60,071
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Tad Williams has held more jobs than any sane person should admit to—singing in a band, selling shoes, managing a financial institution, throwing newspapers, and designing military manuals, to name just a few. He also hosted a syndicated radio show for ten years, worked in theater and television production, taught both grade-school and college classes, and worked in multimedia for a major computer firm. He is cofounder of an interactive television company, and is currently writing comic books and film and television scripts as well. Tad and his family live in London and the San Francisco Bay Area. You can find Tad Williams at tadwilliams.com. 

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City of Golden Shadow 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 reviews.
kmoberly86 More than 1 year ago
This is the second Tad Williams novel that I have read and it remains one of my favorite books of all time. The first book I read by Tad was Tailchaser's Song, and while that was a good book, it was easy to see the simplistic style of writing. The Otherland series however shows a great deal of growth in writing style and plot development. For those who have not read beyond this novel, I implore you to continue at least through River of Blue Fire. There are four novels total and each one gets better and better. Follow Renie as she searches to find a cure for her brother's sudden comatose state... Get to know Thargor and Pithlit (aka Orlando and Fredricks) as they search for the secret behind the City of Golden Shadow. While I didn't find this book to be a slow start at all, others might be waiting for something more exciting to happen. My advice to them is to bear with it, continue on with the story and you will not be disappointed!
Deborah_Beale More than 1 year ago
Deborah Beale here (Tad partner & wife): we recently received this rave review from Christopher Paolini, and I thought I would take the liberty of posting it here. "Tad Williams is a huge inspiration for me. He's one of the main reasons I started writing fantasy. His books are epic, exciting, and filled with fascinating characters. When it comes to inventing imaginary worlds, he's as skilled as J.R.R. Tolkien and Frank Herbert. "Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn is one of the great fantasy epics of all time. I can't even remember how many times I've read it. It kept me so enthralled, I plowed through the last book in just one sitting! Here be magic, dragons, sprawling battles, thrilling feats of derring-do, ancient mysteries, hidden secrets-all the things a good story needs. These are the books, along with a few others, that led me to write Eragon. "Otherland is an awesome sci-fi story. The scale of Tad Williams' ambition and accomplishments as a storyteller in this series is amazing. He weaves together so many characters, locations, and unique worlds, you can't help but be impressed! Also, with Otherland Tad predicted the rise of the internet and online gaming long before it was invented. "Tad Williams' work is an essential part of any science fiction and fantasy library. I look forward to each new book he writes. If you like exciting, thought-provoking fiction, you owe it to yourself to give Tad a try. "His books are thick enough to stop a bullet! I know!" - Christopher Paolini
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this series, I originally read this series when it was first published; actually, I had to wait for the final book to be written & released. I couldn't wait for him to finish writing it & get the conclusion out to the bookstores. Well worth the wait! I've found all the volumes in this series to be consistently well-written. As it's been some years since I discovered the Otherland saga, I am getting set to read these books again. I was disappointed to find that you cannot get the whole series in e-book format. You CANNOT read these books as stand-alone novels, if you want to get the entire idea behind Tad's concept. If you skip ANY of them you'll miss a LOT!!!! WHY would anyone want to do that?!?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Few people know this, but the Matrix movies were based off of the principle of this book, but Wiliams is more complete than the Wachowski brothers at showing how developing technology will possibly affect the globe. The first book starts slow and concentrates on setting up a theory of computer science that will raise the eyebrows of compsci experts with its insightfullness. Williams also concentrates on building characters and plots throughout the City of Golden Shadow. The second book is where theory turns into adventure. This is, by far, the best series I have ever read. The characters, the dozens of plots that all connect, the ideas and perspectives are all nothing short of spectacular. If you are in search of a read that will stretch your imagination and introduce you to a truly unique cast of players, please PLEASE don't let a slow start disuade you. The four thousand pages of the series are a wonderful adventure that is well worth the journey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tried to give this book a chance. I really did. I was intrigued at first, but eventually reading this got very tedious. Characters have to keep a story afloat. I really didn't care much about the ones in Otherland. And it takes forever for interesting things to happen. This book was not for me.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best sci-fi series ever. Williams creates engaging characters in a powerful epic. It was beyond refreshing to see sci-fi with strong females and people of color drawn without stereotype. This series remains in my top 5 (to stand along with Austen, Dickens, James Baldwin, Octavia Butler; yes, it's that good.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book started me on a ride through such mind blowing places that I was disappointed when it came to an end. This was the first series written by Tad Williams that I read and led me to check out all of his works. The characters I traveled with thru these places were as real as they get, and I felt every emotion with them as we journeyed along the river of the author's wondrous imagination. I had a blast reading this series and suggest you give it a chance to take you far away from the mundane. Great storyline and characters that will win you over or make your jaw drop. Cannot say enough, give it a whirl-you won't regret it!
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jaki82 More than 1 year ago
It took 2/3 of the first book to really start to figure out what was going on, but then I got hooked and am now on volume 3, and can hardly put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first book starts slow but trust me...stay with it. When it picks up it does not slow down. This is the first book in a truly engrossing science fiction journey spanning some truly amazing and imaganitive worlds. All the characters at to the grit and flavor and you will find yourself trying to help them through their perdictiment. Trust me. Buy this and the rest of the Otherland series...
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