|Cover artist||Robert Gould|
|28 January 1986|
Wizard of the Pigeons is a 1986 urban fantasy novel set in Seattle by Megan Lindholm, issued as a paperback original by Ace Books and reprinted in hardcover by Hypatia Press in 1994 and as a 35th Anniversary Edition (illustrated by Tommy Arnold) by Grim Oak Press in 2020. Several UK editions have also been published. The book explores the themes of homelessness, poverty, and mental illness.
The novel has been termed modern Arthurian fantasy, with the title character identified with Merlin Ambrosius.Jo Walton has described it as a precursor of the urban fantasy genre: "here are people who aren’t reaching back to Tolkien or to British and European folklore, they are doing something new, they are writing American fantasy!". It was the first work to draw wider attention to Megan Lindholm (also known as Robin Hobb).
The plot focuses on the homeless character 'Wizard' and his battle with a malignant force from his forgotten past.In order to survive, Wizard must rely on his powerful gift of 'Knowing'. This allows him to know the truth of things, to receive fortunes and to reveal to people the answers to their troubles. Aiding him in his battle for survival is the enigmatic 'Cassie' and several other people from the streets.
Orson Scott Card praised the novel as "miraculously good" (although he faulted the ending); he described it as "so real, so original, you won't regret buying it and reading it."Roger Zelazny said the book "moves with force and with grace. It kept me guessing and it cut deeply."
Dave Langford reviewed Wizard of the Pigeons for White Dwarf #90, and stated that "another unusual fantasy, based on a cunning insight [...] Fresh, original, exciting."
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Mort is a fantasy novel by British writer Terry Pratchett. Published in 1987, it is the fourth Discworld novel and the first to focus on the character Death, who only appeared as a side character in the previous novels. The title is the name of its main character, and is also a play on words: in French and Catalan, mort means "death". The French language edition is titled Mortimer, and the Catalan language edition is titled Morth.
The Light Fantastic is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, the second of the Discworld series. It was published on 2 June 1986, the first printing being of 1,034 copies. The title, taken from a poem by John Milton, in which it refers to dancing lightly with extravagance.
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