Drinking Midnight Wine by SimonR. Green

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British author Simon R. Green, world renowned for his Deathstalker series, visits his hometown of Bradford-on-Avon in a "magical realism" fantasy called Drinking Midnight Wine.

"Bradford-on-Avon is an old town, and not all of its ghosts sleep the sleep of the just," the story aptly begins. Toby Dexter works at an independent bookstore in the city, but on a fateful ride home on the train, he meets a beautiful woman with "the most perfect mouth in the world." He follows her through a door and into the parallel realm of Mysterie, where the magical world reigns.

With the help -- and sometimes hindrance -- of myriad interesting characters, including a private eye demigod, a shape-shifter, a fallen angel, and human-sized mice, Toby discovers his destiny. It was fate that brought Toby to Mysterie, and as a focal point, his actions will determine the future of humankind.

Fans of magic realism should thoroughly enjoy Green's newest offering -- a funny, romantic fantasy. (C.A.)


About SimonR. Green

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Simon R. Green is a New York Times bestselling author whose works include Drinking Midnight Wine, Beyond the Blue Moon, Blue Moon Rising, The Adventures of Hawk & Fisher, and the Deathstalker series. A resident of Bradford-on-Avon in England, he is currently working on the next Deathstalker novel.
Published January 1, 2001 by Gollancz. 272 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Toby Dexter, a bored 33-year-old clerk at Gandalf's bookshop in Bradford-on-Avon, becomes an unlikely hero when he follows a woman (the mysterious Gayle, at whom Toby has often gaped during his daily commute) into a doorway she creates by pointing at a wall.

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Still, if the ultimate outcome is never really in doubt, there's plenty of entertainment in the journey, and the engagingly-drawn characters -- Toby, Gyale, Norse godling Jimmy Thunder, a tribe of mischievous Mice -- are fun to travel with, even if they do spend a bit too much time sitting around...

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