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Tad Williams demonstrates again why he is considered one of the most original of epic fantasy authors around. This wasn't a book that was better the second time around.

Tad Williams demonstrates again why he is considered one of the most original of epic fantasy authors around. Much like Otherland, the world presented here is unique and straight out of the amazing imagination of Williams. The War of the Flowers" is about a 30ish slacker wanna be rock star (lead singer only) named Theo Vilmos who's life is literally turned upside down when he is attacked by an undead thing and a six inch person with wings fights it off with a corkscrew while helping him escape to another world.

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I thought War of the Flowers was lame for the first chapter or so (which deals with a loser rock-&-roll musician first dealing with his girlfriend having a miscarriage, then his mother ill and dying.

Theo Vilmos' life is about to take a real turn for the worse. He is drawn from his home in Northern California into the parallel world of Faerie, for, unknown to him, he is a pivotal figure in a war between certain of Faerie's powerful lords and the rest of the strange creatures who live in this exotic realm. I thought War of the Flowers was lame for the first chapter or so (which deals with a loser rock-&-roll musician first dealing with his girlfriend having a miscarriage, then his mother ill and dying.

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com All characters and events in this book are. fictitious. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is strictly coincidental.

Tad Williams is an international best-selling author of fantasy and science fiction. Tad’s stories have earned critical acclaim and are immensely popular with both fantasy and science fiction readers worldwide. Tad’s first novel, Tailchaser’s Song, is soon to be a CG-animated feature film from Animetropolis and IDA. The bobby dollar books (2012).

DAW Books Presents The Finest in Imaginative Fiction by TAD WILLIAMS MEMORY, SORROW AND THORN THE DRAGONBONE . The war of the flowers. Maps by Isaac Stewart. 1761. Jacket illustration by Michael Whelan. Jacket design by G-Force Design. Published by DAW Books, Inc. All characters and events in this book are fictitious.

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Tad Williams takes this unlikely hero and places him in the middle of a developing crisis between our world and Faery. This is a dark book, filled with vivid and strange places: the Faery realm is a warped reflection of our world. Originally published in 2003, I first bought this book the day it was released as a paperback.

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This standalone portal fantasy transports unsuccessful rockstar Theo Vilmos from modern California to a land of magic and mystery.Returning to the fantasy genre that made him a coast-to-coast best-selling phenomenon, Tad Williams writes this stand-alone contemporary fantasy novel, set in Northern California—and also in the strange parallel world that coexists in the farthest reaches of the imagination.

Theo Vilmos is a thirty-year-old lead singer in a not terribly successful rock band. Once, he had enormous, almost magical charisma, both onstage and off—but now, life has taken its toll on Theo. Hitting an all-time low, he seeks refuge in a isolated cabin in the woods. While there, he reads an odd memoir written by a dead relative who believed he had visited the magical world of Faerie. And before Theo can disregard the account as the writings of a madman, he, too, is drawn to a place beyond his wildest dreams...a place that will be, and has always been, his destiny.


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santa
Tad Williams demonstrates again why he is considered one of the most original of epic fantasy authors around. Much like Otherland, the world presented here is unique and straight out of the amazing imagination of Williams. No Tolkienesque fantasy realm, this one pictures an industrialized fairyland. This fairyland has its own versions of trains, trucks, guns, and even electricity. Urbanization of fairyland under the leadership and control of powerful families (the Flower houses) has led to many of the same problems we see in our own world. Williams definitely has some socially-relevant points to make in this one, with poverty, exploitation, and inequality running rampant in fairyland.

The story follows Theo Vilmos, a mortal, as he is rather abruptly whisked out of our world and into this bizarre and troubled fairyland. He finds himself embroiled in dangerous politics and basically stumbles, runs, and hides his way through a remarkable adventure where he eventually helps determine the future of the world. Theo himself is rather unlikeable. Self-pitying and aimless, he is actually quite annoying and certainly never inspiring. Through most of the book, the characters surrounding him are much more interesting, and you'll find yourself having much more empathy with them than with Theo. In fact, most readers will find they don't really care one way or another about Theo himself. Luckily though, its not the protagonist of this book, but the setting and the story itself that keeps the reader engaged. Top-notch stuff. Highly recommended.
SING
Urban fairy tales make up a significant portion of all fantasy novels. And most of the time I ignore them because as a historical fiction fan, historical fantasy (or fantisoricals) always appealed to me more. But in my on going quest to find single volume fantasy novels I cam across "The War of The Flowers"-and wasn't exactly thrilled. After reading and loving Tad Williams' "Otherland" series I decided to go back and see if I missed anything.

And unfortunately I didn't. This wasn't a book that was better the second time around.

"The War of the Flowers" is about a 30ish slacker wanna be rock star (lead singer only) named Theo Vilmos who's life is literally turned upside down when he is attacked by an undead thing and a six inch person with wings fights it off with a corkscrew while helping him escape to another world. Fairy.

It turns out Theo is wanted in Fairy for various reasons. None of which are explained to him. And the fairy land that Theo lands in is nothing like that of old stories-it is in every way a modern society with class structure (upper class fairies look more human and have no wings) urban development (one great big city that is just called the city) and technology-all of which would be considered magic in Theo's world. Theo is confused, scared and totally lost in this world-with only Appelcore the sprite who saved him in the mortal world on his side to explain things. And she thinks he's just about the stupidest thing she's ever met.

It doesn't help that the political structure in Fairy is about to blow sky high kicking off yet another war of the flowers (the seven leading houses since the king and queen vanished.) And Theo-for reasons that no one seems to be quite sure of and even if they were they wouldn't tell him-is smack dab in the middle of it. And he's not the only one-various fairy lords' dark forces and terrible monsters dredged up from ages past all have a part to play.

This book is pretty cool with the major word building that obviously went on-and there is no doubt that the various species customs, well pretty much everything about fairy is fascinating. But Theo's part of the story (which is about 90% third person) comes off with such a lack of emotion that even when major events happen its hard to become emotionally attached to them.

This novel also boasts an extremely complicated multi part plot-some of which never get any attention and just sort of drift off. The way this book is written would really suit something that was shorter more simplified. Because while it may be riddled with cool stuff, "The War of The Flowers" comes off overall as slightly tepid. I think the "Otherland" series remains my favorite of Williams' work.

Three stars
sobolica
The novel uses a familiar fantasy formula. It begins with an ordinary guy. He makes his living as a part-time deliveryman, part-time singer. Via details I shall be kind enough not to reveal, he is transported to a fairyland. There he meets strange beings, has strange adventures, and gets caught up in a war. All ends well.

Sounds trite, but creativity lies in the detail. It is a solid five-star read.

The writing is straightforward and plain, which is a good thing. He does not insult us with juvenile prose, but you will not need to use your dictionary, much. The narrative is moderately descriptive--lighter than the first page of Charles Dickens's "Bleak House," heavier than a Star Trek novel. One escape sequence is excessively drawn out. But when I finished the book, my memory of that lengthy sequence was pleasant. It helped me retain a concept of this secret world.

Nothing was boring, but the titular war does not start until past the midpoint. Be patient. Then the plot accelerates, ascending to a climax, ending with a neat denouement. Resembling Williams's "Otherland" series, THE WAR OF THE FLOWERS harvests a good crop of tasty characters. And the magical land of Faery has well developed society, politics, and technology.

Be advised, a glossary is appended. (Which I unfortunately didn't notice until the end.)
The War of the Flowers (Daw Book Collectors) download epub
Short Stories & Anthologies
Author: Tad Williams
ISBN: 0756401356
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Short Stories & Anthologies
Language: English
Publisher: DAW; 1st edition (May 6, 2003)
Pages: 704 pages