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A novel by. Hear this, O Nobly-Born: life eternal we offer thee. Thus opens a strange, long-forgotten manuscript, The Book of Skulls, which sends four college students on a quest for immortality that they know must leave two of them dead. They are already aware of the Ninth Mystery described by the Book of Skulls: that for two of them to achieve immortality, one of the others must willingly give up his life and one must be murdered by the survivors.

The Book of Skulls by Robert Silverberg chapter one Eli chapter two Ned chapter three Timothy chapter four Ned chapter five Oliver chapter six Eli chapter seven Timothy chapter eight Oliver chapter nine Ned chapter ten Oliver chapter eleven Eli chapter twelve Oliver chapter thirteen Ne. .

The Book of Skulls by Robert Silverberg chapter one Eli chapter two Ned chapter three Timothy chapter four Ned chapter five Oliver chapter six Eli chapter seven Timothy chapter eight Oliver chapter nine Ned chapter ten Oliver chapter eleven Eli chapter twelve Oliver chapter thirteen Ned chapter fourteen Timothy chapter fifteen Oliver chapter sixteen Eli chapter seventeen Ned chapter eighteen Eli chapter nineteen.

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The Book of Skulls by Robert Silverberg for Saul Diskin chapter one Eli Coming into New York City from the north, off the New England Thruway, Oliver driving as usual. Tireless, relaxed, his window half open, long blond hair whipping in the chilly breeze. Timothy slouched beside him, asleep. The second day of our Easter vacation; the trees still bare, ugly driblets of blackened snow banked in dirty heaps by the roadsi. Читать онлайн The Book of Skulls.

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The Book of Skulls by Robert Silverberg was first published in 1972. Four college roommates (Eli, Ned, Timothy, and Oliver) drive west across county to a monastery in an Arizona desert where they hope to achieve immortality. With much study and effort, he is able to translate the book.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Robert Silverberg including rare images from the author’s personal .

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Robert Silverberg including rare images from the author’s personal collection. On the journey with Eli, there’s Timothy, an upper-class WASP with a trust fund and a solid sense of entitlement; Ned, a cynical poet and alienated gay man; and Oliver, a Kansas farm boy who escaped his rural origins and now wants to escape death.

The Book of Skulls is a science fiction novel by Robert Silverberg, which was first published in 1972. It was nominated for the Nebula Award in 1972, and both the Hugo and Locus Awards in 1973.

This novel is Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author Robert Silverberg at his very be.

The rituals, the diet, the gymnastics, the spiritual exercises, and the rest. Doubtless we have seen only the tip of the iceberg. Much else remains to be revealed; and, for example,. we still do not know when the terms of the Ninth Mystery must be carried out. Tomorrow, next Friday, Christmas, when? Already we eye one another in a sinister fashion, peering through the face to the skull beneath

Author: Robert Silverberg. Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1972. Four students discover a manuscript, The Book of Skulls, which reveals the existence of a sect, now living in the Arizona desert, whose members can offer immortality to those who can complete its initiation rite. To their surprise, they discover that the sect exists, and is willing to accept them as acolytes.

Four college students searching for the secret of eternal life embark on a journey to the Arizona desert where they encounter a sect called the Keepers of the Skulls

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Just_paw
I feel this is an underrated/overlooked classic of 20th century fantasy. The story of four college students setting out on a road trip to find a legendary monastery that is supposed to have the secret to immortality, and what happens during the trip, is fascinating. The premise is that four must come seeking, but only two may be given the knowledge. One must die at his own hand. One must die at the hands of the others. Who will it be? Why? A thinking person's fantasy novel. If you haven't read it, buy yourself a copy.
Funky
Robert Silverberg's The Book of Skulls is the tale of a group of college students on spring break in the hunt for adventure as they follow up on an ancient text promising immortality. The hook is that only two can be granted immortality, while one must be murdered and the other commit suicide. As they travel cross country, their varied backgrounds are explored as is their individual search for their own identity. Typical of its time, there much emphasis on sexuality as well as overt and latent homosexual tendencies.

The sci-fi elements are firmly of the paranormal variety. This is more of a psychological exploration with dark secrets bubbling up. None of the main characters are heroes by any stretch, but each struggles to accept who they are in a world that they all recognize is evolving away from their prior generation. In the end, the question that remains is whether immortality is worth the price.
Xig
This novel is very much in the tradition of the New Wave science fiction that was popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s. There are no space ships, no invading aliens. Nobody gets beamed up. The book might not even be considered science fiction unless the reader chooses to put a certain interpretation on the events in the story.

The plot is relatively simple. Four eastern college boys travel to Arizona over spring break in search of immortality. One of the students has discovered a long lost manuscript that promises life eternal if the boys can find a monasteryin the desert where a group of monks guard the secret of the Book of Skulls.

The story unfolds in a series of alternating first person narratives by each of the students. The result is a powerful, character-driven novel that really gets inside the head of each character. The writing is crisp and the story moves quickly and is filled with unique twists and turns. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys good stories with a philosophical bent. After reading this book I'm looking forward to trying other books in the New Wave tradition.
Nirn
So few books are written about what goes on inside mens' heads about other men, especially when the focus is not on war or women, that this seems almost to stand alone among adventure or horror stories. I read it when it first came out and read it again when I found it available here. It had a huge impact on me then and again now. It is about the biggest of themes - life, death, the meaning of both and what comes after - and the most petty - jealousy, backbiting and competition just for the sake of wining. To read it when you are young opens up a world of possibilites and to read when you are old reminds you that youth is not everything and that age has a value that the young cannot possibibly comprehend. I love this book.
Fog
This book is a haunting exploration into asking what a person would do to gain immortality. 4 college students take a road trip on the advice of 1 of them, who claims to have 'discovered' 'lost' documents suggesting a place in the WEstern U.S. where a place exists -- a place that promises immortality. They go there questioning, but become believers. It's a tense exploration into the downward spiral of human nature. How far will each go in hopes to realize their goal? The answers come in frighteningly chilling results.
Amhirishes
The Book of Skulls by Robert Silverberg was first published in 1972. Four college roommates (Eli, Ned, Timothy, and Oliver) drive west across county to a monastery in an Arizona desert where they hope to achieve immortality. Eli, whose scholarship emphasizes ancient languages, discovers a manuscript in the university archives entitled The Book of Skulls. With much study and effort, he is able to translate the book. It describes a monastery, referred to as the House of Skulls, where the monks are immortals and they can give immortal life to others who are able to successfully endure the acceptance trial. After much research, Eli locates the mysterious monastery and he persuades his roommates to pursue immortality with him. However, immortality comes with serious consequences. Only groups of four people may apply, and only two of them can survive to achieve immortality. The story is presented through successive narration of the thoughts and actions of each of the four individual protagonists. The reader learns much information about the lives of each of them, including intimate details about their relationships with each other and more than I wanted to know about their sexual experiences. The Book of Skulls is an unusual tale that is difficult to categorize. Even Mr. Silverberg states in the Afterword he wrote for this book in 2004 that much of it reads as a mainstream book that perhaps could be thought of as "dark social satire" instead of science fiction. He goes on to explain that it was written in 1970-71 during a time when science fiction writers were trying to combine their writing styles with the methods of modern mainstream novelists, i.e., a movement known as "New Wave" science fiction. However, because it deals with immortality this book has been mostly categorized as science fiction. I consider Robert Silverberg to be one of the greatest science fiction writers of all time. I have read ten of his books in addition to several of his short stories. I found this book to be an interesting and worthwhile read. It is steeped in the late 1960s and early 1970s, which elicits many memories and emotions from those of us who lived through those years. However, I'm not sure how readers who did not live through those decades will react. In my opinion, this is not one of Silverberg's best science fiction efforts, but it is a Silverberg novel, which makes it better than most.
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Science Fiction
Author: Robert Silverberg
ISBN: 0553230573
Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Subcategory: Science Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Bantam Books; Reprint edition (December 1, 1982)