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Book Title: A Weeping Czar Beholds the Fallen Moon|
The author of the book: Ken Scholes
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 428 KB
Date of issue: February 17th 2009
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Read full description of the books A Weeping Czar Beholds the Fallen Moon:3.5 stars. This short story is set in the same universe as the Psalms of Isaak (Lamentation and Canticle) 1000 years before the beginning of that series. I have not yet read any of the series novels but certainly intend to check them out given my enjoyment of this story and the quality of Scholes prose.
The story centers on Frederico, the Czar of the title, who suffers from a mysterious “condition” that has been passed down from his ancestors and subjects him to frequent bouts of severe melancholy and weeping. His condition causes a severe strain on those who care about him as evidenced by the superb opening of the story in which Frederico discovers his 13th wife has just committed suicide:
Frederico leaned close to smell the poison on his thirteenth wife’s cold, dead lips. It tickled his nose and he resisted the strong desire to kiss her that suddenly overcame him. That you might lose yourself from sadness by my lips, my husband and Czar, her open, glassy eyes promised him. He looked away, uncomfortable with her empty, inviting stare.
Rather than calling the death a suicide (which it is believed would lead to mass suicides by those women that idolize and worship his dead wife), the death is called an assassination by rebel “Lunar Resurgence” which is then used as a pretext for a security crackdown on the mysterious group. During the crackdown, an ancient relic is discovered and Frederico takes possession of it. Through possession of the relic and its unusual properties, Frederico learns the ancient source of his condition, some dark and painful truths about his ancestors and his society and about the healing power of love.
The pace and tone of the story are crisp and Scholes prose is very good. The character of Frederico is well developed for such a short story and is someone that the reader truly comes to care about in the end. I thought this was a very good read and one that I certainly recommend, especially as it is available for free at www.tor.com.
Read information about the authorKen Scholes is the award-winning, critically-acclaimed author of five novels and over fifty short stories. His work has appeared in print for over sixteen years. His series, The Psalms of Isaak, is published by Tor Books and his short fiction has been released in three volumes by Fairwood Press.
Ken's eclectic background includes time spent as a label gun repairman, a sailor who never sailed, a soldier who commanded a desk, a preacher (he got better), a nonprofit executive, a musician and a government procurement analyst. He has a degree in History from Western Washington University.
Ken is a native of the Pacific Northwest and makes his home in Saint Helens, Oregon, where he lives with his twin daughters. You can learn more about Ken by visiting www.kenscholes.com.
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