Galveston

Galveston

The island of Galveston had been baptized twice--once by water in the fall of 1900 and again by magic during Mardi Gras in 2004. Creatures were born of survivors' joy and sufferers' pain: scorpions the size of dogs, the crying clown, the widow who ate her victims. Galveston forever would be divided between reality and a city locked in an endless Mardi Gras....

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Title:Galveston
Author:Sean Stewart
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:Galveston
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:464 pages pages

Galveston Reviews

  • Wealhtheow
    Jan 22, 2009

    This may be Sean Stewart's best novel, though I have to admit that it is not quite my favourite. Here we see Stewart displaying full mastery of his prose, his characterization, and his depiction of a fully realized magical world. Be warned though, neither the characters, nor the world ...

    What a great book - the best of 2008 so far. The basic idea: Galveston, Texas experiences a magical disaster and is cut off from the rest of the world. The city itself is divided into the mundane and real, and the never-ending twilight world of Mardi Gras. Stewart illustrates his...

    Wow, what a ponderous and lethargic fantasy novel. I liked the set-up: in the early 21st century, Galveston, Texas is inundated by a flood--but it's a flood of magic, not of water. This magical Flood kills many of the city's inhabitants and also decimates its infrastructure, rendering ...

    In 2004, waves of magic engulf the world and pull it into madness. In Galveston, Texas, two women hold back the flood of magic. With the help of the Mardi Gras Krewes and Momus, a trickster god, Jane and Odessa quarantine the magic into a never-ending carnival; anyone who demonstrates ...

  • Yoon
    Jul 01, 2007

    This may be Sean Stewart's best novel, though I have to admit that it is not quite my favourite. Here we see Stewart displaying full mastery of his prose, his characterization, and his depiction of a fully realized magical world. Be warned though, neither the characters, nor the world ...

    What a great book - the best of 2008 so far. The basic idea: Galveston, Texas experiences a magical disaster and is cut off from the rest of the world. The city itself is divided into the mundane and real, and the never-ending twilight world of Mardi Gras. Stewart illustrates his...

    Wow, what a ponderous and lethargic fantasy novel. I liked the set-up: in the early 21st century, Galveston, Texas is inundated by a flood--but it's a flood of magic, not of water. This magical Flood kills many of the city's inhabitants and also decimates its infrastructure, rendering ...

    In 2004, waves of magic engulf the world and pull it into madness. In Galveston, Texas, two women hold back the flood of magic. With the help of the Mardi Gras Krewes and Momus, a trickster god, Jane and Odessa quarantine the magic into a never-ending carnival; anyone who demonstrates ...

    Fantasy: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (2001) From the author: ?This is your Basic ?Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Everything, Girl becomes her Own Evil Twin, Boy Is Framed For Murder and Sent Along With Sidekick To Be Eaten By Cannibals, and Things Get Worse When The Weather T...

    I brought my copy of this book to the beach with me, and it got stolen along with my keys and socks. Figures. ...

    Más cercana a la novela de costumbres, casi el reverso de la moneda del realismo mágico latinoamericano (situaciones realistas en un mundo mágico), Galveston es posiblemente la mejor novela postapocalíptica fantástica que he leído, sobre todo porque no recuerdo otra. Partiendo de...

    This is such a wonderful book. Part of me saying this is that the book is local. That's unusual for Houston. While some novels may be set in Houston, it's a nebulous Houston that can be substituted for any moderately large city out there, except that they have people wearing cowboy ...

    I'm starting to love Sean Stewart's work--it's heartfelt and human, even as it deals in magic, mystery, speculation, and madness. Being from Texas, I especially love the works that are set here (Galveston, Perfect Circle, Mockingbird), but I've just started reading one of his Canadian ...

    It took awhile to get going for me, and I found the poker metaphor heavy-handed (about half the references to playing your hand could have been edited out and I still would have felt like, ok, I get it), but I'm very glad I read it. It's the novel version of my beloved A Paradise Built...

    The third time wasn't the charm. This was the third Sean Stewart book in a row I stopped reading after the first chapter or so. Like Mockingbird, Galveston is an interesting concept, but the writing is too pedestrian to fully develop it. ...

    I hadn't realized that the book takes place in the same universe as his previous books Resurrection Man and Night Watch, which I hadn't read. The books are about different characters in different places at different times, but they all deal with the same central conceit: magic in the r...

    I rated this book 8/10 back when I first read it in '04, and I remembered it being fantastic and intense, but somehow couldn't remember the ending. So, after a re-read, my rating stands (translated to Goodreads' more limited 4/5), but I can see why I didn't remember the ending. Up unti...

    This fine work of magical realism is set in a fictional near future Galveston, TX. In this version of the world, magic started to seep into the world, and, in 2004, overflowed in and event referred to as The Flood. Ghosts became commonplace and palpable, some people mutated into fantas...

    A highly original, gritty fantasy. In the year 2004, there was a Flood -- not of water, but of magic, which has destroyed most of civilization and left twisted magical beings in its wake. The Flood hit Galveston, TX in the middle of the Mardi Gras celebration, but thanks to the work of...

    I picked up this book ages ago in Vancouver, and I really want to like it... But...I couldn't. Just...meh. I'm kind of surprised it won the World Fantasy Award...must have been a slow year for them. Magical apocalypse, hilarity ensues. ...

    This novel is set in a post-apocalyptic Galveston where the rational world of modern civilization was thrown down by a massive surge of magic in 2004. This is NOT an attractive magical universe. The citizens of the island survive between what they can grow (and fish) locally, trade for...

    Haunting little book. I'm a fan of the alternate contemporary reality type of books. Note that this is not a two parallel universe (ala Neverwhere) but a alternate future where magic rules the world while the survivors cling to what's left of industrialized civilization that they can. ...

    I didn't enjoy this as much as Stewart's "Passion Play" -- but I still became engrossed by his vision of a gritty, grimly-determined Galveston in the wake of the return of magic to the world. This magic is chaotic, dangerous, often grotesque; and it's held at bay through the merciless ...

    ETA: Life's too short to read stuff that sounds like terrible fan-fic. This has generally gotten good reviews, and I'm only about 70 pages in, but damn, right now it's only my hatred of abandoning books keeping me going. That's not entirely true; I really like the premise, but so fa...

    Galveston experiences the effects of magic during Mardi Gras, 2004. Creatures are born of survivors' happiness and sufferers' pain - dog-sized scorpions, a crying clown, and a widow who eats her victims. Part of the city is locked into a never-ending Mardi Gras. The heroine is Sloan Ga...

    Excellent novel, I liked it much more than the Night Watch. Play the hand you're dealt. The poker bits reminded me a bit like that Tim Powers. Is poker inherently fantastical? There's something very great and disturbing in the way that magic is presented as wonderful, strange and bi...

    The good: Takes place on Galveston where I spend a lot of time. It was fun imagining the plot happening on home turf. Every once in a while the author would present a beautifully written sentence or a wonderfully descriptive phrase. The bad: Fantasy is not my genre and this w...

    This one is set in the same world-premise as Stewart's Resurrection Man and The Night Watch. Magic swept into the world like a hurricane in 2004 and humans in Galveston have been trying to ward it off for nearly a generation as the remnants of civilization crumble. The fantasy was dark...

    Galveston started a bit slow but I am glad I stuck with it. It was very original, creative and intelligent. Sean Stewart gives an interesting spin on magic and makes profound statements on the effects of natural disasters on human behavior. His characters are wonderfully complex and we...

    Brilliant if bleak novel of Galveston after a second flood--this one stripping away technology's leavings and installing a Masque, among other forms of magic. It is, as one of the characters says, about civilization--what people do in spite of hardship. ...

  • Tina
    Jan 03, 2009

    This may be Sean Stewart's best novel, though I have to admit that it is not quite my favourite. Here we see Stewart displaying full mastery of his prose, his characterization, and his depiction of a fully realized magical world. Be warned though, neither the characters, nor the world ...

    What a great book - the best of 2008 so far. The basic idea: Galveston, Texas experiences a magical disaster and is cut off from the rest of the world. The city itself is divided into the mundane and real, and the never-ending twilight world of Mardi Gras. Stewart illustrates his...

    Wow, what a ponderous and lethargic fantasy novel. I liked the set-up: in the early 21st century, Galveston, Texas is inundated by a flood--but it's a flood of magic, not of water. This magical Flood kills many of the city's inhabitants and also decimates its infrastructure, rendering ...

    In 2004, waves of magic engulf the world and pull it into madness. In Galveston, Texas, two women hold back the flood of magic. With the help of the Mardi Gras Krewes and Momus, a trickster god, Jane and Odessa quarantine the magic into a never-ending carnival; anyone who demonstrates ...

    Fantasy: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (2001) From the author: ?This is your Basic ?Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Everything, Girl becomes her Own Evil Twin, Boy Is Framed For Murder and Sent Along With Sidekick To Be Eaten By Cannibals, and Things Get Worse When The Weather T...

    I brought my copy of this book to the beach with me, and it got stolen along with my keys and socks. Figures. ...

    Más cercana a la novela de costumbres, casi el reverso de la moneda del realismo mágico latinoamericano (situaciones realistas en un mundo mágico), Galveston es posiblemente la mejor novela postapocalíptica fantástica que he leído, sobre todo porque no recuerdo otra. Partiendo de...

    This is such a wonderful book. Part of me saying this is that the book is local. That's unusual for Houston. While some novels may be set in Houston, it's a nebulous Houston that can be substituted for any moderately large city out there, except that they have people wearing cowboy ...

    I'm starting to love Sean Stewart's work--it's heartfelt and human, even as it deals in magic, mystery, speculation, and madness. Being from Texas, I especially love the works that are set here (Galveston, Perfect Circle, Mockingbird), but I've just started reading one of his Canadian ...

    It took awhile to get going for me, and I found the poker metaphor heavy-handed (about half the references to playing your hand could have been edited out and I still would have felt like, ok, I get it), but I'm very glad I read it. It's the novel version of my beloved A Paradise Built...

    The third time wasn't the charm. This was the third Sean Stewart book in a row I stopped reading after the first chapter or so. Like Mockingbird, Galveston is an interesting concept, but the writing is too pedestrian to fully develop it. ...

    I hadn't realized that the book takes place in the same universe as his previous books Resurrection Man and Night Watch, which I hadn't read. The books are about different characters in different places at different times, but they all deal with the same central conceit: magic in the r...

    I rated this book 8/10 back when I first read it in '04, and I remembered it being fantastic and intense, but somehow couldn't remember the ending. So, after a re-read, my rating stands (translated to Goodreads' more limited 4/5), but I can see why I didn't remember the ending. Up unti...

    This fine work of magical realism is set in a fictional near future Galveston, TX. In this version of the world, magic started to seep into the world, and, in 2004, overflowed in and event referred to as The Flood. Ghosts became commonplace and palpable, some people mutated into fantas...

    A highly original, gritty fantasy. In the year 2004, there was a Flood -- not of water, but of magic, which has destroyed most of civilization and left twisted magical beings in its wake. The Flood hit Galveston, TX in the middle of the Mardi Gras celebration, but thanks to the work of...

    I picked up this book ages ago in Vancouver, and I really want to like it... But...I couldn't. Just...meh. I'm kind of surprised it won the World Fantasy Award...must have been a slow year for them. Magical apocalypse, hilarity ensues. ...

    This novel is set in a post-apocalyptic Galveston where the rational world of modern civilization was thrown down by a massive surge of magic in 2004. This is NOT an attractive magical universe. The citizens of the island survive between what they can grow (and fish) locally, trade for...

    Haunting little book. I'm a fan of the alternate contemporary reality type of books. Note that this is not a two parallel universe (ala Neverwhere) but a alternate future where magic rules the world while the survivors cling to what's left of industrialized civilization that they can. ...

    I didn't enjoy this as much as Stewart's "Passion Play" -- but I still became engrossed by his vision of a gritty, grimly-determined Galveston in the wake of the return of magic to the world. This magic is chaotic, dangerous, often grotesque; and it's held at bay through the merciless ...

    ETA: Life's too short to read stuff that sounds like terrible fan-fic. This has generally gotten good reviews, and I'm only about 70 pages in, but damn, right now it's only my hatred of abandoning books keeping me going. That's not entirely true; I really like the premise, but so fa...

  • Sam Musher
    Jul 14, 2014

    This may be Sean Stewart's best novel, though I have to admit that it is not quite my favourite. Here we see Stewart displaying full mastery of his prose, his characterization, and his depiction of a fully realized magical world. Be warned though, neither the characters, nor the world ...

    What a great book - the best of 2008 so far. The basic idea: Galveston, Texas experiences a magical disaster and is cut off from the rest of the world. The city itself is divided into the mundane and real, and the never-ending twilight world of Mardi Gras. Stewart illustrates his...

    Wow, what a ponderous and lethargic fantasy novel. I liked the set-up: in the early 21st century, Galveston, Texas is inundated by a flood--but it's a flood of magic, not of water. This magical Flood kills many of the city's inhabitants and also decimates its infrastructure, rendering ...

    In 2004, waves of magic engulf the world and pull it into madness. In Galveston, Texas, two women hold back the flood of magic. With the help of the Mardi Gras Krewes and Momus, a trickster god, Jane and Odessa quarantine the magic into a never-ending carnival; anyone who demonstrates ...

    Fantasy: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (2001) From the author: ?This is your Basic ?Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Everything, Girl becomes her Own Evil Twin, Boy Is Framed For Murder and Sent Along With Sidekick To Be Eaten By Cannibals, and Things Get Worse When The Weather T...

    I brought my copy of this book to the beach with me, and it got stolen along with my keys and socks. Figures. ...

    Más cercana a la novela de costumbres, casi el reverso de la moneda del realismo mágico latinoamericano (situaciones realistas en un mundo mágico), Galveston es posiblemente la mejor novela postapocalíptica fantástica que he leído, sobre todo porque no recuerdo otra. Partiendo de...

    This is such a wonderful book. Part of me saying this is that the book is local. That's unusual for Houston. While some novels may be set in Houston, it's a nebulous Houston that can be substituted for any moderately large city out there, except that they have people wearing cowboy ...

    I'm starting to love Sean Stewart's work--it's heartfelt and human, even as it deals in magic, mystery, speculation, and madness. Being from Texas, I especially love the works that are set here (Galveston, Perfect Circle, Mockingbird), but I've just started reading one of his Canadian ...

    It took awhile to get going for me, and I found the poker metaphor heavy-handed (about half the references to playing your hand could have been edited out and I still would have felt like, ok, I get it), but I'm very glad I read it. It's the novel version of my beloved A Paradise Built...

  • John
    Mar 23, 2013

    This may be Sean Stewart's best novel, though I have to admit that it is not quite my favourite. Here we see Stewart displaying full mastery of his prose, his characterization, and his depiction of a fully realized magical world. Be warned though, neither the characters, nor the world ...

    What a great book - the best of 2008 so far. The basic idea: Galveston, Texas experiences a magical disaster and is cut off from the rest of the world. The city itself is divided into the mundane and real, and the never-ending twilight world of Mardi Gras. Stewart illustrates his...

    Wow, what a ponderous and lethargic fantasy novel. I liked the set-up: in the early 21st century, Galveston, Texas is inundated by a flood--but it's a flood of magic, not of water. This magical Flood kills many of the city's inhabitants and also decimates its infrastructure, rendering ...

    In 2004, waves of magic engulf the world and pull it into madness. In Galveston, Texas, two women hold back the flood of magic. With the help of the Mardi Gras Krewes and Momus, a trickster god, Jane and Odessa quarantine the magic into a never-ending carnival; anyone who demonstrates ...

    Fantasy: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (2001) From the author: ?This is your Basic ?Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Everything, Girl becomes her Own Evil Twin, Boy Is Framed For Murder and Sent Along With Sidekick To Be Eaten By Cannibals, and Things Get Worse When The Weather T...

    I brought my copy of this book to the beach with me, and it got stolen along with my keys and socks. Figures. ...

    Más cercana a la novela de costumbres, casi el reverso de la moneda del realismo mágico latinoamericano (situaciones realistas en un mundo mágico), Galveston es posiblemente la mejor novela postapocalíptica fantástica que he leído, sobre todo porque no recuerdo otra. Partiendo de...

    This is such a wonderful book. Part of me saying this is that the book is local. That's unusual for Houston. While some novels may be set in Houston, it's a nebulous Houston that can be substituted for any moderately large city out there, except that they have people wearing cowboy ...

    I'm starting to love Sean Stewart's work--it's heartfelt and human, even as it deals in magic, mystery, speculation, and madness. Being from Texas, I especially love the works that are set here (Galveston, Perfect Circle, Mockingbird), but I've just started reading one of his Canadian ...

  • Cindywho
    Jun 20, 2007

    This may be Sean Stewart's best novel, though I have to admit that it is not quite my favourite. Here we see Stewart displaying full mastery of his prose, his characterization, and his depiction of a fully realized magical world. Be warned though, neither the characters, nor the world ...

    What a great book - the best of 2008 so far. The basic idea: Galveston, Texas experiences a magical disaster and is cut off from the rest of the world. The city itself is divided into the mundane and real, and the never-ending twilight world of Mardi Gras. Stewart illustrates his...

    Wow, what a ponderous and lethargic fantasy novel. I liked the set-up: in the early 21st century, Galveston, Texas is inundated by a flood--but it's a flood of magic, not of water. This magical Flood kills many of the city's inhabitants and also decimates its infrastructure, rendering ...

    In 2004, waves of magic engulf the world and pull it into madness. In Galveston, Texas, two women hold back the flood of magic. With the help of the Mardi Gras Krewes and Momus, a trickster god, Jane and Odessa quarantine the magic into a never-ending carnival; anyone who demonstrates ...

    Fantasy: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (2001) From the author: ?This is your Basic ?Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Everything, Girl becomes her Own Evil Twin, Boy Is Framed For Murder and Sent Along With Sidekick To Be Eaten By Cannibals, and Things Get Worse When The Weather T...

    I brought my copy of this book to the beach with me, and it got stolen along with my keys and socks. Figures. ...

    Más cercana a la novela de costumbres, casi el reverso de la moneda del realismo mágico latinoamericano (situaciones realistas en un mundo mágico), Galveston es posiblemente la mejor novela postapocalíptica fantástica que he leído, sobre todo porque no recuerdo otra. Partiendo de...

    This is such a wonderful book. Part of me saying this is that the book is local. That's unusual for Houston. While some novels may be set in Houston, it's a nebulous Houston that can be substituted for any moderately large city out there, except that they have people wearing cowboy ...

    I'm starting to love Sean Stewart's work--it's heartfelt and human, even as it deals in magic, mystery, speculation, and madness. Being from Texas, I especially love the works that are set here (Galveston, Perfect Circle, Mockingbird), but I've just started reading one of his Canadian ...

    It took awhile to get going for me, and I found the poker metaphor heavy-handed (about half the references to playing your hand could have been edited out and I still would have felt like, ok, I get it), but I'm very glad I read it. It's the novel version of my beloved A Paradise Built...

    The third time wasn't the charm. This was the third Sean Stewart book in a row I stopped reading after the first chapter or so. Like Mockingbird, Galveston is an interesting concept, but the writing is too pedestrian to fully develop it. ...

    I hadn't realized that the book takes place in the same universe as his previous books Resurrection Man and Night Watch, which I hadn't read. The books are about different characters in different places at different times, but they all deal with the same central conceit: magic in the r...

    I rated this book 8/10 back when I first read it in '04, and I remembered it being fantastic and intense, but somehow couldn't remember the ending. So, after a re-read, my rating stands (translated to Goodreads' more limited 4/5), but I can see why I didn't remember the ending. Up unti...

    This fine work of magical realism is set in a fictional near future Galveston, TX. In this version of the world, magic started to seep into the world, and, in 2004, overflowed in and event referred to as The Flood. Ghosts became commonplace and palpable, some people mutated into fantas...

    A highly original, gritty fantasy. In the year 2004, there was a Flood -- not of water, but of magic, which has destroyed most of civilization and left twisted magical beings in its wake. The Flood hit Galveston, TX in the middle of the Mardi Gras celebration, but thanks to the work of...

    I picked up this book ages ago in Vancouver, and I really want to like it... But...I couldn't. Just...meh. I'm kind of surprised it won the World Fantasy Award...must have been a slow year for them. Magical apocalypse, hilarity ensues. ...

    This novel is set in a post-apocalyptic Galveston where the rational world of modern civilization was thrown down by a massive surge of magic in 2004. This is NOT an attractive magical universe. The citizens of the island survive between what they can grow (and fish) locally, trade for...

    Haunting little book. I'm a fan of the alternate contemporary reality type of books. Note that this is not a two parallel universe (ala Neverwhere) but a alternate future where magic rules the world while the survivors cling to what's left of industrialized civilization that they can. ...

    I didn't enjoy this as much as Stewart's "Passion Play" -- but I still became engrossed by his vision of a gritty, grimly-determined Galveston in the wake of the return of magic to the world. This magic is chaotic, dangerous, often grotesque; and it's held at bay through the merciless ...

    ETA: Life's too short to read stuff that sounds like terrible fan-fic. This has generally gotten good reviews, and I'm only about 70 pages in, but damn, right now it's only my hatred of abandoning books keeping me going. That's not entirely true; I really like the premise, but so fa...

    Galveston experiences the effects of magic during Mardi Gras, 2004. Creatures are born of survivors' happiness and sufferers' pain - dog-sized scorpions, a crying clown, and a widow who eats her victims. Part of the city is locked into a never-ending Mardi Gras. The heroine is Sloan Ga...

    Excellent novel, I liked it much more than the Night Watch. Play the hand you're dealt. The poker bits reminded me a bit like that Tim Powers. Is poker inherently fantastical? There's something very great and disturbing in the way that magic is presented as wonderful, strange and bi...

    The good: Takes place on Galveston where I spend a lot of time. It was fun imagining the plot happening on home turf. Every once in a while the author would present a beautifully written sentence or a wonderfully descriptive phrase. The bad: Fantasy is not my genre and this w...

    This one is set in the same world-premise as Stewart's Resurrection Man and The Night Watch. Magic swept into the world like a hurricane in 2004 and humans in Galveston have been trying to ward it off for nearly a generation as the remnants of civilization crumble. The fantasy was dark...

  • Michael
    Jul 30, 2007

    This may be Sean Stewart's best novel, though I have to admit that it is not quite my favourite. Here we see Stewart displaying full mastery of his prose, his characterization, and his depiction of a fully realized magical world. Be warned though, neither the characters, nor the world ...

    What a great book - the best of 2008 so far. The basic idea: Galveston, Texas experiences a magical disaster and is cut off from the rest of the world. The city itself is divided into the mundane and real, and the never-ending twilight world of Mardi Gras. Stewart illustrates his...

  • Matt
    Dec 07, 2009

    This may be Sean Stewart's best novel, though I have to admit that it is not quite my favourite. Here we see Stewart displaying full mastery of his prose, his characterization, and his depiction of a fully realized magical world. Be warned though, neither the characters, nor the world ...

    What a great book - the best of 2008 so far. The basic idea: Galveston, Texas experiences a magical disaster and is cut off from the rest of the world. The city itself is divided into the mundane and real, and the never-ending twilight world of Mardi Gras. Stewart illustrates his...

    Wow, what a ponderous and lethargic fantasy novel. I liked the set-up: in the early 21st century, Galveston, Texas is inundated by a flood--but it's a flood of magic, not of water. This magical Flood kills many of the city's inhabitants and also decimates its infrastructure, rendering ...

    In 2004, waves of magic engulf the world and pull it into madness. In Galveston, Texas, two women hold back the flood of magic. With the help of the Mardi Gras Krewes and Momus, a trickster god, Jane and Odessa quarantine the magic into a never-ending carnival; anyone who demonstrates ...

    Fantasy: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (2001) From the author: ?This is your Basic ?Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Everything, Girl becomes her Own Evil Twin, Boy Is Framed For Murder and Sent Along With Sidekick To Be Eaten By Cannibals, and Things Get Worse When The Weather T...

    I brought my copy of this book to the beach with me, and it got stolen along with my keys and socks. Figures. ...

    Más cercana a la novela de costumbres, casi el reverso de la moneda del realismo mágico latinoamericano (situaciones realistas en un mundo mágico), Galveston es posiblemente la mejor novela postapocalíptica fantástica que he leído, sobre todo porque no recuerdo otra. Partiendo de...

    This is such a wonderful book. Part of me saying this is that the book is local. That's unusual for Houston. While some novels may be set in Houston, it's a nebulous Houston that can be substituted for any moderately large city out there, except that they have people wearing cowboy ...

    I'm starting to love Sean Stewart's work--it's heartfelt and human, even as it deals in magic, mystery, speculation, and madness. Being from Texas, I especially love the works that are set here (Galveston, Perfect Circle, Mockingbird), but I've just started reading one of his Canadian ...

    It took awhile to get going for me, and I found the poker metaphor heavy-handed (about half the references to playing your hand could have been edited out and I still would have felt like, ok, I get it), but I'm very glad I read it. It's the novel version of my beloved A Paradise Built...

    The third time wasn't the charm. This was the third Sean Stewart book in a row I stopped reading after the first chapter or so. Like Mockingbird, Galveston is an interesting concept, but the writing is too pedestrian to fully develop it. ...

    I hadn't realized that the book takes place in the same universe as his previous books Resurrection Man and Night Watch, which I hadn't read. The books are about different characters in different places at different times, but they all deal with the same central conceit: magic in the r...

    I rated this book 8/10 back when I first read it in '04, and I remembered it being fantastic and intense, but somehow couldn't remember the ending. So, after a re-read, my rating stands (translated to Goodreads' more limited 4/5), but I can see why I didn't remember the ending. Up unti...

    This fine work of magical realism is set in a fictional near future Galveston, TX. In this version of the world, magic started to seep into the world, and, in 2004, overflowed in and event referred to as The Flood. Ghosts became commonplace and palpable, some people mutated into fantas...

    A highly original, gritty fantasy. In the year 2004, there was a Flood -- not of water, but of magic, which has destroyed most of civilization and left twisted magical beings in its wake. The Flood hit Galveston, TX in the middle of the Mardi Gras celebration, but thanks to the work of...

    I picked up this book ages ago in Vancouver, and I really want to like it... But...I couldn't. Just...meh. I'm kind of surprised it won the World Fantasy Award...must have been a slow year for them. Magical apocalypse, hilarity ensues. ...

    This novel is set in a post-apocalyptic Galveston where the rational world of modern civilization was thrown down by a massive surge of magic in 2004. This is NOT an attractive magical universe. The citizens of the island survive between what they can grow (and fish) locally, trade for...

    Haunting little book. I'm a fan of the alternate contemporary reality type of books. Note that this is not a two parallel universe (ala Neverwhere) but a alternate future where magic rules the world while the survivors cling to what's left of industrialized civilization that they can. ...

    I didn't enjoy this as much as Stewart's "Passion Play" -- but I still became engrossed by his vision of a gritty, grimly-determined Galveston in the wake of the return of magic to the world. This magic is chaotic, dangerous, often grotesque; and it's held at bay through the merciless ...

    ETA: Life's too short to read stuff that sounds like terrible fan-fic. This has generally gotten good reviews, and I'm only about 70 pages in, but damn, right now it's only my hatred of abandoning books keeping me going. That's not entirely true; I really like the premise, but so fa...

    Galveston experiences the effects of magic during Mardi Gras, 2004. Creatures are born of survivors' happiness and sufferers' pain - dog-sized scorpions, a crying clown, and a widow who eats her victims. Part of the city is locked into a never-ending Mardi Gras. The heroine is Sloan Ga...

    Excellent novel, I liked it much more than the Night Watch. Play the hand you're dealt. The poker bits reminded me a bit like that Tim Powers. Is poker inherently fantastical? There's something very great and disturbing in the way that magic is presented as wonderful, strange and bi...

    The good: Takes place on Galveston where I spend a lot of time. It was fun imagining the plot happening on home turf. Every once in a while the author would present a beautifully written sentence or a wonderfully descriptive phrase. The bad: Fantasy is not my genre and this w...

    This one is set in the same world-premise as Stewart's Resurrection Man and The Night Watch. Magic swept into the world like a hurricane in 2004 and humans in Galveston have been trying to ward it off for nearly a generation as the remnants of civilization crumble. The fantasy was dark...

    Galveston started a bit slow but I am glad I stuck with it. It was very original, creative and intelligent. Sean Stewart gives an interesting spin on magic and makes profound statements on the effects of natural disasters on human behavior. His characters are wonderfully complex and we...

  • Kirsten
    Feb 22, 2008

    This may be Sean Stewart's best novel, though I have to admit that it is not quite my favourite. Here we see Stewart displaying full mastery of his prose, his characterization, and his depiction of a fully realized magical world. Be warned though, neither the characters, nor the world ...

    What a great book - the best of 2008 so far. The basic idea: Galveston, Texas experiences a magical disaster and is cut off from the rest of the world. The city itself is divided into the mundane and real, and the never-ending twilight world of Mardi Gras. Stewart illustrates his...

    Wow, what a ponderous and lethargic fantasy novel. I liked the set-up: in the early 21st century, Galveston, Texas is inundated by a flood--but it's a flood of magic, not of water. This magical Flood kills many of the city's inhabitants and also decimates its infrastructure, rendering ...

    In 2004, waves of magic engulf the world and pull it into madness. In Galveston, Texas, two women hold back the flood of magic. With the help of the Mardi Gras Krewes and Momus, a trickster god, Jane and Odessa quarantine the magic into a never-ending carnival; anyone who demonstrates ...

    Fantasy: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (2001) From the author: ?This is your Basic ?Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Everything, Girl becomes her Own Evil Twin, Boy Is Framed For Murder and Sent Along With Sidekick To Be Eaten By Cannibals, and Things Get Worse When The Weather T...

    I brought my copy of this book to the beach with me, and it got stolen along with my keys and socks. Figures. ...

    Más cercana a la novela de costumbres, casi el reverso de la moneda del realismo mágico latinoamericano (situaciones realistas en un mundo mágico), Galveston es posiblemente la mejor novela postapocalíptica fantástica que he leído, sobre todo porque no recuerdo otra. Partiendo de...

    This is such a wonderful book. Part of me saying this is that the book is local. That's unusual for Houston. While some novels may be set in Houston, it's a nebulous Houston that can be substituted for any moderately large city out there, except that they have people wearing cowboy ...

    I'm starting to love Sean Stewart's work--it's heartfelt and human, even as it deals in magic, mystery, speculation, and madness. Being from Texas, I especially love the works that are set here (Galveston, Perfect Circle, Mockingbird), but I've just started reading one of his Canadian ...

    It took awhile to get going for me, and I found the poker metaphor heavy-handed (about half the references to playing your hand could have been edited out and I still would have felt like, ok, I get it), but I'm very glad I read it. It's the novel version of my beloved A Paradise Built...

    The third time wasn't the charm. This was the third Sean Stewart book in a row I stopped reading after the first chapter or so. Like Mockingbird, Galveston is an interesting concept, but the writing is too pedestrian to fully develop it. ...

    I hadn't realized that the book takes place in the same universe as his previous books Resurrection Man and Night Watch, which I hadn't read. The books are about different characters in different places at different times, but they all deal with the same central conceit: magic in the r...

    I rated this book 8/10 back when I first read it in '04, and I remembered it being fantastic and intense, but somehow couldn't remember the ending. So, after a re-read, my rating stands (translated to Goodreads' more limited 4/5), but I can see why I didn't remember the ending. Up unti...

    This fine work of magical realism is set in a fictional near future Galveston, TX. In this version of the world, magic started to seep into the world, and, in 2004, overflowed in and event referred to as The Flood. Ghosts became commonplace and palpable, some people mutated into fantas...

    A highly original, gritty fantasy. In the year 2004, there was a Flood -- not of water, but of magic, which has destroyed most of civilization and left twisted magical beings in its wake. The Flood hit Galveston, TX in the middle of the Mardi Gras celebration, but thanks to the work of...

  • Justus
    Apr 21, 2010

    This may be Sean Stewart's best novel, though I have to admit that it is not quite my favourite. Here we see Stewart displaying full mastery of his prose, his characterization, and his depiction of a fully realized magical world. Be warned though, neither the characters, nor the world ...

    What a great book - the best of 2008 so far. The basic idea: Galveston, Texas experiences a magical disaster and is cut off from the rest of the world. The city itself is divided into the mundane and real, and the never-ending twilight world of Mardi Gras. Stewart illustrates his...

    Wow, what a ponderous and lethargic fantasy novel. I liked the set-up: in the early 21st century, Galveston, Texas is inundated by a flood--but it's a flood of magic, not of water. This magical Flood kills many of the city's inhabitants and also decimates its infrastructure, rendering ...

    In 2004, waves of magic engulf the world and pull it into madness. In Galveston, Texas, two women hold back the flood of magic. With the help of the Mardi Gras Krewes and Momus, a trickster god, Jane and Odessa quarantine the magic into a never-ending carnival; anyone who demonstrates ...

    Fantasy: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (2001) From the author: ?This is your Basic ?Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Everything, Girl becomes her Own Evil Twin, Boy Is Framed For Murder and Sent Along With Sidekick To Be Eaten By Cannibals, and Things Get Worse When The Weather T...

    I brought my copy of this book to the beach with me, and it got stolen along with my keys and socks. Figures. ...

    Más cercana a la novela de costumbres, casi el reverso de la moneda del realismo mágico latinoamericano (situaciones realistas en un mundo mágico), Galveston es posiblemente la mejor novela postapocalíptica fantástica que he leído, sobre todo porque no recuerdo otra. Partiendo de...

    This is such a wonderful book. Part of me saying this is that the book is local. That's unusual for Houston. While some novels may be set in Houston, it's a nebulous Houston that can be substituted for any moderately large city out there, except that they have people wearing cowboy ...

    I'm starting to love Sean Stewart's work--it's heartfelt and human, even as it deals in magic, mystery, speculation, and madness. Being from Texas, I especially love the works that are set here (Galveston, Perfect Circle, Mockingbird), but I've just started reading one of his Canadian ...

    It took awhile to get going for me, and I found the poker metaphor heavy-handed (about half the references to playing your hand could have been edited out and I still would have felt like, ok, I get it), but I'm very glad I read it. It's the novel version of my beloved A Paradise Built...

    The third time wasn't the charm. This was the third Sean Stewart book in a row I stopped reading after the first chapter or so. Like Mockingbird, Galveston is an interesting concept, but the writing is too pedestrian to fully develop it. ...

    I hadn't realized that the book takes place in the same universe as his previous books Resurrection Man and Night Watch, which I hadn't read. The books are about different characters in different places at different times, but they all deal with the same central conceit: magic in the r...

    I rated this book 8/10 back when I first read it in '04, and I remembered it being fantastic and intense, but somehow couldn't remember the ending. So, after a re-read, my rating stands (translated to Goodreads' more limited 4/5), but I can see why I didn't remember the ending. Up unti...

    This fine work of magical realism is set in a fictional near future Galveston, TX. In this version of the world, magic started to seep into the world, and, in 2004, overflowed in and event referred to as The Flood. Ghosts became commonplace and palpable, some people mutated into fantas...

    A highly original, gritty fantasy. In the year 2004, there was a Flood -- not of water, but of magic, which has destroyed most of civilization and left twisted magical beings in its wake. The Flood hit Galveston, TX in the middle of the Mardi Gras celebration, but thanks to the work of...

    I picked up this book ages ago in Vancouver, and I really want to like it... But...I couldn't. Just...meh. I'm kind of surprised it won the World Fantasy Award...must have been a slow year for them. Magical apocalypse, hilarity ensues. ...

    This novel is set in a post-apocalyptic Galveston where the rational world of modern civilization was thrown down by a massive surge of magic in 2004. This is NOT an attractive magical universe. The citizens of the island survive between what they can grow (and fish) locally, trade for...

    Haunting little book. I'm a fan of the alternate contemporary reality type of books. Note that this is not a two parallel universe (ala Neverwhere) but a alternate future where magic rules the world while the survivors cling to what's left of industrialized civilization that they can. ...

  • Janet
    Oct 19, 2009

    This may be Sean Stewart's best novel, though I have to admit that it is not quite my favourite. Here we see Stewart displaying full mastery of his prose, his characterization, and his depiction of a fully realized magical world. Be warned though, neither the characters, nor the world ...

    What a great book - the best of 2008 so far. The basic idea: Galveston, Texas experiences a magical disaster and is cut off from the rest of the world. The city itself is divided into the mundane and real, and the never-ending twilight world of Mardi Gras. Stewart illustrates his...

    Wow, what a ponderous and lethargic fantasy novel. I liked the set-up: in the early 21st century, Galveston, Texas is inundated by a flood--but it's a flood of magic, not of water. This magical Flood kills many of the city's inhabitants and also decimates its infrastructure, rendering ...

    In 2004, waves of magic engulf the world and pull it into madness. In Galveston, Texas, two women hold back the flood of magic. With the help of the Mardi Gras Krewes and Momus, a trickster god, Jane and Odessa quarantine the magic into a never-ending carnival; anyone who demonstrates ...

    Fantasy: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (2001) From the author: ?This is your Basic ?Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Everything, Girl becomes her Own Evil Twin, Boy Is Framed For Murder and Sent Along With Sidekick To Be Eaten By Cannibals, and Things Get Worse When The Weather T...

    I brought my copy of this book to the beach with me, and it got stolen along with my keys and socks. Figures. ...

    Más cercana a la novela de costumbres, casi el reverso de la moneda del realismo mágico latinoamericano (situaciones realistas en un mundo mágico), Galveston es posiblemente la mejor novela postapocalíptica fantástica que he leído, sobre todo porque no recuerdo otra. Partiendo de...

    This is such a wonderful book. Part of me saying this is that the book is local. That's unusual for Houston. While some novels may be set in Houston, it's a nebulous Houston that can be substituted for any moderately large city out there, except that they have people wearing cowboy ...

    I'm starting to love Sean Stewart's work--it's heartfelt and human, even as it deals in magic, mystery, speculation, and madness. Being from Texas, I especially love the works that are set here (Galveston, Perfect Circle, Mockingbird), but I've just started reading one of his Canadian ...

    It took awhile to get going for me, and I found the poker metaphor heavy-handed (about half the references to playing your hand could have been edited out and I still would have felt like, ok, I get it), but I'm very glad I read it. It's the novel version of my beloved A Paradise Built...

    The third time wasn't the charm. This was the third Sean Stewart book in a row I stopped reading after the first chapter or so. Like Mockingbird, Galveston is an interesting concept, but the writing is too pedestrian to fully develop it. ...

    I hadn't realized that the book takes place in the same universe as his previous books Resurrection Man and Night Watch, which I hadn't read. The books are about different characters in different places at different times, but they all deal with the same central conceit: magic in the r...

    I rated this book 8/10 back when I first read it in '04, and I remembered it being fantastic and intense, but somehow couldn't remember the ending. So, after a re-read, my rating stands (translated to Goodreads' more limited 4/5), but I can see why I didn't remember the ending. Up unti...

    This fine work of magical realism is set in a fictional near future Galveston, TX. In this version of the world, magic started to seep into the world, and, in 2004, overflowed in and event referred to as The Flood. Ghosts became commonplace and palpable, some people mutated into fantas...

    A highly original, gritty fantasy. In the year 2004, there was a Flood -- not of water, but of magic, which has destroyed most of civilization and left twisted magical beings in its wake. The Flood hit Galveston, TX in the middle of the Mardi Gras celebration, but thanks to the work of...

    I picked up this book ages ago in Vancouver, and I really want to like it... But...I couldn't. Just...meh. I'm kind of surprised it won the World Fantasy Award...must have been a slow year for them. Magical apocalypse, hilarity ensues. ...

    This novel is set in a post-apocalyptic Galveston where the rational world of modern civilization was thrown down by a massive surge of magic in 2004. This is NOT an attractive magical universe. The citizens of the island survive between what they can grow (and fish) locally, trade for...

    Haunting little book. I'm a fan of the alternate contemporary reality type of books. Note that this is not a two parallel universe (ala Neverwhere) but a alternate future where magic rules the world while the survivors cling to what's left of industrialized civilization that they can. ...

    I didn't enjoy this as much as Stewart's "Passion Play" -- but I still became engrossed by his vision of a gritty, grimly-determined Galveston in the wake of the return of magic to the world. This magic is chaotic, dangerous, often grotesque; and it's held at bay through the merciless ...

  • Terry
    Jul 14, 2008

    This may be Sean Stewart's best novel, though I have to admit that it is not quite my favourite. Here we see Stewart displaying full mastery of his prose, his characterization, and his depiction of a fully realized magical world. Be warned though, neither the characters, nor the world ...

  • Anya Weber
    Aug 28, 2009

    This may be Sean Stewart's best novel, though I have to admit that it is not quite my favourite. Here we see Stewart displaying full mastery of his prose, his characterization, and his depiction of a fully realized magical world. Be warned though, neither the characters, nor the world ...

    What a great book - the best of 2008 so far. The basic idea: Galveston, Texas experiences a magical disaster and is cut off from the rest of the world. The city itself is divided into the mundane and real, and the never-ending twilight world of Mardi Gras. Stewart illustrates his...

    Wow, what a ponderous and lethargic fantasy novel. I liked the set-up: in the early 21st century, Galveston, Texas is inundated by a flood--but it's a flood of magic, not of water. This magical Flood kills many of the city's inhabitants and also decimates its infrastructure, rendering ...

  • Redsteve
    Jun 26, 2009

    This may be Sean Stewart's best novel, though I have to admit that it is not quite my favourite. Here we see Stewart displaying full mastery of his prose, his characterization, and his depiction of a fully realized magical world. Be warned though, neither the characters, nor the world ...

    What a great book - the best of 2008 so far. The basic idea: Galveston, Texas experiences a magical disaster and is cut off from the rest of the world. The city itself is divided into the mundane and real, and the never-ending twilight world of Mardi Gras. Stewart illustrates his...

    Wow, what a ponderous and lethargic fantasy novel. I liked the set-up: in the early 21st century, Galveston, Texas is inundated by a flood--but it's a flood of magic, not of water. This magical Flood kills many of the city's inhabitants and also decimates its infrastructure, rendering ...

    In 2004, waves of magic engulf the world and pull it into madness. In Galveston, Texas, two women hold back the flood of magic. With the help of the Mardi Gras Krewes and Momus, a trickster god, Jane and Odessa quarantine the magic into a never-ending carnival; anyone who demonstrates ...

    Fantasy: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (2001) From the author: ?This is your Basic ?Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Everything, Girl becomes her Own Evil Twin, Boy Is Framed For Murder and Sent Along With Sidekick To Be Eaten By Cannibals, and Things Get Worse When The Weather T...

    I brought my copy of this book to the beach with me, and it got stolen along with my keys and socks. Figures. ...

    Más cercana a la novela de costumbres, casi el reverso de la moneda del realismo mágico latinoamericano (situaciones realistas en un mundo mágico), Galveston es posiblemente la mejor novela postapocalíptica fantástica que he leído, sobre todo porque no recuerdo otra. Partiendo de...

    This is such a wonderful book. Part of me saying this is that the book is local. That's unusual for Houston. While some novels may be set in Houston, it's a nebulous Houston that can be substituted for any moderately large city out there, except that they have people wearing cowboy ...

    I'm starting to love Sean Stewart's work--it's heartfelt and human, even as it deals in magic, mystery, speculation, and madness. Being from Texas, I especially love the works that are set here (Galveston, Perfect Circle, Mockingbird), but I've just started reading one of his Canadian ...

    It took awhile to get going for me, and I found the poker metaphor heavy-handed (about half the references to playing your hand could have been edited out and I still would have felt like, ok, I get it), but I'm very glad I read it. It's the novel version of my beloved A Paradise Built...

    The third time wasn't the charm. This was the third Sean Stewart book in a row I stopped reading after the first chapter or so. Like Mockingbird, Galveston is an interesting concept, but the writing is too pedestrian to fully develop it. ...

    I hadn't realized that the book takes place in the same universe as his previous books Resurrection Man and Night Watch, which I hadn't read. The books are about different characters in different places at different times, but they all deal with the same central conceit: magic in the r...

    I rated this book 8/10 back when I first read it in '04, and I remembered it being fantastic and intense, but somehow couldn't remember the ending. So, after a re-read, my rating stands (translated to Goodreads' more limited 4/5), but I can see why I didn't remember the ending. Up unti...

    This fine work of magical realism is set in a fictional near future Galveston, TX. In this version of the world, magic started to seep into the world, and, in 2004, overflowed in and event referred to as The Flood. Ghosts became commonplace and palpable, some people mutated into fantas...

    A highly original, gritty fantasy. In the year 2004, there was a Flood -- not of water, but of magic, which has destroyed most of civilization and left twisted magical beings in its wake. The Flood hit Galveston, TX in the middle of the Mardi Gras celebration, but thanks to the work of...

    I picked up this book ages ago in Vancouver, and I really want to like it... But...I couldn't. Just...meh. I'm kind of surprised it won the World Fantasy Award...must have been a slow year for them. Magical apocalypse, hilarity ensues. ...

    This novel is set in a post-apocalyptic Galveston where the rational world of modern civilization was thrown down by a massive surge of magic in 2004. This is NOT an attractive magical universe. The citizens of the island survive between what they can grow (and fish) locally, trade for...

  • Kristi Thompson
    Mar 10, 2009

    This may be Sean Stewart's best novel, though I have to admit that it is not quite my favourite. Here we see Stewart displaying full mastery of his prose, his characterization, and his depiction of a fully realized magical world. Be warned though, neither the characters, nor the world ...

    What a great book - the best of 2008 so far. The basic idea: Galveston, Texas experiences a magical disaster and is cut off from the rest of the world. The city itself is divided into the mundane and real, and the never-ending twilight world of Mardi Gras. Stewart illustrates his...

    Wow, what a ponderous and lethargic fantasy novel. I liked the set-up: in the early 21st century, Galveston, Texas is inundated by a flood--but it's a flood of magic, not of water. This magical Flood kills many of the city's inhabitants and also decimates its infrastructure, rendering ...

    In 2004, waves of magic engulf the world and pull it into madness. In Galveston, Texas, two women hold back the flood of magic. With the help of the Mardi Gras Krewes and Momus, a trickster god, Jane and Odessa quarantine the magic into a never-ending carnival; anyone who demonstrates ...

    Fantasy: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (2001) From the author: ?This is your Basic ?Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Everything, Girl becomes her Own Evil Twin, Boy Is Framed For Murder and Sent Along With Sidekick To Be Eaten By Cannibals, and Things Get Worse When The Weather T...

    I brought my copy of this book to the beach with me, and it got stolen along with my keys and socks. Figures. ...

    Más cercana a la novela de costumbres, casi el reverso de la moneda del realismo mágico latinoamericano (situaciones realistas en un mundo mágico), Galveston es posiblemente la mejor novela postapocalíptica fantástica que he leído, sobre todo porque no recuerdo otra. Partiendo de...

    This is such a wonderful book. Part of me saying this is that the book is local. That's unusual for Houston. While some novels may be set in Houston, it's a nebulous Houston that can be substituted for any moderately large city out there, except that they have people wearing cowboy ...

    I'm starting to love Sean Stewart's work--it's heartfelt and human, even as it deals in magic, mystery, speculation, and madness. Being from Texas, I especially love the works that are set here (Galveston, Perfect Circle, Mockingbird), but I've just started reading one of his Canadian ...

    It took awhile to get going for me, and I found the poker metaphor heavy-handed (about half the references to playing your hand could have been edited out and I still would have felt like, ok, I get it), but I'm very glad I read it. It's the novel version of my beloved A Paradise Built...

    The third time wasn't the charm. This was the third Sean Stewart book in a row I stopped reading after the first chapter or so. Like Mockingbird, Galveston is an interesting concept, but the writing is too pedestrian to fully develop it. ...

    I hadn't realized that the book takes place in the same universe as his previous books Resurrection Man and Night Watch, which I hadn't read. The books are about different characters in different places at different times, but they all deal with the same central conceit: magic in the r...

    I rated this book 8/10 back when I first read it in '04, and I remembered it being fantastic and intense, but somehow couldn't remember the ending. So, after a re-read, my rating stands (translated to Goodreads' more limited 4/5), but I can see why I didn't remember the ending. Up unti...

    This fine work of magical realism is set in a fictional near future Galveston, TX. In this version of the world, magic started to seep into the world, and, in 2004, overflowed in and event referred to as The Flood. Ghosts became commonplace and palpable, some people mutated into fantas...

    A highly original, gritty fantasy. In the year 2004, there was a Flood -- not of water, but of magic, which has destroyed most of civilization and left twisted magical beings in its wake. The Flood hit Galveston, TX in the middle of the Mardi Gras celebration, but thanks to the work of...

    I picked up this book ages ago in Vancouver, and I really want to like it... But...I couldn't. Just...meh. I'm kind of surprised it won the World Fantasy Award...must have been a slow year for them. Magical apocalypse, hilarity ensues. ...

    This novel is set in a post-apocalyptic Galveston where the rational world of modern civilization was thrown down by a massive surge of magic in 2004. This is NOT an attractive magical universe. The citizens of the island survive between what they can grow (and fish) locally, trade for...

    Haunting little book. I'm a fan of the alternate contemporary reality type of books. Note that this is not a two parallel universe (ala Neverwhere) but a alternate future where magic rules the world while the survivors cling to what's left of industrialized civilization that they can. ...

    I didn't enjoy this as much as Stewart's "Passion Play" -- but I still became engrossed by his vision of a gritty, grimly-determined Galveston in the wake of the return of magic to the world. This magic is chaotic, dangerous, often grotesque; and it's held at bay through the merciless ...

    ETA: Life's too short to read stuff that sounds like terrible fan-fic. This has generally gotten good reviews, and I'm only about 70 pages in, but damn, right now it's only my hatred of abandoning books keeping me going. That's not entirely true; I really like the premise, but so fa...

    Galveston experiences the effects of magic during Mardi Gras, 2004. Creatures are born of survivors' happiness and sufferers' pain - dog-sized scorpions, a crying clown, and a widow who eats her victims. Part of the city is locked into a never-ending Mardi Gras. The heroine is Sloan Ga...

    Excellent novel, I liked it much more than the Night Watch. Play the hand you're dealt. The poker bits reminded me a bit like that Tim Powers. Is poker inherently fantastical? There's something very great and disturbing in the way that magic is presented as wonderful, strange and bi...

  • Melanti
    Apr 23, 2010

    This may be Sean Stewart's best novel, though I have to admit that it is not quite my favourite. Here we see Stewart displaying full mastery of his prose, his characterization, and his depiction of a fully realized magical world. Be warned though, neither the characters, nor the world ...

    What a great book - the best of 2008 so far. The basic idea: Galveston, Texas experiences a magical disaster and is cut off from the rest of the world. The city itself is divided into the mundane and real, and the never-ending twilight world of Mardi Gras. Stewart illustrates his...

    Wow, what a ponderous and lethargic fantasy novel. I liked the set-up: in the early 21st century, Galveston, Texas is inundated by a flood--but it's a flood of magic, not of water. This magical Flood kills many of the city's inhabitants and also decimates its infrastructure, rendering ...

    In 2004, waves of magic engulf the world and pull it into madness. In Galveston, Texas, two women hold back the flood of magic. With the help of the Mardi Gras Krewes and Momus, a trickster god, Jane and Odessa quarantine the magic into a never-ending carnival; anyone who demonstrates ...

    Fantasy: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (2001) From the author: ?This is your Basic ?Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Everything, Girl becomes her Own Evil Twin, Boy Is Framed For Murder and Sent Along With Sidekick To Be Eaten By Cannibals, and Things Get Worse When The Weather T...

    I brought my copy of this book to the beach with me, and it got stolen along with my keys and socks. Figures. ...

    Más cercana a la novela de costumbres, casi el reverso de la moneda del realismo mágico latinoamericano (situaciones realistas en un mundo mágico), Galveston es posiblemente la mejor novela postapocalíptica fantástica que he leído, sobre todo porque no recuerdo otra. Partiendo de...

    This is such a wonderful book. Part of me saying this is that the book is local. That's unusual for Houston. While some novels may be set in Houston, it's a nebulous Houston that can be substituted for any moderately large city out there, except that they have people wearing cowboy ...

  • Jennifer
    Nov 13, 2011

    This may be Sean Stewart's best novel, though I have to admit that it is not quite my favourite. Here we see Stewart displaying full mastery of his prose, his characterization, and his depiction of a fully realized magical world. Be warned though, neither the characters, nor the world ...

    What a great book - the best of 2008 so far. The basic idea: Galveston, Texas experiences a magical disaster and is cut off from the rest of the world. The city itself is divided into the mundane and real, and the never-ending twilight world of Mardi Gras. Stewart illustrates his...

    Wow, what a ponderous and lethargic fantasy novel. I liked the set-up: in the early 21st century, Galveston, Texas is inundated by a flood--but it's a flood of magic, not of water. This magical Flood kills many of the city's inhabitants and also decimates its infrastructure, rendering ...

    In 2004, waves of magic engulf the world and pull it into madness. In Galveston, Texas, two women hold back the flood of magic. With the help of the Mardi Gras Krewes and Momus, a trickster god, Jane and Odessa quarantine the magic into a never-ending carnival; anyone who demonstrates ...

    Fantasy: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (2001) From the author: ?This is your Basic ?Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Everything, Girl becomes her Own Evil Twin, Boy Is Framed For Murder and Sent Along With Sidekick To Be Eaten By Cannibals, and Things Get Worse When The Weather T...

    I brought my copy of this book to the beach with me, and it got stolen along with my keys and socks. Figures. ...

    Más cercana a la novela de costumbres, casi el reverso de la moneda del realismo mágico latinoamericano (situaciones realistas en un mundo mágico), Galveston es posiblemente la mejor novela postapocalíptica fantástica que he leído, sobre todo porque no recuerdo otra. Partiendo de...

    This is such a wonderful book. Part of me saying this is that the book is local. That's unusual for Houston. While some novels may be set in Houston, it's a nebulous Houston that can be substituted for any moderately large city out there, except that they have people wearing cowboy ...

    I'm starting to love Sean Stewart's work--it's heartfelt and human, even as it deals in magic, mystery, speculation, and madness. Being from Texas, I especially love the works that are set here (Galveston, Perfect Circle, Mockingbird), but I've just started reading one of his Canadian ...

    It took awhile to get going for me, and I found the poker metaphor heavy-handed (about half the references to playing your hand could have been edited out and I still would have felt like, ok, I get it), but I'm very glad I read it. It's the novel version of my beloved A Paradise Built...

    The third time wasn't the charm. This was the third Sean Stewart book in a row I stopped reading after the first chapter or so. Like Mockingbird, Galveston is an interesting concept, but the writing is too pedestrian to fully develop it. ...

    I hadn't realized that the book takes place in the same universe as his previous books Resurrection Man and Night Watch, which I hadn't read. The books are about different characters in different places at different times, but they all deal with the same central conceit: magic in the r...

    I rated this book 8/10 back when I first read it in '04, and I remembered it being fantastic and intense, but somehow couldn't remember the ending. So, after a re-read, my rating stands (translated to Goodreads' more limited 4/5), but I can see why I didn't remember the ending. Up unti...

    This fine work of magical realism is set in a fictional near future Galveston, TX. In this version of the world, magic started to seep into the world, and, in 2004, overflowed in and event referred to as The Flood. Ghosts became commonplace and palpable, some people mutated into fantas...

    A highly original, gritty fantasy. In the year 2004, there was a Flood -- not of water, but of magic, which has destroyed most of civilization and left twisted magical beings in its wake. The Flood hit Galveston, TX in the middle of the Mardi Gras celebration, but thanks to the work of...

    I picked up this book ages ago in Vancouver, and I really want to like it... But...I couldn't. Just...meh. I'm kind of surprised it won the World Fantasy Award...must have been a slow year for them. Magical apocalypse, hilarity ensues. ...

    This novel is set in a post-apocalyptic Galveston where the rational world of modern civilization was thrown down by a massive surge of magic in 2004. This is NOT an attractive magical universe. The citizens of the island survive between what they can grow (and fish) locally, trade for...

    Haunting little book. I'm a fan of the alternate contemporary reality type of books. Note that this is not a two parallel universe (ala Neverwhere) but a alternate future where magic rules the world while the survivors cling to what's left of industrialized civilization that they can. ...

    I didn't enjoy this as much as Stewart's "Passion Play" -- but I still became engrossed by his vision of a gritty, grimly-determined Galveston in the wake of the return of magic to the world. This magic is chaotic, dangerous, often grotesque; and it's held at bay through the merciless ...

    ETA: Life's too short to read stuff that sounds like terrible fan-fic. This has generally gotten good reviews, and I'm only about 70 pages in, but damn, right now it's only my hatred of abandoning books keeping me going. That's not entirely true; I really like the premise, but so fa...

    Galveston experiences the effects of magic during Mardi Gras, 2004. Creatures are born of survivors' happiness and sufferers' pain - dog-sized scorpions, a crying clown, and a widow who eats her victims. Part of the city is locked into a never-ending Mardi Gras. The heroine is Sloan Ga...

    Excellent novel, I liked it much more than the Night Watch. Play the hand you're dealt. The poker bits reminded me a bit like that Tim Powers. Is poker inherently fantastical? There's something very great and disturbing in the way that magic is presented as wonderful, strange and bi...

    The good: Takes place on Galveston where I spend a lot of time. It was fun imagining the plot happening on home turf. Every once in a while the author would present a beautifully written sentence or a wonderfully descriptive phrase. The bad: Fantasy is not my genre and this w...

    This one is set in the same world-premise as Stewart's Resurrection Man and The Night Watch. Magic swept into the world like a hurricane in 2004 and humans in Galveston have been trying to ward it off for nearly a generation as the remnants of civilization crumble. The fantasy was dark...

    Galveston started a bit slow but I am glad I stuck with it. It was very original, creative and intelligent. Sean Stewart gives an interesting spin on magic and makes profound statements on the effects of natural disasters on human behavior. His characters are wonderfully complex and we...

    Brilliant if bleak novel of Galveston after a second flood--this one stripping away technology's leavings and installing a Masque, among other forms of magic. It is, as one of the characters says, about civilization--what people do in spite of hardship. ...

    The best way to describe this book: the plot was flimsy. Definitely needed more...something. I was more entertained by yelling "I've been there!" out loud when the text mentioned a familiar place (I live on Galveston Island) than by the actual story. ...

  • Rusty
    Jun 03, 2010

    This may be Sean Stewart's best novel, though I have to admit that it is not quite my favourite. Here we see Stewart displaying full mastery of his prose, his characterization, and his depiction of a fully realized magical world. Be warned though, neither the characters, nor the world ...

    What a great book - the best of 2008 so far. The basic idea: Galveston, Texas experiences a magical disaster and is cut off from the rest of the world. The city itself is divided into the mundane and real, and the never-ending twilight world of Mardi Gras. Stewart illustrates his...

    Wow, what a ponderous and lethargic fantasy novel. I liked the set-up: in the early 21st century, Galveston, Texas is inundated by a flood--but it's a flood of magic, not of water. This magical Flood kills many of the city's inhabitants and also decimates its infrastructure, rendering ...

    In 2004, waves of magic engulf the world and pull it into madness. In Galveston, Texas, two women hold back the flood of magic. With the help of the Mardi Gras Krewes and Momus, a trickster god, Jane and Odessa quarantine the magic into a never-ending carnival; anyone who demonstrates ...

    Fantasy: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (2001) From the author: ?This is your Basic ?Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Everything, Girl becomes her Own Evil Twin, Boy Is Framed For Murder and Sent Along With Sidekick To Be Eaten By Cannibals, and Things Get Worse When The Weather T...

    I brought my copy of this book to the beach with me, and it got stolen along with my keys and socks. Figures. ...

    Más cercana a la novela de costumbres, casi el reverso de la moneda del realismo mágico latinoamericano (situaciones realistas en un mundo mágico), Galveston es posiblemente la mejor novela postapocalíptica fantástica que he leído, sobre todo porque no recuerdo otra. Partiendo de...

    This is such a wonderful book. Part of me saying this is that the book is local. That's unusual for Houston. While some novels may be set in Houston, it's a nebulous Houston that can be substituted for any moderately large city out there, except that they have people wearing cowboy ...

    I'm starting to love Sean Stewart's work--it's heartfelt and human, even as it deals in magic, mystery, speculation, and madness. Being from Texas, I especially love the works that are set here (Galveston, Perfect Circle, Mockingbird), but I've just started reading one of his Canadian ...

    It took awhile to get going for me, and I found the poker metaphor heavy-handed (about half the references to playing your hand could have been edited out and I still would have felt like, ok, I get it), but I'm very glad I read it. It's the novel version of my beloved A Paradise Built...

    The third time wasn't the charm. This was the third Sean Stewart book in a row I stopped reading after the first chapter or so. Like Mockingbird, Galveston is an interesting concept, but the writing is too pedestrian to fully develop it. ...

    I hadn't realized that the book takes place in the same universe as his previous books Resurrection Man and Night Watch, which I hadn't read. The books are about different characters in different places at different times, but they all deal with the same central conceit: magic in the r...

    I rated this book 8/10 back when I first read it in '04, and I remembered it being fantastic and intense, but somehow couldn't remember the ending. So, after a re-read, my rating stands (translated to Goodreads' more limited 4/5), but I can see why I didn't remember the ending. Up unti...

    This fine work of magical realism is set in a fictional near future Galveston, TX. In this version of the world, magic started to seep into the world, and, in 2004, overflowed in and event referred to as The Flood. Ghosts became commonplace and palpable, some people mutated into fantas...

    A highly original, gritty fantasy. In the year 2004, there was a Flood -- not of water, but of magic, which has destroyed most of civilization and left twisted magical beings in its wake. The Flood hit Galveston, TX in the middle of the Mardi Gras celebration, but thanks to the work of...

    I picked up this book ages ago in Vancouver, and I really want to like it... But...I couldn't. Just...meh. I'm kind of surprised it won the World Fantasy Award...must have been a slow year for them. Magical apocalypse, hilarity ensues. ...

    This novel is set in a post-apocalyptic Galveston where the rational world of modern civilization was thrown down by a massive surge of magic in 2004. This is NOT an attractive magical universe. The citizens of the island survive between what they can grow (and fish) locally, trade for...

    Haunting little book. I'm a fan of the alternate contemporary reality type of books. Note that this is not a two parallel universe (ala Neverwhere) but a alternate future where magic rules the world while the survivors cling to what's left of industrialized civilization that they can. ...

    I didn't enjoy this as much as Stewart's "Passion Play" -- but I still became engrossed by his vision of a gritty, grimly-determined Galveston in the wake of the return of magic to the world. This magic is chaotic, dangerous, often grotesque; and it's held at bay through the merciless ...

    ETA: Life's too short to read stuff that sounds like terrible fan-fic. This has generally gotten good reviews, and I'm only about 70 pages in, but damn, right now it's only my hatred of abandoning books keeping me going. That's not entirely true; I really like the premise, but so fa...

    Galveston experiences the effects of magic during Mardi Gras, 2004. Creatures are born of survivors' happiness and sufferers' pain - dog-sized scorpions, a crying clown, and a widow who eats her victims. Part of the city is locked into a never-ending Mardi Gras. The heroine is Sloan Ga...

  • Sally
    Dec 28, 2016

    This may be Sean Stewart's best novel, though I have to admit that it is not quite my favourite. Here we see Stewart displaying full mastery of his prose, his characterization, and his depiction of a fully realized magical world. Be warned though, neither the characters, nor the world ...

    What a great book - the best of 2008 so far. The basic idea: Galveston, Texas experiences a magical disaster and is cut off from the rest of the world. The city itself is divided into the mundane and real, and the never-ending twilight world of Mardi Gras. Stewart illustrates his...

    Wow, what a ponderous and lethargic fantasy novel. I liked the set-up: in the early 21st century, Galveston, Texas is inundated by a flood--but it's a flood of magic, not of water. This magical Flood kills many of the city's inhabitants and also decimates its infrastructure, rendering ...

    In 2004, waves of magic engulf the world and pull it into madness. In Galveston, Texas, two women hold back the flood of magic. With the help of the Mardi Gras Krewes and Momus, a trickster god, Jane and Odessa quarantine the magic into a never-ending carnival; anyone who demonstrates ...

    Fantasy: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (2001) From the author: ?This is your Basic ?Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Everything, Girl becomes her Own Evil Twin, Boy Is Framed For Murder and Sent Along With Sidekick To Be Eaten By Cannibals, and Things Get Worse When The Weather T...

    I brought my copy of this book to the beach with me, and it got stolen along with my keys and socks. Figures. ...

    Más cercana a la novela de costumbres, casi el reverso de la moneda del realismo mágico latinoamericano (situaciones realistas en un mundo mágico), Galveston es posiblemente la mejor novela postapocalíptica fantástica que he leído, sobre todo porque no recuerdo otra. Partiendo de...

    This is such a wonderful book. Part of me saying this is that the book is local. That's unusual for Houston. While some novels may be set in Houston, it's a nebulous Houston that can be substituted for any moderately large city out there, except that they have people wearing cowboy ...

    I'm starting to love Sean Stewart's work--it's heartfelt and human, even as it deals in magic, mystery, speculation, and madness. Being from Texas, I especially love the works that are set here (Galveston, Perfect Circle, Mockingbird), but I've just started reading one of his Canadian ...

    It took awhile to get going for me, and I found the poker metaphor heavy-handed (about half the references to playing your hand could have been edited out and I still would have felt like, ok, I get it), but I'm very glad I read it. It's the novel version of my beloved A Paradise Built...

    The third time wasn't the charm. This was the third Sean Stewart book in a row I stopped reading after the first chapter or so. Like Mockingbird, Galveston is an interesting concept, but the writing is too pedestrian to fully develop it. ...

    I hadn't realized that the book takes place in the same universe as his previous books Resurrection Man and Night Watch, which I hadn't read. The books are about different characters in different places at different times, but they all deal with the same central conceit: magic in the r...

    I rated this book 8/10 back when I first read it in '04, and I remembered it being fantastic and intense, but somehow couldn't remember the ending. So, after a re-read, my rating stands (translated to Goodreads' more limited 4/5), but I can see why I didn't remember the ending. Up unti...

    This fine work of magical realism is set in a fictional near future Galveston, TX. In this version of the world, magic started to seep into the world, and, in 2004, overflowed in and event referred to as The Flood. Ghosts became commonplace and palpable, some people mutated into fantas...

    A highly original, gritty fantasy. In the year 2004, there was a Flood -- not of water, but of magic, which has destroyed most of civilization and left twisted magical beings in its wake. The Flood hit Galveston, TX in the middle of the Mardi Gras celebration, but thanks to the work of...

    I picked up this book ages ago in Vancouver, and I really want to like it... But...I couldn't. Just...meh. I'm kind of surprised it won the World Fantasy Award...must have been a slow year for them. Magical apocalypse, hilarity ensues. ...

    This novel is set in a post-apocalyptic Galveston where the rational world of modern civilization was thrown down by a massive surge of magic in 2004. This is NOT an attractive magical universe. The citizens of the island survive between what they can grow (and fish) locally, trade for...

    Haunting little book. I'm a fan of the alternate contemporary reality type of books. Note that this is not a two parallel universe (ala Neverwhere) but a alternate future where magic rules the world while the survivors cling to what's left of industrialized civilization that they can. ...

    I didn't enjoy this as much as Stewart's "Passion Play" -- but I still became engrossed by his vision of a gritty, grimly-determined Galveston in the wake of the return of magic to the world. This magic is chaotic, dangerous, often grotesque; and it's held at bay through the merciless ...

    ETA: Life's too short to read stuff that sounds like terrible fan-fic. This has generally gotten good reviews, and I'm only about 70 pages in, but damn, right now it's only my hatred of abandoning books keeping me going. That's not entirely true; I really like the premise, but so fa...

    Galveston experiences the effects of magic during Mardi Gras, 2004. Creatures are born of survivors' happiness and sufferers' pain - dog-sized scorpions, a crying clown, and a widow who eats her victims. Part of the city is locked into a never-ending Mardi Gras. The heroine is Sloan Ga...

    Excellent novel, I liked it much more than the Night Watch. Play the hand you're dealt. The poker bits reminded me a bit like that Tim Powers. Is poker inherently fantastical? There's something very great and disturbing in the way that magic is presented as wonderful, strange and bi...

    The good: Takes place on Galveston where I spend a lot of time. It was fun imagining the plot happening on home turf. Every once in a while the author would present a beautifully written sentence or a wonderfully descriptive phrase. The bad: Fantasy is not my genre and this w...

  • Carol
    Sep 16, 2011

    This may be Sean Stewart's best novel, though I have to admit that it is not quite my favourite. Here we see Stewart displaying full mastery of his prose, his characterization, and his depiction of a fully realized magical world. Be warned though, neither the characters, nor the world ...

    What a great book - the best of 2008 so far. The basic idea: Galveston, Texas experiences a magical disaster and is cut off from the rest of the world. The city itself is divided into the mundane and real, and the never-ending twilight world of Mardi Gras. Stewart illustrates his...

    Wow, what a ponderous and lethargic fantasy novel. I liked the set-up: in the early 21st century, Galveston, Texas is inundated by a flood--but it's a flood of magic, not of water. This magical Flood kills many of the city's inhabitants and also decimates its infrastructure, rendering ...

    In 2004, waves of magic engulf the world and pull it into madness. In Galveston, Texas, two women hold back the flood of magic. With the help of the Mardi Gras Krewes and Momus, a trickster god, Jane and Odessa quarantine the magic into a never-ending carnival; anyone who demonstrates ...

    Fantasy: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (2001) From the author: ?This is your Basic ?Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Everything, Girl becomes her Own Evil Twin, Boy Is Framed For Murder and Sent Along With Sidekick To Be Eaten By Cannibals, and Things Get Worse When The Weather T...

    I brought my copy of this book to the beach with me, and it got stolen along with my keys and socks. Figures. ...

    Más cercana a la novela de costumbres, casi el reverso de la moneda del realismo mágico latinoamericano (situaciones realistas en un mundo mágico), Galveston es posiblemente la mejor novela postapocalíptica fantástica que he leído, sobre todo porque no recuerdo otra. Partiendo de...

    This is such a wonderful book. Part of me saying this is that the book is local. That's unusual for Houston. While some novels may be set in Houston, it's a nebulous Houston that can be substituted for any moderately large city out there, except that they have people wearing cowboy ...

    I'm starting to love Sean Stewart's work--it's heartfelt and human, even as it deals in magic, mystery, speculation, and madness. Being from Texas, I especially love the works that are set here (Galveston, Perfect Circle, Mockingbird), but I've just started reading one of his Canadian ...

    It took awhile to get going for me, and I found the poker metaphor heavy-handed (about half the references to playing your hand could have been edited out and I still would have felt like, ok, I get it), but I'm very glad I read it. It's the novel version of my beloved A Paradise Built...

    The third time wasn't the charm. This was the third Sean Stewart book in a row I stopped reading after the first chapter or so. Like Mockingbird, Galveston is an interesting concept, but the writing is too pedestrian to fully develop it. ...

    I hadn't realized that the book takes place in the same universe as his previous books Resurrection Man and Night Watch, which I hadn't read. The books are about different characters in different places at different times, but they all deal with the same central conceit: magic in the r...

    I rated this book 8/10 back when I first read it in '04, and I remembered it being fantastic and intense, but somehow couldn't remember the ending. So, after a re-read, my rating stands (translated to Goodreads' more limited 4/5), but I can see why I didn't remember the ending. Up unti...

    This fine work of magical realism is set in a fictional near future Galveston, TX. In this version of the world, magic started to seep into the world, and, in 2004, overflowed in and event referred to as The Flood. Ghosts became commonplace and palpable, some people mutated into fantas...

  • Yve
    Aug 27, 2018

    This may be Sean Stewart's best novel, though I have to admit that it is not quite my favourite. Here we see Stewart displaying full mastery of his prose, his characterization, and his depiction of a fully realized magical world. Be warned though, neither the characters, nor the world ...

    What a great book - the best of 2008 so far. The basic idea: Galveston, Texas experiences a magical disaster and is cut off from the rest of the world. The city itself is divided into the mundane and real, and the never-ending twilight world of Mardi Gras. Stewart illustrates his...

    Wow, what a ponderous and lethargic fantasy novel. I liked the set-up: in the early 21st century, Galveston, Texas is inundated by a flood--but it's a flood of magic, not of water. This magical Flood kills many of the city's inhabitants and also decimates its infrastructure, rendering ...

    In 2004, waves of magic engulf the world and pull it into madness. In Galveston, Texas, two women hold back the flood of magic. With the help of the Mardi Gras Krewes and Momus, a trickster god, Jane and Odessa quarantine the magic into a never-ending carnival; anyone who demonstrates ...

    Fantasy: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (2001) From the author: ?This is your Basic ?Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Everything, Girl becomes her Own Evil Twin, Boy Is Framed For Murder and Sent Along With Sidekick To Be Eaten By Cannibals, and Things Get Worse When The Weather T...

    I brought my copy of this book to the beach with me, and it got stolen along with my keys and socks. Figures. ...

  • Chris Branch
    Dec 22, 2011

    This may be Sean Stewart's best novel, though I have to admit that it is not quite my favourite. Here we see Stewart displaying full mastery of his prose, his characterization, and his depiction of a fully realized magical world. Be warned though, neither the characters, nor the world ...

    What a great book - the best of 2008 so far. The basic idea: Galveston, Texas experiences a magical disaster and is cut off from the rest of the world. The city itself is divided into the mundane and real, and the never-ending twilight world of Mardi Gras. Stewart illustrates his...

    Wow, what a ponderous and lethargic fantasy novel. I liked the set-up: in the early 21st century, Galveston, Texas is inundated by a flood--but it's a flood of magic, not of water. This magical Flood kills many of the city's inhabitants and also decimates its infrastructure, rendering ...

    In 2004, waves of magic engulf the world and pull it into madness. In Galveston, Texas, two women hold back the flood of magic. With the help of the Mardi Gras Krewes and Momus, a trickster god, Jane and Odessa quarantine the magic into a never-ending carnival; anyone who demonstrates ...

    Fantasy: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (2001) From the author: ?This is your Basic ?Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Everything, Girl becomes her Own Evil Twin, Boy Is Framed For Murder and Sent Along With Sidekick To Be Eaten By Cannibals, and Things Get Worse When The Weather T...

    I brought my copy of this book to the beach with me, and it got stolen along with my keys and socks. Figures. ...

    Más cercana a la novela de costumbres, casi el reverso de la moneda del realismo mágico latinoamericano (situaciones realistas en un mundo mágico), Galveston es posiblemente la mejor novela postapocalíptica fantástica que he leído, sobre todo porque no recuerdo otra. Partiendo de...

    This is such a wonderful book. Part of me saying this is that the book is local. That's unusual for Houston. While some novels may be set in Houston, it's a nebulous Houston that can be substituted for any moderately large city out there, except that they have people wearing cowboy ...

    I'm starting to love Sean Stewart's work--it's heartfelt and human, even as it deals in magic, mystery, speculation, and madness. Being from Texas, I especially love the works that are set here (Galveston, Perfect Circle, Mockingbird), but I've just started reading one of his Canadian ...

    It took awhile to get going for me, and I found the poker metaphor heavy-handed (about half the references to playing your hand could have been edited out and I still would have felt like, ok, I get it), but I'm very glad I read it. It's the novel version of my beloved A Paradise Built...

    The third time wasn't the charm. This was the third Sean Stewart book in a row I stopped reading after the first chapter or so. Like Mockingbird, Galveston is an interesting concept, but the writing is too pedestrian to fully develop it. ...

    I hadn't realized that the book takes place in the same universe as his previous books Resurrection Man and Night Watch, which I hadn't read. The books are about different characters in different places at different times, but they all deal with the same central conceit: magic in the r...

    I rated this book 8/10 back when I first read it in '04, and I remembered it being fantastic and intense, but somehow couldn't remember the ending. So, after a re-read, my rating stands (translated to Goodreads' more limited 4/5), but I can see why I didn't remember the ending. Up unti...

  • Sunil
    Jan 07, 2012

    This may be Sean Stewart's best novel, though I have to admit that it is not quite my favourite. Here we see Stewart displaying full mastery of his prose, his characterization, and his depiction of a fully realized magical world. Be warned though, neither the characters, nor the world ...

    What a great book - the best of 2008 so far. The basic idea: Galveston, Texas experiences a magical disaster and is cut off from the rest of the world. The city itself is divided into the mundane and real, and the never-ending twilight world of Mardi Gras. Stewart illustrates his...

    Wow, what a ponderous and lethargic fantasy novel. I liked the set-up: in the early 21st century, Galveston, Texas is inundated by a flood--but it's a flood of magic, not of water. This magical Flood kills many of the city's inhabitants and also decimates its infrastructure, rendering ...

    In 2004, waves of magic engulf the world and pull it into madness. In Galveston, Texas, two women hold back the flood of magic. With the help of the Mardi Gras Krewes and Momus, a trickster god, Jane and Odessa quarantine the magic into a never-ending carnival; anyone who demonstrates ...

    Fantasy: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (2001) From the author: ?This is your Basic ?Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Everything, Girl becomes her Own Evil Twin, Boy Is Framed For Murder and Sent Along With Sidekick To Be Eaten By Cannibals, and Things Get Worse When The Weather T...

    I brought my copy of this book to the beach with me, and it got stolen along with my keys and socks. Figures. ...

    Más cercana a la novela de costumbres, casi el reverso de la moneda del realismo mágico latinoamericano (situaciones realistas en un mundo mágico), Galveston es posiblemente la mejor novela postapocalíptica fantástica que he leído, sobre todo porque no recuerdo otra. Partiendo de...

    This is such a wonderful book. Part of me saying this is that the book is local. That's unusual for Houston. While some novels may be set in Houston, it's a nebulous Houston that can be substituted for any moderately large city out there, except that they have people wearing cowboy ...

    I'm starting to love Sean Stewart's work--it's heartfelt and human, even as it deals in magic, mystery, speculation, and madness. Being from Texas, I especially love the works that are set here (Galveston, Perfect Circle, Mockingbird), but I've just started reading one of his Canadian ...

    It took awhile to get going for me, and I found the poker metaphor heavy-handed (about half the references to playing your hand could have been edited out and I still would have felt like, ok, I get it), but I'm very glad I read it. It's the novel version of my beloved A Paradise Built...

    The third time wasn't the charm. This was the third Sean Stewart book in a row I stopped reading after the first chapter or so. Like Mockingbird, Galveston is an interesting concept, but the writing is too pedestrian to fully develop it. ...

    I hadn't realized that the book takes place in the same universe as his previous books Resurrection Man and Night Watch, which I hadn't read. The books are about different characters in different places at different times, but they all deal with the same central conceit: magic in the r...

  • Paul
    Dec 14, 2012

    This may be Sean Stewart's best novel, though I have to admit that it is not quite my favourite. Here we see Stewart displaying full mastery of his prose, his characterization, and his depiction of a fully realized magical world. Be warned though, neither the characters, nor the world ...

    What a great book - the best of 2008 so far. The basic idea: Galveston, Texas experiences a magical disaster and is cut off from the rest of the world. The city itself is divided into the mundane and real, and the never-ending twilight world of Mardi Gras. Stewart illustrates his...

    Wow, what a ponderous and lethargic fantasy novel. I liked the set-up: in the early 21st century, Galveston, Texas is inundated by a flood--but it's a flood of magic, not of water. This magical Flood kills many of the city's inhabitants and also decimates its infrastructure, rendering ...

    In 2004, waves of magic engulf the world and pull it into madness. In Galveston, Texas, two women hold back the flood of magic. With the help of the Mardi Gras Krewes and Momus, a trickster god, Jane and Odessa quarantine the magic into a never-ending carnival; anyone who demonstrates ...

    Fantasy: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (2001) From the author: ?This is your Basic ?Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Everything, Girl becomes her Own Evil Twin, Boy Is Framed For Murder and Sent Along With Sidekick To Be Eaten By Cannibals, and Things Get Worse When The Weather T...

    I brought my copy of this book to the beach with me, and it got stolen along with my keys and socks. Figures. ...

    Más cercana a la novela de costumbres, casi el reverso de la moneda del realismo mágico latinoamericano (situaciones realistas en un mundo mágico), Galveston es posiblemente la mejor novela postapocalíptica fantástica que he leído, sobre todo porque no recuerdo otra. Partiendo de...

    This is such a wonderful book. Part of me saying this is that the book is local. That's unusual for Houston. While some novels may be set in Houston, it's a nebulous Houston that can be substituted for any moderately large city out there, except that they have people wearing cowboy ...

    I'm starting to love Sean Stewart's work--it's heartfelt and human, even as it deals in magic, mystery, speculation, and madness. Being from Texas, I especially love the works that are set here (Galveston, Perfect Circle, Mockingbird), but I've just started reading one of his Canadian ...

    It took awhile to get going for me, and I found the poker metaphor heavy-handed (about half the references to playing your hand could have been edited out and I still would have felt like, ok, I get it), but I'm very glad I read it. It's the novel version of my beloved A Paradise Built...

    The third time wasn't the charm. This was the third Sean Stewart book in a row I stopped reading after the first chapter or so. Like Mockingbird, Galveston is an interesting concept, but the writing is too pedestrian to fully develop it. ...

    I hadn't realized that the book takes place in the same universe as his previous books Resurrection Man and Night Watch, which I hadn't read. The books are about different characters in different places at different times, but they all deal with the same central conceit: magic in the r...

    I rated this book 8/10 back when I first read it in '04, and I remembered it being fantastic and intense, but somehow couldn't remember the ending. So, after a re-read, my rating stands (translated to Goodreads' more limited 4/5), but I can see why I didn't remember the ending. Up unti...

    This fine work of magical realism is set in a fictional near future Galveston, TX. In this version of the world, magic started to seep into the world, and, in 2004, overflowed in and event referred to as The Flood. Ghosts became commonplace and palpable, some people mutated into fantas...

    A highly original, gritty fantasy. In the year 2004, there was a Flood -- not of water, but of magic, which has destroyed most of civilization and left twisted magical beings in its wake. The Flood hit Galveston, TX in the middle of the Mardi Gras celebration, but thanks to the work of...

    I picked up this book ages ago in Vancouver, and I really want to like it... But...I couldn't. Just...meh. I'm kind of surprised it won the World Fantasy Award...must have been a slow year for them. Magical apocalypse, hilarity ensues. ...

    This novel is set in a post-apocalyptic Galveston where the rational world of modern civilization was thrown down by a massive surge of magic in 2004. This is NOT an attractive magical universe. The citizens of the island survive between what they can grow (and fish) locally, trade for...

    Haunting little book. I'm a fan of the alternate contemporary reality type of books. Note that this is not a two parallel universe (ala Neverwhere) but a alternate future where magic rules the world while the survivors cling to what's left of industrialized civilization that they can. ...

    I didn't enjoy this as much as Stewart's "Passion Play" -- but I still became engrossed by his vision of a gritty, grimly-determined Galveston in the wake of the return of magic to the world. This magic is chaotic, dangerous, often grotesque; and it's held at bay through the merciless ...

    ETA: Life's too short to read stuff that sounds like terrible fan-fic. This has generally gotten good reviews, and I'm only about 70 pages in, but damn, right now it's only my hatred of abandoning books keeping me going. That's not entirely true; I really like the premise, but so fa...

    Galveston experiences the effects of magic during Mardi Gras, 2004. Creatures are born of survivors' happiness and sufferers' pain - dog-sized scorpions, a crying clown, and a widow who eats her victims. Part of the city is locked into a never-ending Mardi Gras. The heroine is Sloan Ga...

    Excellent novel, I liked it much more than the Night Watch. Play the hand you're dealt. The poker bits reminded me a bit like that Tim Powers. Is poker inherently fantastical? There's something very great and disturbing in the way that magic is presented as wonderful, strange and bi...

    The good: Takes place on Galveston where I spend a lot of time. It was fun imagining the plot happening on home turf. Every once in a while the author would present a beautifully written sentence or a wonderfully descriptive phrase. The bad: Fantasy is not my genre and this w...

    This one is set in the same world-premise as Stewart's Resurrection Man and The Night Watch. Magic swept into the world like a hurricane in 2004 and humans in Galveston have been trying to ward it off for nearly a generation as the remnants of civilization crumble. The fantasy was dark...

    Galveston started a bit slow but I am glad I stuck with it. It was very original, creative and intelligent. Sean Stewart gives an interesting spin on magic and makes profound statements on the effects of natural disasters on human behavior. His characters are wonderfully complex and we...

    Brilliant if bleak novel of Galveston after a second flood--this one stripping away technology's leavings and installing a Masque, among other forms of magic. It is, as one of the characters says, about civilization--what people do in spite of hardship. ...

    The best way to describe this book: the plot was flimsy. Definitely needed more...something. I was more entertained by yelling "I've been there!" out loud when the text mentioned a familiar place (I live on Galveston Island) than by the actual story. ...

    A really excellent the-magic-came-back apocalypse, right up there with Stephen Boyett's Ariel. And now I have the whimsical desire to visit Galveston despite the risk of hurricanes, mosquitoes, and tricky minor deities. ...

    I am not usually a fan of futuristic/fantasy novels. However this one captivated me. It had just the right amount of historical accuracy blended withfantasy/science fiction along with some excellent characters and dual story lines. Really enjoyed the read! ...

  • Neyly
    Feb 10, 2018

    This may be Sean Stewart's best novel, though I have to admit that it is not quite my favourite. Here we see Stewart displaying full mastery of his prose, his characterization, and his depiction of a fully realized magical world. Be warned though, neither the characters, nor the world ...

    What a great book - the best of 2008 so far. The basic idea: Galveston, Texas experiences a magical disaster and is cut off from the rest of the world. The city itself is divided into the mundane and real, and the never-ending twilight world of Mardi Gras. Stewart illustrates his...

    Wow, what a ponderous and lethargic fantasy novel. I liked the set-up: in the early 21st century, Galveston, Texas is inundated by a flood--but it's a flood of magic, not of water. This magical Flood kills many of the city's inhabitants and also decimates its infrastructure, rendering ...

    In 2004, waves of magic engulf the world and pull it into madness. In Galveston, Texas, two women hold back the flood of magic. With the help of the Mardi Gras Krewes and Momus, a trickster god, Jane and Odessa quarantine the magic into a never-ending carnival; anyone who demonstrates ...

    Fantasy: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (2001) From the author: ?This is your Basic ?Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Everything, Girl becomes her Own Evil Twin, Boy Is Framed For Murder and Sent Along With Sidekick To Be Eaten By Cannibals, and Things Get Worse When The Weather T...

  • John Robinson
    Feb 10, 2017

    This may be Sean Stewart's best novel, though I have to admit that it is not quite my favourite. Here we see Stewart displaying full mastery of his prose, his characterization, and his depiction of a fully realized magical world. Be warned though, neither the characters, nor the world ...

    What a great book - the best of 2008 so far. The basic idea: Galveston, Texas experiences a magical disaster and is cut off from the rest of the world. The city itself is divided into the mundane and real, and the never-ending twilight world of Mardi Gras. Stewart illustrates his...

    Wow, what a ponderous and lethargic fantasy novel. I liked the set-up: in the early 21st century, Galveston, Texas is inundated by a flood--but it's a flood of magic, not of water. This magical Flood kills many of the city's inhabitants and also decimates its infrastructure, rendering ...

    In 2004, waves of magic engulf the world and pull it into madness. In Galveston, Texas, two women hold back the flood of magic. With the help of the Mardi Gras Krewes and Momus, a trickster god, Jane and Odessa quarantine the magic into a never-ending carnival; anyone who demonstrates ...

    Fantasy: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (2001) From the author: ?This is your Basic ?Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Everything, Girl becomes her Own Evil Twin, Boy Is Framed For Murder and Sent Along With Sidekick To Be Eaten By Cannibals, and Things Get Worse When The Weather T...

    I brought my copy of this book to the beach with me, and it got stolen along with my keys and socks. Figures. ...

    Más cercana a la novela de costumbres, casi el reverso de la moneda del realismo mágico latinoamericano (situaciones realistas en un mundo mágico), Galveston es posiblemente la mejor novela postapocalíptica fantástica que he leído, sobre todo porque no recuerdo otra. Partiendo de...

    This is such a wonderful book. Part of me saying this is that the book is local. That's unusual for Houston. While some novels may be set in Houston, it's a nebulous Houston that can be substituted for any moderately large city out there, except that they have people wearing cowboy ...

    I'm starting to love Sean Stewart's work--it's heartfelt and human, even as it deals in magic, mystery, speculation, and madness. Being from Texas, I especially love the works that are set here (Galveston, Perfect Circle, Mockingbird), but I've just started reading one of his Canadian ...

    It took awhile to get going for me, and I found the poker metaphor heavy-handed (about half the references to playing your hand could have been edited out and I still would have felt like, ok, I get it), but I'm very glad I read it. It's the novel version of my beloved A Paradise Built...

    The third time wasn't the charm. This was the third Sean Stewart book in a row I stopped reading after the first chapter or so. Like Mockingbird, Galveston is an interesting concept, but the writing is too pedestrian to fully develop it. ...

    I hadn't realized that the book takes place in the same universe as his previous books Resurrection Man and Night Watch, which I hadn't read. The books are about different characters in different places at different times, but they all deal with the same central conceit: magic in the r...

    I rated this book 8/10 back when I first read it in '04, and I remembered it being fantastic and intense, but somehow couldn't remember the ending. So, after a re-read, my rating stands (translated to Goodreads' more limited 4/5), but I can see why I didn't remember the ending. Up unti...

    This fine work of magical realism is set in a fictional near future Galveston, TX. In this version of the world, magic started to seep into the world, and, in 2004, overflowed in and event referred to as The Flood. Ghosts became commonplace and palpable, some people mutated into fantas...

    A highly original, gritty fantasy. In the year 2004, there was a Flood -- not of water, but of magic, which has destroyed most of civilization and left twisted magical beings in its wake. The Flood hit Galveston, TX in the middle of the Mardi Gras celebration, but thanks to the work of...

    I picked up this book ages ago in Vancouver, and I really want to like it... But...I couldn't. Just...meh. I'm kind of surprised it won the World Fantasy Award...must have been a slow year for them. Magical apocalypse, hilarity ensues. ...

  • Tade Thompson
    Aug 13, 2014

    This may be Sean Stewart's best novel, though I have to admit that it is not quite my favourite. Here we see Stewart displaying full mastery of his prose, his characterization, and his depiction of a fully realized magical world. Be warned though, neither the characters, nor the world ...

    What a great book - the best of 2008 so far. The basic idea: Galveston, Texas experiences a magical disaster and is cut off from the rest of the world. The city itself is divided into the mundane and real, and the never-ending twilight world of Mardi Gras. Stewart illustrates his...

    Wow, what a ponderous and lethargic fantasy novel. I liked the set-up: in the early 21st century, Galveston, Texas is inundated by a flood--but it's a flood of magic, not of water. This magical Flood kills many of the city's inhabitants and also decimates its infrastructure, rendering ...

    In 2004, waves of magic engulf the world and pull it into madness. In Galveston, Texas, two women hold back the flood of magic. With the help of the Mardi Gras Krewes and Momus, a trickster god, Jane and Odessa quarantine the magic into a never-ending carnival; anyone who demonstrates ...

    Fantasy: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (2001) From the author: ?This is your Basic ?Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Everything, Girl becomes her Own Evil Twin, Boy Is Framed For Murder and Sent Along With Sidekick To Be Eaten By Cannibals, and Things Get Worse When The Weather T...

    I brought my copy of this book to the beach with me, and it got stolen along with my keys and socks. Figures. ...

    Más cercana a la novela de costumbres, casi el reverso de la moneda del realismo mágico latinoamericano (situaciones realistas en un mundo mágico), Galveston es posiblemente la mejor novela postapocalíptica fantástica que he leído, sobre todo porque no recuerdo otra. Partiendo de...

    This is such a wonderful book. Part of me saying this is that the book is local. That's unusual for Houston. While some novels may be set in Houston, it's a nebulous Houston that can be substituted for any moderately large city out there, except that they have people wearing cowboy ...

    I'm starting to love Sean Stewart's work--it's heartfelt and human, even as it deals in magic, mystery, speculation, and madness. Being from Texas, I especially love the works that are set here (Galveston, Perfect Circle, Mockingbird), but I've just started reading one of his Canadian ...

    It took awhile to get going for me, and I found the poker metaphor heavy-handed (about half the references to playing your hand could have been edited out and I still would have felt like, ok, I get it), but I'm very glad I read it. It's the novel version of my beloved A Paradise Built...

    The third time wasn't the charm. This was the third Sean Stewart book in a row I stopped reading after the first chapter or so. Like Mockingbird, Galveston is an interesting concept, but the writing is too pedestrian to fully develop it. ...

    I hadn't realized that the book takes place in the same universe as his previous books Resurrection Man and Night Watch, which I hadn't read. The books are about different characters in different places at different times, but they all deal with the same central conceit: magic in the r...

    I rated this book 8/10 back when I first read it in '04, and I remembered it being fantastic and intense, but somehow couldn't remember the ending. So, after a re-read, my rating stands (translated to Goodreads' more limited 4/5), but I can see why I didn't remember the ending. Up unti...

    This fine work of magical realism is set in a fictional near future Galveston, TX. In this version of the world, magic started to seep into the world, and, in 2004, overflowed in and event referred to as The Flood. Ghosts became commonplace and palpable, some people mutated into fantas...

    A highly original, gritty fantasy. In the year 2004, there was a Flood -- not of water, but of magic, which has destroyed most of civilization and left twisted magical beings in its wake. The Flood hit Galveston, TX in the middle of the Mardi Gras celebration, but thanks to the work of...

    I picked up this book ages ago in Vancouver, and I really want to like it... But...I couldn't. Just...meh. I'm kind of surprised it won the World Fantasy Award...must have been a slow year for them. Magical apocalypse, hilarity ensues. ...

    This novel is set in a post-apocalyptic Galveston where the rational world of modern civilization was thrown down by a massive surge of magic in 2004. This is NOT an attractive magical universe. The citizens of the island survive between what they can grow (and fish) locally, trade for...

    Haunting little book. I'm a fan of the alternate contemporary reality type of books. Note that this is not a two parallel universe (ala Neverwhere) but a alternate future where magic rules the world while the survivors cling to what's left of industrialized civilization that they can. ...

    I didn't enjoy this as much as Stewart's "Passion Play" -- but I still became engrossed by his vision of a gritty, grimly-determined Galveston in the wake of the return of magic to the world. This magic is chaotic, dangerous, often grotesque; and it's held at bay through the merciless ...

    ETA: Life's too short to read stuff that sounds like terrible fan-fic. This has generally gotten good reviews, and I'm only about 70 pages in, but damn, right now it's only my hatred of abandoning books keeping me going. That's not entirely true; I really like the premise, but so fa...

    Galveston experiences the effects of magic during Mardi Gras, 2004. Creatures are born of survivors' happiness and sufferers' pain - dog-sized scorpions, a crying clown, and a widow who eats her victims. Part of the city is locked into a never-ending Mardi Gras. The heroine is Sloan Ga...

    Excellent novel, I liked it much more than the Night Watch. Play the hand you're dealt. The poker bits reminded me a bit like that Tim Powers. Is poker inherently fantastical? There's something very great and disturbing in the way that magic is presented as wonderful, strange and bi...

    The good: Takes place on Galveston where I spend a lot of time. It was fun imagining the plot happening on home turf. Every once in a while the author would present a beautifully written sentence or a wonderfully descriptive phrase. The bad: Fantasy is not my genre and this w...

    This one is set in the same world-premise as Stewart's Resurrection Man and The Night Watch. Magic swept into the world like a hurricane in 2004 and humans in Galveston have been trying to ward it off for nearly a generation as the remnants of civilization crumble. The fantasy was dark...

    Galveston started a bit slow but I am glad I stuck with it. It was very original, creative and intelligent. Sean Stewart gives an interesting spin on magic and makes profound statements on the effects of natural disasters on human behavior. His characters are wonderfully complex and we...

    Brilliant if bleak novel of Galveston after a second flood--this one stripping away technology's leavings and installing a Masque, among other forms of magic. It is, as one of the characters says, about civilization--what people do in spite of hardship. ...

    The best way to describe this book: the plot was flimsy. Definitely needed more...something. I was more entertained by yelling "I've been there!" out loud when the text mentioned a familiar place (I live on Galveston Island) than by the actual story. ...

    A really excellent the-magic-came-back apocalypse, right up there with Stephen Boyett's Ariel. And now I have the whimsical desire to visit Galveston despite the risk of hurricanes, mosquitoes, and tricky minor deities. ...

    I am not usually a fan of futuristic/fantasy novels. However this one captivated me. It had just the right amount of historical accuracy blended withfantasy/science fiction along with some excellent characters and dual story lines. Really enjoyed the read! ...

    This book starts off well and held my interest all the way to the end, but not consistently. In fact I felt I had to force myself to finish the last quarter. The characters of Josh, Sloane and Ham were interesting enough and the plot was serviceable, but I feel the book didn't quite h...

  • Lara
    Apr 28, 2016

    This may be Sean Stewart's best novel, though I have to admit that it is not quite my favourite. Here we see Stewart displaying full mastery of his prose, his characterization, and his depiction of a fully realized magical world. Be warned though, neither the characters, nor the world ...

    What a great book - the best of 2008 so far. The basic idea: Galveston, Texas experiences a magical disaster and is cut off from the rest of the world. The city itself is divided into the mundane and real, and the never-ending twilight world of Mardi Gras. Stewart illustrates his...

    Wow, what a ponderous and lethargic fantasy novel. I liked the set-up: in the early 21st century, Galveston, Texas is inundated by a flood--but it's a flood of magic, not of water. This magical Flood kills many of the city's inhabitants and also decimates its infrastructure, rendering ...

    In 2004, waves of magic engulf the world and pull it into madness. In Galveston, Texas, two women hold back the flood of magic. With the help of the Mardi Gras Krewes and Momus, a trickster god, Jane and Odessa quarantine the magic into a never-ending carnival; anyone who demonstrates ...

    Fantasy: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (2001) From the author: ?This is your Basic ?Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Everything, Girl becomes her Own Evil Twin, Boy Is Framed For Murder and Sent Along With Sidekick To Be Eaten By Cannibals, and Things Get Worse When The Weather T...

    I brought my copy of this book to the beach with me, and it got stolen along with my keys and socks. Figures. ...

    Más cercana a la novela de costumbres, casi el reverso de la moneda del realismo mágico latinoamericano (situaciones realistas en un mundo mágico), Galveston es posiblemente la mejor novela postapocalíptica fantástica que he leído, sobre todo porque no recuerdo otra. Partiendo de...

    This is such a wonderful book. Part of me saying this is that the book is local. That's unusual for Houston. While some novels may be set in Houston, it's a nebulous Houston that can be substituted for any moderately large city out there, except that they have people wearing cowboy ...

    I'm starting to love Sean Stewart's work--it's heartfelt and human, even as it deals in magic, mystery, speculation, and madness. Being from Texas, I especially love the works that are set here (Galveston, Perfect Circle, Mockingbird), but I've just started reading one of his Canadian ...

    It took awhile to get going for me, and I found the poker metaphor heavy-handed (about half the references to playing your hand could have been edited out and I still would have felt like, ok, I get it), but I'm very glad I read it. It's the novel version of my beloved A Paradise Built...

    The third time wasn't the charm. This was the third Sean Stewart book in a row I stopped reading after the first chapter or so. Like Mockingbird, Galveston is an interesting concept, but the writing is too pedestrian to fully develop it. ...

    I hadn't realized that the book takes place in the same universe as his previous books Resurrection Man and Night Watch, which I hadn't read. The books are about different characters in different places at different times, but they all deal with the same central conceit: magic in the r...

    I rated this book 8/10 back when I first read it in '04, and I remembered it being fantastic and intense, but somehow couldn't remember the ending. So, after a re-read, my rating stands (translated to Goodreads' more limited 4/5), but I can see why I didn't remember the ending. Up unti...

    This fine work of magical realism is set in a fictional near future Galveston, TX. In this version of the world, magic started to seep into the world, and, in 2004, overflowed in and event referred to as The Flood. Ghosts became commonplace and palpable, some people mutated into fantas...

    A highly original, gritty fantasy. In the year 2004, there was a Flood -- not of water, but of magic, which has destroyed most of civilization and left twisted magical beings in its wake. The Flood hit Galveston, TX in the middle of the Mardi Gras celebration, but thanks to the work of...

    I picked up this book ages ago in Vancouver, and I really want to like it... But...I couldn't. Just...meh. I'm kind of surprised it won the World Fantasy Award...must have been a slow year for them. Magical apocalypse, hilarity ensues. ...

    This novel is set in a post-apocalyptic Galveston where the rational world of modern civilization was thrown down by a massive surge of magic in 2004. This is NOT an attractive magical universe. The citizens of the island survive between what they can grow (and fish) locally, trade for...

    Haunting little book. I'm a fan of the alternate contemporary reality type of books. Note that this is not a two parallel universe (ala Neverwhere) but a alternate future where magic rules the world while the survivors cling to what's left of industrialized civilization that they can. ...

    I didn't enjoy this as much as Stewart's "Passion Play" -- but I still became engrossed by his vision of a gritty, grimly-determined Galveston in the wake of the return of magic to the world. This magic is chaotic, dangerous, often grotesque; and it's held at bay through the merciless ...

    ETA: Life's too short to read stuff that sounds like terrible fan-fic. This has generally gotten good reviews, and I'm only about 70 pages in, but damn, right now it's only my hatred of abandoning books keeping me going. That's not entirely true; I really like the premise, but so fa...

    Galveston experiences the effects of magic during Mardi Gras, 2004. Creatures are born of survivors' happiness and sufferers' pain - dog-sized scorpions, a crying clown, and a widow who eats her victims. Part of the city is locked into a never-ending Mardi Gras. The heroine is Sloan Ga...

    Excellent novel, I liked it much more than the Night Watch. Play the hand you're dealt. The poker bits reminded me a bit like that Tim Powers. Is poker inherently fantastical? There's something very great and disturbing in the way that magic is presented as wonderful, strange and bi...

    The good: Takes place on Galveston where I spend a lot of time. It was fun imagining the plot happening on home turf. Every once in a while the author would present a beautifully written sentence or a wonderfully descriptive phrase. The bad: Fantasy is not my genre and this w...

    This one is set in the same world-premise as Stewart's Resurrection Man and The Night Watch. Magic swept into the world like a hurricane in 2004 and humans in Galveston have been trying to ward it off for nearly a generation as the remnants of civilization crumble. The fantasy was dark...

    Galveston started a bit slow but I am glad I stuck with it. It was very original, creative and intelligent. Sean Stewart gives an interesting spin on magic and makes profound statements on the effects of natural disasters on human behavior. His characters are wonderfully complex and we...

    Brilliant if bleak novel of Galveston after a second flood--this one stripping away technology's leavings and installing a Masque, among other forms of magic. It is, as one of the characters says, about civilization--what people do in spite of hardship. ...

    The best way to describe this book: the plot was flimsy. Definitely needed more...something. I was more entertained by yelling "I've been there!" out loud when the text mentioned a familiar place (I live on Galveston Island) than by the actual story. ...

    A really excellent the-magic-came-back apocalypse, right up there with Stephen Boyett's Ariel. And now I have the whimsical desire to visit Galveston despite the risk of hurricanes, mosquitoes, and tricky minor deities. ...

  • José Vázquez
    Feb 03, 2017

    This may be Sean Stewart's best novel, though I have to admit that it is not quite my favourite. Here we see Stewart displaying full mastery of his prose, his characterization, and his depiction of a fully realized magical world. Be warned though, neither the characters, nor the world ...

    What a great book - the best of 2008 so far. The basic idea: Galveston, Texas experiences a magical disaster and is cut off from the rest of the world. The city itself is divided into the mundane and real, and the never-ending twilight world of Mardi Gras. Stewart illustrates his...

    Wow, what a ponderous and lethargic fantasy novel. I liked the set-up: in the early 21st century, Galveston, Texas is inundated by a flood--but it's a flood of magic, not of water. This magical Flood kills many of the city's inhabitants and also decimates its infrastructure, rendering ...

    In 2004, waves of magic engulf the world and pull it into madness. In Galveston, Texas, two women hold back the flood of magic. With the help of the Mardi Gras Krewes and Momus, a trickster god, Jane and Odessa quarantine the magic into a never-ending carnival; anyone who demonstrates ...

    Fantasy: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (2001) From the author: ?This is your Basic ?Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Everything, Girl becomes her Own Evil Twin, Boy Is Framed For Murder and Sent Along With Sidekick To Be Eaten By Cannibals, and Things Get Worse When The Weather T...

    I brought my copy of this book to the beach with me, and it got stolen along with my keys and socks. Figures. ...

    Más cercana a la novela de costumbres, casi el reverso de la moneda del realismo mágico latinoamericano (situaciones realistas en un mundo mágico), Galveston es posiblemente la mejor novela postapocalíptica fantástica que he leído, sobre todo porque no recuerdo otra. Partiendo de...

  • Stephen
    Dec 17, 2017

    This may be Sean Stewart's best novel, though I have to admit that it is not quite my favourite. Here we see Stewart displaying full mastery of his prose, his characterization, and his depiction of a fully realized magical world. Be warned though, neither the characters, nor the world ...

    What a great book - the best of 2008 so far. The basic idea: Galveston, Texas experiences a magical disaster and is cut off from the rest of the world. The city itself is divided into the mundane and real, and the never-ending twilight world of Mardi Gras. Stewart illustrates his...

    Wow, what a ponderous and lethargic fantasy novel. I liked the set-up: in the early 21st century, Galveston, Texas is inundated by a flood--but it's a flood of magic, not of water. This magical Flood kills many of the city's inhabitants and also decimates its infrastructure, rendering ...

    In 2004, waves of magic engulf the world and pull it into madness. In Galveston, Texas, two women hold back the flood of magic. With the help of the Mardi Gras Krewes and Momus, a trickster god, Jane and Odessa quarantine the magic into a never-ending carnival; anyone who demonstrates ...

    Fantasy: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (2001) From the author: ?This is your Basic ?Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Everything, Girl becomes her Own Evil Twin, Boy Is Framed For Murder and Sent Along With Sidekick To Be Eaten By Cannibals, and Things Get Worse When The Weather T...

    I brought my copy of this book to the beach with me, and it got stolen along with my keys and socks. Figures. ...

    Más cercana a la novela de costumbres, casi el reverso de la moneda del realismo mágico latinoamericano (situaciones realistas en un mundo mágico), Galveston es posiblemente la mejor novela postapocalíptica fantástica que he leído, sobre todo porque no recuerdo otra. Partiendo de...

    This is such a wonderful book. Part of me saying this is that the book is local. That's unusual for Houston. While some novels may be set in Houston, it's a nebulous Houston that can be substituted for any moderately large city out there, except that they have people wearing cowboy ...

    I'm starting to love Sean Stewart's work--it's heartfelt and human, even as it deals in magic, mystery, speculation, and madness. Being from Texas, I especially love the works that are set here (Galveston, Perfect Circle, Mockingbird), but I've just started reading one of his Canadian ...

    It took awhile to get going for me, and I found the poker metaphor heavy-handed (about half the references to playing your hand could have been edited out and I still would have felt like, ok, I get it), but I'm very glad I read it. It's the novel version of my beloved A Paradise Built...

    The third time wasn't the charm. This was the third Sean Stewart book in a row I stopped reading after the first chapter or so. Like Mockingbird, Galveston is an interesting concept, but the writing is too pedestrian to fully develop it. ...