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A writer, Franz Westen, falls prey to a curse put upon another - Clark Ashton Smith - by the long dead founder of Megapolisomancy, Thibaut de Castries. This is the consequence of three chance happenings: (1) Buying a second-hand book inside of which Thibaut de Castries has secreted a text between lightly gummed together pages. (2) Residing at 607 Rhodes, a room in an apartment building that had been lived in by Thibaut de Castries and frequented by Clark Ashton Smith. And concealed within the walls of which is hidden another text, ‘The Fifty Cipher'. (3) The viewing of a brown robed figure on the peak of Corona heights - a hilltop directly in front of Franz Westen's living room window. For Franz Westen this episode will prove to be even more weird than the ‘Weird Underground' TV episodes he converts into short stories.
The review of this Book prepared by Charles Smyth








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Plot & Themes

Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Romance    -   Yes Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   weapon    -   info about lifeform(s)/society/phenomena Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   fighting a personal illness/handicap    -   search for identity/new understanding War or Invasion    -   Yes Major kinds of combat:    -   hand to hand    -   mental powers battles Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   40's-50's

Setting

Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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