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A long, long time ago, back when man was still hunting and gathering on the plains, the elves left our world to return to Elfland. About thirty years after JFK was president, they returned. They were horrified to see what humans had been doing in their absence and immediately started to change the world. One of the first things they did was to get rid of television. From there they established themselves throughout the world, making places like the "Levee" in old-Chicago where Elfland's and Earth's borders meet. Danny is a small town Iowa paramedic who has always dreamed of going to see the Levee. One day, he can no longer resist the "call" and hops in his souped up old car and heads out. When he gets near the Levee, he witnesses a drive-by shooting between rival elf gangs and races to help the survivors. He saves Norma Jean's life and enters the employ of Mr. Patrise. Mr. Patrise renames him Doc Hallownight and takes him to the Levee. There he is introduced to the 1920s/30s style of the elves and the humans who live on the border. He learns that magic is real, that everyone has secrets, that love is not always what is seems, and learns who he really is...
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This was a beautifully written novel that will stay in your mind long after you have finished it. The characters are fascinating and very well drawn. Ford does not completely flesh out the characters - he leaves them a little mystery, a little shadow, so that you never really know them, but you think you do, just like real life. I loved Ford's writing style. He creates an almost hazy, blurred vision of this beautiful and ugly world that Doc has chosen to live in. His prose was absolutely gorgeous and a delight to read. I absolutely loved this book and hope that we will hear more about these characters one day.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   a powerful magician Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Culture clash-    -   feelings of a human growing up among aliens

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   doctor


Earth setting:    -   near future (later in 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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