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By Force Alone

By Force Alone

Lavie Tidhar

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A retelling of Arthurian myth for the age of Brexit and Trump, from World Fantasy Award-winner Lavie Tidhar, By Force Alone.

Everyone thinks they know the story of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table.

The fact is they don't know sh*t.

Arthur? An over-promoted gangster.
Merlin? An eldritch parasite.
Excalibur? A shady deal with a watery arms dealer.
Britain? A clogged sewer that Rome abandoned just as soon as it could.

A savage and cutting epic fantasy, equally poetic and profane, By Force Alone is at once a timely political satire, a magical adventure, and a subversive masterwork.

Praise for By Force Alone

Praise for By Force Alone:

“Drawing on everything from wushu movies to The Wire by way of Tarkovsky and Tarantino, By Force Alone is wild, surprising and entertaining, and a hugely immersive read.” –M.R. Carey

Praise for Lavie Tidhar:

“Lavie Tidhar[‘s] mad imagination ... is hilarious, insightful and terrifying all at once.” —Ben Aaronovitch

“He is a political writer, an iconoclast and sometimes a provocateur ... remarkable and ambitious work.” —China Mieville

“Would probably have been enough to get Tidhar burnt at the stake during the Middle Ages... Violent, action-packed, paced like a runaway freight train, politically incorrect and socially unredeemable [and] hugely entertaining.” —Gardner Dozois

“A game-player of a writer who uses the spectrum of science fiction canon for his pieces... Lavie Tidhar is a clever bastard.” —Warren Ellis

“Lavie Tidhar is one of the most distinctive voices to enter the field in many years.” —Alastair Reynolds

“[Tidhar is] Young, ambitious, skilled and original.” —Christopher Priest

“Hypnotic … [his] writing is beautiful.” —Jeff Vandermeer

“There are SFF writers. There are good SFF writers. And there is Lavie Tidhar...There is no one like him writing in genre today.” – Ian McDonald

“Groundbreaking… radically unique… genius literary invention.” — Norman Spinrad

“A dazzling tale of complicated politics and even more complicated souls. Beautiful.” —Ken Liu

"[Tidhar] has already staked a claim as the genre’s most interesting, mo… More…

Praise for By Force Alone:

“Drawing on everything from wushu movies to The Wire by way of Tarkovsky and Tarantino, By Force Alone is wild, surprising and entertaining, and a hugely immersive read.” –M.R. Carey

Praise for Lavie Tidhar:

“Lavie Tidhar[‘s] mad imagination ... is hilarious, insightful and terrifying all at once.” —Ben Aaronovitch

“He is a political writer, an iconoclast and sometimes a provocateur ... remarkable and ambitious work.” —China Mieville

“Would probably have been enough to get Tidhar burnt at the stake during the Middle Ages... Violent, action-packed, paced like a runaway freight train, politically incorrect and socially unredeemable [and] hugely entertaining.” —Gardner Dozois

“A game-player of a writer who uses the spectrum of science fiction canon for his pieces... Lavie Tidhar is a clever bastard.” —Warren Ellis

“Lavie Tidhar is one of the most distinctive voices to enter the field in many years.” —Alastair Reynolds

“[Tidhar is] Young, ambitious, skilled and original.” —Christopher Priest

“Hypnotic … [his] writing is beautiful.” —Jeff Vandermeer

“There are SFF writers. There are good SFF writers. And there is Lavie Tidhar...There is no one like him writing in genre today.” – Ian McDonald

“Groundbreaking… radically unique… genius literary invention.” — Norman Spinrad

“A dazzling tale of complicated politics and even more complicated souls. Beautiful.” —Ken Liu

"[Tidhar] has already staked a claim as the genre’s most interesting, most bold, and most accomplished writer.” —Locus

“Tidhar scatters brilliant ideas like pennies on the sidewalk.” —NPR Books

"Stunning...very funny...remarkably poignant...[Tidhar] reminds us that even — especially — under the most terrible of circumstances, stories are all we have. And in the right hands, they can be a formidable weapon." —The Washington Post

"A brilliantly etched phantasmagoric reconfiguring of that most sizzling of eras the twilight 20th . . . a torrid tour de force.” —James Ellroy

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Lavie Tidhar

Lavie Tidhar is the World Fantasy Award-winning author of Osama, The Violent Century, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize-winning A Man Lies Dreaming, the Campbell Award-winning Central Station, the Locus Award nominated Unholy Land, and his debut children's novel Candy. Tidhar works across genres, combining detective and thriller modes with poetry, science fiction, and historical and autobiographical material. His work has been compared to that of Philip K. Dick by the Guardian and the Financial Times, and to Kurt Vonnegut's by Locus.

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