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Guess what I got?!?!?!

After over two years of looking for a First Edition that this mere mortal could afford, I finally found one on e-bay! With shipping it was only $13!!! It came today, and for a hardback that is 18 years old (can it really be that old??) it is in nearly perfect condition. The dustjacket is hardly worn and not torn, the pages are nice and clean.

So, my Lair Sisters, it can be had! You just have to be patient and keep looking.

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After I was able to finally get over the initial sadness over the cruelty Erik endured I loved this book.

In other words when Erik was able to give as good as he got I started enjoying it.



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Now, here is something you don't trip over everyday!

Review of Susan Kay's Phantom:


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Phantom by Susan Kay

My mind has touched the farthest horizons of mortal imagination and reaches ever outward to embrace infinity. There is no knowledge beyond my comprehension, no art or skill upon this entire planet that lies beyond the mastery of my hand. And yet, like Faust, I look in vain. I learn in vain...For as long as I live, no woman will ever look on me in love....

My kingdom lies in eternal darkness, many feet below the level of the Parisian streets outside, shrouded in the chill silence of the grave. Darkness and silense have been my companions since the day I chose to turn my back upon the world of men and create an empire that was solely mine.

From the moment of my birth my destiny was to be alone.

I don't know of one person who didn't think Christine Daae a fool for going off with the lackluster Raoul rather than stay with the Phantom. Disfigured he may be, but the Phantom has endured as a magnetic figure of endless fascination. In Phantom, Susan Kay explores the Phantom's life, from birth to death - Much happened before he ever set eyes on the winsome Christine.

We love our misunderstood outcasts and mysterious princes of darkness, which Erik is. Brilliant and artistic, he has been reviled since birth, even rejected by his own very beautiful mother. We follow Erik as he is captured by the evil Javert and exhibited as a freak. Finally escaping the gypsy carnival, he makes his way to Italy to become a master stonemason's apprentice and to his first love, which ends in tragedy. He next surfaces as the dark magician in Persian court. Everywhere he goes, cruelty and devastation follow until at last he retreats to Paris. He becomes the secret genius behind the building of the famous Opera Garnier, where he ultimately decides to hide from the world.

From there, the story roughly follows the well-known Phantom of the Opera storyline, a mix of both the Gaston Leroux novel and the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. Kay manages not only to pay homage to both, but surpass them in this superb, beautifully written version. This novel is for all those who, if given the choice, would have picked the Phantom every time.

Here is a very special treat!!! A fanvid 'trailer' for the book!

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I absolutely love this book! I picked up a paperback copy at a flea market back in the 90s just because the cover looked interesting. I had never heard of the book before. I read and re-read it, falling in love completely with Erik. The book got eventually got put aside and forgotten as I was busy with nursing school. I didn't think of the book again until I saw POTO. I started looking for Phantom to read it again, but couldn't find it anywhere. I thought maybe it had gotten tossed in a box of paperbacks that we sold in a yard sale. I looked for a copy on Amazon only to find that it was out of print. I finally broke down and bought a used, hardback former library copy from Amazon. It was very pricey, but in good shape. Wouldn't you know it, my daughter found the paperback copy a few months later, so she has a copy too now. My husband still doesn't know how much I paid for that hardback cover! shhhh! :D

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