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Melvin Burgess began to train as a journalist and has had jobs as diverse as bricklaying and silk-screen printing. An Enterprise Allowance Scheme gave him the chance to develop his writing and his children's books are now highly regarded. Melvin wonthe 1997 Guardian Award and the Carnegie Medal for his powerful novel, JUNK. He lives in Manchester.


In a far future, two warring gangs, the Conors and the Volsons, rule the ruins of London. When the leader of the Volsons gives his daughter Signy in marriage to the leader of the Conor family, the stage is set for a tale of vengeance and tragedy. This postmodern retelling of the saga of the Volsungs from Iceland by the author of Smack does not stint on graphic portrayals of violence. Twin themes of love and death provide an inexorable tension in this dark dystopian fable. For most fantasy or general fiction collections. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Based on a 13th-century Icelandic saga, Burgess "combines a gory and incestuous revenge story with a futuristic premise," in what is ultimately "a page-turner, a shocker and a resonant piece of writing," PW said in a starred review. Ages 14-up. (May) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Gr 8 Up-British author Melvin Burgess (Junk) weaves a tale of deception, revenge, and redemption in this well-written, gripping novel (Tor Books, 2001) based on the 13th-century Icelandic Volsunga saga and set in a futuristic London that is populated by humans and halfmen. The Volson and Conor families wage war against each other in a London that contains both modern and medieval elements. The warring clans cease fighting to affirm a truce with the marriage of Volson's daughter, Signy, to Conor. What follows is a remarkable adventure story that effortlessly combines science fiction and the lore of Arthurian legends and medieval sagas. There are some graphic portrayals of violence and sex. Expertly narrated by actor Colin Moody, this novel is a winning blend of the voices of different characters that yields a satisfying whole. This book, like The Lord of the Rings trilogy, creates an entirely new world of unforgettable characters and stories. Young adult readers who enjoy this title may be interested in reading such classics as The Once and Future King by T. H. White, Malory's L'Morte d'Arthur, and The Song of Roland. An excellent addition to young adult collections.-Larry Cooperman, Seminole High School, Sanford, FL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"A dystopian vision that will rank with the twentieth-century classics!" --"The Sunday Telegraph"
"Straddling a dystopian future and a myth-ridden past, "Bloodtide "is a savage story of betrayal, passion, hatred, and the corrupting nature of power. "Bloodtide "shies from nothing, making it both cruel and magnificent." --"The Guardian"
"A magnificent drama." --"The Sunday Observer"
"Powerfully conceived, "Bloodtide "is a novel of bristling intrigue. In sharp, confident prose Burgess imagines a startling world of humans and shapeshifters, predators and prisoners, villains and heroes. It's a fierce adventure that forces your attention and refuses to let go." --Adele Griffin, author of "Sons of Liberty," a National Book Award finalist

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