Volume 15, Number 01, Winter, 1997

The Land Beyond Summer

By Brad Linaweaver

(249pp), 1996.
Reviewed by Anders Monsen
February, 1997

Young Fay and Clive Gurney have a problem. Their parents are on the brink of a divorce, and their house is going insane. Their grandfather, a vile and spiteful man, dies with the promise of a strange return from beyond. Their grandfather also hates both their parents, including his daughter, their mother. Somehow, his actions from beyond the grave affects their house and surroundings.

Then, the kids are drawn into a strange world by apparent magical means. Thus begins a strange adventure for Fay and Clive, as they seek to find what happened to them and their parents.

They emerge in a land divided into four parts—the seasons. Land Beyond Summer really hits its stride in this section. Properly marketed, it would be a great read for the young adult segment. Land is a grand tale of fantasy, a perfect novel for young kids whose minds are brimming over with imagination. Kids this age certainly would appreciate the difficult relationships between parent and child, along with the exciting adventures.

In the strange lands of the seasons Fay and Clive must battle the evil persona of their grandfather and his army of tax collectors. In this world their grandfather rules his own nation, which he avidly tries to expand. The two siblings’ love for each other and strong individualistic spirits are put to the test constantly. Will evil triumph? The reader doubts the outcome until the very end.

To the adult reader the tone of the novel is sometimes a sticking point. What we might have not noticed when we were fifteen now gnaws at the senses. Still, we can only hope that a print publisher pick up this novel, if only so we can buy a handful and give them to all the young people we know.

If you haven’t already downloaded The Land Beyond Summer from J. Neil Schulman’s site, www.pulpless.com, chances are it now is too late. Previously, this novel only was available at this site, in electronic form. Linaweaver has decided to pull his novel from this site. Hopefully, we will one day see this novel in real print.

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