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The Book of the War by Lawrence Miles

The Book of the War

by Lawrence Miles

Other authors: Simon Bucher-Jones (Contributor), Mark Clapham (Contributor), Jonathan Dennis (Contributor), Helen Fayle (Contributor), Kelly Hale (Contributor)4 more, Mags L. Halliday (Contributor), Ian McIntire (Contributor), Daniel O’Mahony (Contributor), Philip Purser-Hallard (Contributor)

Series: Faction Paradox (book 0)

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The Book of the War is not a normal book. It is an encyclopedia of ideas and concepts that, when taken together, explain a conflict that is practically beyond human understanding. At its heart, it is a work of Science Fiction, dealing with a war between two groups; The Great Houses (beings of such immense power and magnificence that they in effect *define* the laws of the universe.) and 'The Enemy' (A rather hazy villain, whose motives and function are shrouded in mystery. Or, to put it simply, a war between 'cause' and 'effect'.

Faction Paradox is a group that sits on the edges of this 'War in Heaven', and scavange what they can from the battlefields while keeping a low profile.

The tricky bit however, is in grasping that this is NOT a war in a traditional sense. In some ways it is a 'culture war' but that is misleading, because culture is often used as weapon in this war.

The book is non-linear, but that doesn't mean that its encyclopedia structure prevents a story from being told. In fact, there is more than one story being told simultaneously here. However, it is designed so that you can pick up the book, turn to any page, and begin reading, and furthermore, no two read-throughs of the book will be identical.

Though Faction Paradox was born from the Virgin Books Doctor Who novels, it has definately torn itself apart from them. While some of the ideas are the same, the names have been altered and ultimately a new and startlingly different vision is created. Doctor Who enthusiasts will be amused by trying to pick out the parallels between the 'Whoniverse' and the Faction Paradox universe, but those without a background in Doctor Who will not miss out on a thing.
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Lawrence Milesprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bucher-Jones, SimonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clapham, MarkContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dennis, JonathanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fayle, HelenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hale, KellyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Halliday, Mags L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McIntire, IanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
O’Mahony, DanielContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Purser-Hallard, PhilipContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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