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Garth Nix

Author of Sabriel

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About the Author

Garth Nix was born in Melbourne, Australia on July 19, 1963. He graduated from the University of Canberra in 1986 and worked various jobs within the publishing industry until 1994. After a stint in public relations, he returned to books and took up writing as a career. He is the author of Blood show more Ties, Clariel, Newt's Emerald, the Old Kingdom series, The Seventh Tower series, and The Keys to the Kingdom series. In 1999, he received a Golden Duck Award for Australian Contribution to Children's Science Fiction. To Hold the Bridge was named Best Collection by the 2015 Aurealis Awards. His novella, By Frogsled and Lizardback to Outcast Venusian Lepers, was named Best Science Fiction Novella by the 2015 Aurealis Awards. In 2018, he won the 2017 Aurealis Award for the Best science-fiction short story. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Series

Works by Garth Nix

Sabriel (1995) 10,876 copies, 321 reviews
Lirael (2001) 7,375 copies, 140 reviews
Abhorsen (2003) 6,734 copies, 128 reviews
Mister Monday (2003) 4,173 copies, 85 reviews
Grim Tuesday (2004) 2,884 copies, 46 reviews
Drowned Wednesday (2005) 2,627 copies, 44 reviews
Sir Thursday (2006) 2,285 copies, 39 reviews
Across the Wall (2005) 2,260 copies, 44 reviews
Lady Friday (2007) 2,052 copies, 35 reviews
Shade's Children (1995) 1,745 copies, 31 reviews
Clariel (2014) 1,691 copies, 59 reviews
Superior Saturday (2008) 1,619 copies, 36 reviews
The Fall (2000) 1,404 copies, 24 reviews
The Left-Handed Booksellers of London (2020) 1,314 copies, 60 reviews
The Abhorsen Trilogy Box Set (2003) 1,272 copies, 17 reviews
Lord Sunday (2010) 1,260 copies, 36 reviews
Goldenhand (2016) — Author — 1,025 copies, 23 reviews
The Ragwitch (1990) 836 copies, 16 reviews
Castle (2000) 809 copies, 12 reviews
Aenir (2000) 758 copies, 8 reviews
Frogkisser! (2017) 754 copies, 18 reviews
A Confusion of Princes (2012) 680 copies, 39 reviews
Above the Veil (2000) 637 copies, 6 reviews
Into Battle (2001) 626 copies, 5 reviews
The Violet Keystone (2001) 606 copies, 6 reviews
Blood Ties (2014) 594 copies, 6 reviews
Troubletwisters (2011) 570 copies, 10 reviews
Newt's Emerald (2013) 516 copies, 32 reviews
Angel Mage (2019) 512 copies, 15 reviews
The Seventh Tower: Volumes 1-3 (2000) 486 copies, 8 reviews
The Creature in the Case (2005) 453 copies, 4 reviews
Terciel and Elinor (2021) 384 copies, 11 reviews
The Sinister Booksellers of Bath (2022) 365 copies, 18 reviews
The Seventh Tower: Volumes 4-6 (2001) 263 copies, 4 reviews
Have Sword, Will Travel (2017) 199 copies, 9 reviews
The Monster (2012) 128 copies, 1 review
To Hold the Bridge [short fiction] (2016) 109 copies, 1 review
The Calusari (1997) 89 copies
The Mystery of the Golden Card (2013) 88 copies, 2 reviews
The Keys to the Kingdom 1-7 (2006) 54 copies
Missing, Presumed Evil (2014) 48 copies, 1 review
Fire Above, Fire Below (2013) 41 copies, 2 reviews
The Seventh Tower (1-6) (2001) 39 copies, 1 review
Let Sleeping Dragons Lie (2018) 37 copies
Out of the Mirror, Darkness [short story] (2022) 30 copies, 3 reviews
The Case of the Somewhat Mythic Sword (2020) 26 copies, 1 review
Serena and the Sea Serpent (2000) 22 copies
Second Round: A Return to the Ur-Bar (2018) — Contributor — 21 copies
Dislocation Space (2019) 16 copies
The Necessary Arthur: A Tor.com Original (2020) 15 copies, 1 review
Spirit Animals, Books 1-5 (2014) 10 copies
Old Friends 6 copies
2009 6 copies
Infestation 5 copies, 1 review
Spirit Animals, Books 1-7 (2014) 5 copies
Under the Lake 3 copies
Heart's Desire 3 copies
Endings 3 copies
Hope Chest 3 copies
Punctuality 2 copies
Das Böse erhebt sich (2016) 2 copies
Three Roses (1997) 2 copies, 1 review
Andělský mág 2 copies
Bill the Inventor (1998) 2 copies
Dog Soldier 2 copies
The Hill 1 copy
Blackbread the Pirate (1999) 1 copy
Stop! 1 copy
A Handful of Ashes (2015) 1 copy

Associated Works

Oliver Twist (1837) — Introduction, some editions — 24,610 copies, 237 reviews
Fire and Hemlock (1985) — Introduction, some editions — 2,152 copies, 59 reviews
Zombies vs. Unicorns (2010) — Contributor — 1,319 copies, 90 reviews
Rogues (2014) — Contributor — 1,315 copies, 50 reviews
Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd (2009) — Contributor — 1,152 copies, 64 reviews
A Wolf at the Door and Other Retold Fairy Tales (2000) — Contributor — 825 copies, 21 reviews
Firebirds: An Anthology of Original Fantasy and Science Fiction (2003) — Contributor — 820 copies, 28 reviews
Wizards: Magical Tales From the Masters of Modern Fantasy (2007) — Contributor — 794 copies, 25 reviews
Guys Write for Guys Read (2005) — Contributor — 778 copies, 13 reviews
Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories (2011) — Contributor — 701 copies, 26 reviews
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories of the Supernatural (1886) — Introduction, some editions — 615 copies, 3 reviews
The Dragon Book: Magical Tales from the Masters of Modern Fantasy (2009) — Contributor — 403 copies, 13 reviews
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Sixth Annual Collection (2009) — Contributor — 394 copies, 2 reviews
Rags & Bones (2013) — Contributor — 386 copies, 10 reviews
Gothic: Ten Original Dark Tales (2004) — Contributor — 355 copies, 13 reviews
Troll's Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales (2009) — Contributor — 350 copies, 17 reviews
After (2012) — Contributor — 345 copies, 13 reviews
The New Space Opera 2 (2009) — Contributor — 332 copies, 11 reviews
The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales (2016) — Contributor — 332 copies, 15 reviews
The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Family Stories (2008) — Introduction, some editions — 325 copies, 8 reviews
Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron (2012) — Contributor — 316 copies, 17 reviews
Fast Ships, Black Sails (2008) — Contributor — 312 copies, 10 reviews
Teeth: Vampire Tales (2011) — Contributor — 307 copies, 15 reviews
By Blood We Live (2009) — Contributor — 303 copies, 7 reviews
Happily Ever After (2011) — Contributor — 303 copies, 3 reviews
Swords & Dark Magic: The New Sword and Sorcery (2010) — Contributor — 299 copies, 6 reviews
The Starry Rift (2008) — Contributor — 284 copies, 10 reviews
The Book of Swords (2017) — Contributor — 272 copies, 8 reviews
The Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy (2006) — Contributor — 238 copies, 9 reviews
The Book of Dragons: An Anthology (2020) — Contributor — 233 copies, 8 reviews
Ghosts by Gaslight: Stories of Steampunk and Supernatural Suspense (2011) — Contributor — 208 copies, 6 reviews
Haunted Nights (2017) — Contributor — 193 copies, 15 reviews
Old Venus (2015) — Contributor — 173 copies, 7 reviews
The Book of Magic: A Collection of Stories (2018) — Contributor — 169 copies, 2 reviews
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2008: 21st Annual Collection (2008) — Contributor — 168 copies, 5 reviews
Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution (2012) — Contributor — 154 copies, 3 reviews
Eclipse 1: New Science Fiction and Fantasy (2007) — Contributor — 151 copies, 7 reviews
Fearful Symmetries (2014) — Contributor — 143 copies, 5 reviews
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Three (2009) — Contributor — 143 copies, 2 reviews
Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories (2014) — Contributor — 118 copies, 6 reviews
Fearie Tales (2013) — Contributor — 111 copies, 3 reviews
The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (2020) — Contributor — 110 copies, 1 review
Nightmares: A New Decade of Modern Horror (2016) — Contributor — 110 copies, 10 reviews
Under the Moons of Mars: New Adventures on Barsoom (2012) — Contributor — 108 copies, 4 reviews
Hellboy: Oddest Jobs (2008) — Contributor — 107 copies, 2 reviews
Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles (2017) — Contributor — 105 copies, 6 reviews
Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories (2019) — Contributor — 105 copies, 3 reviews
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Seven (2015) — Contributor — 94 copies, 5 reviews
The Dark of the Woods (2006) — Contributor — 90 copies, 1 review
Cranky Ladies of History (2015) — Contributor — 85 copies, 1 review
The Best of Jim Baen's Universe (2007) — Contributor — 75 copies, 2 reviews
Infinity Wars (2017) — Contributor — 74 copies, 5 reviews
Year's Best Fantasy 6 (2006) — Contributor — 72 copies, 2 reviews
Love & Sex (2001) — Contributor — 69 copies, 3 reviews
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2009 Edition (2010) — Contributor — 68 copies
Fantasy: The Best of the Year, 2008 Edition (2008) — Contributor — 64 copies, 2 reviews
Legends of Australian Fantasy (2010) — Contributor — 63 copies, 1 review
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Nine (2015) — Contributor — 62 copies, 3 reviews
The Book of Witches: An Anthology (2023) — Contributor — 61 copies, 1 review
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Thirteen (2019) — Contributor — 54 copies, 3 reviews
Fearsome Magics (2014) — Contributor — 49 copies, 4 reviews
Year's Best Fantasy 8 (2007) — Contributor — 48 copies, 1 review
The Unicorn Anthology (2017) — Contributor — 47 copies, 4 reviews
Final Cuts: New Tales of Hollywood Horror and Other Spectacles (2020) — Contributor — 42 copies, 2 reviews
The Stories: Five Years of Original Fiction on tor.com (2013) — Contributor — 38 copies
Edited By (2020) — Contributor — 37 copies, 3 reviews
The Complete Uncle (2013) — Contributor, some editions — 32 copies, 1 review
Daikaiju! Giant Monster Tales (2005) — Contributor — 27 copies
The Best of Jim Baen's Universe II (2008) — Contributor — 18 copies, 1 review
Troy (2006) — Introduction — 16 copies
The Grimm Future (2016) — Contributor — 14 copies
Clarkesworld: Issue 115 (April 2016) (2016) — Contributor — 13 copies, 3 reviews
Midnight Feast (2007) — Contributor — 11 copies
Dreaming in the Dark (2016) — Contributor — 10 copies
Fantastic Worlds (1999) — Contributor — 10 copies
The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2015 (2015) — Contributor — 10 copies
Relics, Wrecks and Ruins (2021) — Contributor — 9 copies, 1 review
Tor.com Short Fiction: July/Aug 2020 (2020) — Contributor — 8 copies
Tor.com Short Fiction: Winter 2020 (2020) — Contributor — 7 copies

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Common Knowledge

Birthdate
1963-07-19
Gender
male
Nationality
Australia
Birthplace
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Places of residence
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Education
University of Canberra (BA - Professional Writing)
Occupations
Writer
Army Reservist
Awards and honors
Golden Duck Award (Australian Contribution to Children's Science Fiction, 1999)
Agent
Jill Grinberg
Short biography
Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia, to the sound of the Salvation Army band outside playing 'Hail the Conquering Hero Comes' or possibly 'Roll Out the Barrel'. Garth left Melbourne at an early age for Canberra (the federal capital) and stayed there till he was nineteen, when he left to drive around the UK in a beat-up Austin with a trunk full of books and a Silver-Reed typewriter.

Despite a wheel literally falling off the Austin, Garth survived to return to Australia and study at the University of Canberra. After finishing his degree in 1986 he worked in a bookshop, then as a book publicist, a publisher's sales representative, and editor. Along the way he was also a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve, serving in an Assault Pioneer platoon for four years. Garth left publishing to work as a public relations and marketing consultant from 1994-1997, till he became a full-time writer in 1998. He did that for a year before becoming a part-time literary agent in 1999. In January 2002 Garth went back to writing full time again, despite his belief that full-time writing explains the strange behaviour of many authors.

Garth currently lives in a beach suburb of Sydney, with his wife Anna, a publisher.

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Reviews

{2nd of 4 (+2 prequels) in Old Kingdom series; fantasy, necromancy, young adult, children's}(2001/ 2014)

The story is narrated (in the third person) from Lirael's point of view and then, from part two (chapter 14) onwards also from Sameth's point of view. It opens with Lirael on her fourteenth birthday in the Clayr's Glacier, desperately hoping she develops the Sight for which the Clayr are renowned and which they all usually acquire as young girls. Her mother died just before her tenth birthday and, also unusually for the Clayr, Lirael doesn't know who her father was. She does get to work in the Clayr library
As could be expected of a Second Assistant Librarian, she reached for the book first
This quote appealed to me - for some reason ;0)

In exploring the library she manages to discover a lot about magic, both Charter and Free. I do love the Disreputable Dog who is one of Lirael's magical creations - but who very much has a mind of her own.

Part two opens four years later as Sameth - prince of the Old Kingdom, Abhorsen-in-waiting and about to turn seventeen - is playing the last stroke of his last school cricket match. Though he is across the Wall in Ancelstierre, where they don't believe that superstitious nonsense like magic exists, the cricket team is ambushed by an army of the dead. To save them, Sam goes into Death unarmed and unprepared where he meets a necromancer from whom he only just escapes but is injured in mind and body. On his return home, he finds that his parents are working hard to contain various incursions which have been springing up all around the kingdom and his one-year-older sister, Ellimere, has been appointed co-regent in their absence - and, of course, she starts practising on her younger brother. One of his duties is to study the Book of the Dead and master the mahogany-handled bells of a necromancer so he can help the Abhorsen maintain order in the country; but now he is scared of Death.

Meanwhile, Lirael has continued to expand her magical portfolio and finally she leaves the Clayr's Glacier, along with her faithful Dog, on a mission to save the world.

I should warn you that, though I wouldn't say that the book ends on a cliff-hanger, the mission and thus the story is by no means ended. This is Lirael's story, though Sameth also has a part, so a large chunk of the book takes place in the Clayr's Glacier where Lirael feels out of place unlike Sabriel's story where she came from Ancelstierre to the Old Kingdom and travelled all over the country on her adventure.
Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker?
It occured to me that in Sabriel, the first book, we never learned the (old) Abhorsen's real name (we discover it in Lirael), nor Touchstone's either. I enjoyed the parts of the story set south of the Wall. Ancelstierre seems very much like the English countryside of PG Wodehouse's school stories (which I love) - despite Nix being Australian. But cricket is played in all three countries.

This is an intriguing series. I'm looking forward to reading the next book.

(April 2024) - but I'm reviewing it now, based on my notes and flicking through the book again
4 stars
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Hellblazer & Ray Donovan Mashup
Review of the Amazon Original Kindle eBook (November 15, 2022) released simultaneously with the Audible Original audiobook (November 15, 2022)

I enjoyed the place-setting and various characters in this paranormal historical fiction short Out of the Mirror, Darkness. It takes place in 1934 studio era Hollywood (a current premiere of De Mille's Cleopatra is referenced) with a studio fixer (a Ray Donovan type circa 1930s, WW1 veteran, etc.) having to deal with an enchantment that is bewitching the leads of a current production. But the fixer themself is rather ineffectual when something beyond strongarm work is required and they need the assistance of a Hellblazer proxy to solve the case. The dea ex machina, even arrives by airplane! It is all wrapped up rather too easily and quickly.

Out of the Mirror, Darkness is the seventh of seven Amazon Original Kindle eBooks/Audible Audio audiobooks released on November 15, 2022 as part of the Into Shadow Collection of short stories where "Some truths are carefully concealed; others merely forgotten. In this spellbinding collection, seven acclaimed fantasy authors create characters who venture into the depths where others fear to tread. But when forbidden knowledge is the ultimate power, how far can they go before the darkness consumes them?"

Trivia and Link
You can watch for current and past Amazon Original Kindle short stories which are usually paired with their Audible Original narrations at an Amazon page here (link goes to Amazon US, adjust for your own country or region).
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Salsabrarian | 59 other reviews | Jul 12, 2024 |
Some of the writing in this book gets pretty cringey and I accidentally switched into craft mode where I wanted to highlight everywhere that took me back out of the story. But then I realized that not only would Garth Nix not care about my feedback, but it's already been published and is too late for edits.
The romance/sexual tension in this is pretty horrible and clumsy and kinda made me hate both parties involved. But that might also be because I'm a bitter old woman and tend to hate most romance stories.
That said though, the magic system and history of the Abhorsen was cool enough to carry me to the end of the story. I'm undecided about the ending [minor/vague spoiler?] and keep going back and forth about whether the main character should have died. I'm not sure that I'm driven to find and read the rest of the series, but if one landed in my lap I'd certainly read it.
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Works
126
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Members
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Popularity
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Rating
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Reviews
1,440
ISBNs
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Favorited
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