Black Easter: After Such Knowledge Book 3 (Gateway Essentials) – Kindle edition by James Blish. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC. I first read this in and most recently on the 1st December Mr Baines is the boss of Consolidated Warfare Services. Business has. Blish considered as one work: Black Easter; or, Faust Aleph-Null () and The Day After Judgement (), a fantasy in which Satan and his demons conquer.

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Took me for a spin on something that was a bit outside my comfort zone.


The ending is abrupt, and not nearly as satisfying as rest of the novel, but it’s a fun book, and a very original blaack This is a great little book Retrieved from ” https: Lewis and even includes an extensive quotation from his Screwtape Letters heading one of the chapters. I just reread this book February 6, and I liked it even better than the first time I read it when I gave it 4. What if magic were a “real science?

It’s obvious not just from his note but the vividness of his details and even the quotes heading chapters Blish did extensive research–actually reading grimoires and manuscripts on ceremonial magic.

Black Easter; or, Faust Aleph-Null | novel by Blish |

Together, those two very short novels form the third part of the thematic “After Such Knowledge” trilogy title from T. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Meet angels that are not deliverers.

Dominenco Bruno Garelli is a white magician working for the Church. Bblack strange, surreal journey to say the least. Now he has been charged to be an observer to Dr Ware’s conjuring. Contemporary fantasy even at its best, as in the Golden Compass tends to emphasize again and again just how spectacular everything going on is.

Black Easter; or, Faust Aleph-Null

Theron Ware is named for the titular character of Harold Frederic ‘s novel The Damnation of Theron Warea Methodist minister who overestimates his intellectual abilities and social skills, loses his faith and his friends, and emigrates from his native rural New York to start a new life in Seattle.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In the end they all lose and black magic wins. Unfortunately, the back cover said it would “scare hell out of me” and it did not deliver. A disturbing tale of black magic against a background of impending nuclear war, with an extremely downbeat ending. Worth reading, along with its sequel, “The Day After Judgment”.

I don’t usually go for novels about black magic, which I tend to find boring and kind of stupid, but this one is pretty good. A Case of Conscience Doctor Mirabilis. He never wanted to be God at all, and so having won all, all has he lost.

Then read James Blish’ Storyline: An eastef I need to explore further.

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View the earthly nexus between heaven and hell? And their paralysis, brought on by goodness, is tainted with evil. Theron Ware is an accomplished black magician.

There isn’t much gray in Blish’s Black Easter saster, but the black and the white are everywhere, in everyone, and while they may react like oil and vinegar when in contact, while they may not bleed into each other, they make for a deliciously creepy and stunningly realistic take on black magic and Armageddon.

I found this book in a used furniture store. The research into magic was great and well-deployed. Blisu prose is fine, and the writer — blush known for science fiction — approached it as an intellectual exercise, could he make this stuff seem logical and believable. Ultimately, the cosmology and theology are rendered absurd by the final sentence, a bit of a joke that was au courant in the era this was written.


View all 6 comments. In this novel Ware brings about the death of God and the triumph of Satan.

Black Easter (After Such Knowledge, book 3) by James Blish

Michael Rosenblumisfdb. Then read James Blish’s Black Easter. Blish says in his Author’s Note that every one of the “novels, poems and plays about magic and witchcraft” he’s read treat it as “romantic or playful. Baines is plausibly skeptical at first, and wants to carry out a couple of tests, to satisfy faster that Ware is on the level. Rather it deals with real sorcery as it would have to be, were it real. An interesting read, though. Worry over the difference between fact and fiction, your mind unsettled by the end.

My emergency came up last week when, before I left for work, I couldn’t find the book I was reading, so I needed something to read at lunch. I also wish Blish had expanded on the state of affairs in Heaven, but because he was going for a shocking concluding line I suppose that eaxter, in his mind, possible.

Black Easter Hardcover first edition. It had a strangely disjointed feel that, in retrospect, may well have added to its impact. This page was last edited on 22 Decemberat Kabbalistic, in general Jewish mysticism is used as the foundation for all of the magic incantations in the book, but there is also signs of more Medieval superstitious easfer about them. Imprisoned in a Tesseract: It is a lust for women that drives him.

The world is vanquished. It’s of the era when writers packed their ideas into modestly sized novels instead of exhausting themselves or the reader in page “worlds.