Category:1986 British novels
Pages in category "1986 British novels"
The following 59 pages are in this category, out of 59 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 59 pages are in this category, out of 59 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. The City in the Autumn Stars – The second book in the Von Bek trilogy, it was published by Grafton in 1986. The book was written in tandem with The Laughter of Carthage, part of the Colonel Pyat tetralogy, with one novel being written during the day, omer Smith of St. Pauls Churchyard, in 1856. Close to Vaud, von Bek, who is masquerading as a messenger carrying secret documents, meets Robert de Montsorbier, following polite conversation, Montsorbier accuses von Bek of being a traitor, and von Bek flees towards the border. Shortly after crossing the border, although not knowing it at the time, as Montsorbier is not carrying any flags or standards, the revolutionaries believe him to be part of the Swiss Guard, and open fire. They wound Montsorbier and several of his men, Von Bek thanks them and, after explaining, to their dismay, that the men they opened fire on were enforcers of the Committee of Public Safety, he leaves them, also taking Montsorbiers horse. After spending the night at an inn—Le Coq DOr—von Bek awakens to discover that Montsorbier, unable to locate the hiding Von Bek, Montsorbier accuses him of being a horse thief, and attempts to gain information on his heading. It is then that von Bek meets Libussa, the Duchess of Crete and she assists him in escaping from Montsorbier, and von Bek becomes smitten with her. The two meet at the Hackmesser Pass, as von Bek has unknowingly caused a landslide while shooting a hare for his supper. On arrival in Lausanne, von Bek discovers that the Libussa has already left, there is, however, an unmarried Duke of Crete, who has been living in Prague for the last five years, though he dresses up as a woman as a flight of fancy. Von Bek resolves to travel to Prague, where a convention of alchemists has been called, and search for Libussa there. After several misadventures, the pair decide that they must flee Mirenburg, as the amount of money they have swindled is simply too much, on the night of the escape, two mysterious figures board the airship. As the ship departs, it becomes evident that one of the passengers is indeed Libussa, the other, is the villain Klosterheim, the same man who attempted to kill Ulrich von Bek more than 100 years previously. After travelling through the land of Mittelmarch, this unlikely alliance arrives in the City in the Autumn Stars. Soon after meeting with Satan, he involved in a quest to find the Holy Grail. Brown, Charles N. William G. Contento, the Locus Index to Science Fiction. The City in the Autumn Stars title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
2. Redwall (novel) – Redwall is a fantasy novel by Brian Jacques. Originally published in 1986, it is the first book of the Redwall series, the book was illustrated by Gary Chalk, with the British cover illustration by Pete Lyon and the American cover by Troy Howell. It is also one of the three Redwall novels to be made into a TV series, as the inhabitants of Redwall Abbey bask in the glorious Summer of the Late Rose, all is quiet and peaceful. But things are not as they seem, Cluny the Scourge--the evil one-eyed rat warlord, is ell-bent on destroying the tranquility as he prepares to fight a bloody battle for the ownership of Redwall. A young mouse named Matthias dreams of times of adventure rather than a life of quiet servitude, but he is counselled to patience by his elders. Redwall is a fixture in the community, set in the heart of Mossflower Woods. Trouble arrives in the form of Cluny the Scourge in the Summer of the Lain Rose, Cluny is an evil, infamous rat, owning an extra-long tail with a poisoned barb on the end, and commander of a horde of vermin. He has only one eye, having lost the other in a battle with a pike, which he killed. The foebeasts arrive at the beginning of the book and make their headquarters at the Church of St. Ninian, to the south of Redwall, with the intention of taking the Abbey for themselves. Matthias, fearing that Cluny will still overrun them, begins a quest to find the sword of Martin the Warrior. He is helped particularly by Methuselah, an ancient and grizzled mouse, clues to the location of Martins sword, as well as his shield and the swords scabbard, have been built into the Abbey. Matthias recovers the shield and sword scabbard, and with Methuselahs help eventually divines where the sword is hidden. Unfortunately, it isnt there any longer, having been stolen by a wild tribe that dwells on the Abbey roof. When trying to escape from the lair of the Sparra tribe with the help of Jess Squirrel, the two of them end up falling from the Abbey roof, resulting in the sparrows death. He also befriends Captain Snow, an owl, and Squire Julian Gingivere, Clunys horde tried to dig a tunnel under the Abbey walls, but Constance the badger pours boiling water into the tunnels. The horde of rats try a battering ram, but Jess Squirrel poured oil on it so the rats cannot grab onto it, Cluny commands his horde to climb over the walls via a siege tower, but Cornflower throws a lantern on the tower. Cluny calls the small, and forces the rats into the fire. The tower topples and is engulfed in flames, which all the rats inside
3. The Songs of Distant Earth – The Songs of Distant Earth is a 1986 science fiction novel by Arthur C. Clarke based upon his 1958 short story of the same title. He stated that it was his favourite of all his novels, Clarke also wrote a short movie synopsis with the same title, published in Omni magazine and anthologized in The Sentinel in 1983. The novel tells of a human colony in the far future that is visited by travellers from a doomed Earth. The Songs of Distant Earth explores apocalyptic, atheistic, and utopian ideas, as well as the effects of interstellar travel. It concerns the lures and limitations of knowledge, the destiny of mankind, the novel is set in the early 3800s and takes place almost entirely on the faraway oceanic planet of Thalassa. Thalassa has a human population sent there by way of an embryonic seed pod. The story begins with an introduction to the native Thalassans – the marine biologist Brant, his partner Mirissa and they are typical examples of the Thalassan culture, quiet, stable and free from religion and supernatural influence. Their peaceful existence comes to an end with the arrival of the Magellan, in a series of descriptive passages, the events leading up to the race to save the human species are explained. Scientists in the 1960s discover that the emissions from the Sun – a result of the nuclear reactions that fuel the star – are far diminished from expected levels. At a secret session of the International Astronomical Union it is confirmed that the problem is not with the scientific equipment, one such ship is sent to the far off ocean world of Thalassa and successfully establishes a small human colony in the year 3109. This limitation is overcome however with the development of the Quantum Drive less than a hundred years before the Sun is set to become a nova and this scientific break-through allows the construction of a fleet of manned interstellar vehicles, including the Starship Magellan. The Magellan escapes the Earth three years before the Sun explodes, an event that is witnessed by the Magellans crew, in the intervening years the colony on Thalassa loses contact with Earth due to the destruction of its communication abilities by a volcanic eruption 400 years after its founding. The giant radio dish is never repaired due to a tendency to procrastinate. The Thalassans are therefore unaware of later developments on Earth, including manned interstellar travel, the Earth assumes the destruction of the colony as well. Two hundred and fifty years after the end of Earth the Magellan arrives at Thalassa, primarily the objective is to replenish the ships mammoth ice shield that had prevented micrometeors from damaging it during its interstellar journey. Thalassa is the choice for this operation, as 95% of the planets surface is covered by water. However, it becomes apparent that the human colony is still present. Aboard are several members, awakened by the ship to undertake the mission
4. Akhenaten: Son of the Sun – Akhenaten, Son of the Sun is a novel written by Moyra Caldecott in 1986. It was first published in 1986 as The Son of the Sun in hardback by Alison & Busby, based on the remarkable reign of Akhenaten in Eighteenth Dynasty Egypt, this story is told as if by a contemporary of his, Djehuti-kheper-Ra. It follows history as closely as possible on the evidence we have, but it also traces the spiritual journey of the protagonists, the journey on which we are all engaged whether we know it or not. Akhenaten, Son Of The Sun is part of Moyra Caldecott’s Egyptian sequence, which also includes Hatshepsut, Daughter of Amun and Tutankhamun, chronologically, Akhenaten, Son of the Sun takes place between the other two books, but it was written first. The story follows him through his lonely despair until he becomes the companion of a king. At this time the high priests of the god Amun, brought to prominence by the female pharaoh Hatshepsut about a century before, are rich and powerful enough to challenge a king. Akhenaten – the main protagonist Nefertiti – his queen Djehuti-kheper-Ra – the narrator 1986, UK, Alison & Busby ISBN 0-85031-647-2, Pub date 12 June 1986, Hardback 1987, USA, may 2001, ebook 2003, UK, Mushroom Ebooks ISBN 1-899142-86-X, Pub date
5. An Artist of the Floating World – An Artist of the Floating World is a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. It is set in post-World War II Japan and is narrated by Masuji Ono, an ageing painter and he notices how his once great reputation has faltered since the war and how attitudes towards him and his paintings have changed. The chief conflict deals with Onos need to accept responsibility for his past actions, the novel also deals with the role of people in a rapidly changing environment. However, in the fourth and last section, Ono appears to have returned to his earlier inability to change his viewpoint. The self-image Ono expresses in his narrative is vastly different from the image of him the reader builds from reading the same narrative, Ono often quotes others as expressing admiration and indebtedness to him. Onos narrative is characterised by denial, so that his interests, readers, therefore, find that what they are interested in is not the focus of Onos narrative but at its fringes, presented in an oblique rather than direct fashion. For example, Onos descriptions of his pictures focus on technique, mentioning the subjects as if they were unimportant. It is not entirely clear whether this focus on rather than substance should be ascribed to Ono as narrator, or if it was already present in him at the time he was making the pictures. Among the themes explored in this novel are arranged marriage, the roles of women. The novel is narrated by a man who, besides being an artist, is also a father, a grandfather, and a widower. It tells, with a voice, much about the pleasure era of Japanese society, elaborating on the life of a successful. We learn how attitudes toward Japanese art and society became less tolerant of such extravagance, the pace is slow and lingers over details, reflecting the central theme. The novel was shortlisted for the 1986 Booker Prize and won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award for the same year, the novels title is based on the literal translation of Ukiyo-e, a word referring to the Japanese art of prints. The title also refers to an artistic genre, Onos master was especially interested in depicting scenes from the pleasure district adjacent to the villa in which he and his students lived. Ono mentions the ephemeral nature of the world that could be experienced during each night. His master experimented with innovative softer Western-style painting techniques, Ono became estranged from him and forged his own career. He could not help but feel gleeful when his masters paintings fell into disfavour during a return to the use of more traditional lines in the paintings used for nationalistic posters. Random House webpage Book review of the novel from hack writers
6. Beaver Towers: the Dangerous Journey – Beaver Towers, The Dangerous Journey is a novel by British author Nigel Hinton which was first published in 1986. It is the installment in the Beaver Towers series between Beaver Towers, the Witchs Revenge and Beaver Towers, the Dark Dream. It was originally titled Run to Beaver Towers but was renamed when Puffin Books published it in April 1997 and it follows the story of Philip whose friends Baby B and Nick appeared in his house and their journey together to Beaver Towers. The author liked the idea of Philip learning new powers and how to use them and decided to work from there
7. The Bridge (novel) – The Bridge is a novel by Scottish author Iain Banks. The book switches between three protagonists, John Orr, Alex, and the Barbarian and it is an unconventional love story. The road cleared the cutting through the hills, behind it, more lights, the Hound Point oil terminal they’d had a sub-contract on, and, further away, the lights of Leith. The old rail bridge’s hollow metal bones looked the colour of dried blood, what a gorgeous great device you are. So delicate from this distance, so massive and strong close-up, a quality bridge, granite piers, the best ship-plate steel, and a never-ending paint job. The three main characters represent different elements of the protagonist, Alex, John Orr and The Barbarian are one. While in a coma in hospital, he relives his life up to the crash and he glanced back at the roadway of the bridge as it rose slowly to its gentle, suspended summit. The surface was a damp, but nothing to worry about. He wasn’t going all that fast anyway, staying in the nearside lane, a light winked at the far end of the island under the rail bridge’s middle-section. One day, though, even you’ll be gone, maybe that’s what I want to tell her. Maybe I want to say, No, of course I don’t mind, I can’t grudge the man that, you’d have done the same for me and I would for you. Maybe some good- He was aware of the truck in front pulling out suddenly and he looked round to see a car in front of him. It was stopped, abandoned in the nearside lane and he sucked his breath in, stamped on the brakes, tried to swerve, but it was too late. John Orr is a living on the Bridge, a fictional version of the rail bridge, of indeterminate length but at least hundreds of miles long. The crash which precipitated his arrival on the bridge was semi-deliberate, as such and that part of himself who wishes to wake is represented by Dr Joyce, Orrs psychoanalyst. Eventually, he stows away on a train and leaves the Bridge and he finds that, in stark contrast to the very orderly, indeed totalitarian, life on The Bridge, the countryside beyond exists in militaristic chaos and warfare. The Barbarian are an expression of Alexs character, when Orrs dreams are not themed around threat. The Barbarian appears to be an expression of Alexs deepest feelings, in their second appearance, a female character is mentioned in passing, with a certain level of affection
8. Crisis in Space – Crisis in Space is a Seven House adventure book written by Michael Holt and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It features the Sixth Doctor, Peri, Turlough and Chris, garth Hadeez, overlord of the grim and gruesome Golons, has released a black hole into the solar system. His plan is to annihilate Earth, only the Doctor - and you - can save it. Now open the covers and join the Doctor in an adventure through Time, the story marks the return of Turlough in the latest chronology. The book states hes already with the Doctor and Peri meaning in a not told yet adventure Turlough joins the two, crisis in Space on TARDIS Data Core, an external wiki
9. A Dark-Adapted Eye – A Dark-Adapted Eye is a psychological thriller novel by Ruth Rendell, written under the nom-de-plume Barbara Vine. The novel won the American Edgar Award and it was adapted as a television film of the same name in 1994 by the BBC. Largely set during World War II, the story is told by Faith Severn, who at the prompting of a true-crime writer recounts her memories of her aunt, the prim, fastidious, and snobbish Vera Hillyard. Veras life is centred on her beautiful younger sister, Eden, even to the exclusion of her own son, Francis. Later, Vera has a son, Jamie, to whom she is intensely devoted. When Eden is unable to have children with her husband, she begins to demand custody of Jamie, to the bewilderment and shock of the rest of the family, the custody battle escalates to violent levels, leading to tragedy and a series of disturbing revelations. A Dark-Adapted Eye was dramatised by the BBC in 1994, the production starred Helena Bonham Carter as Faith, Celia Imrie as Vera, Sophie Ward as Eden, Robin Ellis as John, William Gaminara as Andrew, and Steven Mackintosh as Francis. Ciarán Hinds plays an Italian lawyer invented for the purposes of this production and this psychological mystery/thriller, adapted from Ruth Rendells novel of the same name, depicts a family on the edge. Two sisters, the elder, obsessive Vera, and the younger, manipulative Eden, cut a path of secrecy, a dark-adapted eye is one that has adjusted to darkness so that it is able to discern objects. In the context of the novel, the title refers to Faiths ability, after years, to examine and analyze her familys history. A Dark-Adapted Eye at the Internet Movie Database