The Splendor of Antiquity

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His beloved Joliette had long ago stopped living. Yes, death had them both, but even in death, passion knows no bounds. She would love him in the end, for it was just in her nature ~ to love the dead. More

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About Cheryl Anne Gardner

Cheryl Anne Gardner is a hopeless dark romantic, lives in a haunted house, and often channels the spirits of Poe, Kafka, and de Sade. She prefers novellas and flash fiction to writing bios because she always seems to forget what point of view she is in. When she isn’t writing, she likes to chase marbles on a glass floor, eat lint, play with sharp objects, and make taxidermy dioramas with dead flies. Her writing has been described as "beautifully grotesque," her characters "deliciously disturbed." Her short fiction has been published in dozens of journals including Dustbin, Hobo Pancakes, Carnage Conservatory, Pure Slush, Negative Suck, Danse Macabre, and at The Molotov Cocktail among others. She lives with her husband on the East Coast USA, and she is currently the head fiction editor at Apocrypha and Abstractions Literary Journal.

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Darcia Helle reviewed on March 25, 2011

I loved everything about this book. The narrator is a dead Babylonian king. Joliette, the main character, is an archeologist who grapples with love and trust and her strong attraction toward digging up dead things. The characters and the plot are unique and utterly captivating.

A line Ms. Gardner wrote within this book captured how I felt about much of it: "... silken words draped over sorrow." The beauty of the words often had me stopping to re-read sentences. This is not a long book but it is one to be savored.
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)
Brandy Hunt reviewed on Feb. 25, 2011

I think I finally know why Gardner's work fascinates me so. It combines my love of the bump in the dark with prose that reminds me of Jane Austen, you know if Jane Austen had liked to wear black and smoke unfiltered cigarettes.

Yeah, kind of like that. Excellent book, completely unexpected ending. As always, Cheryl delivers.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)

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