Finch: Mudd's companion, who pursues Paul. City of Golden Shadow was originally called Otherland. Clues point to a mysterious golden city called Otherland, but investigators all end up dead. These men include: Felix Jongleur, who was a child at the time of the First World War and is currently the world's oldest man; Jiun Biao, a Chinese economist described as "the terror of Asia"; and Robert Wells, the owner of Telemorphix, the world's largest telecommunications company. His memory does not even extend to his time in the chess-land. Paul Jonas is lost, seemlingly adrift in space and time. Incredible amounts of money have been lavished on it. Mullet and Finch confront him, demanding that he give them the harp, but he refuses and appears again on the airship, which is hurtling toward the ground. He also reveals that Otherland was commissioned by a secret organisation called "The Grail Brotherhood", and that Atasco, who oversaw the security project for Otherland, was an important member of that organisation. In what he at first believes to be a dream or hallucination, he meets a woman with wings, who gives him a feather. Unknown to any of those gathered, Dread and a team of expert assassins have attacked the Atascos' island home in Colombia, and Bolivar and his wife are suddenly murdered. The jaguar pursues Tulio and Miguel across the city and through the volcano to the place of sacrifice above the whirlpool: using a variant of their escape in Spain, Tulio and Miguel trick Tzekel-kan and the jaguar so that both fall into the whirlpool. Jeremiah Dako: Susan van Bleeck's butler and cook, who joins Renie and !Xabbu after van Bleeck is murdered. Their investigations lead to TreeHouse, an online fringe community, and to Melchior, a code name used by Singh and others. An emptiness, the sensation of something cold and bright and familiar, just within reach, and then darting away, laughing, forgetful, unconcerned. Themes: / cyberpunk / virtual reality / science fiction / Publisher summary: Surrounded by secrecy, it is home to the wildest dreams and darkest nightmares. By the end of the 1860s, Golden City had been elected the seat of Jefferson County and the capital of the provisional Jefferson Territory. At the end of the book, he is unconscious and at risk of dying from his disease, cared for by members of the other eight people who also succeeded in entering Otherland. In Durban, a VR programming instructor named Irene "Renie" Sulaweyo is teaching a Kalahari San named !Xabbu how to create such environments, while providing for her family. The most significant technological change is the wide availability of virtual reality interfaces among all parts of society. When first introduced, Paul believes himself to be a soldier condemned to the trenches of the First World War. Before you dive into this book, I have to warn you it is a long novel. Finally, van Bleeck is brutally assaulted and dies after leaving Renie and !Xabbu with three names: Martine Desroubins, Blue Dog Anchorite, and Bolivar Atasco. ― Tad Williams, quote from City of Golden Shadow “...a proud man who could do more than he is asked to do. The … In suburban California, a terminally-ill teenager named Orlando Gardiner has become the most celebrated warrior in Middle Country, an online VR MMORPG based on swords-and-sorcery. We also meet another character named Irene “Renie” Sulaweyo” She teaches virtual reality programming and is teaching her student !Xabbu. Most likely because it became a series, that name was changed. However, while playing the game, he is distracted by a vision of a golden city and killed by a low-level monster. In what he at first believes to be a dream or hallucination, he meets a woman with wings, who gives him a feather. City of Golden Shadow Publisher's Summary. The first two are hackers that agree to help them find the golden city, which is in a mysterious network called "Otherland", while the third is an anthropologist and archaeologist whose expertise is pre-Columbian Latin America. "City Of Golden Shadow" is a city in the Otherland network, to which the main characters are being summoned. I almost quit right there, but fortunately I hung in for a few more minutes and the narrative took a turn for the truly bizarre. The first in a four-audiobook series, Otherland: City of Golden Shadow is a complex suspense novel of the near future, where virtual reality has expanded to encompass all aspects of society — and national, physical, and mental boundaries are limited only by the virtue or darkness of the imagination, offering an entirely new level of freedom to people in all walks of life. He falls into a coma after visiting a forbidden area of the net, and is moved to a hospital, where he remains for most of the story. The world building by Williams is worth reading and his take on virtual reality is great. City of Golden Shadow is the first volume in Tad Williams Otherland series. The group sails down the river, hoping to find the answers that will enable them to free the children from Otherland's hold. He wakes from the experience to find himself back in the trenches, but realizes the experience was not a dream when he discovers the feather. He makes sport of hunting and killing women. Despite his dangerous obsession with rape and murder, Jongleur, who calls him "Anubis", recruits him to assassinate Atasco. Irene "Renie" Sulaweyo: A South African computer teacher, whose younger brother Stephen falls into a coma, prompting the research that leads to her discovery of the Otherland network. Renie contacts her after her brother falls ill, and she is able to direct Renie to Martine Desroubins, Murat Sagar Singh, and Bolivar Atasco before agents of the Grail Brotherhood murder her. He wakes from the experience to find himself back in the trenches, but realizes the experience was not a dream when he discovers the feather. He sees Mullet and Finch again, however, and tries to escape in a hijacked airship. This somewhat ups the stakes when one has to decide whether to recommend a book or not. She decides to investigate, unraveling the mystery of a superadvanced Virtual reality World, Otherland. Renie, !Xabbu, Martine, and Singh plan to break into Otherland; Renie and !Xabbu, along with Long Joseph and van Bleeck's assistant Jeremiah Dako, travel to Wasps' Nest, a mothballed military base in the Drakensberg mountains, where there is equipment allowing Renie and !Xabbu to stay connected to the Net for extended periods. Tzekel-kan fetches up at the feet of Cortez, and agrees to show him the secret way to the city. As they examine it, it erupts into an image of a golden city, then disappears. Get this from a library! Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Last edited on 21 December 2017, at 19:11. Paul Jonas is playing in the virtual world he sees a golden city. I recommend this book to fantasy lovers, virtual reality fans and fans of world building. Long Joseph Sulaweyo: Renie's father, described as a once-honorable man who became an alcoholic after the accidental death of his wife (Renie's mother). Orlando Gardiner: A terminally ill teenager who plays the VR MMORPG Middle Country with his best (and only) friend Fredericks. Title: City of Golden Shadow Title Record # 3192 Author: Tad Williams Date: 1996-00-00 Type: NOVEL Series: Otherland Series Number: 1 Webpages: Wikipedia-EN Language: English User Rating: 6.00 (1 vote) Including variants and translations: 7.50 (2 votes) Your vote: Not cast VOTE Current Tags: None Add Tags Renie, !Xabbu, Martine, Orlando and Fredericks, along with several others, find themselves in an uncomfortable situation. With the help of his friend, Sam Fredericks, he begins to investigate. City of Golden Shadow (Otherland #1) By Tad Williams; Narrated by George Newbern Publisher: Penguin Audio Publication Date: 30 October 2014 [UNABRIDGED] – 28 hours, 42 minutes. Eventually, he meets them in Otherland, and tries to explain the situation and what they must do. ... gleaning the main ideas of a book via a quote or a quick summary is typical of the Information Age but is a habit disdained by some diehard readers. Stephen Sulaweyo: Renie's eleven-year-old brother, who spends a large amount of his time in virtual reality with his friends Eddie and Soki. Very passionate about basketball and sports in general but that's just the tip of the iceberg! It is about an amazing virtual fantasy world and technology in the future. Kids, including her brother Stephen, have logged into the net, and cannot escape. After this encounter, Jonas obsesses over this world and tries to get back to it. Martine Desroubins: An acquaintance of Susan van Bleeck who lives in France, and who assists Renie and !Xabbu and enters Otherland with them. This idea that VR is ubiquitous forms the main conceit of the book with the rich villains setting up a ridiculously complex virtual playground for themselves and trampling everyone in the process. They build a raft to cross the river, but are stopped by the police and taken to the palace of the God-King. Sellars gives the adventurers some brief instructions: they are to search along the river for Paul Jonas, who is at large within Otherland's many simulation worlds, then he too vanishes. She is revealed to be blind, and interprets virtual reality through different mechanisms than the others, so the large amount of information in the Otherland system starts to drive her insane, and she is seemingly ill because of this at the end of the book. He has an uneasy relationship with Jongleur, who has kept many secrets from him, and when he breaks into Otherland he welcomes the opportunities to secretly gain information about Jongleur's plans. !Xabbu: A bushman from the Kalahari desert, and a student of Renie. He demonstrates to Paul the significance of the river that flows through the various simulation worlds in Otherland. Otherland is their private network, where many of them own numerous simulation worlds (others being leased out for very large sums), and they intend to use it for even more mysterious purposes. He is responsible for putting Stephen into a coma, and nearly succeeds in doing the same to Renie and !Xabbu. This has to be one of … After he discovers an image of a golden city, a location in the Otherland network, he becomes obsessed with finding it. His friends think he has gone crazy as Jonas loses interest in everything else to get back to the golden city. If she can’t solve the mystery, nobody can. At the end of Otherland: City of Golden Shadow, Tad Williams had dumped most of his protagonists into the convincing virtual reality known as the Otherland.In this playground for the rich, the reclusive, and the powerful, the small band was shocked to learn that it was trapped. Among the summaries and analysis available for City of Golden Shadow , there are 1 Short Summary and 3 Book Reviews. --Zetawoof 7 July 2005 02:47 (UTC) ... Return to "City of Golden Shadow" page. Golden City became the capital of the federally recognized Colorado Territory in 1862, and the territorial legislature met from 1862 to 1867 in the building that is now home to the Old Capitol Grill restaurant. The first character introduced is a man called Paul Jonas, apparently an infantryman on the Western Front of the First World War. Strimbello: A man who operates an ominous club designed to entice children to enter a situation where they can be mentally damaged for the benefit of the Grail Brotherhood. Johnny Wulgaru: Known by his adopted name Dread, this character's real name is only mentioned once, and then in reference to his unhappy childhood. Amazon and Best-Selling Authors Sue Ukraine-Based Bookstore for Illegally Selling eBooks, Book Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Book Review: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. City of Golden Shadow Summary The first book in best-selling master storyteller Tad Williams' Otherland series. Renie’s younger brother has fallen into a coma after playing in virtual reality. Eight hundred pages in a rather small font and only the first in a series. His spiritual guidance keeps Renie sane, as well as providing her with a viewpoint that does not take the technology of her civilization for granted. Renie, !Xabbu, and Martine manage to enter Otherland and make their way to the golden city, which is called Temilún. The 1995 documentary film “The Shadow of Hate” expressed the history of oppression, discrimination, violence, and hate in America. She does not approve of Orlando's attempts to learn about Otherland, believing that they are likely to get harshly punished for their actions, but accompanies him on all of his exploits. Murat Sagar Singh: Also known by the code name "Blue Dog Anchorite", Singh is an elderly man who was an acquaintance of Susan van Bleeck and a worker on some programming for the Otherland project. On an army base in North Carolina, the young girl Christabel Sorensen becomes friends with Mr. Sellars, a mysterious old man living on the base. Surrounded by secrecy, it is home to the wildest dreams and darkest nightmares. Even though it is a long novel, it is enjoyable. 22860Ratings. An avid reader and may have read too many zombie books for my own good and always willing to explore new places and meet new people. Because he underwent "treatment" (brainwashing) before being introduced to the simulation, he cannot remember anything that happened more than a few days ago. See the complete Otherland series book list in order, box sets or omnibus editions, and companion titles. Salome Fredericks: Simply called Fredericks, she is a friend of Orlando's who wears the sim of a man, but is actually a teenage girl (Orlando, her best friend, is unaware of her true gender until late into the plot). Jongleur commissions an employee, John Dread, to carry out a task referred to as the "Sky God Project." He recognizes the chosen woman as the winged woman he met earlier, but he cannot remember when he met her. Following the trail, they are mysteriously taken to a beach on a river. The "Otherland" refers to a virtual world or worlds and the "City Of Golden Shadow" is a city in the Otherland network to which the main characters are being summoned. He is the leader of the Grail Brotherhood, and masterminded the creation of the Otherland system. Before you dive into this book, I have to warn you it is a long novel. Two of his comrades, Finch and Mullet, begin to express doubts about his sanity. Content is available under CC BY-SA 3.0 unless otherwise noted. There are 770 pages in hardback and 960 pages in paperback. A black South African teacher and her brother try to save the children. City of Golden Shadow was originally called Otherland. They meet in a simulation based on ancient Egypt, where their leader, Felix Jongleur, appears as Osiris and obliges other members to present themselves as various Egyptian deities. Read more. There, he finds the bird-woman but Finch and Mullet have pursued him, and they have been transformed into monstrous shapes: Mullet is grossly fat and Finch has no eyes. Otherland, a universe where any fantasy can be made real, but which is ruled by Earth's wealthiest and most ruthless power brokers, the Grail Brotherhood. Her family is made up by her alcoholic father Long Joseph and her ten-year-old brother Stephen. The book was published in multiple languages including English, consists of 780 pages and is available in Mass Market Paperback format. Blue Dog Anchorite reveals himself to be Murat Sagar Singh, a retired programmer who worked on the security system for Otherland, and whose colleagues on the same project have been dying in unusual circumstances. Detailed plot synopsis reviews of City of Golden Shadow Renie Sulaweio's teen brother enter in a coma after visiting a site on the Net. There, they meet the God-King, who reveals himself to be Atasco. In the simulation world, they are held prisoner by the king of Temilún (the golden city), who is none other than Bolivar Atasco, a former member of the Grail Brotherhood. There, he f… LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers She has to use the resources around her and her new friendships to solve the mystery around her brother’s mysterious coma. The book tells the story of a group of ordinary people who are drawn into the network to stop them. They find themselves on Mars, which is inhabited by creatures who demand a sacrifice of a princess from the planet Venus each year. The first character introduced is a man called Paul Jonas, apparently an infantryman on the Western Front of the First World War. A frenzy of rage directed against him, a storm of blows struck by glaring bursts of colour, laughing figures shining bright with power and strength. This is only one of many… She helps him to escape from his house into a network of tunnels lying underneath the base. Kids, including her brother Stephen, have logged into the net, and cannot escape. Mr. Sellars: An elderly man imprisoned on an army base in North Carolina, who 'recruits' Orlando and the others by leaving clues about the Otherland scattered across the net. Renie's difficulties multiply, as it becomes clear that her investigations have earned her powerful enemies: she is stood down from her job and unknown persons set fire to her family's apartment complex. The novel tells the story of a frightening virtual network created by a group of rich men known as The Grail Brotherhood. Even as the adventurers flee Temilún, Dread, with the help of criminal hacker Dulcie Anwin, hijacks the simulation body of one of their party. Mullet: Supposedly a companion of Paul Jonas in the trenches. Inside the club, they discover a number of very unsavoury entertainments, and are very nearly trapped by the managers. Christabel Sorensen: A young girl living on the army base, who secretly becomes friends with Mr. Sellars and helps him escape from the army base. But a blood-chilling conspiracy involving the … She finds an unusual and large piece of code, in the form of a golden diamond, on her machine, and consults her friend and mentor, Dr. Susan van Bleeck, about it. He discovers himself in a place similar to the chess-land in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass, where he is caught in the battle between the red and the white, as well as hunted by Finch and Mullet. As he explores the simulation, he struggles to discover who he is, as well as trying to escape from Mullet and Finch, agents of. Renie Sulaweyo, a teacher in the South Africa of tomorrow, realizes something is wrong on the network. Through much of the book, he appears in his preferred environment, a simulation of ancient Egypt, where, as. Oh no, says I, no way I'm listening to another WWI trench warfare book. Meanwhile in RL (real life), Renie tries to save her brother, who she believes has been made comatose by the mysterious Grail Brotherhood, all the time at … With the heart of a poet and the soul of a shaman, he will journey with Renie on this quest into the very heart of darkness. Incredible amounts of money have been lavished on it. The City of Golden Shadow opens with trench warfare. The internet has been replaced by "the Net," a vast network of online VR environments. The Grail Brotherhood emerges as a small number of the world's wealthiest and most powerful people who have formed an exclusive society. Eventually, Paul runs off into no-man's land. When Paul escapes the World War I simulation, however, Mullet, in various incarnations, pursues him through the other simulations of the Otherland network. The main characters of this fantasy, science fiction story are , . The best minds of two generations have labored to build it. Stephen spends much of his time online and frequently joins his friends in escapades to forbidden areas of the net. He escapes with a young boy he met at an inn, whose name is Gally. That world is too detailed and perfect to be virtual. Renie, !Xabbu, Martine, Orlando, Fredericks, and four other people in similar situations find themselves imprisoned in a virtual reality world so complex that it rivals reality. Paul flees in terror and falls through a hole in space. With the help of other men from Earth, he rescues the princess, then flees from the angry Martians. When he somehow ends up in a coma after visiting a forbidden club, she and !Xabbu decide to investigate. His real name is Finney. Dr. Susan van Bleeck: A rich technology expert who at one time taught Renie virtual engineering. Dread promises to accomplish his mission, although it is not stated what exactly he must do. This gripping read involves enormous wealth and murder all tied to the fantastic virtual world of Otherland. He helps Renie, !Xabbu, and Martine hack into the system, but is killed by a malevolent aspect of the Otherland security system when he tries to enter with them. !Xabbu is a Bushman, come to the city to learn skills which may save the spirit of his tribe. Preparations completed, they hack into Otherland, but Singh is confronted and killed by the security system. The Otherland book series by multiple authors includes books City of Golden Shadow, River of Blue Fire, Mountain of Black Glass, and several more. There, they meet Atasco and his wife, and learn that Atasco, though formerly a member of the Grail Brotherhood, has been uninvolved for some time (though he has been permitted to retain his simulation world), and is now secretly opposing the Brotherhood's plans. Convinced that the club is set up to damage the minds of children, as it has done to Stephen, she resolves to stop the people responsible. Surrounded by secrecy, it is home to the wildest dreams and darkest nightmares. He has the power to manipulate electronic devices, an ability he calls his "twist", and views his life as a sort of movie. Renie Sulaweyo, a teacher in the South Africa of tomorrow, realizes something is wrong on the network. Later revealed to be Mudd, an employee of Felix Jongleur. Across the river, they can see the golden city. Publisher's Summary. City of Golden Shadow, originally published as Otherland, is a science fiction novel by American writer Tad Williams, the first book in his Otherland series. [Tad Williams] -- Young people are having their minds stolen in cyberspace, part of a crooked scheme to create a new virtual reality. City of Golden Shadow is a sci-fi epic set in some undefined future where the Internet has gone all VR; a bit like Ready Player One but written years before. 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Click to read more about City of Golden Shadow by Tad Williams. City of Golden Shadow by Tad Williams is the book we will be reviewing today. Two of his comrades, Finch and Mullet, begin to express doubts about his sanity. Otherland: City of Golden Shadow by Williams, Tad and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at Their most bizarre and horrifying discovery is a very powerful hypnotic entity, which Renie nearly dies trying to escape from. The narrator begins with a scene in Pennsylvania on a summer day in 1925 in which 40,000 American Klansmen gather together to declare their hatred toward Catholics, Negros and Jews. City of golden shadow. The first edition of the novel was published in December 5th 1996, and was written by Tad Williams. After looking into a club where her brother and his friend snuck into, Renie thinks she is onto something. Both he and Fredericks enter Otherland, despite the fact that he is very sick with pneumonia. City of Golden Shadow Publisher's Summary Surrounded by secrecy, it is home to the wildest dreams and darkest nightmares. If there is a City of Golden Shadow SparkNotes, Shmoop guide, or Cliff Notes, you can find a link to each study guide below. He loses control of the airship and finds himself in a conservatory with a harp, which shrinks to the size of his palm. Shrouded in secrecy, it is home to the wildest dreams and darkest nightmares. Even though it is a long novel, it is enjoyable. Felix Jongleur: The oldest person on earth, born before the outbreak of World War I, he is also one of the wealthiest and most powerful, and certainly one of the most ruthless. There are 770 pages in hardback and 960 pages in paperback. Transported to yet another world, he is rescued from a frozen river by a group of Neanderthals, and a voice comes from the harp, telling him that friends will search for him on the river. He is later found dead in his room from a heart attack. A professor of computer science and an adept user of the Net, Renie retraces Stephen's trail and enters Mister J's but barely escapes with her own mind intact. Plot summary The first character introduced is a man called Paul Jonas, apparently an infantryman on the Western Front of the First World War . Donate to help keep this blog active and thriving! Before they can get their questions answered, however, the meeting descends into chaos. She is unaware that he is under house arrest, and her father, a senior military security officer, is in charge of guarding him. Gally: A boy that Paul meets in the Otherland simulation, and who accompanies him in his flight from Mullet and Finch. Incredible amounts of money have been lavished on it. He helps her research the cause of her brother's coma, and enters the Otherland network with her. Most likely because it became a series, that name was changed. They meet the enigmatic Mr. Sellars, who tells them that the network is somehow built from the minds of catatonic children worldwide, and he calls upon the small group of adventurers to stop the Grail Brotherhood. Robert Wells: A centenarian living in Oregon, where he heads the powerful technology firm Telemorphix, Wells is a member of the Grail Brotherhood, appearing in Jongleur's Egypt as the god, Daniel Yacoubian: A general in the US Army, he is also a member of the Grail Brotherhood, appearing in Jongleur's Egypt as the god, This page was last edited on 23 March 2020, at 11:01. The story moves to the late 21st century.