The Book of Skulls Paperback
Part of the S.F. Masterworks series
Four students discover a manuscript, The Book of Skulls, which reveals the existence of a sect, now living in the Arizona desert, whose members can offer immortality to those who can complete its initiation rite. To their surprise, they discover that the sect exists, and is willing to accept them as acolytes.
But for each group of four who enter the rite, two must die in order for the others to succeed.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages, Colour 32
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 16/12/1999
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9781857989144
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Review by lillasmee
I have never been disappointed by an SF Masterwork. But this one came close! One one hand, it *was* a good read - a fascinating recession/regression into the world of 1970s SF (though I am not at all sure why this novel is considered SF). On the other hand - what a load of self-indulgent misogynistic nonsense! Hard to tell how much of this was Silverberg's characters (the 4 protagonists *are* a bunch of self-absorbed, hedonistic misogynists), and how much of it simply reflects Silverberg himself, and the period he was writing in.