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3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  59 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Primitive literacy is redundant. Mere words are expelled. We inaugurate a world of pure presence. The mind, that intrudes itself between ourselves and those memories too terrible to know, must keep us moving beyond the grasp of their claw. To control the flow, it will be necessary that political order be imposed always temporarily. The state shall enjoy direct, creative ...more
Paperback, Semiotext(e) / Native Agents, 244 pages
Published August 5th 2005 by Semiotext(e)
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Charles Dee Mitchell
I came across this book because a Facebook friend was reading von Shlegell's new novel. I am not much of an s-f reader, but I have been realing J.G. Ballard for the past couple of months. and thought I would try some one new. ,Venusia was entertaining, Philip k. Dick-inflected science fiction, wildly difficult to keep up with, but I thought I was getting along pretty well. Then I didn't pick it up for five days while traveling, and I finished the last half in a kind of pleasant stupor. I have a ...more
Dec 31, 2009 Brandon rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
this book is like that curvy-ass road in san francisco. just when you think its reaching some type of normalacy of direction it veers off into completely different, unexplored territory...and it keeps doing this, over and over again like a particle accelerator built into your already peaking acid trip, which in this novel is something called the n-scape where all quantam possibilities seem to be realized that most of the main characters find themselves navigating throughout most of the ...more
Jul 11, 2010 Sara rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book is awesome. There are so many time slips and holograms that it is almost impossible to hold on to the narrative. . . almost. Schlegell gives you just enough to keep you following along. The characters are mysterious and their relationships with each other are compelling. I seriously could not stop reading this madness. This book pushes and pulls you all over the place and actually succeeds in making dream and hallucination sequences riveting. This is unbelievable. I cannot wait to ...more
Mar 07, 2010 Ann rated it liked it
I've read various articles about why people don't read science fiction. One theory is that the language and concepts are foreign to the average mainstream reader. Those of us who spent our youth reading science fiction are wired to be comfortable with many of the tropes of science fiction, we know how to take the made-up terms and concepts and run with them. To the average non-sf reader these things may seem confusing and simply too much work to try to assimilate. (An interesting article on SF ...more
Jan 27, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it
Recommends it for: readers of PKD
Shelves: science-fiction
Like a thicket of pre-recorded possible universes, the bookstore inhabited and stabilized the single world around her. But why a bookstore? Did bookstores, like electrons, depend on statistical waves of movement that could be released at any time? Sylvia stood shyly and let the quiet come down around her. It was a hush and peace she'd never known. A scent rich with the wood and mold of paper; alternate histories yawning from text-laden recesses.

It has moments of lucidity and other moments of utt
Jul 14, 2010 Alinad rated it it was ok
Good concepts but the plot doesn't hold, or it was just too highbrow for me. Brought in some images/characters that weren't necessary. I get the idea of reality as concept and the time/multiverse bit but I get the idea from this book that he was keeping readers confused to make him seem like he knew what he was talking about. Having read sci fi classics like Herbert, Asimov, Sagan etc. I can understand some terms are difficult but it doesn't have to be that difficult.
Brent Hayward
Apr 10, 2010 Brent Hayward rated it liked it
De-structured and post modern, whatever that means, in the vein of Burroughs or early Vollmann. Unfortunately, in texts like this, the lack of rules also means that anything goes, including all logic, and the reader (namely me) can get numbed to the parade of bizarre and most probably unlinked events. As others reviewers have said, you kind of have to just go with it. Some fun, though, with sentient plants, talking bugs, sex, violence, time travel and copious drug consumption.
Sep 09, 2009 Liviu rated it it was amazing
Shelves: genre-sf, read_2009
Venusia truly made my head spin and I felt dizzy though sitting on a bench when i was trying to imagine the landscape of the novel -

I enjoyed it overall - weird is too banal a word for this one, both in style (modernistic a la MJ Harrison) and in content (from sentient plants to multidimensional twisting of reality) - the drawback is that you have to immerse yourself and not nitpick..
Jan 31, 2009 Lee rated it really liked it
If you took ZigZag, polished up the scientific framework a bit,threw in some literary/philosophic cleverness from The Athenian Murders, and finished up with a bang, you'd get this book. Well, maybe you'd have to do all that while under the influence of LSD. I liked it.
Karl Styrsky
Oct 20, 2012 Karl Styrsky rated it did not like it
Not for me. I guess I'm not smart enough to track it very well, and it was just too much work to fill my limited reading time.

There's no category on GoodReads for "Abandoned Before Finishing", so I guess it will have to go on my "Read" shelf.
Kim Stewart
Please see my review here.
Christopher RubindelaBorbolla
A serious philosophical scifi read reminiscent of philip k dick + baudrillard. One of my all time faves!
Jul 25, 2014 Matt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wishlist
Venusia is a trip full of sci-fi mystery, drug-induced confusion, and narrative twists. The style may not be my favorite, but the imagery is fantastic.
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