This is atale of murder, artistic rivalry, and literary trickery; a Chinese puzzle of a novel where nothing is quite what it seems; with a narrator whose agenda is artful and subtle; and a narrative th ...more
1. Read the introduction.
No, really. Even if you're an "I never read the introduction" kinda person, read this introduction. It's part of the story, and without it you are likely to be terrible confused, because...
2. Don't think this is a novel.
At least, not in the conventional, linear (or even non-linear) plot sense. Things happen, but not in any sort of chronological order. This is, as the introduction suggests, more of a gazette: an ...more
Read it in used Hardback off Amazon, like new condition, for 86 cents, which should have probably been a big red flag. Weighing in at 342 pages.
OTC Book clubs March selection, the first selection by a new member this year, cheers all around to her. In the spirit of our book club, she selected a title that she hadn't read and knew only at surface level, and under 400 pages; The Islanders by Christopher Priest. Mr. Priest is a distinguished author with a lot of very ...more
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Priest in June 2012, he was invited to a book festival I worked at, and he was presenting his new book (The Islanders). Being a broke student, I couldn't afford the 20 the bookseller was requiring of me to buy the book (you'd think working pro bono for the festival I'd have some kind of discount right? But nooo). I was really annoyed at it, so when a few months ago I found the book for 9, I grabbed it and didn't let ...more
Literary cleverness is essentially a game and while some like it, i really do not and the book abounds with examples that are absurd and solip ...more
For the most part, The Islanders reads like a bunch of travel brochures. Some parts just deal with the climate of the islands. Others focus only on certain features. So there is little continuity and it feels more like a short story collection. T ...more
“The Islanders” is a remarkable realistic speculative fiction tale about a murder, artistic rivalry and literary deception written by one of the finest writers writing now in any genre in the English language; eminent Briton Christopher Priest. This is a Rubik’s Cube of a novel, recounting the main plot points in a literary style reminiscent, in places, of Akira Kurosawa’s “Rashomon”, and one that evokes early Ursula Le Guin (e. ...more
Description: Reality is illusory and magical in the stunning new literary SF novel from the multiple award-winning author of The Prestige.
A tale of murder, artistic rivalry, and literary trickery; a Chinese puzzle of a novel where nothing is quite what it seems; a narrator whose agenda is artful and subtle; a narrative that pulls you in and plays an elegant game with you.
The Dream Archipelago is a vast network of islands. The names of the islands are different depending on ...more
This is a very unusual book, and a tough one to review. It is really a book of short stories that all feature Islands. There are some very good stories in here that focus on lots of wind. Or, they feature crazy and cool killer insects. Or, they feature lots of wind. There is a lot of history told and some are good, but in the end, I found much of this book to be forgettable... Read it for the amazing writing, but leave your expectations at the door.
I'm not entirely sure how to explain The Islanders. It certainly shares a ...more
Somewhere along reading the introduction, a thought popped up in my head: this book is going to be about co ...more
I think one of the reasons 'Lost' did so well on TV is that it tapped this same aura (although, do not talk to me about the final, wretched season). Lord of the Flies also taps into some primal feelings we h ...more
This isn’t really a novel. There are recurring characters, but I read it more like a collection of short stories, mostly written in the style of a travel guide. Do read the introduction. I didn’t until halfway through when it occurred to me that the name of a character looked familiar and lo and behold it was because the character had written the introduction and I’d missed that! I really enjoyed several facets of this book. It doesn’t all connect tog...more
The novel takes place on a world with two large continents at the poles. Th ...more
This book needs to be studied rather than read. If you like a good narrative, avoid.
Категорично отказвам да издевателствам над себе си в търсене на гениални идеи до края й, както и да чета ревюта за нея и да бъда убеждавана колко е велика и уникална.
Книгата е все още цяла и ...more
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He has published eleven novels, four short story collections and a number of other books, including critical works, biographies, novelizations and children’s non-fiction.
He has written drama for radio (BBC Radio 4) and television (Thames TV and HTV). In ...more