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Novelty: Four Stories

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  109 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 22nd 1989 by Broadway Books
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Greg Brown
My first exposure to John Crowley, and so enjoyable that I can't wait to read the rest of his work. All four stories are excellent, showcasing different sides of Crowley: mythic fable, plotty sci-fi, character study, and meta-fictional introspection. That last is the title essay, a short piece that recalls something like Nicholson Baker's non-X-rated fiction.

The rest are longer, with the first a fable in the vein of Calvino's COSMICOMICS short stories, describing the naming of things and what th
David Brand
In Blue is my current favorite short story. The entire collection makes me shake my head that Crowley isn't better known.
Sep 05, 2007 Tracey rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of open-minded fantasy.
A pass-along book from Mom, thought I'd give Novelty a try after losing interest in Little, Big a few months ago.

The bulk of the book is an alt-history/time travel novella - "Great Work of Time". A British secret society, charged with maintaining the Empire has discovered the ability to travel back in time (using orthogonal logic, among other tools). They decide that the life and career of Cecil Rhodes is a keystone, and the story follows their interactions with him. If nothing else, this novel
Scott Golden
A great book, although the more complete collection "Novelties & Souvenirs" gives a more complete overview of this writer's prodigious talents.
The short Novel "Great Work of Time" is an interesting thematic precursor to the Aegypt tetraology. Also a great time travel story.
Aug 05, 2011 Danica marked it as sadly-abandoned
not enough lyricism, too full of expository junk and self-conscious cleverness.
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John Crowley was born in Presque Isle, Maine, in 1942; his father was then an officer in the US Army Air Corps. He grew up in Vermont, northeastern Kentucky and (for the longest stretch) Indiana, where he went to high school and college. He moved to New York City after colle
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