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What Entropy Means to Me

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  104 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Doctor, watch out! As Dore stood by, he saw the Doctor backing slowly into the corner where he would meet his fate. Initially defending himself with a torch, the Doctor searched frantically for a new method of defense. The crimson mass is lunging forward using long, tentacle-like attachments: what is that thing? Slowly the subhuman blob comes in to focus, and Dore realizes ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published October 28th 2002 by (first published June 1st 1972)
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Jan 10, 2012 Terry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
2.5 - 3 stars

Obviously a first novel and very New Wave-y, in some places to the point of excess, _What entropy Means to Me_ is still a very ambitious book which tackles the idea of story itself and its impact on our lives. It isn’t always successful and is definitely a very weird book. It will likely take a few chapters before the reader becomes familiar with what is going on (assuming he ever does), and even then the bizarro elements and shifting of the narrative can be quite confusing to the r
Jul 23, 2013 Jess rated it it was ok
I bought this in a used bookstore recently, mostly because of the title and my long-lived interest in entropy. It seemed like it might be batshit but could either be brilliant or nonsense. It was the latter. I enjoyed some parts of it but really have no clue what it's all about, as it seems to be a crazed, multilayered allegory full of allusions that do not fit together or mean much to me.
Kerachel Wolfson
Feb 07, 2016 Kerachel Wolfson rated it it was ok
Torn between a 2 and a 3 star. It was, without a doubt, one of the strangest things I have ever read in my life. It's confusing, vague, and highly disturbing if you actually stop to think through any of the myriad of points that at first glance seem random, ill thought out, incongruous, or impossible. And yet, I kept picking it back up throughout the day, and by half of the way through, I knew I had to read straight to the end. Did actually I like it? No, not really. But was it good? It really w ...more
Bob Rust
Jun 11, 2016 Bob Rust rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What Entropy Means to Me (1972) Effinger's first novel. It is an elaborate, multi-layered work combining elements of Space Opera, family romance and quest fable within a self-referential discourse about the impulsions and restraints of creation.
Michael Martin
May 25, 2015 Michael Martin rated it it was ok
Augh, what a slog! I've read a lot of science fiction, including some that were way out there. But this one … I keep waiting for something, anything to be explained and give me a reason to keep reading. This one may soon end on my very small pile of books I just couldn't finish.
Jan 03, 2013 Jody rated it liked it
Enjoyably strange book - not sure I would recommend to others BUT if your looking for a sci fi book that is not written like usual - this one is worth a whirl. Almost like a serious hitchikers guide to the galaxy (but not nearly as good and not funny)
Mar 10, 2007 Nigel rated it liked it
Weird scifi. I think this was one of the writer's 'experimental' early books - the product of a fertile imagination.
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Jul 09, 2010 Mike McDevitt rated it did not like it
This is the worst Nebula award nominee I ever read. If it's a joke I sure don't get it. In fact, I think this book hates me back.
May 10, 2007 Maria rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
Great title. Book is pretty good (especially since I got it for like 75 cents at a used book store).
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