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Otherwise: Three Novels by John Crowley

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  204 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
The Deep
In a twilight land, two warring powers -- the Reds and the Blacks -- play out an ancient game of murder and betrayal. Then a Visitor from beyond the sky arrives to play a part in this dark bloody pageant. From the moment he is found by two women who tend to the dead in the wake of battles, it is clear that the great game is to change at last.

Beasts
It is the day
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Paperback, Omnibus, 560 pages
Published March 5th 2002 by Harper Perennial (first published 1991)
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Bobby
Jun 26, 2007 Bobby rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Three early short novels by John Crowley. I loved all three novels, but I have to say the last one, Engine Summer, blew my socks off. Such originality...it's just stunning. Crowley is hard to describe to the uninitiated. He seems to be a sci-fi/fantasy writer, but he's so much more than that. Of course, all sci-fi/fantasy fans want to trumpet their favorite sci-fi/fantasy writer as "transcending the genre", but in this case - it's well, sort of true. I say sort of because I don't really think t ...more
Dustin
Jun 28, 2013 Dustin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Giving this 5 stars for Engine Summer, 3 stars for the others (that's the trouble with compilations, I guess). The Deep and Beasts are worthwhile stories, but Engine Summer is wonderful and heartbreaking, the most gentle post-apocalypse story you're ever likely to read.
Helmut
Mar 04, 2013 Helmut rated it really liked it
Weltenbauer Crowley

Über alle drei Kurzromane in diesem Band ist zu sagen: Ich, mit meinem eher altmodischen Schubladendenken, hätte alle drei ohne weiteres Nachdenken in die Kategorie Science Fiction gesteckt und wäre nie auf die Idee gekommen, diese Romane als "Fantasy" zu vermarkten. Aber da Science Fiction in den letzten 20 Jahren wohl auf die gleiche Weise Popularität verloren hat wie Fantasy sprunghaft beliebt geworden ist, ist es scheinbar einfacher, alles, was irgendwie auch nur am Rande
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Kafka
Dec 19, 2016 Kafka rated it it was amazing
I've only finished the first one, The Deep, but if The Deep is supposedly his first novel, I guess it only gets better from here. I've always heard so many good things about Engine Summer, that I am keeping off reading it for as long as I can. But I was awestruck by The Deep. It has a few problems, largely stemming from how much Crowley tries to say within such a short time. It's epic structure involving two warring factions and a strange visitor (who reminded me of Martian Manhunter) seemed bes ...more
Owain Lewis
Sep 26, 2014 Owain Lewis rated it it was amazing
Its says a lot that I read straight through this omnibus and began on Crowley's fourth novel Little, Big immediately afterwards. Of the three I would pick the wistful and evocative Engine Summer as my favorite - a dreamy, post apocalyptic story about, well, stories, or a myth about myths if you like. It is a deeply human, sad and wonderful tale with a metaphysical turn that could be obvious but ends up not being so.

While Engine Summer garners the 5 star for this omnibus The Deep and Beasts are w
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Michael
Feb 17, 2009 Michael marked it as to-read
Shelves: biopunk
I'm about done with the first novel in this collection - The Deep. It picked up toward the end, and Crowley's imagery is (as always) sublime, but my big caveat is that most of the characters in the story have VERY SIMILAR NAMES. Now, I'm no writer, and I have trouble naming characters in games, but if an author does something like this, all that happens is that I can't tell people apart and I have little idea what's going on.

Update 1: The second novel, Beasts, was much more enjoyable. Lion-human
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A'Llyn
Feb 23, 2009 A'Llyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think John Crowley is quite a good writer (vivid descriptions, poetic turns of phrase), but these stories were just not interesting to me.

They're nicely told, but sort of slow and languorous, and I didn't particularly care about any of the characters or what happened to them.

Hey...that sounds like something I would write!
Trish Graboske
Jan 25, 2014 Trish Graboske rated it liked it
John Crowley's writing is wonderful, but his characters all seem archetypal, full of portent, and almost anonymous as people. The stories are stately and slow-moving, but the writing carried me along, and the endings pay off.
Kyle
Aug 30, 2015 Kyle rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
The Deep: 3.5/5
Beasts: 3/5
Engine Summer: 4.5/5

all in all, an interesting collection, but it's one that really just foreshadows the excellence of Little, Big.
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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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