a definite must read for anyone who truly loves books...like me...I got in touch with the author and he very kindly let me mail him my copy, inscribeda definite must read for anyone who truly loves books...like me...I got in touch with the author and he very kindly let me mail him my copy, inscribed and signed it for me and mailed it back to me...more
so it's been 45 years since this book was first published. i don't remember whether i read this when it caThe best sf anthology ever. And I mean ever!
so it's been 45 years since this book was first published. i don't remember whether i read this when it came out in 1967 or whether it was a few years later. it doesn't really matter, all i know is the book had a massive impact on me and got me seriously interested in sf. in any event, it was a long time ago when i was just a teenager.
after i read this book, i read sf almost exclusively for quite a long time...maybe 15 years or so. then i gradually strayed away from it for various reasons, and eventually stopped reading sf altogether. just in the last year or so, i have been getting back into it, and really enjoying it for the most part, reading both classic sf from long ago, and finding out that there are some really great new sf authors that i was completely unfamiliar with.
so then i decided i would go back to the book that started it all for me and re-read Dangerous Visions.keep in mind that this book is regarded by many (including me) as the finest sf anthology ever published. it has garnered many honors, and been in print constantly for over 40 years. all of the stories were, at the time, considered to be truly ground-breaking and cutting edge stuff.
so it was with some trepidation that i started reading it again. keep in mind that most of the authors in this anthology are now dead. in fact ellison himself is almost 80 years old. so i was considerably worried that the stories would seem dated, and not have anywhere near the impact on me that they did the first time around. i needn't have worried, the stories were all just as fresh and cutting edge as if they had been written in the last year instead of 45 years ago.
so, it's still the best sf anthology ever written, and if i was going to be marooned on an island and was only allowed one book, this would be it. it's that good.
and by the way, the sequel Again, Dangerous Visions is very close to being just as good. Unfortunately, it would appear that the infamous last dangerous visions is never going to appear, as it was first going to be published in 1973 and has yet to see the light of day.
so, if you haven't read this book and you are even remotely a fan of sf, i strongly urge you to rush out, buy it, and read it immediately. i promise you won't be disappointed. and if you have never tried sf, you should definitely read it as well. you may well find it opens whole new worlds for you, like it did for me....more
when i was much younger, in my teens and early to mid twenties, i read a lot of sf.it was fun, it was exciting and full of adventure. then when i gotwhen i was much younger, in my teens and early to mid twenties, i read a lot of sf.it was fun, it was exciting and full of adventure. then when i got into my later twenties, i pretty much lost interest. i'd read a lot of the classic stuff, a lot of the authors i liked were either retired or dead, and fantasy was taking over from science fiction with books about dragons and wizards and their ilk, and that really didn't turn me on.
so then, for close to 30 years, i read very little sf at all and i priimarily read what is somewhat ambiguously called literary fiction, even though good genre fiction should be able to be classed as literature, but usually isn't. then, all of a sudden, for reasons that escape me, i started reading sf again recently.and let me digress for a minute. i have never liked the fact that sf stood for science fiction, yet encompassed many books that have no science in them whatsoever. most fantasy novels for example.i think it was harlan ellison,one of my favorite authors, who first suggested that sf should stand for speculative fiction instead. i couldn't agree more as this would cover all of the extremely wide range of books that are lumped under sf.
the stars my destination is a shining example of everything that's good about sf. it's a revenge story, it's a love story, it's even kind of a rags to riches story. but above all, it's pretty much non-stop action, with fantastic, memorable characters.
it's possible that i may have read this book many years ago, as it was written in 1956, but i don't think so because i'm pretty sure i would have remembered at least some of it.bester really only wrote two novels of consequence, this one and the demolished man, but with these two books he left behind quite a legacy. on the back of this book, robert silverberg says it is "on everybody's list of the ten greatest sf novels". i couldn't agree more, it's an absolute classic. i'm sure that most people who are into sf will have already read this. if not i strongly urge you to do so. immediately. and for any neophytes looking to dip their toe in, this would be a great place to start....more
The blurbs on this book compare the author to James Joyce, William Faulkner and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Pretty heady company but the comparisons are nThe blurbs on this book compare the author to James Joyce, William Faulkner and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Pretty heady company but the comparisons are not without merit. This is an epic novel in every sense of the word. It's 829 pages long, spans the years 1886-2007(set mainly in Newfoundland) and is composed of many different writing styles; from straight forward narrative to meandering ramblings that are in fact reminiscent of Joyce.
Harvey is in fact a very daring author who isn't afraid to take chances and this novel, which took 15 years to write is a masterpiece. My many thanks to my Goodreads friend Karen Brissette who turned me on to Kenneth J Harvey in the first place. I can't wait to see what he writes next....more
i started reading this book for two reasons. first, i'd already read another of erickson's novels (tours of the black clock), and thought it was greati started reading this book for two reasons. first, i'd already read another of erickson's novels (tours of the black clock), and thought it was great, and second, i know it's one of karen's favorite books.
i have always read a lot. in fact my mother tells people that when i was born, i came out reading a book. i have no idea how many books i've read, but it's definitely over 5000. i read mostly fiction, mostly novels. i like the vast majority of the books that i read, because i know what kinds of books i like, so i read those. and there have been quite a few books that i have actually loved. but up until now, i've always been at least slightly disappointed in every book that i've read, because i've always been searching for the perfect novel and have never found one. until now. this is it.
so anybody, make that everybody, who appreciates brilliant writing should read this book. now. although i will warn you, you have to pay attention while reading it. for a long time there are a lot of threads that seem disconnected but everything comes together brilliantly by the end. take my word for it.
and one more thing...it's absolutely ridiculous that this book is not included in the 1001 books you must read before you die book. in fact it's a complete travesty....more
this is yet another fabulous book that i found out about while browsing through goodreads. just based on the title alone i had to read it.as neither mthis is yet another fabulous book that i found out about while browsing through goodreads. just based on the title alone i had to read it.as neither my local library or my local bookstore had it (what a surprise), i immediately got in my car and drove to a library that is one hour away from where i live, specifically to get this book. while i was there i took out 15 other books, but that's another story.
this book is 312 pages long and i lay on my couch and read the whole thing in one sitting. i didn't get up to eat or drink and i don't think i even went to the bathroom. that's how great i think it is.
first off, it's one of the best titles i've ever seen for a book. if that doesn't grab your attention, i don't know what will.as for the novel itself, amazingly enough, it is actually about a minotaur.just called M throughout the book, he has the body of a man and the head of a bull, and he works as a line chef in grub's diner.nothing surprising about that is there? or , that in his spare time, he fixes cars?what about the fact that he's 5000 years old and immortal? after all, warren zevon saw a werewolf drinking a pina colada at trader vic's,so none of the above should seem out of the ordinary, should they?
as well as his physical condition, he also can't talk very well, so these two attributes combined render him very shy and inarticulate. and his horns have a bad habit of sticking into things that they shouldn't. as a result, he is almost continually having to endure shit and abuse from the "normal" human population, just like anyone does who's different or shy in real life.i know this from personal experience.
this is quite simply a brilliant novel, exceptionally well written, especially for a debut novel.i'm not going to tell you anything more about the plot or how the book ends, you'll just have to read it for yourself. and i strongly recommend you do so.i hope the author writes many, many more books because i will read them all....more