This was a great read, though I will be looking forward to returning to books that have a protagonist that possesses the capacity to influence the eveThis was a great read, though I will be looking forward to returning to books that have a protagonist that possesses the capacity to influence the events in the novel. Cutter, you bore, I wash my hands of your incessant blubbering. ...more
The one thing this book taught me was an aversion to fluids. If I hear another eco-platitudI think I will vomit on this book.
Or maybe just dry-retch.
The one thing this book taught me was an aversion to fluids. If I hear another eco-platitude on the conservation of water....
Leto Atriedes II is simply amazing in the ways that he can repulse a reader. So is his sister. And Jessica. And Stilgar. And The Preacher. In a rough, but adequate, generalization, they're all horrible. Frank had me sighing in Messiah, but this is a cringing groan.
The Handmaid's Tale is a truly marvelous book, one of the great Feminist SF books of the 20th century. I found the book very well constructed, extrapoThe Handmaid's Tale is a truly marvelous book, one of the great Feminist SF books of the 20th century. I found the book very well constructed, extrapolated from today's misgivings and scenaria, and embodied into a prosaic, sensual, and firm dystopia. Margaret Atwood famously denied the book being "Science Fiction" and, instead, the more prestigious and creditable "Speculative Fiction". Now, Ms. Atwood, let's not kid ourselves here. Much more "fringe" books have been lumped into either the "fantasy" or "SF" category, and The Handmaid's Tale is nothing out of the ordinary, albeit genius, yes, but it is nothing that cannot be syncretized. Greater books have been so categorized. ...more
The book Neuromancer delivers little to its audience. A swift battering of dystopic cyber-trash, you feel little empathy for these descendants of ourThe book Neuromancer delivers little to its audience. A swift battering of dystopic cyber-trash, you feel little empathy for these descendants of our modern world. The characters are mired in stupidity, confusion, and nonchalant concern (almost a removed interest) with what is going on. The book reads like a scifi/action movie on fastforward: explaining, happening, and recounting faster than reality can keep up with it. The ciggarette smoke descriptions and mobster indifference destroy an otherwise commendable innovation, bringing the reader down to its level...It tries very hard to be prolific and ends up as a flopping nonsense jumble of computer chips, retractable claws, and ugly bartenders....more
**spoiler alert** The Great and Secret show is both amazing, and fatiguing. It's wonderful in the ways it invents an entirely new, fresh, concept and**spoiler alert** The Great and Secret show is both amazing, and fatiguing. It's wonderful in the ways it invents an entirely new, fresh, concept and proceeds to deliver it with the prose needed to convey a metaphysical thriller. It suceeds in combing the necessary stylistic elements of writing with the abstract plot. That's all great. Not many authors can pull that off. Peter Straub can, a la The Talisman, but he loses the je ne sais quoi in Black House.
Now that the pros are out of the way, I can explain the cons. Characters are horrible. Primarily the protagonists. They're apathetic, uninspired fools who can only move squeamishly in and out of their minor heroics. Clive Barker doesn't have one protagonist that can become the fulcrum of the "good" side. Fletcher dies midway through the book, and anyway, he's not worth the effort. There's no Mother Abigail from The Stand. In a metaphysical thriller about two dialectics, e.g. preservation and destruction, you definitely need two, clear, characters to exemplify these two polar opposites. Another bone I have to pick with Clive Barker is the fact that he tries to make his book too labyrinthine. I mean, it's not, but it is like "Hey y'all, today we got a two-for-one spesh-ee-al! You get a free shadowy enigma with a purchase of a corresponding plot twist! We'll even through in a cognitive deus ex machina! (You know the kind, the absurd AHA! moment where the previously anhedonic synapses go into inductive spurts of flawed logic, magically revealling the correct decision!!!) Yes. I dislike the above.
This book is the single greatest Sci-fi epic I have ever read besides, perhaps, 1984 and Fahrenhite 451. Common elements seem to create the premises oThis book is the single greatest Sci-fi epic I have ever read besides, perhaps, 1984 and Fahrenhite 451. Common elements seem to create the premises of these books. First of all, they are dystopic...there is simply a resounding message to be told by a dystopic future. Even the alleged utopias are (generally speaking) concealed dystopias. This book has prevailing elements of Catholicism so for the nonCatholics of our world...this may prove ineffectualy boring. If you are Catholic or a like denomination this is an opus. Truly capturing the humor, despair, futility and triumph of man and his spirit it portrays not alien cyborgs, but what is truly alien, which is, of course, ourselves.
**spoiler alert** This is an exceptional display of modern science fiction. I found this book to be somewhat stereotypical, machine/man, depletion of**spoiler alert** This is an exceptional display of modern science fiction. I found this book to be somewhat stereotypical, machine/man, depletion of resources, etc. but nevertheless, it was an appreciated display of sci-fi. The book vaguely reminded me of The Canterbury Tales , where each character, on a journey, tells a tale. This book was very good in the sense that you were deeply immersed and captivated by each of the characters, in turn, thus becoming deeply connected to each of them (Het Masteen?). All in all, the book was an ingenious juggling act that combines each character to you, by simple expounding upon their history and nature....more