It's an okay story; I would say maybe 3 stars but the drawings are amazing! And when you combine the pictures and the story together, you get a more t It's an okay story; I would say maybe 3 stars but the drawings are amazing! And when you combine the pictures and the story together, you get a more than fantastic book. 5 stars easily. I checked it out from the library and everyone I came across while I was reading it, I just had to hand it over for a moment and show them the true genius that went into this book!! Get the book, I am thinking I am going to purchase the book so I can just go through it anytime I like. It's that good! ...more
A very interesting story. And I think that is one of the main reasons why I liked it so much. And when I say interesting, I mean weird, strange just vA very interesting story. And I think that is one of the main reasons why I liked it so much. And when I say interesting, I mean weird, strange just very odd. It is about a commune where the people are deaf and blind and how they all get along with one another. John Varley does a great job at describing the community and how they all live. A fantastic tale, but like I said very odd indeed....more
This is the second time I have read this one and it is one of my favorite novella's and if you were to put it in both categories novels and novellas i This is the second time I have read this one and it is one of my favorite novella's and if you were to put it in both categories novels and novellas it would still be one of my favorites. Though, there are a lot of parts that are outdated it was still easily understandable (and I saw no problem with that since it was written in the '84) and one was easily able to simply update the subject matter, which mostly had to do with computers. In your mind, as you are reading it, for an example when Charles Kluge's superb computer was a Texas Instrument, you could simply translate to Mac or PC or even some other modern computer.
In John Varley's introduction he mentioned that he hardly knew anything about computer and that he faked a lot of it and used a hacker's guide book and did some research on hacking on the computer that again he didn't know much about. I read the introduction last and I have to say he did fool me. I thought he knew his stuff pretty well. Just shows how good of writer he is to do something like that. Write a story about something you hardly know anything about on the subject matter. Kudos Mr. Varley!
I liked this book, in fact I got hooked at so many parts. As I am a slow reader and me having finished this book in a couple of days should tell ya so I liked this book, in fact I got hooked at so many parts. As I am a slow reader and me having finished this book in a couple of days should tell ya something. The book is mainly an exploration novel of another land during the earth year of 2850. The exploration of the Ringwold is magnificent and is detailed crisply into my imagination. It is also about the characters too; a great character building story I must say. In a way I found that the characters in the book and their interactions between each other had to be the most interesting part of the story. It had 4 main characters that were all very different to each other in many, many ways; and somehow made the perfect team. The 4 characters are Louis Gridley Wu, Nessus, Speaker to Animals, and Teela Brown. Wu is a 200 year old human man that is in perfect physical condition, due to life extending drugs. Nessus is a Pierson's Puppeteer which has two forelegs and a single hindleg ending in hooved feet and two snake-like heads instead of a humanoid upper body. The heads are very small, containing a forked tongue, extensive rubbery lips, rimmed with finger-like knobs, and a single eye per head. The Puppeteer brain is housed not in the heads, but in the "thoracic" cavity well protected beneath the mane-covered hump from which the heads emerge. They use the "mouths" to manipulate objects, as a humanoid uses hands. He is in charge of the operation to the ring world and the being that finds the team and puts it together. Then there is Speaker to Animals or just Speaker and is a Kzin. A Kzin is a very warlike and bloodthirsty race of cat-like aliens. The Kzinti are larger than humans, standing around 8 feet and weighing around 500 pounds. These tiger-sized bipeds have large membranous ears, a barrel-chested torso with a flexible spine, and large fangs and claws. He was responsible for the expedition's safety on Ringworld and because if that he was in charge most of the time. And last we have Teela Brown, a twenty year old human girl. Her sole qualification was that she was descended from "lucky" ancestors, six generations of whom were born as a result of winning Earth's Birthright Lottery. The Puppeteer saw this as a kind of artificial selection, tending to breed for a psionic power of good luck. He hoped Teela would bring luck and success to the entire expedition. The team was a great mixture of characters and the main reason for the 5 stars. What an imagination Larry Niven had! ...more
What a terrific read of science and magic. Roger Zelazny is the supreme master at mixing the two together. Roger Zelazny truly is fantastic at making What a terrific read of science and magic. Roger Zelazny is the supreme master at mixing the two together. Roger Zelazny truly is fantastic at making someone despicable actually likeable. The Hero, more likely the anti-hero (it is up to you to choose) of the story, Jack is a character most would think to dislike, but simply for Zelazny work of masterful science/fantasy fiction, and in the first few chapters and especially at the end he makes you end up rooting for Jack, the Jack of Shadows! This is a book I plan on reading again. It is short and simple but also long and complex; in a good way that I don't understand how Zelazny does it, but he can condense a masterpiece in under 200 pages. ...more
I really don't know what to say about this book.... Pretty much just that it was weird and that I agree with Manny, that I am surprised it won the Hug I really don't know what to say about this book.... Pretty much just that it was weird and that I agree with Manny, that I am surprised it won the Hugo Award. There were some really interesting parts but it doesn't make up for it weirdness and it is not just that, I found so many parts quite boring. In my opinion it doesn't deserve 3 stars but more like two and half, but since there isn't a half I guess I will round it up and give it 3. When I give books 3 stars or less and they won the Hugo or Nebula award or some other prestigious award, I always think that I missed something, because how can it win such an award and I find the book mundane at best. So, maybe sometime in the future I will come back to this strange novel and see it there was something major I missed. ...more
First off; I am ashamed of myself that I waited this long to read this novel. It truly is one of the greats! Right when I finished this book, I went r First off; I am ashamed of myself that I waited this long to read this novel. It truly is one of the greats! Right when I finished this book, I went right away to a local book store and got Dune Messiah (Dune Chronicles #2) & Children of Dune (Dune Chronicles #3) and I am hoping to get around to them soon. The characters are some of my favorite, Jessica and Paul are fantastic and even the Harkonnen characters are great. This book is one of my all-time favorite and definitely deserved the all of the awards it received and am excited to and glad that there are more and even more books to come.what a world! ...more
What an amazing EPIC novel. I can't wait until the next book A Clash of Kings If it is even nearly as good as A Game of Thrones it would still be a fi What an amazing EPIC novel. I can't wait until the next book A Clash of Kings If it is even nearly as good as A Game of Thrones it would still be a five star book. I am glad I finally got around to it! ...more
This is story about a drug dealing rat. A drug dealing "Stuart Little" as James Kelly likes to put it. The Rat is my favourite anti-hero as of yet. Th This is story about a drug dealing rat. A drug dealing "Stuart Little" as James Kelly likes to put it. The Rat is my favourite anti-hero as of yet. The drug he sells however is one nasty substance! This drug is in a dust form called "Algerian Yellow." It is the most horrible drug, but with the most euphoric feeling there could possibly be, along with an hallucinatory joy ride. And all it takes is one single dose! And then there you go; heading down that dirty dusty road. JPK put's it best when he writes:
"The dead were his customers. People who had chosen the dust road. Twelve to eighteen months of glorious addiction: synthetic orgasms, recursive hallucinations leading to a total sensory overload and an ecstatic death experience. One dose was all it took to start down the dust road. The feds were trying to cut off the supply—with dire consequences for the dead. They could live a few months longer without dust, but their joyride down the dusty road was transformed into a grueling marathon of withdrawal pangs and madness. Either way, they were dead."
Jim Kelly said he had sleep deprivation and hardly even remembers writing it on his Then thought it was a dream, except that in the next morning there was a manuscript coming out of his
A pretty sweet setup I must say :) Didn't the 80's just ROCK!
What an interesting short story about a house and not just any house. And "not a house of love" but a house that is "in love." In love with a man. But What an interesting short story about a house and not just any house. And "not a house of love" but a house that is "in love." In love with a man. But it doesn't end there. . . .
How did James Patrick Kelly pull this one off? He deserves more credit than he gets. Well, actually; he does get the credit, he just does not get the recognition of the science fiction masses. I hope one day this all changes. The man is a brilliant science fiction writer from the "Free State" of New Hampshire".
Kudos to him too for his generousness in giving a lot of his own stories away for free. Including this one "Bernardo's House." Just read the description and make your own call. I personally didn't think it was all that bad and that's coming from me, :) ha. Go ahead and give it a free listen. http://feeds.feedburner.com/freereads