This was not a good book; I suspect that it suffered from being written to a deadline to the extent that all creativity was utterly washed out of it....moreThis was not a good book; I suspect that it suffered from being written to a deadline to the extent that all creativity was utterly washed out of it. My advice is if you feel you have to read it wait to get it from the library, don’t purchase.
The first in the series I really liked and the second was ok but this one was weak from the beginning and got steadily worse. The characters became less believable and more flat and wooden as the story progressed until you really did not care what happened to them. Not that anything remotely unexpected happened anyway as the plot was uninspired throughout.
I really wished I could bring myself to put it down unfinished but having regretably bought this book (on the strength of the first one), I felt obliged to finish it. It was not an enjoyable process though and I had to skim read for the last one hundred odd pages because I was finding it so annoying (less)
Took me several tried to get into this one. I am glad I kept trying because it was worth the effort. It was recommended to me by someone on the Roger...moreTook me several tried to get into this one. I am glad I kept trying because it was worth the effort. It was recommended to me by someone on the Roger Zelazny group, and I had loved Vacuum Flowers by the same author so I bought it sight unseen.
The main character seemed flat and the events obscure to an annoying degree, but a couple of days ago I realised that I did not want to put it down and knew I was hooked. There are a number of underlying themes that it holds in common with vacuum flowers (my first cyberpunk book): - An organic, transient living space in which humans are not natural. - The theme of our main character being introduced to squalor. - A strong 'magical' or numinous ongoing experience.
The ending is simple, perfect and brilliant. I put the book down with a sense of satisfaction.(less)
Well, I think it was number nine. After a while I realised that people who read Laurall K. have stoped bothering about the novel titles and just refer...moreWell, I think it was number nine. After a while I realised that people who read Laurall K. have stoped bothering about the novel titles and just refer to them by number.
Anyway, picked one up off a friends shelf and tried to read it. It might work better if you start with #1 and work up but I doubt it.
I love sex, I like engaging in it, reading about it or discissing it. I enjoy eroitic novels and soft porn on the odd legal occassion. Rarely have I found an author who can make sex boring but this novel did it. Not disgusting or anything just mind numbingly boring. If you have two hot guys (even if one is a vamp and the other a wolf) and one hot girl one would think it would be intelectually impossible to fail. Not so, after a page or two of repetition I found my brain to be so bored it had slid away from the bed on the page to contemplate something more interesting - I think it was the laundry list.(less)
I enjoyed this one, I had never heard of the author but it was the nearest thing to science fiction I could find in the Kalgoorlie hospital library.
V...moreI enjoyed this one, I had never heard of the author but it was the nearest thing to science fiction I could find in the Kalgoorlie hospital library.
Very soft core sci-fi, more like fantasy and a little bit clumsy in the writing department. It is a basic retelling of the storyline where a person becomes the “God” of a world through machine intervention (in this case a computer struck by lightning – in the manner of the movie ‘Electric Dreams’). I have read stories dealing with this concept before but the focus has been different, this book focus on the feelings of the ‘god’ who is attempting to make people do ‘the right thing’ and encountering resistance. The feelings of lack of control over his creation are the main focus of the story.
The storyline does suffer from a few stops and starts, as though the author put the manuscript aside for a while before getting back to it, or maybe lost control of the plot for a while. The characters, well, a couple really came to life for me but two of the major characters were somewhat two dimensional and I am still not sure if the author intended that they remain almost prototypes or if it was lack of skill.
Overall the three stars are for the amount I enjoyed the novel, not for the literary level. I am pretty sure that if I had encountered it under other circumstances it would be a two star. (less)
An enjoyable light sci-fi edging toward the fantasy. I liked it for the social commentary suggested by the culture which created the ‘narrow maidens’...moreAn enjoyable light sci-fi edging toward the fantasy. I liked it for the social commentary suggested by the culture which created the ‘narrow maidens’ as merchandise and what that says about our society.(less)
I did like this strange story very much. The post apocalyptic, sci-fi implications were what drew me to read it but what I actually enjoyed it for wer...moreI did like this strange story very much. The post apocalyptic, sci-fi implications were what drew me to read it but what I actually enjoyed it for were the vivid characterisations of the main actors in it and the fairy-tale like atmosphere of the story.
It does have some problems as a novel however; The reader gets more than a bit lost, at times, almost as if you can feel the author losing their grasp on the plot, or maybe their interest and then recovering and continuing.
It has a lot of things that you have to accept without understanding. Novels which do not answer all your questions are fine by me in general but there are some which take it to an extreme and this is one of them. In true mythic style, the reader never really gets answers to many elements of this story. And books which do this – sometimes I am in the mood for them and sometimes not. Luckily I was when I read this and I enjoyed it. (less)
It has been years (over a decade?) since I read it the first time. My memories of this series were mostly about the graphic,...moreJust finished re-reading.
It has been years (over a decade?) since I read it the first time. My memories of this series were mostly about the graphic, organically horrifying details of the Vamphyri world and you don't get to them until later books.
Re-reading this one reminded me of why the series grabbed me in the first place: The writing is lovely, Lumley's descriptive powers are formidable and the story is incredibly easy to visualise because of those talents. His characterisation is also great in a very understated way. The ESPionage characterisations especially, reminded me a lot of John le Carré's ability to use words to instantly sketch a believable person.(less)