This is one bendy unexpected journey as Lilo heads off in any number of cloned directions, I am re-reading it as I type so you can expect a longer revThis is one bendy unexpected journey as Lilo heads off in any number of cloned directions, I am re-reading it as I type so you can expect a longer review at some future point but if you have not read any John Varley, well trust me you just should ;-) This one is a particularly good starting point to so expect more noises about it from me soon............more
All three of the books in this trilogy are rocket rides. roller coasters, or a perfect storm of concepts and thrilling fun. I don'tThe Gaean Trilogy.
All three of the books in this trilogy are rocket rides. roller coasters, or a perfect storm of concepts and thrilling fun. I don't like to give away plots but the concept of Gaea an insane god, even the red line (Borrowed by Galactica) are enough of a backdrop to play with. Thats before you add Ciroco Jones to the mixture. Boy oh Boy these are superb books. well drawn characters plots and ultimately the books have their own identity. (Their is deliberate as the creations become real in themselves.) As the three books evolve each title indicates that evolution, Titan, Demon and Wizard are marvellous books to play with and read. Easy to follow as well even though the plots are more complex than you initially think.
Forget about Lord Of The Rings or any other quasi magical fantasy book, as these are thoroughly believable and even Gaea herself is bound by sciences tender grip.
Not Just worth reading as you won't want to put them down
The story Klingsor's Last Summer flows like water into your mind, put aside the absence of plot as an old artist lives through his last days. I have aThe story Klingsor's Last Summer flows like water into your mind, put aside the absence of plot as an old artist lives through his last days. I have always been a Hesse fan, whether its Damien or Narziss und Goldmund, yet here in this novella is one of his greatest works. I first read it obliquely as a teenager, sitting under a tree with an apple, when I started the story it was a sunlit afternoon, when I finished it the light was darkening and the apple was uneaten. Somehow in the way it is written you become blissfully unaware of the reading process as each word almost hypnotically reaches deep into your Palio mammalian brain without any struggles or worries. Its as if Hermann found a USB to human consciousness. (Or it is probably just me?) The words themselves flow beautifully, which for a translation is a feat of merit before you reach the richness of this succulent story. If I think of this book and how to describe the experience of reading it, well it is a lot like swimming in water that is the same temperature as your body is, you will gently slide through this story.
This short novella is bliss, beauty, and an utterly unfathomably a work of genius. It is (and I acknowledge the word doesn't come close to describing the story.) Cathartic, and almost meditative.
I would say that most of Hesse's works are brilliant, but for some reason this is a personal favourite, it's a story and style that fits like an old pair of shoes.
I have never been one of Paulo Coelho's biggest fans. Not because of writing style, language or a lack of plot. What cuts me with the stories is thatI have never been one of Paulo Coelho's biggest fans. Not because of writing style, language or a lack of plot. What cuts me with the stories is that they never seem to reach a crescendo, or peak and I get the feeling the writer is holding back from many of the concepts he plays with or touches in his books. Having said that the Alchemist is still worth reading as it does immerse you in a world of caravans and deserts. I may have missed many of the points in this book as well, but the central concept of a language of the world, a world speak, is one that has been largely untouched by literature. However in comparison to Illusions (Richard Bach) or Hermann Hess's writing it is a subject of merit harking as it does to a once golden age of humanity. Sadly though the book doesn't explore it fully.
This one is a good one for an afternoons read but unfortunately I found it to be un-filling. A bit like being given a really good sandwich, you know the kind dripping in flavours and delicious, but then your phone goes off and you have to leave it unfinished, it's strange for me to post this review as it is a reasonable book, but I cannot really say how let down it is at the ending as the concept is really worth more exploration, also the linear nature of the story doesn't link well with the subject. Having said that I am in the minority here as many people quote or reference the book, so you may enjoy it more than I did. I just felt it should have been more.
On the bright side the easiest way to find out if you like his writing is to read the Alchemist and then draw your own conclusions. ;-) ...more
Fritz Leiber is long gone now, but the language and writing style are as mind blowing as some of the subjects and concepts he was playing with. The stFritz Leiber is long gone now, but the language and writing style are as mind blowing as some of the subjects and concepts he was playing with. The stories in this compilation literally cut across his entire career from 1944 through to 1970. Using words like enjoyable or engrossing really don't cut it for a review of this book. It's intoxicating, It's addictive, and like much of his other work its in a class of its own.
Trust me and read it.
Note; Just saw that it has no author written in the box above. Hmmm I think it was all written by none other than Fritz Leiber! ;-)
I have a dislike of linear books where you understand everything written and just follow the ramblings, ravings, ideas, that the writer pushes you on,I have a dislike of linear books where you understand everything written and just follow the ramblings, ravings, ideas, that the writer pushes you on, its like being on a railway line with no way of turning. More Than Human however is a rambling, raving and often confusing book, but its well worth the struggle, the writing style is lush as well.
The idiot lived in a black and gray world, punctuated the white lightening of hunger and the flickering of fear.
That being the opening sentence you have an idea of what you are walking into. Buried beneath a chaos of confusion between concepts and plot lines is a marvellous book, not least of all because (almost like a detective ) you have to think about it to understand what the hell is going on, and there is a lot going on. On occasions it is uncomfortable and almost dirty to read. Cringeworthy if you like, but I still rate it a five star read, and if you think you understand what the word Gestalt means, well you haven't got a clue until you have read this.
Beautifully penned in parts but deliberately on the fringes of what you can cope with.
Those were the first words I wrote when I tried to write the review of this one last night.
The Legend Of The Blue Dasher was particularly hard to write for me, I had to take regular breaks from writing the story so I could refresh from it atThe Legend Of The Blue Dasher was particularly hard to write for me, I had to take regular breaks from writing the story so I could refresh from it at the same time. To give you a warning this book starts with a witch burning and escalates. The Blue Dasher herself is a refugee ship that traverses the solar system. She is a hollowed out asteroid asterio class space ship. Her job is transporting refugees to the Kuiper Space station on their first leg of a very long journey to the colonies. So far so good because the book is not about her at all. The humans on the Earth have descended into environmental chaos, and are also in the last stages of the reserve wars where the last of the metals and fossil fuels are fought over, as if they were scarps at the table. Yet this is just the backdrop to the story itself.
Its about a boy, a refugee, deaf and battered in his eight years of warfare escaping the planet via the blue dasher. Right from the start of this I wanted the hero to be real, a child fighting as much for his own sanity as he fights for his heart beat. I also wanted it to be clear that almost everyone in this book died, trying to survive a war that has over spilled into the solar system. I wanted the reader to feel what its like to have death snapping at your heels non stop as your child legs run like hell. It's on one level a statement against war and at another a chase story and this is the Dashers last and fatal flight. The whole thing is a nightmare, and even now I am uncomfortable with having written it.
The book had to start slow and pick up speed as it went, so I put possibly to much effort into painting the worlds that the plot takes you through. Having put it down and just re-read it, I can say it's not a perfect read. (But I don't think anything on this subject could be.) Its in places shocking and heart breaking, but it is about survival pure and simple, Breathless towards the end as well.
When I wrote this one I was writing the book I wanted to read. I threw away the audience and just focussed on what I wanted. Putting aside my selfishnWhen I wrote this one I was writing the book I wanted to read. I threw away the audience and just focussed on what I wanted. Putting aside my selfishness as an author there, and having just re-read it, I am happy with it. there are a few anomalies in the writing, but as an homage to Alice In Wonderland I feel I got it right. It is dedicated to Lewis Carroll after all. When I had the idea years and years ago it made me gulp to, mainly because Carroll wrote one of my all time favourite books. It was intended to be the first of the Awash In Starlight series, however I held on to this one project until I felt I could very effectively write it.
The story itself is this. We have all heard of cryogenics, people freezing has become a popular bit of science fiction. But. If you freeze someone completely then they are dead. So you keep the head warm (Ish) and put them in a dreamstate where they can learn through their frozen lives what the sleepers need when they wake up. After a 950 year journey, the people in the dreamstate have accepted their lives there as reality and will not wake up. So Calico and Alice who are equal heros in this story have to work out how to awaken them.
Spanning dream worlds of different levels, encountering everything from Orchid snakes to a female Winston Churchill, the two have their work cut out for them. They also have to figure out if they too are dreaming. I will stop there with the story as it has many more surprises including a parachuting kitten called Tatters.
Listen as I said I wrote the book I wanted to read, fingers crossed others will feel the same as well.
As the author its unfair for me to post my view, all I will say is that this is my much loved first book, full of rookie mistakes but i love it.... ThAs the author its unfair for me to post my view, all I will say is that this is my much loved first book, full of rookie mistakes but i love it.... This is the new paperback version that has =been proofed and looks really great ;-) Steve Merrick ...more