The collection is fantastic, but the story that stood out most to me is The Minority Report. I enjoyed absolutely everything about this story. Such anThe collection is fantastic, but the story that stood out most to me is The Minority Report. I enjoyed absolutely everything about this story. Such an interesting work of science fiction. The fact that Dick can dream up the elaborate plot and all the details and then go beyond that to put it into beautiful writing astounds me.
The story was pretty dense, but I'm not a huge science fiction reader. There were parts I had to read a few times through to understand, but I was glad I did. Some books you can skim through and still get the idea of what's going on. With The Minority Report, I found that I didn't want to skim. I wanted to read and try to understand everything I could.
I am a new reader of Phillip K. Dick, but I will definitely be looking into more of his work. ...more
Marvellous Hairy is a wonderfully written tale that engrosses you from beginning to end. Rayner throws a lot at you, packing the story with charactersMarvellous Hairy is a wonderfully written tale that engrosses you from beginning to end. Rayner throws a lot at you, packing the story with characters, subplots, and information, but does so tastefully. Instead of being overwhelmed, I was just captivated with Rayner’s writing.
Rayner packs in the characters in this novel, but gives the reader a guide as to who everyone is at the beginning. Much like a Shakespearean play, which I reckon Rayner pulled a lot of inspiration from, a list of characters is provided to remind the reader who everyone is and their relation to each other. I was especially thankful for this, as I could follow the novel perfectly without getting confused.
The novel is entertaining and witty, but with the additional themes of the strength of friendship and the dangers of corporate greed, among others. The comedy and serious parts balance each other out and contribute to an overall great piece. ...more
Pirate Therapy and Other Cures had me hooked after the very first piece. It’s a collection of short stories and essays, many of which are less than aPirate Therapy and Other Cures had me hooked after the very first piece. It’s a collection of short stories and essays, many of which are less than a page. The pieces are clever and humourous, but some show Rayner’s more serious side – a rare occurrence in this book.
I’ve devised a list of a few of my favourite pieces in Pirate Therapy. This may mean absolutely nothing to you, but I highly recommend these pieces if, for some bizarre reason, you find yourself unable to read the entire collection. The Perils of Evolution The Biblical Unicorn Zombie Pavlov, Political Pundit Proof of Kang’s Corollary: Doug’s Disaster Restraint The Rush of Heaven Downward Dr. Tundra Versus the Flashmob Zombies
Rayner’s Pirate Therapy is hilariously entertaining. It’s something you can pick up at any time, flip to a random page, and enjoy. Definitely recommended. ...more
I didn’t think I was a big fan of the science fiction genre, but Rayner may have just converted me.
The novel is elaborately planned out and detailed.I didn’t think I was a big fan of the science fiction genre, but Rayner may have just converted me.
The novel is elaborately planned out and detailed. The characters especially stand out as being intricate and meticulously created. Every single character in this novel held my interest and had me wanting more. You find yourself fully immersed in everyone’s back story. I’d love a full novel on Bella Gunn alone – a character unlike any I’ve read about before.
Rayner’s novel is dense, but enjoyably so. It’s definitely a story you could read over and over again and always discover something new. It’s much different than his other work, but just as excellent.
At first glance, The Amadeus Net seems like a bizarre tale of a post-apocalyptic world, but on a deeper reading, we see it’s not too far off from our own present lives. That in itself makes the novel even more compelling. ...more