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Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany
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Nov 08, 10

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Read from November 07 to 09, 2010

All the excitement and camp of vintage space action SF, plus the headiness and intellectual excitement I expect from Delany. Babel-17 overflows not just with vivid, hallucinatory imagery of the author's vision of the future, but with stimulating ideas about the nature of language and perception. Foregoing the ponderous exposition found in many SF books, Delany shows you the rules of his reality instead of telling you about them, which makes all the difference between a tight, well-paced book and a ponderous, bloated one (see: many SF classics like Dune). I found myself rolling my eyes a bit at some of the overblown action sequences and corny dialogue, but that didn't keep me from enjoying every bit of this book.
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11/07/2010 page 64
37.0% "Enormously inventive (as I've come to expect of Delany) and wonderfully visual writing. Excited to see where this goes." 1 comment

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message 1: by J Frederick (new)

J Frederick Did the disembodied people annoy the shit out of you? I'm duel reading novels, but I'll be done quick. Looking forward to comparing notes.


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