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A Strange Manuscript found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille
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Feb 14, 2011

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bookshelves: 19th-century, alt-history, fantasy, weird, sci-fi
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Creepy and depressing. Normally my kind of thing. But it was unrelentingly (?) bleak. Weird, early entry in the "lost world" genre of sci fi. A sailor gets accidentally abandoned (in Antarctica, no less), and discovers a lost civilization of well-mannered, generous, fun-loving people. But it turns out these people have the exact opposite view of life and death that we do: death is a blessing to be chased after, wealth is a mark of low class, and service and slavery is the highest office one can achieve. So imagine a whole book full of human sacrifice, cannibalism, ruminations of how wonderful death and slavery are, and couch it in the disguise of an adventure novel. Fun.

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