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The Malacia Tapestry by Brian W. Aldiss
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Jan 10, 12

bookshelves: fantastickal

read during my Social Work Years

I Remember: an elaborate little trifle set in some kind of alternate Renaissance Italy... a lively city, a fading city, a city on the rise?... ornate writing style, beautiful details, it's all quite luscious... an extremely shallow hero within an extremely shallow narrative... some wonderful set pieces... very Jack Vance... there is something almost bull-headed in this novel's insistence on being a well-written bit of airy material, with no deeper meaning that i can find... Dinosaur Worship!... wow, did you know that we are actually descended from reptiles?... i guess this is why it is set in an "alternate" Italy.
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Terry I really have a deep affection for this book despite that fact that stretches of it are a rough slog. There's just so much character in the city of Malacia itself and the mannered prose can be a delight to read as we follow Perian de Chirolo on his roguish way.


mark monday mannered prose can be a delight to read .... yes! it certainly was.


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