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Things That Never Happen by M. John Harrison
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Oct 31, 2011

really liked it
Read from October 31 to November 09, 2011

Starts with a completely amazing China Mieville essay about immanence and transcendence, then the stories themselves start out (chronologically) like clunkier J.G. Ballard with more ripped-off Borges. By the end, though, you're getting glimpses of what might have happened if Dubliners allowed magical realism to seep into its epiphanies just to make the catastrophe ACHE more. (But in Thatcherite England.) Some incredibly powerful sublimity. His idea of women kinda sucks (they'd fit in Fight Club just fine), so be warned.

Anyway, there IS a story from the late 80s in which the main character is named "China" and his lover is a woman who undergoes radical genetic and surgical modification (Remaking?) to grow feathers in hopes of being able to fly. *cough*. Sorry, baby Mieville, we caught you falling in fanlove.

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