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Mindswap by Robert Sheckley
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Jun 10, 12

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an interesting, and outrageously imaginative book, that i must admit i didn't find funny. i know that i'm supposed to find it funny, and a great many other people will no doubt double over with laughter, but i just don't laugh at this kind of book. as others have noted, it is in the same vein hitchhikers guide to the galaxy, and sort of reminded me of the one terry pratchett book i read. if you are mad for these authors, mindswap would more than suit your tastes, and should definitely be sought out.
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message 1: by Adrian (new)

Adrian Madame,

You are very generous & decent, considering that you weren't amused. One of the best pieces on Sheckley is by Damon Knight, reviewing the prime short stories of the '50s: In Search of Wonder: Essays on Modern Science Fiction


message 2: by Maureen (last edited Jun 10, 2012 04:54PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Maureen ha! well, i do think he's a fine writer -- and there are so many interesting ideas here (even though some of them are extremely convoluted) that he got three stars for that. i guess i'm just not somebody who really laughs at satire. instead i just think, "oh yes, i see how he is sending that up. that is very true" . at best i might say "that's funny!" but not laugh. have you read this book? should i add it to your box so you can tell me how uproariously funny it is and how obtuse i am?

that essay collection looks smashing. i have been fighting with the post office this week so didn't get your package off in the first round. but i am going to send tomorrow!

mo
xo


Maureen also have you read any jonathan carroll? i find myself liking him more and more. i will send you sleeping in flames, if you haven't read it...


message 4: by Adrian (new)

Adrian I think Sheckley was often weak when trying to write beyond the limits of a short story. Damon Knight recognized his strengths, but also scolded Sheckley for being careless and for believing mainstream critics who claimed he was writing "parables."

Several years ago Sheckley had an open forum on a website dedicated to sf/fantasy writers. Michael Moorcock (a good writer) and some best-selling hacks (very bad) were responding to dozens of messages every day in their own forums, but Sheckley was online for at least a year and never got a single message. What a terrible waste.

Are you sleeping with Jonathan Carroll now??? Where do you get the energy?!


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