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The Inner Landscape

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Three titles in one volume:

Boy in Darkness by Mervyn Peake;

The Voices of Time by J.G. Ballard;

Danger: Religion! by Brian Aldiss
Corgi SF Collector's Library, 186 pages
Published (first published January 1st 1969)
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Dane Cobain
Apr 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book was an interesting little read for me because I already considered myself a Ballard fan but I’d never read Peake or Aldiss, although I knew who both of them were.

Ballard’s story was probably my favourite, but Peake’s was pretty interesting too. I particularly liked that there was a hyena that kept on calling people knobheads. Other than that though, there’s not really too much to say here because the stories are somewhere between short story length and novella length.

There are some gre
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Vintage '50s-'60s British Sci Fi: four stars for the first short story (Boy in Darkness by Mervyn Peake), two stars for the other two stories (The Voices of Time by J. G. Ballard and Danger: Religion! by Brian W. Aldiss). ...more
Perry Whitford
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Publishing these three stories together was more than a little random by Corgi. Firstly, the title is virtually meaningless, peripheral at best with the contents. Secondly, it was sold as a science fiction collection, yet Peake's story is hardly that.

'Boy in Darkness' by Mervyn Peake
An unnamed boy, forced to live a life acting out arcane rituals, decides to free himself on his fourteenth birthday: 'to be alone in a land where nothing can be recognised, that is what he feared, and that is what he
Boy In Darkness

A Boy runs away from his castle home and finds himself in the company of Hyena and Goat, the two beastly henchman of the blind Lamb, a creature of evil who imposes his dark will on his deserted empire, the Mine.

This is the type of story that I would like to write. Mervyn Peake captures precisely the feeling of being in a nightmare. Strange things come and go as if they were normal, inappropriate emotional reactions exist in tandem with the cerebral analysis of them, and grotesque
Robin Helweg-Larsen
Dec 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-f
These three novellas by Mervyn Peake, JG Ballard and Brian Aldiss date from the late 50s and early 60s. They explore... well, who knows what they explore! They are very diverse, typical of their authors, and they make an interesting book.

Peake's "Boy in Darkness" is clearly an episode in Titus Groan's life, although names are never given. Interestingly, the action begins on the Boy's fourteenth birthday, in other words in the middle of the period covered by the novel "Gormenghast" which follows
Justin Howe
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Peake story alone is reason enough to track this collection down.
Gabe Tansley
Superbly horrible proto Gormenghast short by Peake, the Ballard and Aldiss stories were nowhere near as entertaining or memorable sadly.
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Mervyn Laurence Peake was an English modernist writer, artist, poet and illustrator. He is best known for what are usually referred to as the Gormenghast books, though the Titus books would be more accurate: the three works that exist were the beginning of what Peake conceived as a lengthy cycle, following his protagonist Titus Groan from cradle to grave, but Peake's untimely death prevented compl ...more

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