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Appleseed [Hardcover]

John Clute
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

5 April 2001
The Klavier Station ambles silently through the empty sectors of the galaxy. If it hides a mystery, it is well concealed. Daniel, a trader en route with a cargo of dedicated nano-robots, knows he has been manoeuvred into stopping there. Once there, he gradually begins to understand why.

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  • Hardcover: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (5 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857237587
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857237580
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 14 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,019,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Post-modern to the nth degree, fermenting genre references and massive conceptual detail into data overload, Appleseed reconfigures the distant future through a century of science-fictional preconceptions and techo-pagan fantasy. Throwing the Stinky Meat Brain reader into a spaced-opera populated by exceptionally alien ETs, where not just the technology but the biology is future-shockingly outré where an AI interfaced humanity has been reduced to a nihilistic vulgar hedonism, Appleseed is a phantasmasgoriacal tuned-in, switched-on, tripped-out and hung-over epic in the spirit of the 60s brave New Worlds of New Wave SF; imagine Aldiss, Delany and Moorcock rewriting The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy novels as forensically graphic anti-erotic hard(core) SF.

In wired prose, Clute even dissects the online zeitgeist

Most of the data streams displayed the Insort Geront logo, the fiery three-snake caduceus, the marque of the vastest of the godzillas--an ancient Human Earth term for any corporation, whether snail or trad or seeded nous cube, which having gone rogue was no longer subject to the rule of law of any individual state or planet or system
Whether this is pretentious adolescent obscenity, a synaesthetic masterpiece which redefines the genre, or a honker of a shaggy dog story is a debate primed to run for years.--Gary S. Dalkin


'A comprehensive reimagining of space opera not to say space for the 21st century' -- M.JOHN HARRISON

'A glorious explosion of language and thought' -- JOE HALDEMAN

'Exuberant, witty, sexy, satirical...every word is a special effects firecracker' -- STEPHEN BAXTER

'intoxicating...remarkable' -- NEIL GAIMAN

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let the prose wash over you... 24 April 2003
...and you will be rewarded. Personally I agree with some of the -ve reviews given here, in that the plot can be confusing at times. However, this seems to be a trait of Clute's work, having read some of his short stories published in Interzone (among others) and, if you ignore the plot and just read, it does not detract at all from the book as a whole.
I had similar problems with plot in my younger years reading Moorcock's Cornelius books, where numerous characters would come and go in different guises, and the stories, if there were any, were non-linear. So, if you don't like the style, then you'll probably never like this book, or any of John Clute's work for that matter.
But if you just let the language, the ideas and the absurd, but ultimate rightness, in the tale wash over you, then you will be rewarded by an engrossing and fascinating, if strange, read.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the lightest of reading 28 May 2001
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The concept, brilliant, the writing style tedious. The 'Glorious explosion of language and thought' I was told it was on the cover turned out to be long winded rambling and I was completely and thoroughly bored by this book by the time I got half way through chapter two. I did persevere, since I paid good money for the book but frankly it was a bit of a waste of time. As an avid reader of anything science fiction, I have read hundreds of books good and bad, and I hate to say this about anyones work, but this has to be one of the worst. It could have been so good. The idea was there, but the actual storytelling sucked for want of a better expression. Sorry but I would give this one a wide berth unless you suffer from insomnia and then it will probably work better than a sleeping pill!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Size of your vocabulary isn't everything 9 Oct 2003
By A Customer
Mr. Clute was so worried about showing off his gigantic vocabulary and his own shiny, all singing, all dancing, invented lexicon that he forgot to make the story any good.
A good idea buried under a mountain of incomprehensible language that leaves the reader largely guessing what's happening in the 'real' world, as so much of the main protagonist's time is spent literally living in the abstract.
A shame - had this been written in a more accessible style, it could have been a winner.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dazzling language and a complex plot. 26 April 2001
First of all, this book is not even remotely 'techno-pagan'. It's a complex space opera in a simultaenously expanding and dying, multi species universe and for once 'opera' isn't a euphemism. While Clute's braids are practical devices for the confining of the unutterably smelly and over-sexed human beings, they are also metaphors for the solo voice, increasingly augmented by companions, by the unfolding of personalities, by enemies and by the merely curious until the full beauty of the ensemble is heard. The novel opens out gradually, dazzling with its language and use of metaphor, from the commission gone wrong to the universe defying battle. The aliens are some of the strangest and most convincing I have ever met while the humans force the reader to question what human is.
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