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The Helmet Of Horror: The Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur (Myths)
The Helmet Of Horror: The Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur (Myths)
by Victor Pelevin
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, 22 Mar. 2006
Pelevin weaves a fascinating tale, built on the myth of Theseus, the Minotaur and the labyrinth. He places a number of people in identical cells, each with their very own especially designed labyrinth outside. The story plays out before our eyes, in the form of a chat room conversation. You as a reader are a lurcher, reading the conversations of others, only atching and waiting. They, on the other hand, are active (more or less), working on finding out what their situation is, how to get out of their labyrinth and who their captor is. They are continuously being fed information, but cannot be sure what to trust...
Pelevin plays with language and form and manages to give each character its unique voice, while at the same time asking the Big Questions about our existence and the essence of Being and Truth.
So far the most original and interesting of the myth series books.

Razor Wire Pubic Hair
Razor Wire Pubic Hair
by Carlton III Mellick
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the timid, 4 May 2005
This review is from: Razor Wire Pubic Hair (Paperback)
A friend recommended me this book, with a warning: "It's not for the timid", he said, fully knowing that I am far from timid. And I agree with him. I wouldn't recommend this book to just anyone. If you are easily offended by the frequent use of straightforward mentions and namings of male and female genital parts, explicit sexual descriptions and so called deviant sexual behaviour, then this book is not for you. However, if you do appreciate a truly innovative and provocative use of the English language, and of how to narrate a story, then this might still be an interesting read.
The story is set in an undefined future, where men are extinct, and women use genetically custom designed sex toys for pleasure and procreation. This is the story of one such sex toy. It lives with its owner, whom it loves, and observes and interacts with the owner, her sister, her house and the ghosts of previous inhabitants, who now roam the house. It is the story of how the relationship between the sex toy and its owner develops over time, and changes with the events in their lives and in the surrounding world.
The story is told very much through the nature of the sado-masochistic nature of the relationship between the two, and culminates in an exquisite description of dying, fertilization and love.

The Last Light of the Sun
The Last Light of the Sun
by Guy Gavriel Kay
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kay sure knows what he's doing..., 1 July 2004
...and as always, the story is wonderful, the style mesmerizing and the characters lovable. Kay is a master of style, and in this book he pushes the boundaries of keeping the reader curious and enthralled even further than he has before. To tell a story NOT ny focusing on the main characters, but by focusing on the marginal people, the ones who just happens to be nearby, who move out of the story after the event... Absolute genious.
To return to a world (mapped on our own) his readers already know and adore, touching upon lives we have encountered and laughed with, cried with, is also a very strong point of Kay's writing.
The only reason this book doesn't get a 5 from me, is that it doesn't quite meassure up to Kay's previous novels, such as 'The Lions of Al-Rassan', which I would say is his best acheivement yet.
Oh. And a map wouldn't have hurt, even though the reader - obviously - has a fair idea of what the world looks like.

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