Vittorio Caffè

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The City & The City by China Mieville
The City & The City by China Mieville
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The question was: is Miéville able to write a book without magic, without Bas-Lag, without golems and strange creatures, thaumaturgists, arcane wars, surrealistic revolutions, anamorphic metropolises? Can Miéville write something which doesn't mix fantasy, science-fiction, pirates, western, etc.?

Yes he can. And he can do it very well. He can write a crime novel. Without hotchi and cactacea, without khepri and vodyanoi. You don't have Bas-Lag here; there is a city (as usual, he's a metropolitan writer) but that city (ahem, THOSE cities) are like Istanbul, Beograd, Zagreb, Bucarest. Concrete, life-like, even too true. They don't exist, but they could exist, maybe… Read more
Kraken by China Mieville
Kraken by China Mieville
Since Miéville's best is 1st class, when he gets down a bit one feels betrayed. But just think: what would you say if this were a book by Iran Delville? You'd say that this Delville's got an inexhaustible imagination, that he can turn London into something else, that he's got sense of humour and that he can conjure up unforgettable characters. Like the Tattoo (though I reckon that Miéville stole that idea from Joe R. Lansdale) or the Star-Trek fan magus. Not to mention the Police witch Collingswood and the kraken soldier and believer Dane.

I mean, if this were a novel by someone else we'd be startled, thrilled, pleased and would probably wait for his next book. But… Read more
Archaeologies of the Future: The Desire Called Uto&hellip by Fredric Jameson
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
It's not just a "new" book by Jameson; it also collects several essays which might be hard to retrieve, published as they were on different academic journals--some more than 30 years old. It's a sort of Jameson-on-SF omnibus, with his celebrated writings on Dick, plus other less famous but excellent essays on Heinlein and others. The first part is then much more than an introduction: it's Jameson general statement on science-fiction and utopia. Worth reading for all those who are scholarly interested in the genre.