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The Islanders by Christopher Priest
The Islanders by Christopher Priest
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Islanders, 13 July 2012
The Islanders promises much, even to those unfamiliar with Priest's earlier work, but specifically to those of us who have heard about the Dream Archipelago before and are interested in its next chapter, by promising a 'chinese puzzle' of a novel that is likely to keep us guessing from the start right until the end. As it is, The Islanders feels less like a novel than a series of vignettes (which, undoubtedly was its intention) that are connected by the intricacies and nuances of the world that Priest so effortlessly creates. And herein lies Priest's real talent, as was seen in 1981's The Affirmation, of creating not only a wonderful, colourful world, but a tangible sense of that world… Read more
The Quiddity of Will Self by Sam Mills
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quiddity, 13 July 2012
Sam Mills is clearly an ambitious author. In The Quiddity of Will Self, she has taken on the dangerous task of paying a kind of twisted homage to an author who is known for his unique and often gruesome plot designs and his `sesquipedalian' prose (as many of Mills' characters like to describe it). Will Self is painted in many ways throughout the book, most notably as a God-like figure whose innate 'whatness' is a constant source of inspiration for the bizarre and often deranged characters that she has created. The good news is, that Mills clearly has the talent to match her ambition, and by her own admission spent nine years sculpting this engaging, intelligent and thought-provoking piece… Read more
The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers
3.0 out of 5 stars Jessie Lamb, 13 July 2012
Conceptually, The Testament of Jessie Lamb bears all the trademarks of great sci-fi writing. The central premise of a near-future, riddled with death and uncertainty due to the release of a biological weapon, fits into all conventions of the genre. And it is no surprise really, given the concept, that TTOJL was the winner of this year's Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction. Jane Rogers' latest effort is a well-crafted exploration of the effects of a biological disease, which effectively kills all pregnant women and the children that they are carrying.

For me, TTOJL is The Handmaid's Tale for the 21st century, (a book that itself won the Clarke Award in 1987), exploring… Read more

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