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The best sci fi novel ever. Buy it now. Right now.,
This review is from: The Stars My Destination (S.F. Masterworks) (Paperback)This is the greatest science fiction novel ever written, and in my humble opinion one of the greatest novels of the 20th Century. Strangely, it has long been known to me as "Tiger Tiger" and I have never got used to this, its original title.
Underneath the superb and imaginative futuristic setting is the story of a man transformed from a Dave Lister-style space bum into a raging, semi-literate savage intent on killing the spaceship Vorga that left him stranded. Through his weird and often violent trials and tribulations he is transformed into a powerful, intelligent and finally great man on whom the future of civilization rests. The story he uncovers and the "driven" people at the centre of the immense power struggle in which he finds himself, are remarkable and yet terrifying.
This is a superb futuristic novel which at its heart is an acute and insightful reflection on the present day world. It seems to offer something new every time I read it, and I never tire of re-visiting this wonderful story.
This is a breathtaking, pulse racing, thoughful and magnificent work of fiction, with a million great ideas tightly woven into one excellent, coherent story. It is a great achievement in itself, and also the reason why we have William Gibson and cyberpunk.
Buy it now. There is no excuse not to.
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Initial post: 17 Oct 2008 21:40:42 BDT
Almost completely agree with your review. William Gibson admitted his debt to 'The Stars My Destination'' when he wrote the other 'greatest ever' sci-fi novel - 'Neuromancer'.
I first knew this novel as ' Tiger Tiger' and I think the Blake allusion is apt - I wish it was still known as 'Tiger Tiger'.
Thanks for a well-written review :-).
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2010 17:50:35 BDT
Sam I am says:
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Apr 2011 22:57:17 BDT
I. Walker says:
You are pretending that no serious reader of sci-fi has ever heard of William Gibson. Grow up.
Posted on 21 Feb 2013 12:31:51 GMT
Z. Warren says:
Couldn't agree more, a truly masterful piece of work. It makes me shiver just thinking about it! Thanks for your review
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Apr 2013 23:35:59 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Apr 2013 23:36:13 BDT
Sam I am says:
Oh I shiver when I think about it alright and believe you me that's NOT a good thing.
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