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by schiksalgemeinschaft
Wed May 11, 2022 7:03 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 272
Views: 216437

Re: great SF books

Three new reviews: Shirley Jackson, GGK and PKD. WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE - Shirley Jackson (1962) (...) Harold Bloom is dead, and in 20 years time his work likely will only be read by a few academics. I think there’s a fair chance Shirley Jackson will still be read widely 50 years from no...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Mon Mar 28, 2022 1:36 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 272
Views: 216437

Re: great SF books

Three new reviews: a near-future climate thriller set on Hawaii, a near-future spy thriller and a 10k word analysis of Herbert's Chapterhouse: Dune. PACIFIC STORM - Linda Nagata (2020) Linda Nagata published her first book, The Bohr Maker, in 1995, and she is best known for her “nanopunk” novels – a...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Wed Feb 23, 2022 12:38 pm
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 272
Views: 216437

Re: great SF books

I've also reviewed part two of Ada Palmer's Terra Ignota... SEVEN SURRENDERS - Ada Palmer (2017) It might seem strange for a book I thoroughly enjoyed, but this review will generally be critical – as I said, check the first review for the laudatory part, all of it still stands, even with the caveats...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Thu Feb 03, 2022 7:51 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 272
Views: 216437

Re: great SF books

2 new reviews, one of Pacific Edge by KSR, and one on Silverberg's Hawksbill Station. PACIFIC EDGE - Kim Stanley Robinson (1990) (...) All Three Californias books are stand-alone novels, each presenting a different future for an area south of Los Angeles – one about survivors of a nuclear war, anoth...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Mon Jan 24, 2022 10:49 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 272
Views: 216437

Re: great SF books

I want to spread the love for Ada Palmer's Too Like the Lightning, the first of 4 book series. Really one of the best books I've read the last couple of years. Not an easy read, but wholly original, and a bit of a love it or hate it affair. TOO LIKE THE LIGHTNING - Ada Palmer (2016) (...) Similarly,...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Sat Jan 08, 2022 3:17 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: Currently Reading: Chapter II
Replies: 518
Views: 253470

Re: Currently Reading: Chapter II

THE WALL - Marlen Haushofer (1963) I don’t know why, but it seems I am drawn to books about singular women that have a heightened contact with nature. I’ve just read The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip, about a female wizard that grew up in isolation, surrounded by fantastic beasts. I a...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Sun Dec 26, 2021 12:01 pm
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: Non-fiction: formative books
Replies: 53
Views: 55158

Re: Non-fiction: formative books

I've posted a list of my favorite non-fiction books on my blog. Philosophy is not included, I plan a separate list for that. https://schicksalgemeinschaft.wordpress.com/2016/09/01/favorite-non-fiction-books/ Just noticed your incredible posts, very informative and deeply researched I'll definitely ...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Sun Dec 26, 2021 11:56 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 272
Views: 216437

Re: great SF books

Seems like it has been a few months since I updated here. I'll just post the links, without excerpts, because it are too many reviews. A few short words below on most titles though. Stansilaw Lem: Fiasco (1986) Vonnegut: Breakfast of Champions (1973) Glen Cook: The Black Company (1984) Richard Power...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Thu Sep 16, 2021 1:00 pm
Forum: I Hate Film
Topic: Recently Watched Films 2021
Replies: 371
Views: 177178

Re: Recently Watched Films 2021

I've written a few paragraphs on Denis Villeneuve's Dune. Review is here.
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Sat Aug 07, 2021 2:10 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 272
Views: 216437

Re: great SF books

2 new posts, one a massive one, the 5th in my series on my reread of the Dune series. A SCANNER DARKLY - Philip K Dick (1977) (...) And while the focus is on the addicts, there is some amount of societal critique too, and just enough of the bigger context in which the broken characters function. On ...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Tue Jun 15, 2021 4:10 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 272
Views: 216437

Re: great SF books

INCANDESCENCE- Greg Egan (2008) “All I learnt in the void was that our best guess so far is certainly wrong.” While not totally unfamiliar with Greg Egan – I’ve read the brilliant Schild’s Ladder, and his early Quarantine – I did start Incandescence with the wrong expectations. The blurb of the Brit...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Thu Jun 03, 2021 2:39 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 272
Views: 216437

Re: great SF books

ROADSIDE PICNIC - Arkady & Boris Strugatsky (1972) (...) Anyhow, I agree with Lem that the final chapter – while I sympathize with its ultimate message, “HAPPINESS, FREE, FOR EVERYONE, AND LET NO ONE BE FORGOTTEN!” – isn’t the most successful of the book. It turns something that was fairly consisten...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Sat May 22, 2021 1:45 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: Non-fiction: formative books
Replies: 53
Views: 55158

Re: Non-fiction: formative books

Brilliant book on evolution, attempting to see if it is possible to derive universal laws from evolution on Earth, zooming in on the nature of 'minds'. Highly, highly recommended! CONTINGENCY AND CONVERGENCE - TOWARDS OF COSMIC BIOLOGY OF BODY AND MIND - Russell Powell (1980-1983) (...) For starters...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Sat May 22, 2021 1:41 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 272
Views: 216437

Re: great SF books

Aside the ones listed in the post above, I've also written 5500 words on The Book of the New Sun, focusing on the narrative trap Wolfe has set, and my theory that his literary sleight of hand serves a religious/mystical goal, much more than it is the supposed puzzle for the reader to unravel. There’...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Sat May 22, 2021 1:38 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 272
Views: 216437

Re: great SF books

Seems like I forgot to update here. Quite a few new reviews since my last post... NOVA SWING - M. John Harrison (2006) (...) This was another successful Harrison for me – and like his latest The Sunken Land Begins To Rise Again, one that I will probably reread in the coming decade, just as I will re...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Sun Feb 28, 2021 7:37 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: Favorite Art Books
Replies: 21
Views: 28188

Re: Favorite Art Books

I've written a bit on 2 books on James Turrell, the 2013 LACMA publication, and a 2018 one by Hatje Cantz for the Frieder Burda Museum.

It's here: https://schicksalgemeinschaft.wordpress ... 2013-2018/
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Sat Feb 06, 2021 2:23 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 272
Views: 216437

Re: great SF books

THE HAIR-CARPET WEAVERS - Andreas Eschbach (1995, translated 2005) (...) While not fully perfect, the book is a gem that combines Le Guinish calm, mythical storytelling as in Earthsea, with a space opera plot that nods at Herbert and has the outrageous imagination of Iain M. Banks. I’d say this woul...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Tue Jan 19, 2021 4:09 am
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 272
Views: 216437

Re: great SF books

GOD EMPEROR OF DUNE - Frank Herbert (1981) This is the 4th post in a series on my reread of the Dune books, and it became yet another lengthy text of about 8,720 words. I’ve also written long analyses of Dune, Dune Messiah and Children of Dune. My text on Dune itself focuses on the issue of Paul as ...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Sun Dec 20, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: great SF books
Replies: 272
Views: 216437

Re: great SF books

5 new reviews. Especially the new Susanna Clarke is worth checking out! STARSHIP TROOPERS - Robert A. Heinlein () (...) For all the talk of personal responsibility and moral choices, it’s hilarious that Juan enlists on a whim, because of a sexual reflex. I guess Heinlein set it up so that he could s...
by schiksalgemeinschaft
Mon Nov 09, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: I Hate Books
Topic: Currently Reading: Chapter II
Replies: 518
Views: 253470

Re: Currently Reading: Chapter II

DRIVE YOUR PLOW OVER THE BONES OF THE DEAD - Olga Tokarczuk (2009) (...) This also struck me as a cousin of The Door by Hungarian author Magda Szabó – an absolute masterpiece that also deals with an eccentric old female protagonist that’s something of a housekeeper, and similarly has a vibe that gen...