Caves of Steel is great... my favorite of the Robot books, and they're all good. I have the later one with the standardized trade dress, though... that cover is way cooler.
The Transmet book is worth it? I sorta pictured it as a forum discussion about the comic in a book... I'll have to check it out if I come across it.
It's the best of the Seq-Tart books I've read. I've read the Planetary, Watchmen and Legion volumes. Many of the essay writers have Lit backgrounds so the analysis is more indepth than you'll get on any forum post.
... The Secret Files Of The Diogenes Club by Kim Newman, a gift from our pal Pol Rua while he was visiting last month. The title club is, of course, the government-within-a-government created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (himself a character in this volume) and originally headed by Sigerson Holmes, brother of Sherlock.
IIRC, the brother who showed up in Doyle's stories was Mycroft Holmes; Sigerson was the character played by Gene Wilder in the movie Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother. Are they both in the book?
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Post by wildfire2099 on May 7, 2014 22:58:01 GMT -5
Grrr.... I just looked up Secrets of the Diogenes club... not only does the library not have it, the cheapest used copy on amazon runs $40... y'all need to stop getting me excited about stuff that's so hard to get!
Post by wildfire2099 on May 7, 2014 23:18:09 GMT -5
City of Illusions By Ursula Le Guin Ace Books, 1967
The version I have is a weird squarish shape, and almost like someone assembled it at their house.. the pages are miscut, too.. there's almost no top margin, but a huge bottom one.
Plot: The League of Worlds has fallen, and Earth has been reduced to a small smattering of pre-industrial villages that hang on to the the small bits of high technology that still work. The alien Shing use a campaign of lies, spies, and technology to make sure they don't rediscover what was lost. One man with yellow eyes and no memory might be the savior of Earth, or the last straw for humanity.
Analysis: It's been a while since I read them, but I really don't see much connection between this and Left Hand of Darkness ... other than they're both by the same author. I can definitely see why this one didn't win any awards... it's very long on description, and somewhat short of story.
The entire 1st half of the book turns out to be completely pointless.. a 2 page summary of it would have worked just fine. The character relationships built turn out to be completely ignored in the end. While the description of post-fall Earth is kinda interesting and unique, it would have been much more so with a better idea of where exactly the characters were. It also lacks quite a bit on the usual social commentary from Le Guin... an entire intergalactic alliance gets conquered because one race is good at lying... really? OK, lies are bad. Got it. I didn't need so much harping on it, though.
Overall, an interesting premise that just doesn't go anywhere.