Dữ liệu người dùng, đánh giá và đề xuất cho sách
Continuing my Marmion Zimmer Bradley kick. She, by the way, created the0s world of Darkover while living in Abilene, Texas, a place where I also lived for 15 years. She is reputed to have maintained that living in Abilene was enough to make nearly anyone make up a preferable world to live in. This is another of the early 70s books that's half SF half fantasy; a mysterious woman named Andrea has been hired to "world wreck," a highly illegal activity that involves creating instability on a planet so that it will be open to acquisition/takeover by the corporate interests that hired Andrea in the first place. Darkover, a sort of F/SF version of the Amish, has modern technology and lives in a feudal/medieval state. The reason for this seems to be that a certain class of Darkovians have phenomenal psychic power, and these powers, in conjunction with modern technology, created incredibly destructive wars that nearly destroyed Darkover. Central to the culture is the idea that one cannot wield any weapon that can kill anyone more than an arm's length away. Technology has been limited to limit warfare. Although psychic powers are still present among the Comyn (the telepath class)but, after centuries of no real war, psi powers are not what they once were. Like other early 70s Darkover novels, this novel has a half Earth, half Darkover cast; Regis Hastur, the head of the Comyn, is the last of the Hasturs, a powerful and influential family of telepaths. He senses that the string of deaths of telepath children, crop failures, and forest fires that are causing society to crumble are not accidental, and the novel traces his attempts to thwart Andrea and her attempts to thwart him. Pretty good book, actually. Interesting exploration of sexuality and what gender means . . .
A lost writer from a hundred years ago, Chesnutt is best in these stories that bridge the generations before and after slavery, with characters who want to forget the past but cannot. The theme of passing and dissembling applies beyond the surface meaning of whiteness and blackness to the very idea of how we operate as social creatures in the world. These stories also deeply question the romantic vogue for plantation stories in the 1880s and 1890s, led by the Uncle Remus stories of Joel Chandler Harris. Along with =The Marrow of Tradition,= this collection shows that Chesnutt ought to be granted a far larger audience than he has. "The Passing of Grandison" and "Dave's Neckliss" stand out. "Baxter's Procrustes" is a protopostmodern story about what and how we read.
Fabulous book, this is a new classic. Mark takes us carefully into the perspective of an Aspergers teenager, intermingling his story with the events around him as seen through adult eyes. Highly recommended.
Người dùng coi những cuốn sách này là thú vị nhất trong năm 2017-2018, ban biên tập của cổng thông tin "Thư viện Sách hướng dẫn" khuyến cáo rằng tất cả các độc giả sẽ làm quen với văn học này.