Fairyland (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
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Fairyland Paperback Paul Mcauley. Masterworks McAuley, Paul. Published by Gollancz. New Softcover Quantity Available: 2. Published by Gollancz Kennys Bookshop and Art Galleries Ltd. I'm not sure exactly why that is; I just found it a bit of a slog, particularly in the first two parts. I suppose it took me that long to figure out what was really going on—what the book was trying to do—and that made it difficult. I think it was also made a little difficult by the somewhat underdeveloped settings. The world as I had to rate this book four stars purely because of the impressive scope and dazzling imagination of it, even though I probably only enjoyed it to a three-star degree.
The world as a whole is certainly complex and richly detailed, but many of the landscapes were left rather vague, more like mirages than actual places. Overall, I get the sense the author erred on the side of under-telling rather than over-telling, and I'm sure that is probably the better of the two, although it did make it difficult to be fully immersed in the story sometimes. Definitely an interesting and compelling piece of science fiction, though. Fat Englishman meme hacker riding a tiny mammoth saves a race of korean bio engineered blue sex slaves from a little girl that gave them consciousness and then turned itself into a construct living in the vastness of the Net.
View 2 comments. Remember, this book was first published in The first third of the book is great fun, full of a compelling and frightening near-future London. Given this was written in , it's an amazingly accurate dystopian conception. Alex is an interesting quasi-hero, and the accelerated divide between rich and poor is clearly shown.
A global climate disaster has already occurred as the story begins, horrific in its implications. The war between rich and poor, corporations and workers, is nicely Remember, this book was first published in The war between rich and poor, corporations and workers, is nicely imagined.
And the gene engineering and nano-bots are firmly founded in hard science. However, after the first third of the book, the narrative shifts to a very confusing perspective of all new, mostly non-human characters. The cruelty here is depressing, and the plot wanders around and around. The last third of the book or so, some plot direction is restored, but quickly deteriorates into a repetitive random walk around war zones, concluding in a 30 page yawn sequence, and ending the book with a big "who cares".
Very sad. Given this is one of McAuley's first books, much can be forgiven, and the hard science attempts and good beginning pull this up to three stars. I suggest you read my "updates" below. There are some fine quotes, and one exposition is very fine. For the last century saw the deposition of the paternal God who was set on the throne of Zeus, which was once her throne. The Age of Theocracy in the West was already in decline when in our country Cromwell forcefully rejected the ceremonies that obscured the godhead from the common man.
The god of science and reason, Apollo, was raised up in His place, and at either side of Apollo were Pluto and Mercury. I worshipped Apollo and Mercury when I was young, but it is Pluto who is in the ascendant now.
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Dec 01, Alissa Thorne rated it it was ok Shelves: genre-speculative-fiction , genre-fiction. The dyspepsia world of Fairyland is vivid in its filth and brutality. The technology introduced makes for compelling mechanics, and they build upon and play off of one another. Sound like a great albeit, unpleasant book? Well, it was for the first two thirds. The book was broken up into three independent stories.
The switch from "book" one to two felt like it added a lot of depth to the world, and that the main character grew and changed a lot. By contrast, the switch from two to three felt The dyspepsia world of Fairyland is vivid in its filth and brutality.
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By contrast, the switch from two to three felt frustrating that things still weren't resolved, and the main character seemed pathetic to still be on this quest. The pace of my reading slowed to such a comical crawl towards the end. It took me weeks to force myself through the last five pages.
I'm stunned, and more than a little bit relieved that it's finally done with. Thrilling dystopian exploration of possibilities of technology and genetic engineering, lush with myth and metaphor, and with a humane heart. Tough going, without much reward. A dark, dystopian future of genetic engineering gone mad. Sone great sequences in occasional bursts, but overall leaves too much unexplained.
The language style, the jargon-filled dialogue, the purposely ambiguous themes are all present. The Web features prominently, with cowboys jacking into decks, but it's the bioengineering that takes centre stage here. However, as another reader put it, this books provides diminishing returns until you hit the end and the whole thing The book is divided into three quite distinctive parts, spread over odd years, with only the character of Alex Sharkey connecting them.
Part 1 is set in a deliciously grimy London, while part 2 moves to Paris and part 3 ends in Algeria.
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There isn't much at all structurally that connects them and it feels very much like three novellas written over a number of years, now published together. While McAuley evokes each setting very well, you never spend long enough with any one group of characters to discover the heart of their motivations.
Which is a shame, because if the novel had been structured differently, as more of an interwoven story, it might have have played a long game that delivered more catharsis. As it stands, I hardly cared about the fairies or their plight, and never really understood what compelled Sharkey to such great lengths, beyond his being smitten with the central protagonist, Milena. The themes and ideas that McAuley deals with have been handled by many Japanese writers in much more satisfying ways, well before Fairlyland was originally published.
The cyberpunk ethos seemed to have clicked with the Japanese much more readily in some ways and fuelled a whole swathe of works dealing with the question of how humanity might reconcile itself with new creations that supersede it. I see Fairlyand as fitting somewhere in this tradition, even if there are more engaging, less cryptic examples out there.
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Alex Sharkey lives by his wits as he develops drugs only just inside the law, drugs based on genetics. When he falls in with Milena, a girl who seems to know too much, they hatch a plan to liberate the genetically engineered 'dolls' that do so much manual labour in the early 21st century. This book follows the consequences of that fateful decision.