Monday, 17 September 2007


OK, wow. And the same effect seems to have been evident with others who hadn't got round to it earlier. I'm not sure I have much to add to that very intelligent view, except to wonder if it isn't the reverse. Couldn't one read the conclusion as a retreat from understanding the story as purely fantastic at the end? Surely that's simply the subjective view we're getting? As we know from the beginning of the book, Alex can mess around with your perception (a thoroughly sf premiss - I prefer the philosophy spelling).

I also raced through Blood Music, it having been a while. Bloody hell, it's good. But would the ending of that not seem fantastic, or at least transcendent, were the earlier stages not so rigorously scientifically based?

On to the next lot. Thanks Niall.