Blew my mind like few books I've ever read.
Speculative scifi novel? Metaphysical philosophy? Surreal dream-journey? Epic prose-poem?
yes, yes, yes, yes.
And it was published in 1937! Seriously amazing. Stapledon is an under-appreciated genius.
I became a big fan of Peake after reading the Gormenghast trilogy.
This book, while is still full of Peake's characteristic descriptiveness and elegant prose, lacks the depth and imagination of Gormenghast (read that instead!). A pleasant, light read, but nothing special.
Started good. Kinda Douglas Adams-esque scifi parody, but got pretty repetitive.
And it is full of pseudo-scientific jargon that is at first amusing (again, a la Adams) but at a certain point just makes it really hard to follow.
Great performance, just not a great book.
The vast scope of time.
In the forward, [whoever wrote that] said they recommend skipping the first 3 chapters because they are tedious, and obviously, are now past future-history, which makes the predictions a little laughable in their falseness.
I didn't skip the first 3 chapters and almost gave the book up at around the 2 hour mark, and am so happy I didn't. It grows exponentially more amazing and interesting all the way to the end. Unlike anything I've read before. Truly mind-expanding.
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