JEANETTE WINTERSON THE STONE GODS PDF

I can only suppose that Jeanette Winterson is trying to keep her credits as a "literary" writer even as she openly commits genre. Formerly deep-dyed realists are producing novels so full of the tropes and fixtures and plotlines of science fiction that only the snarling tricephalic dogs who guard the Canon of Literature can tell the difference. Why bother? I am bothered, though, by the curious ingratitude of authors who exploit a common fund of imagery while pretending to have nothing to do with the fellow-authors who created it and left it open to all who want to use it. A little return generosity would hardly come amiss.

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Shelves: science-fiction , dystopia , space-exploration , reviewed , zck , social-commentary , apocalyptic , environmentalism , lgbtq Science fiction that weaves together future, past, and present in three separate but interlinked stories that comment on humanitys penchant for destroying the world, contrasted with an individuals ability to love.

In the first section, we see a futuristic setting where materialism and vanity have been taken to extremes. The planet Orbus has been decimated by the inhabitants, so they are searching for a new planet on which to start over. In the last story, set near present time, Earth has experienced World War III called Post-3 War , a corporation governs society, and people impacted by the fallout are attempting to survive in the wreckage.

I would like to have seen more deeply drawn characters, especially Spike, as she is of core importance. The dialogue can seem overly-explanatory, but the prose is elegant.

At its heart this is a cautionary tale of history repeating itself, not learning from mistakes of the past, and the dangers of overindulgences without regard to impact. Winterson applies this message to themes of environmental responsibility, authoritarian control, and abuse of technology.

She examines questions of how an individual can cope in such a society. At times it can be confusing, requiring patience and re-reading in certain sections, but eventually Winterson brings it all together.

Why do we not choose it? We have made every mistake, justified ourselves, and made the same mistakes again and again. My primary reaction was one of intense sadness: she really does believe that shes braving new territory.

She is completely unaware that shes hacking through a jungle right next to a long, well-trodden road and the crew thats building it is far, far ahead of her, and her course takes her away from the best conclusions. When a video game acts as if it wants to defeat you, it has been given that want by its developer; at some stage, we turn off the abstraction and act as if the game wants to defeat us. Winterson picks up the glittering tools of modern science fiction and engages in bronze-age reflections with them.

The sense of used furniture is strong. Toward the end of the book her lyricism returns, coupled with some really stupid scenes stolen from the worst post-apocalyptic fiction you could possibly imagine. But the ending makes me cry because the writing is so good, even if the writer is telling you the character is hallucinating as she dies.

But Winterson makes me cry reliably. If you love breathtakingly beautiful writing, check out The World, And Other Places, her collection of short stories. Each is small, worth your time, and not an insult to your intelligence.

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It combines components of a romance novel with a post apocalypse work while still touching on the topics of how governments are controlled by large corporations, the damaging effects of war, the slow and steady dehumanization because of increasing technological use, and many more. Interestingly, the book has patterns of repeating storylines and plots between characters, and characters find and read parts of the book that happened before. This way of storytelling may be hinting at the repetition of history, over and over again, never learning from past mistakes, mistakes which bridge between peoples, planets, and time. The four parts of the book all take place in different time periods and different locations, both on Earth and elsewhere in space. The humans on that planet are steadily advancing towards self destruction of their world when they create another environment capable of supporting humans on another planet.

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Shelves: science-fiction , dystopia , space-exploration , reviewed , zck , social-commentary , apocalyptic , environmentalism , lgbtq Science fiction that weaves together future, past, and present in three separate but interlinked stories that comment on humanitys penchant for destroying the world, contrasted with an individuals ability to love. In the first section, we see a futuristic setting where materialism and vanity have been taken to extremes. The planet Orbus has been decimated by the inhabitants, so they are searching for a new planet on which to start over. In the last story, set near present time, Earth has experienced World War III called Post-3 War , a corporation governs society, and people impacted by the fallout are attempting to survive in the wreckage. I would like to have seen more deeply drawn characters, especially Spike, as she is of core importance. The dialogue can seem overly-explanatory, but the prose is elegant.

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