mordicai caeli (mordicai) wrote,
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viriconium by m. john harrison.

i'm on vacation! anyhow, i liked the first bit of this book. it is a collection of short stories & novellas, not really a single work of its own. after that first story, though, things took a downturn. there is a confused, dreamy story with some cute ideas but drawn out by these almost banal nonsense-laden sequences. anyhow, from there, mostly harrison seems instersting in disintigrating the narrative. characters are re-used, recycled, the heroism wrung out. renamed. the same with the history, the monarchy, the logic. the whole thing is a city, a story of a city, punched over & over till it bruised, then bled, the hemmoraged, & ends with; well, the ending was i think fitting, a fine conclusion for what you had here.
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