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The Islanders

I'm almost finished reading The Islanders, by Christopher Priest.   It's a novel which describes many islands in the Dream Archipelago.  Whenever I think of Archipelago I think of Gulag, but the dream archipelago is no gulag.  Sometimes it is, I guess, but for the most part it's a tourist destination.  But you can't visit it unless you already live in the archipelago.  It also has murder and intrigue.  It also has deadly critters called Thrymes, which are like scorpions, but they only have six legs, and they are 100 times more deadly.  If you are bitten by one, for example, not only will you die in a matter of minutes, whoever handles your body afterwards might be infected by Thryme parasites which nest in your internal organs.

Next I'll read Cloud Atlas.   They've made a movie of the novel which Roger Ebert liked.  Now he is dead, and I don't know how I'll know if I like movies or not anymore :(  So I'll reap the rewards of his likes posthumously.

2 comments:

jon said...

Play the roulette! I like red 25. If you win, shoes and beer for everyone!

John Dantzer said...

If only I got this sooner :( No shoes or beer for anyone...