Tell Me About John Crowley

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John Crowley is the best writer in SF

This (obviously) sounds provocative, but I can't think of anyone better.

the passage about The Storm in Engine Summer is one of the most beautiful attempts to mythologize our current age that I've ever read

Yes! I just reread Engine Summer as a holiday treat. I wondered if having read it 5 years ago I remembered too much to enjoy it as much this time around, but if anything I liked it even more knowing some of what was coming.

3 was a bit of a struggle at times, 4 took a left turn away from some of the earlier ideas in favour of a tonal realism and a redemption for Pierce which, to me, felt quite satisfying

That fits my memory; my notes for 3 say " I found this really dragged for quite a while, but then suddenly I ended up reading the last 2/3rds of the book in under 48 hours", while for 4 I wrote "A real pleasure, after the relative slog of the previous volumes - breezed through it in (essentially) a day while ill, just luxuriating in it - a big payoff in enjoyment from the investment in the previous volumes, if not any big revelation in terms of content."

toby, Saturday, 30 December 2017 17:36 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

...the collapsed ruins of a rustic gazebo where once old men had gathered to play cards and checkers and talk about how bad the world had grown.

Roberto Spiralli, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 18:04 (one year ago) link

Like

as the crows around me grows (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 18:12 (one year ago) link

Should be ilx description, posted over the gates.
I still agree with James B. about starting w novellas; that's still as far as I've gotten.Novelty: Four Stories, from the late 80s, is the one I read, though still want to check this-century Novelties & Souvenirs: Collected Short Fiction.

dow, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 21:39 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Ka is great.

toby, Monday, 7 May 2018 20:05 (one year ago) link

Did you see the youtube interview I posted with him in the speculative fiction thread?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 12 May 2018 15:42 (one year ago) link

Was that the geeks guide to the galaxy podcast? I'd bookmarked that from somewhere on ilx a while back and saved it for after reading the book - in fact I listened to it a couple of days ago. It was pretty interesting although a bit sad that it sounds like his books haven't been selling so well.

toby, Sunday, 13 May 2018 14:22 (one year ago) link

That's the one.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 13 May 2018 14:34 (one year ago) link

Thanks for posting it!

toby, Sunday, 13 May 2018 16:30 (one year ago) link


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