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Qweeg
14-10-2002, 13:25:22
When the Sleeper Wakes by H G Wells

Good day to you good sirs and fine ladies, and I must say- a fine and wonderful book this is that I am reading. I have never really considered the English language to be beutiful (if I didn't speak it I suspect it would sound like a cross between German and Welsh probably, all square sounds and too many 'e's) but this book- written in the way people spoke when top-hats and canes and women dressing as cakes was common, is quite entertaining to read just for the language, being an impressionable young gentleman such as myself, I have I must say begun somewhat to write in a way similar (probably not) that is- to an extent, at least- to the style of this manuscript.

Doubtless it'll wear off in good time I hope, living as I do in North London, a landscape in which such ponsy arrangements of lingo is looked upon with no great love, and rigourosly punished I shall be too- and rightly so most certainly- by da yoots dem if I do not cease this nonsense of words forthwith and talk like a normal person once more.

What really amazes me is how such elaborate and curly use of words as appears in this book doesn't disappear up it's own arse much, and does quite a concise job of describing scenarios, emotions and perspectives very effectively.

This is a good book, reminds me of Heart of Darkness (source for the film Apocalypse Now) but without all the 'Aaah, so THAT's the crazy hyper-cameraman character' type bits, or the copius use of politically incorrect terms, and also it makes me think of the film Metropolis, although I never actually saw that film, it's the same kind of feel (workers vs ruling elite set against the backdrop of a vast metallic technocracy while socialist ideoligical tensions rage beneath type thing).

I'm only a third of the way through but yeah, good book man, I'm enjoying it, good to get away from the trash-fic/sci-fi I usually go for when I'm in a reading state of mind (not that the say-kered scotsman Banks, or the hallow-ed scribblings of Reynolds is trash at all... just- y'know what I mean).

FunkyFingers
14-10-2002, 14:01:35
I know what you mean about the Sci-fi/trash - I've been feeling the same myself, which is why I've been reading the Human Stain

Noisy
14-10-2002, 19:15:16
I've just finished 'Artifact' by Gregory Benford, so I know what trash Science Fiction is. Don't you think that it's quite interesting that Science Fiction readers have no trouble labeling a large portion of the genre that they love as being 'trash', when you never hear that same acceptance from the readers of other genres? Or is my viewpoint biased because I only really talk about Science Fiction books?

FunkyFingers
15-10-2002, 08:28:27
Good point - although of course within even Sci-Fi there is good sci-fi, Proper sci-fi and trash sci-fi...

Scabrous Birdseed
15-10-2002, 11:25:44
According to Sven Lindquist (see spearate thread) all H. G. Wells books are extended metaphors relating to Colonialism, especially The Invisible Man.

FunkyFingers
15-10-2002, 12:45:14
Even The War of the Worlds?

Qweeg
15-10-2002, 16:19:13
Especially the War of the Worlds (what have the Marsians ever done for us?;) )

I read my header post and failed to see how another person could make sense of it so here's a brief synopsis of Sleeper so you can come away from the thread feeling like you've achieved something:

Workaholic insomniac falls asleep for two hundred years (as you do), and when he wakes up, society of course has changed- interestingly, society seems to have formed itself around our hero, the Sleeper, while he was asleep (actually he'd fallen into a kind of weird catatonic stasis-state, bought about by unatural circumstances not shown to us at first). The Sleepers bank savings and property values etc have grown to make him considerably richer then youw and so on.

I haven't got further then this yet but the story pulls the reader on, quite well paced, so there's a good sense of alot more to be reveiled.

Sean
15-10-2002, 20:25:47
Originally posted by Noisy
Don't you think that it's quite interesting that Science Fiction readers have no trouble labeling a large portion of the genre that they love as being 'trash', when you never hear that same acceptance from the readers of other genres?
An extremely basic Google search shows: ‘Even fans of the romance novel sometimes disparage them as “trash reading.”’ (from http://www.thirdage.com/news/archive/ALT03990409-03.html?rs).

FunkyFingers
16-10-2002, 08:36:39
Didn't Woody Allen make a film version of Sleeper?