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Book Title: Vacuum Flowers|
The author of the book: Michael Swanwick
Date of issue: January 1st 1988
ISBN 13: 9780441858767
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 37.54 MB
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Reader ratings: 4.6
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Swanwick has been an amazing writer for a very long time. I've just reread this after 15 years or so and it's just as fresh as the day it was written. It seems wrong to describe it as cyberpunk as it's got so much more creativity insight and breadth than pretty much anything else in that genre. It reminds me of Samuel R Delaney's work more than William Gibson's.
On the other hand it does all kind of hang on the classic SF trope of the person who has had their memory blasted and so gets a guided tour of all the strange stuff with the reader following along. It takes a long time to figure out where it's headed and while this is true of the POV of the protagonist, lacking that sense of direction makes it less compelling somehow.
I'd rate this above his more recent (and more depressing and or surreal) fantasy novels, above his first novel In the Drift, and behind his most amazing Stations of the Tide.
It's interesting looking back at his career as he's 62 when I write this and was 37 when he wrote this. Right from the start he could out-write almost anyone, but that might be a sad and lonely and certainly not very well paying place in our world where Sturgeon's Law (90% of everything is crap) (and the corolary that most people are happy with crap) operates. He's a very smart man, and his justifiedly though not necessarily enjoyable jaundiced view dominates much of his work. He hasn't been fully ground down yet while writing this one, at least.
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