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Virtual Worlds and Lust Lizards

16. Permutation City, by Greg Egan

A reread. Interesting to pick this up again so soon after reading Kiln People - it deals with a lot of the same themes, only in a virtual world instead of the "real" one. Some of the metaphysics gets awfully fuzzy, but if you gloss over trying to understand his explanations of what's going on it's a good, solid book. The one thing I wish he did more of was explore how the existence of Copies changed human (and Copy) culture - he has a plot thread following two Copies who have essentially abandoned most of their old human tendencies, but two people does not a changed society make.

17. The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, by Christopher Moore

I've figured it out. Christopher Moore is the love child of Tom Robbins and Terry Pratchett. It's the only way to explain the insane mix of surrealism and farce that make up his books. Lamb kept it somewhat under control, perhaps due to needing to maintain some tenuous thread of historical recognizability - but this one just lets it all loose. And oh, good times were had.

I'm not going to go into the plot, because that would make it sound like a B-grade horror movie. I guess it's about half that, though, and half romantic comedy, with a good sprinkling of porn thrown in. I give up! I can't explain it! Just go read! For a good time, call the Lust Lizard. Just don't be upset when he wears out your best weedwhacker and then goes off for a good sulk.



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Apr. 18th, 2006 06:44 am (UTC)
I found it rewarding to reread Permutation City a few times to try to pull all the threads of the metaphysics together. There are some hints to be had in the headings, although there's (at least) one aspect I haven't decoded yet. I also really liked his Diaspora and Schild's Ladder; they both use transhumanism and a crisis in physics to concepts of what it means to be the same person in the face of change.
Apr. 18th, 2006 11:06 am (UTC)
Yes, Diaspora >> Permutation City.

(Schild's Ladder did nothing for me.)
Apr. 18th, 2006 01:53 pm (UTC)
So now that you've read Lamb and Lust Lizard you need to take it a step even further into the surreal by going to an exoctic island and meeting an old canabal... and a cargo cult! Try "The Island of the Sequined Love Nun."

I'm still trying to find a copy of "Blood Sucking Fiends" because the hubby says that it's great as well! Weee... Also he has NEW stuff out and P and I are waiting until it gets to paperback but we are SO there!
Apr. 18th, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC)

Next time we'll loan you Practical Demonkeeping, which happens earlier in Pine Cove (what the bar regulars at the Slug were talking about.) You'll get the background on Robert & Jenny Masterson too.

I don't know where our copy of The Stupidest Angel got too (mystery loan?), but it takes place in Pine Cove as well. The angel Raziel (from Lamb) shows up to perform a Christmas miracle and wackiness ensues. I liked Island of the Sequined Love Nun but it's not my favorite. Bloodsucking Fiends is a love story between a vampire and a grocery clerk in San Francisco--it's really good. Coyote Blue is the adventures of a Native American insurance salesman who is the favorite of Coyote, the trickster god. Never take a trickster god to Vegas. The only Christopher Moore book I don't recommend is Fluke. It just didn't do it for me. It was still surreal and funny, but the funny parts were just a little gross for my taste. It just gave the story arc a creepy feel.
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