It would appear no-one has commented about this Author. I think this book is one of the best I have read in 25 years of Sci-Fi and Fantasy. His other writings are also worth looking at. Flork on!!!!
>>By flamencoprof (Wednesday, 5 Nov 2003 13:57)
I still think so!
>>By flamencoprof (Monday, 22 Dec 2003 13:58)
Hello to Zauron & Distrust if they should find themselves here.
>>By flamencoprof (Monday, 22 Dec 2003 14:02)
Well, havent read Little, Big, but I did read Daemonomania about a year and a half ago, and remember being disappointed. Dont know if anyone' read this or not, but it seemed like I spent the whole book waiting for something to be said. The whole premise was two (possibly many) separate timelines, with the "end of the world" happening concurrently in each. With the real idea, or explication being that history is an ongoing cycle, i.e. we've seen all this before, and probablly would have again except the world ends (btw thats not a spoiler, it says so on the book jacket). I don't remember getting much more out of it and the plot and characters didn't keep me long enough to save it.
>>By Distrust (Monday, 22 Dec 2003 21:08)
Hi to FlamencoProf!
Daemonomania is the third installment of a four part series starting with Aegypt. Although it can be read separately, I would very much suggest reading them in order. I understand Distrusts lack of enthusiasm for it - it is slow moving. but so is Mervyn Peake. What fascinates me with JC (and Mervyn P) is his style of writing, his prose, his way of phrasing, his recurrent themes intertwining themselves in and out of his text. Dream-reading. Also it helps to have a little background in the western hermetic history, occultism, kabbalah and such. John Dee is a strange character, you know :-)
Try Little, Big. It is also slow, but very moving - once you get "into" his text, you're not coming back for a long time.
It may be that JC is a writer of the type "either you like him, or you don't".
Now waiting for the 4th and last book in the series. It will be a revelation.
>>By klangwise (Tuesday, 24 Feb 2004 00:28)
A little off topic, but-
I can't find information on the internet about foriegn language science fiction translated into english. At the Asimov's site several editors/publishers said that they rarely, if ever, are presented with any worth publishing. In fact Mr. Dozois, editor at Asimov's, said in all the years he's been working there he has only published one piece of Japanese work, and that a short poem. SCIENCE FICTION HAIKU!!!
The most powerful man in the science fiction world isn't willing to represent the science fiction WORLD, only his own interests.
>>By RAINTASTER (Tuesday, 24 Feb 2004 12:06)
I suspect Klangwise has abandoned this site, but I will reply. I read & loved Little, Big, purchased Aegypt, was also intrigued by Mr. Dee.
All I can say is that "Little, Big" ranks in the top ten of my 100 faves of the past 46 years.
>>By flamencoprof (Monday, 19 May 2008 15:29)
"Little, Big" is my favorite book. I re-read it regularly and even used to keep quotes from the book with me. I would read the quotes aloud to other people. How annoying is that? Haha.
I am excited that the 25th anniversary edition I pre-paid for is finally (several years late) going to be released soon.
>>By Mawgojzeta (Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 15:30)
I've read the first half of Little, Big a few of times. For some reason I stall out at the half way mark every time and end up reading something else, I'm not sure why. I love the first half while I'm reading it. Some day I will push through and get to the end.
>>By NightRelic (Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 14:33)
NightRelic: I hope that you do. I have heard others who get about 1/2 way through and lose interest. So, you are not alone. I simply cannot stop once I start. The ending is wonderful, and the journey to get there so interesting to me.
>>By Mawgojzeta (Wednesday, 17 Aug 2011 21:25)
It's well worth finishing Little, Big. It changes tone considerably in the second half, and gets quite a bit darker. I've tried several other John Crowley books, based on how much I like LB, and none come up to it's standard. I, too, reread it every several years or so, and regard it as one of my top five reads ever.
>>By resealable (Sunday, 8 Mar 2015 03:45)
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