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Jim and the Flims Hardcover – June 1, 2011
I love Rudy Rucker. The guy is simply incomparable when it comes to writingscience fiction, managing to seamlessly blend highly intelligen texistential and scientific speculation with wildly satirical an dinsanely imaginative plotlines...You can imagine my delight when a copy of his newest release, Jim and the Flims,landed on my doorstep. In this novel, Rucker reimagines the myth of Orpheus as only he can.
-- Barnes & Noble Book Club
Jim and the Flims...Rudy Rucker's weirdest, craziest, colorfulest book yet? That's saying a lot, I know. But when it is at its most bizarre, it is also most hilarious.Nobody else writes like Rudy.
--MarcLaidlaw, author of Kalifornia
About the Author
Rudy Rucker is the author of more than a dozen books on science and science fiction, including "Infinity and the Mind" and "The Fourth Dimension." He is a professor of mathematics and computer science at San Jose State University in California.
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Some critics say "when anything and everything is possible, nothing is interesting",
but Rudy Rucker truly goes beyond "anything and everything",
this a rich and hugely enjoyable journey to places no writer has ever been before.
That said, I do realise this intense richness of ideas may be a challenge for some readers,
so open your mind and enjoy the trip!
Charles Howard Hinton makes a brief appearance,
which is a nice touch if your familiar with his work.
Also features a very clever and original way to find the "mystic portal" and
the method of closing the same portal is also very clever.
Somewhat similar themes to his book 'White Light', so if you enjoyed that, you'll love this.
As I get older I am finding myself reading books about being old, dying, or after that, like Old Man's War for instance (one that lets us old farts fantasize about what it would be like if we could continue to live in our prime). This one presents an afterlife that is attractive and exciting. I could be quite happy as a Flim I think.
However, potential is the only thing we really get. Plain and simple, the narrative reads like a rattled off semi-fever dream with characters that have no depth. Things start out promising, then go into a stream of consciousness story, only coming back to life for the last couple of chapters.
The metaphysics of the book are charming, the fact that the author seems to know both science and spirituality is refreshing... but ultimately, the plot and characters fail to provide the good
The issue with trying to relay a dream in an entertaining fashion, is that often enough, the actual events and elements of a dream aren't nearly as entertaining or funny to the person being told as they were to the dreamer. Now, individual aspects of a dream, such as an alligator rowing a canoe on the back of an elephant while being chased by a horde of robots, might seem humorous at first glance. However, if you try to hammer that element into an overarching plot that is more of these same semi-nonsensical images and fuzzy logic, it quickly turns into a random number of scenes that don't really hold together.
Such is the dreamlike flaw of Jim and the Flims.
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