- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Trafalgar Square; New edition edition (March 7, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575050225
- ISBN-13: 978-0575050228
- Package Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.2 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 63 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,961,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Queen of Angels Paperback – March 7, 1991
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From Library Journal
The motivation of the mass-murderer--in this case a noted poet--becomes the subject of investigation by an ambitious policewoman, a renegade psychologist, and the murderer's closest friend. Twenty-first century Los Angeles provides the surrealistic setting for a remarkable exploration of human guilt and fears in the latest novel by the author of Blood Music and Eternity (LJ 10/15/88). Bear's blending of high-tech gloss with penetrating insights into human nature results in a complex and challenging speculative vision of the "country of the mind." Highly recommended.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Greg Bear is one of the great figures of contemporary SF. Winner of both the HUGO and the NEBULA AWARDS, his classic novel EON (part of the Masterworks list) was one of the high concept, grand scale SF novels that reinvented the genre in the 1980s. His novel BLOOD MUSIC is a uniquely uplifting apocalyptic novel about evolution overtaking humanity. He lives in the USA. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This isn't a story that you read for the action: it's a story that you read for the setting, the characters, and the ideas. Bear's talent for gorgeously sensory and socially complex settings shines here, as does his interest in humanity's ancient past.
You'll meet a police detective of the future, an ancient monster, a brilliant poet, and a brand-new type of intelligence in this book.
The following "sentence" is one example of what I'm talking about:
"Martin Burke had watched in stone amazement eyes wide as saucers sucking in the pain no glory no satisfaction no revenge no lessons taught seeing so much more clearly now how far he had tipped and what pain a well-adjusted brilliant young man with prospects could cause. Bear, Greg (2014-04-01). Queen of Angels (Kindle Locations 1078-1079). Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy. Kindle Edition.
Now imagine paragraphs like the one above, except they're also littered with out-of-context future slang, un-introduced acronyms, and other unexplained techno-jargon. The terms would make sense in context if there were punctuation, but as presented, it's a formless slurry.
Very well and knowledgably written. Not for the too sensitive I dare say. If you can take it:. Read it!
Equally impressive is Bear's ability to change his writing and grammatical styles completely, depending upon which character currently has the focus of the book's attention.
The fact that this is a SF novel is secondary to its actual purpose (a comment upon society and the human mindset), in the same way that the story and plot of a Vonnegut novel are secondary to the satire and indictment being perpetrated by the author.
Some readers may find it difficult to deal with the varying styles of writing in the book (one character, for instance, uses hardly any punctuation and a lot of proposed (by Bear) future slang to think about the world).
The novel does, however, change the reader: this, to me anyway, is its major selling point.
This is one of his best efforts IMO.
So much going on here.... A mass murder with no apparent motive, a very "contemporary" character in the police investigator Mary Choy...
The rise of "therapy"....The first real, functional method of removing mental abberations...
A side-plot dealing with an artificial intelligence, another dealing a psychological researcher exploring the "country of the mind".....
Quite a stew.
Bear throws us into this headlong and the dialogue is quirky and full of future-slang, but not difficult to follow.