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The Sirens of Titan: A Novel Paperback – September 8, 1998
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At this point, I also feel the need to comment on the review titled "whence..." The reviewer is taking the details of this book too seriously. The point of this book is not the plot or the details; it is the principle, the style. The reviewer goes to pains to point out scientific inaccuracies and plot holes in the book (yes, the escape maneuver from Mercury is implausible; yes, things happen in the book without any apparent logic or reason; but neither of these matter in the larger context of the book.) This book is not meant to be hard science fiction; nor should it be compared to scientifically stringent fiction by writers such as Arthur C. Clarke (whom the reviewer referenced.) In fact, I would say that this book is not science fiction at all. It is satire, pure and simple.Read more ›
HOWEVER - the kindle edition is full of horrendous spelling, punctuation and formatting mistakes. It is close to unbearable and made me quite angry. I don't see why an e-book is any less worthy of an editor/proofreader than a physical book, especially if you're paying good money for it.
Even in THE SIRENS OF TITAN it should have been obvious that he was more an experimental writer exploiting the Sci-fi genre than doing the same sort of thing that Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and their ilk were attempting. For one thing, Vonnegut didn't care much for predicting the future, the scientific plausibility of anything he was saying, or any of the other traditional aspects of Sci-fi. Rather, exploiting the genre on a superficial level gave him a freedom that was lacking in most other mainstream fiction at the time. It gave him license to think and imagine and write about almost anything.
This novel ostensibly tells the story of Malachi Constant, hardly the captain of his own fate, but an unwilling tool of fate. More precisely, as we learn, the novel is the story of an alien stranded on Titan, a moon of Saturn, who needs a spare part for his broken space ship. All of human history turns out to have been generated by a distant civilization for the sole purpose of getting Salo, as our alien is known, his missing part. Vonnegut uses farce in telling Malachi's story in order to undercut traditional understandings of God, religion, and the notion that humanity is at the center of the divine narrative.Read more ›
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The over-the-top plot elements had me worried that I was going to be let down. I'm glad I stuck with it. It wrapped up beautifully!Published 1 day ago by Mark Johnston
It's Vonnegut. It's one of his best books. If you need a review you missed all of high school english.Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
It is a cliche, but there is always something notable just under the surface of cliches: I could not put this book down. This is true for me of most Vonnegut novels, though. Read morePublished 24 days ago by BertBoughtThePert
My first and my favorite! Nice segue into his writing style. Only 4 stars because my 'new' copy came with a giant crease down the front :( no biggie, though.Published 27 days ago by Kairi
Played out like a great scifi/introspection movie in my headPublished 1 month ago by Sean Schoolcraft
I am a fan. 'Breakfast of Champions', 'Cat's Cradle', 'slaughterhouse five' all great. 'Galapagos' and others like 'goodbye mr rosewater' are ok. This one is not, by far. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Carlos