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Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand Paperback – Deluxe Edition, December 15, 2004
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But what I frequently hear from people whom I've persuaded to read this book is that it, somehow, caused them to open their perceptions; to feel that there were more ways of thinking, of feeling, of living than they had previously known. This is Delany's specialty; he did it first in "Dhalgren" but he does it best here, and in this respect no other author can match him. And this is a great talent and a great gift and why Delany will still be read when William Gibson has disappeared down the road that swallowed up Murray Leinster (two of my favorite SF authors, by the bye, and no offense intended.)
Naturally, when something is this good it immediately goes out-of-print. I'd recommend letting Amazon find you a copy - they found me a perfect mint condition first-edition hardcover for $31. I can't recall when I've been so happy about anything.
Oh, and the sequel. Science fiction fans around the world are awaiting it with some annoyance - he did publish the first chapter in 1997 in some academic journal (memory tells me the Journal of Contemporary Fiction, but memory could be way wrong), but it more frustrated and delimited than satiated that desire for closure to the story of Marq Dyeth, Rat Korga, Velm, Nepiy, the Thants, the Xlv, and the mysterious and sinister Web that snares them all. It's anybody's guess if he'll ever finish it, but I certainly hope he does!
After seeing the number of highly positive reviews on this page I was excited to begin "Stars in My Pocket". But upon finishing the book I was very disappointed on every level.
The pace of the book was very, very slow with lots of very well written but ultimately uninteresting text.
The idea that your perfect erotic object is somehow magically your perfect love is just not how love/eroticism typically works. We all know a friend who is irresistibly attracted to someone who drives them crazy.
The re-re-use of the nail biting, large knuckled, veiny handed young male of dubious hygiene finally got tiresome for me.
After reading the nearly incomprehensible afterword by Delany I fear that this book was an experiment designed to please English graduates not regular science fiction readers.
If you are interested in Delany start with his short stories and go from there. He is an amazingly talented writer who went off course with this book.
This novel plays with the reader in a number of unusual ways. First, there is the race of the protagonists: it makes a difference in the plot and meaning depending on how you picture it in your mind's eye. Second, there are so many basic plot/theme inferences that there are many different ways to connect the dots. While confusing, it is also a challenge. Third, there are many seemingly unrelated incidents, which may indeed form a whole if you can recognise the overall pattern of the tapestry. It is deliciously mysterious and fearfully evocative.
Spoiler warning. My reading of it is that there is a crisis, with the strangely destructive and apparently unknowable aliens. Into this, a learning disabled man miraculously survives a completely destroyed planet and with the help of technology assumes the charisma of an enlightened despot, which establishes a cult following of a frightened populace. But what is so amazing about this is the detail of the world as imagined, from the turtle-like nature species to the bizarre practices of an elite family (they taste rocks while hunting).
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I read this book many years ago and had to read it again. it is probably my favorite book of all time. totally different from anything I've ever read.Published 1 month ago by Unknown
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First things first: This novel is one of my favorite works of literature ever; reading it the first time was an experience of literary ecstasy.Why did it have such an impact on me. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Daniel B.
Many masters of literature recognize Delaney as one of them. But we, the reading public, seldom do as well. This is my favorite book.Published 5 months ago by Hans Vermy
In my humble opinion, it is a very challenging book, starting from the elaborate language through the peculiar use of pronouns (I will not reveal the rule so as not to spoil the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Anna
If there is such a genre as social-science fiction, this author is it's clearest and most thoughtful voice. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Steffan Santoro
I don't like science fiction, but was tole to read it anyway. This is a great writer with strong characters and a solid plot line. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dave Shumway
I will give Delany credit for throwing me a curveball. When I first read "Dhalgren" years ago I didn't think I would be in for the rather graphic sex scenes that the novel... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Michael Battaglia