Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Rating: 4/5 Rating
Extremely strange, yet, fascinating; stretched my imagination
About the author:
Michael Moorcock is an English writer currently living in the United States. Although primarily known for his science fiction and fantasy works, he has also published literary novels. He was the New Wave literary style in science fiction. Although his Nebula Award–winning novella “Behold the Man” is often thought to be his most famous time travel story, Moorcock does not consider the tale to include any time travel. “Pale Rose,” included herein, is one of Moorcock’s favorites of his own stories and is both ribald and complex. It was first published in New Worlds Quarterly in 1976.
Please excuse the briefness of this review. I just got back home and settled from a Brandon Sanderson signing, and it is 12:02 am, so I am rather tired.
Moorcock’s prose and wiring styles – I LOVED them. All I could think was, “this is how I like my epic fantasy written!” Granted this is science fiction – because of time-travel and the other technology present – but it still felt very fantasy to me. And I think was because of what some of this tech could do.
There are these rings things, and I’m not exactly sure how they work, but each person with them, can kind of create their own environment and scene. And with Moorcock’s writing – whose prose I LOVE – it felt like I was reading a fantasy.
All of the events and scenes and pictures he described really stretched my imagination. It was not that weird almost incomprehensible stuff like Mieville; it’s all believable, but you have to almost close your eyes, at times, to picture it right – which I enjoyed.
One thing I had problems grasping was this world we are in. It was extremely confusing at first trying to figure out where/when, and what laws of this place where, but I did figure it out eventually. Apparently this is a location where time-travelers all come to when they can’t go back to the past(present)? Or it’s just a time people happened to all travel to? I’m not sure. The way time-travel works here is once you go to the future, you can only go to the past for a brief around of time, before you are forced to leave. By coming back for these little amounts of time though, people of the present – like scientists – are able to gain a little bit of information about the future to try to help prepare for it. And it is apparently thought these accounts of time-travelers, that we get the story Werther.
The story is broken up into 6 parts with part 2 revealing this information. This is where a time travel auditor explains all this. Personally, I thought the story could have done just fine without it. Wether or not I knew this story was being told by someone who pieced it together from multiple sources or if it was told be some random narrator – wouldn’t have mattered. After that part 2, the auditor never even talks about himself again.
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My review isn’t doing much justice to the story — as I now realize I left the plot out… Oops! Basically Werther is upset because of this world they live in now, its hard for anyone to fell regret or suffer, because they can always make things right. Oh! And everyone talks in the super high nobel style with a hint of that classic tragedy (O me miserum!). It’s good stuff. Very good story. Did I say how much I liked Moorcock’s prose and writing style yet? 😛
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