“And have you still nothing to say to me, Earth – my mother, my father? Are you ashamed of me? Or are you proud? Or are you no long there? – an emptiness, an absence, empty void?
Have you solved my puzzled yet?
So as melancholy falls once more in the town of trees, I make my way I know not where, guided as by my feet on rails. Horror, guilt, still lurches in my entrails, but exhilaration, exultation also pumps my blood, with all that entails.
from The Rhymer: an Heredyssey by Douglas Thompson
When the bees were wiped out, famine and war threatened, mankind faced the abyss. But then came salvation, in the form of the cyber bee. Fully functional, fully capable of replacing its extinct predecessor. Humanity would survive. But suddenly, the bees are not behaving the way they should. Something is wrong…
Saying this book is good would be an understatement – immensely entertaining!
Douglas Thompson never cease to amaze me.
Rhys Hughes tagged me for this. In your status line list 10 books that have stayed with you.
Don’t take more than a few minutes. Don’t think too hard. They don’t have to be great works, or even your favourites. Just the ones that have touched you.
Tag 10 friends including me so I’ll see your list.
Books that have stayed with me?
L’Éducation sentimentale (Gustave Flaubert)
Splendeurs et misères des courtisanes (Honoré de Balzac)
Le Rouge et le Noir (Stendhal)
The Dispossessed (Ursula K. Le Guin)
War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy)
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
After Such Knowledge (James Blish)
Le Matin des Magiciens (Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier)
Les jeux sont faits (Jean-Paul Sartre)
À la recherche du temps perdu (Marcel Proust)
The Trial (Franz Kafka)
Thus Spoke Zarathustra (Friedrich Nietzsche)
Demons (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
2010 – The Coandă Effect (Rhys Hughes)
2010 – O Evangelho do Enforcado (David Soares)
2013 – Experiments at 3 Billion A.M. (Alexander Zelenyj)
2014 – Feather (David Rix)
2015 – Sylvow (Douglas Thompson)
2016 – A Suite In Four Windows (David Rix)
Rules: In your status line, list 10 books that have stayed with you. Don’t take more than a few minutes; don’t think too hard. They don’t have to be great works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag 10 friends, including me, so I’ll see your list.
I write this review after rereading the book on telegram mode.
If at the turn of the millennium technology started to get better and better the human race also learn to use it without worrying to live in symbiosis with nature. Why to worry about nature if with our intelligence we can overcome nature, right? We see nature more as a powerful rival than an ally.
Some of the premises of Sylvow are based (or maybe not) on this idea, but the overall text’s semiotics are remarkably more significant and complex; Sylvow goes beyond… and is terrific and simply breathless the whole time.
Sylvow is a meaningful and thought-provoking book. Right from the start, I knew this was going to be a sur(real) book, and my opinion was not changed throughout the reading. It delivers such a strong message of fear, survival, hope and love, that leaves your mind devoted to thinking about it for a long while after. It made me think about all my creature comforts, and what is actually necessary in life.