Two writers, two styles, two approaches to one subject. What if a human being could fly?
Join the two lions of Russian/Soviet science fiction and fantasy – Alexander Belyaev and Alexander Grin, as they explore the possibility of a flying man from their unique viewpoints.
|Publisher:||TSK Group LLC|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||331 KB|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What if a man could fly? Without artifice, without contraptions. Two Russian authors, two 'treatments', one a tripping LSD-style mindbender (not deliberately, at least I don't think so), the other a straight forward SciFi type. Meet Alexander Grin's The Glittering World: his protagonist is much like the narrator, El Gallo, in the Fantastics for whom much of the action appears offstage, out of sight but never out of mind. It has a surreal circus-like quality with rings surrounding you, the reader, filled with activity in a dizzying array, keeping you off-balance. It's got a huge 'HUH?' factor going for it. The other Alex, Belyaev's Ariel begins as all things should: the beginning. A creepy school, forgotten children, nefarious administrators, questionable motivations, terroristic threats and cruel punishments. The protagonist is a clever boy, smart enough to keep secrets, especially about himself. A compassionate boy, a boy who grows into a man capable of love, despite the conditioning designed to strip him of all emotion. In both stories, it's about 'gifts' that others would covet for their own use, it's about coming to terms with the machinations and manipulations of a world greedy for different, for sensationalism and for titillation. A world that should be about redemption, something these two authors tackle in vastly different ways. Both are disquieting, both are journeys of the mind and heart. I preferred Ariel, by quite a lot actually, but Grin's work still niggles at the back of my consciousness. They are Russian. They use words like weapons, sometimes indirect, burying you in the sheer volume of their language's largesse; sometimes stealing upon you with simplicity and subtle imagery. They are about love, they are about consequences. And they are always worth the trip. Author provided a manuscript for the purposes of an unbiased review (BeachBumBooks)