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Monday, February 1, 2010

Its about Time!

Next up 'The Masks of Time' by Robert Silverberg! Its been ages since I read any Silverberg, and this is a book from 1968, re-released in 2002 as part of Gollancz's Collector's Series with some neat Jim Burns artwork.
Basically its about a guy named Vornan 19 who appears out of nowehere in Rome on Christmas Day 1998-the book begins in 1999 on the eve of the Millenium and a little back story is explained. The visitor claims to be from a thousand years in the future and his arrival, stark naked, in Rome, near Christmas, causes quite a stir...


I didnt finish this book-just couldnt get into it,too much waffle!

7 comments:

j purdie said...

I went through Silverberg like water. He's written so much. I haven't read this one; mostly I read short story collections, although I haven't read much of his work recently. I picked up a hardback second hand a few months ago but it's still sitting in my unread pile.

Larry said...

Well after a few chapters I can honestly say that its rather reminiscent of Philip K Dick! There's quite a bit of science in this tho,which at the time of writing (1968) would have been quite cutting edge-particle physics type of stuff. Tho it never bogs down the flow of the story. The main character, Leo Garfield, does remind me a bit of the character from Dick's Flow My Tears the Policeman Said. It has that kind of oddness about it found in Dick's work!

j purdie said...

Might get a copy of this. I enjoyed Flow My Tears. I don't know how close Dick and Silverberg were but I do know Silverberg wrote a story as homage/tribute when Dick died. Don't know when it was first published but I have the story in the Silverberg collection The Conglomerate Cocktail Party.

Larry said...

Yea Flow My Tears was a good read(I've reviewed it on here)
I've found Dick hard to read or just too weird in the past, in fact 'Flow' was the only book of his I've truly enjoyed !

Larry said...

Well I'm up to page 102 and I'm bored! Silverberg doesnt seem interested in the potential in this otherworldly character Vornan-19; instead he seems obsessed with sex and nudity. Should have called it Yawnville!

j purdie said...

Well Silverberg does have a huge output, not everything can be perfect. I preferred his short stories and novels from the early to mid seventies.

By coincidence Subterranean Press have just announced two Silverberg books, one of which is basically the stories in Conglomeroid Cocktail party - I have the Gollancz hardback and I'm almost positive it came out in 1984.

Dick was another whom I read a lot but his work tends to repeat. He was churning it out in the fifties and sixties. I think his later work is better.

Larry said...

hmmm I've only read a few Dick books, and most have not been memorable. I've yet to try The Man in the High Castle but the synopsis of that book doesnt appeal to me-I'm not great on alternative histories-I like space opera too much…