I’m over halfway The Stars My Destination. I really like it. Haphazardly flipping through the book revealed some weird things towards the end which i’m excited to reach. It’s a very different experience from the books i read previously, not so obviously entrenched in sci fi, even if it starts out with an amazing spaceship set piece. Something about its writing and preoccupations puts it apart from, say, even the anachronistic aristocracy of Fifth Head of Cerberus, which it shares but shows in a very different light… it’s hard to describe. There’s an exaltation of that kind of living and such a shallow representation of other social landscapes that betrays a disinterest in really thinking about humanity in general, something that i feel is usually strongly associated with sci fi. That said i do appreciate many of the characters, even if at times i find myself unsure whether the way the women are treated in the story would be, uh, less offensive when the book was released than today, and whether that difference is represented in the text of novel, of it’s just an illusion of mine.
Finished The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, have more feelings about it but i can definitely say that my appreciation of it changed dramatically once it began the the last big arc of the story. The tone, atmosphere and general implication of the events became so different that i started to enjoy it a lot more. Got a bit preachy for a second there… which was weird.