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I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land (udgave 2018)

af Connie Willis (Forfatter)

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Jim, a blogger, has just left a radio interview where he argued that nostalgia for obsolete items-- like books-- impedes progress, when a rainstorm strands him in Ozymandias Books. He discovers that Ozymandias seems to be an old-fashioned bookstore, but is a pristine, seemingly endless wonderland of books. While Jim searches for his childhood favorite, he comes to understand how tragic it is that some things may be gone forever... like the magic of books.… (mere)
Medlem:bhuesers
Titel:I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land
Forfattere:Connie Willis (Forfatter)
Info:Subterranean (2018), Edition: Deluxe Hardcover, 88 pages
Samlinger:Speculative Fiction, Collectables, Dit bibliotek
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I DNFd this book after 50 pages. It was just names of books, names of libraries and stores over and over again that I started skipping paragraphs. The idea of a bookstore saving endangered books was interesting but it was completely overshadow by the fact that it was just names and places and other information about how books were destroyed over and over again. There was an employee who was kept saying how busy they were but apparently had time to give a tour and point out, oh you guessed it places and events. It was just boring and I couldn’t bring myself to finish it even though it is so short. ( )
  SweetKokoro | Jul 31, 2020 |
This story resonated with me on so many levels. What happens when the last copy of a book is lost? While some might think of this short novella as preachy, I found myself hoping it were true. As a retired librarian, I know far too much about weeding, about the abuses books can suffer, about the many ways books can be lost.

It may not be for everyone, but I loved it. For book-lovers who also enjoy fantasy. ( )
  Jean_Sexton | Feb 14, 2020 |
This short novella originally appeared in an issue of Asimov's science fiction magazine. I think it should have stayed there. The story has a cute idea that is really drawn out and becomes boring. ( )
  RBeffa | Feb 3, 2019 |
Fascinating idea as with all of Connie Willis's books. I do wish such a place existed, but it would be better if it could be accessed. A quick read and lots of fun! ( )
  njcur | Jan 4, 2019 |
Rating: A solid, sincere 4* of five

I encountered this tale in a Kindle-sale email and thought, "I've never heard of this one! Off I go to see..." and of course I *have* read it as I recalled as soon as I ogled the terrible cover. I bought it, it was a whoppin' 99¢ and even *I* can blow a buck, to re-experience the story.

If Jim existed in real life, and his blog...Gone For Good...was a real blog, I'd be all over it. The idea of a blog based on the argument that losing obsolescent things/processes/products is a Good Thing (in the old-fashioned Martha Stewart sense) stirs my Old Testamentness and makes me long for someone to bash into the dust with the Absolute Rightness of my refutations.

Jim is taught the error of his ways in this brief novella, and in a satisfying manner. I would sell your mother, dear reader, into a life of horrifying cruel servitude to be admitted to Ozymandias's Books. (My own mother is dead, therefore unsuited to the purpose of exchanging things of value. Otherwise, well, bye Mama.) Connie Willis has written two books I've liked, this one and [Inside Job]; I think she's got some good story ideas but was turned off by her too-frequently arch storytelling voice. (See [To Say Nothing of the Dog] for the apotheosis of this issue; I was panther-screeching outraged by the thing.)

So understand this about my four-star rating of this tale: It is like a narwhal, real but so freaky to see in actual factual reality that it could spawn myths of unicorn-mermaid hybrids. ( )
1 stem richardderus | Jun 29, 2018 |
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Jim, a blogger, has just left a radio interview where he argued that nostalgia for obsolete items-- like books-- impedes progress, when a rainstorm strands him in Ozymandias Books. He discovers that Ozymandias seems to be an old-fashioned bookstore, but is a pristine, seemingly endless wonderland of books. While Jim searches for his childhood favorite, he comes to understand how tragic it is that some things may be gone forever... like the magic of books.

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