Chimera (Salt Modern Fiction)

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Chimera (Salt Modern Fiction)

Chimera (Salt Modern Fiction)

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As with her previous work, Thompson’s atmospheric palette is hallucinatory, playing with illusion and reality. Accompanied by dryads, sophisticated AIs with synthetic bodies, nothing is quite as it seems, even desire. The Book Collector throws the essential elements of the gothic chiller into a blender and what emerges is something between pastiche and critique, in which its author never loses sight of the need to give her readers, first and foremost, an unputdownable yarn. The case takes Will to brothels, nightclubs and amusement arcades in the Scottish seaside resort of Portobello. Ultimately, this is a very interesting book with some flaws in execution that made me more curious about the author's other work, which I can imagine working better.

The intricacies of dreams and humanity, the intricacies of technology and how it conflicts with religion and beliefs, in the nest of it all in the AI Dryads and Virtual realities, the driving forces of life, ahhh I'm fangirling! It’s a wise decision, as this prose style also matches better the sparse landscape of the island itself. Synopsis For disillusioned author Max Long, the offer of a writing-fellowship on the mysterious-sounding ‘Burnt Island’ is a godsend. Other characters that tie in to this grand mythos: Cressida, Luther, Myra, Daniel, Seth (think Set). Set in a not-so-distant future, Alice Thompson's eighth work of fiction, Chimera, is just that: a chimera of a novel.

This is a Sci-Fi Horror "Greek Tragedy", even if the mythology isn't even the overall story arc, and the story is NOT a myth retelling and it is beyond even claiming that, there's a fair and beautiful amount of foreshadowing and tying in to the plot within this if you read closely. Instead, the focus is on Artemis’s almost clinical observation of the character traits and behaviours of crew members and dryads, which appear incongruous. Artemis is one of the few to have been trusted with the knowledge that this is the second mission sent, and that Mission Control wishes to know what became of the first.

Artemis, almost compulsively, ticks off their personality traits: their commander, Seth, is inflexible, his life governed by rules; Luther’s faith in technology is akin to religion; Masami is mentally the strongest of the crew because, like Seth, “she lacked all imagination, or originality of thought”. ACT Contact / FAQ About Events / Videos Merch / Subs Sign in/up Chimera Thompson, Alice More by this author. Post moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. But the AI Mission Control has hinted that her knowledge will be vital when they reach their destination. It's not a fast paced sci Fi thriller, it builds it's momentum to leave an absolutely insane ending.

Similarly, it is the sub-text of Chimera that haunts, and the questions this provocative novel asks. The world building in the story is kept at a fairly superficial level but what is revealed is depressingly believable – other than the huge leap in man’s ability to personally explore outer space. Set in a not-so-distant future, Alice Thompson’s eighth work of fiction, Chimera, is just that: a chimera of a novel. I can see people loving this novella, regardless of my personal opinion, it was a good story and the ending was as I said earlier, unhinged. So much of what they find on the Moon appears to be manifestations of the previous astronauts’ imaginations or dreams.but Thompson takes a very distinctive approach, the notion of "dreams as poetic metaphors of thought" allowing for explorations of the nature of consciousness and where it resides, the fear of losing one's identity, the omnipresence of AI, the frightening implications of virtual reality and the suggestion of forces powerful enough to override both machine programming and human nature - all overlapping and interacting with each other in interesting and inventive ways. The reasons being unfold over time, but the main points, it's how dreams and consciousness, desire, humanity all share the same root to Dreams. Dreams being such a prominent motif, the novel’s uncomfortable sense of dislocation is both blurred and heightened by a hallucinatory otherworldliness, and once the crew have reached Oneiros to find an AI-created virtual reality awaiting them it becomes harder than ever to say for sure what’s real and what isn’t.



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