The Islanders

The Islanders

Book - 2011
Average Rating:
2
Rate this:
Publisher: London : Gollancz, 2011
ISBN: 9780575070042
0575070048
Branch Call Number: SF PRIEST CHRISTO
Characteristics: 339 p. ; 24 cm

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

g
gendeg
Oct 14, 2014

The pact we make as readers of fiction is willful suspension of disbelief. In The Islanders, Christopher Priest has come up with new ways to make even that literary pact suspect. As one friend put it, "he's not just screwing with you but with your ontological certainty." Trying to write a thoughtful review of this Rubik's Cube of a book was as difficult as trying to unravel the narrative itself. As I was reading, I kept hearing the Twilight Zone theme song in my head, and I had this low-grade paranoia that the islands I was reading about were much more than they seemed.

Priest is a science fiction author who is widely known for books that play with illusion and unreliability. Like the illusionists in his earlier work The Prestige, Priest is a cunning underminer of assumptions and conditions. The Islanders thrills by throwing you off balance in the same way. It's an icy burn of a read but not a slog. The book is simply told (the prose is quite flat actually), yet complex in concept and structure, full of shifting shadows and smoke and mirrors. Something deep and seismic is going on here. Even now I'm not sure what it is exactly but I know it's there. So don't think too hard when you read this book (though you probably will). When you arrive on the islands, toss out your compass and enjoy the tour.

s
survivalcycles
Apr 29, 2013

Wow! I was fully prepared to put this book aside without finishing but, happily, kept at it. Worth the read; Priest manages to turn things around completely towards the end. A slow build to a distinctly satisfying conclusion. His dreaming, often mythic prose reminds me of the work of Italo Calvino.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at SCCLD

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top