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Измеренията на чудесата #2020

  • Title: Измеренията на чудесата
  • Author: Robert Sheckley Робърт Шекли Владимир Зарков Иван Мадански
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  • Page: 234
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    1. I am a big fan of both The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy and Neil Gaiman, so when I saw that this was one of Neil s recommended produced audiobooks, and that it was very similar to HHGTTG though it came first , I decided to give it a listen And it was interesting It was quirky and different, and some parts of it had me giggling, but I didn t like it nearly as much as I d hoped to I thought about this book for a full day before writing this review, trying to figure out what I thought about it [...]

    2. This book is similar to the Hitchhiker s Guide series in construction, and nearly as good, but hardly anyone has heard of it If you re an HHTG fan who s still in withdrawal following Douglas Adams s untimely departure, consider reading some Sheckley Mindswap and the short story collections are equally brilliant.Dimension of Miracles contains a brilliant and haunting idea which I often think about view spoiler The hero, Thomas Carmody, has been taken from Earth to receive a Prize in the Galactic [...]

    3. The right to be wrong is fundamental throughout the cosmos If there is a mess on earth, the cosmic mess is much messier And Robert Sheckley was the one to open our eyes You provincials are all alike, filled with impossible dreams of order and perfection, which are mere idealized projections of your own incompletion You should know by now that life is a sloppy affair, that power tends to break things up rather than put things together, and that the greater the intelligence, the higher the degree [...]

    4. Comic science fiction isn t a genre that appeals to me that much, but this was as charmingly dated as a Bradbury story and as fresh and current as an episode of Rick and Morty I listened to the audiobook, terrifically read by John Hodgman if anyone would like it, holler at me and I ll Dropbox it to you.

    5. What a spectacular book I have read Sheckley before, but not this novel I was in for a real treat Due to an error, Tom Carmody has won an intergalactic lottery Please disregard the fact that Carmody had no clue there was any life outside of Earth, let alone they had contests and he was someone an entrant Carmody takes this news with poise and he collects his Prize after a challenge from another contestant Oh yeah, the Prize sentient.From here, Carmody goes on an adventure to find three pieces of [...]

    6. Sheckley s finest The writing equivalent of stepping in sun baked gum on hot summer asphalt The kind of plot even the editorial team of Superman Family would reject But hey, talking dinosaurs with day jobs and interstellar bureaucracy Sheckley wanted by the consistency police for plots against humanity.

    7. This was a book I really wanted to enjoy I mean, a comic science fiction romp through the galaxy that kept getting uniformly compared to Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy for its absurd humor I dove right in.First things first this book is really not too much like Hitchhiker s Its plot has a few parallels here and there, and it has the same kind of absurd spirit to its humor But Dimension of Miracles takes itself extremely seriously Whereas Hitchhiker s might sprinkle a bit of playful philosophy [...]

    8. A bemused innocent, cast adrift in a vast and unnecessarily bureaucratic universe, struggling to find his way home A man who builds planets So many of the elements Douglas Adams took and made something special out of So why isn t Dimension of Miracles better known It might be the writing Adams may have written science fiction, but he was steeped in an English tradition that included his hero P G Wodehouse Adams learnt how to turn a phrase find all the bits of the Hitch hikers series that have be [...]

    9. I don t have time to list all the things that were bad about both this novel and this performance of it But please for the love of all that is good don t believe anyone who claims that this book remotely resembles, foreshadows, or is otherwise anything at all like Douglas Adams _Hitchhiker s_ series, even the horrid and insulting 5th book in the trilogy.This book is so steeped in the smug, clueless dark narcissism of 60s scifi that it beggars the imagination how a brilliant writer like Neil Gaim [...]

    10. I picked this up from Audible when I had some cash on my account that was about to expire It caught my attention, because it was one of the Neil Gaiman Presents selections I really like Gaiman s work and I figured I would probably also like a book that he recommends I was right.Dimension of Miracles was amusing, witty, and well written In many ways, it was like Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy, only it came first It begins when Tom Carmody is whisked away from his New York apartment upon acciden [...]

    11. Before Douglas Adams, there was Robert Sheckley Before Hitch Hiker s Guide to the Galaxy, there was Dimension of Miracles This is a very strange book to read Strange not only because the plot is so twisted and weird it s pretty much impossible to tell with a straight face it involves a lottery ticket that was never purchased, a prize that rivals the Major Award in Christmas Story, and lots of other things but the writingoh my goodness The Writing To compare the writing to Douglas Adams would be [...]

    12. This audiobook is part of Neil Gaiman presents, a series of books selected by Neil Gaiman for Audible for which Gaiman selects the narrator.I can t believe I never discovered Robert Sheckley during the 70 s when science fiction was the only genre I ever read This book has all the elements I most enjoyed about science fiction of that time in which the possibility for out of this world adventure provided the perfect environment for introspection and critically appraising our lives.

    13. Dimension of Miracles by Robert Sheckly is the original Hitchhiker s Guide To The Galaxy I mean it is the definitive comedy space opera novel It follows the interstellar adventures of typical American businessman Tom Carmody after he very surprisingly wins the Intergalactic Sweepstakes A messenger takes Carmody to the Galactic Center to claim his Prize, but Carmody has no clue how to get back home the where, when and which of his Earth is required information he lacks So together with his Prize [...]

    14. I had never heard of this seemingly not alone there , yet have read and enjoyed Hitchhiker s with which there are many similarities though they are quite different in execution I came to it through Neil Gaiman and Audible and in that sense, Neil s idea to bring books he loves to a wider audience is working.The Book I enjoyed the story, the absurdity and scenarios and frequently found a wry smile on my face Rarely a laugh though maybe a chuckle once in a while It s enjoyable and brief.I think the [...]

    15. Dimension of Miracles is a bit fun, often very absurd, but not particularly engaging For all the similarities, it is surprising that Douglas Adams never read this prior to writing the Hitchhiker s Guide It even has one of the problems of Adams series that the main character is almost entirely acted upon, an unwitting bystander in his own story, rarely the actor Adams overcame this by making Arthur Dent funnier and surrounding him with outlandish characters and situations Sheckley provides the ou [...]

    16. Absolutely brilliant Tour de force of masterful absurdity, the treasury of paradoxes, the bliss of irony and humor I first read Dimension of Miracles some 30 years ago as a teenager and enjoyed it back then, but now I am totally infatuated with it s sheer brilliance It was written before The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy, and Douglas Adams claimed he read it only after he wrote the Guide, but the similarity of tone and mood is amazing This may be a dangerous thing to say, but I think that Dim [...]

    17. Most reviews of Dimension of Miracles seem to stress the novel s relation to Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy While there are similarities, I m not sure that comparison holds up Where Hitchhiker s is laugh out loud funny, the humor here is internally amusing Where Douglas Adams is scattershot, Robert Sheckley gives a pretty straightforward plot Adams pessimism comes across as increasingly angry and cynical as the series goes on Sheckley s is sad and resigned The two works do complement each ot [...]

    18. I listened to the audiobook narrated by John Hodgman and it was wonderful It was part of a series curated by Neil Gaiman, and he gave a little introduction and did a discussion with Hodgman afterwards I wish every audiobook had that The book itself was delightful incredibly prescient especially if you love the Hitchhiker books and somehow manages to be completely timeless unlike many older sci fi books, there is very little that plays as dated or old fashioned Highly recommended for fans of clas [...]

    19. Before Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams, there was Robert Sheckley As I read Dimension of Miracles, I kept thinking that Carmody really needed his bath towel and a little of Rincewind s creative cowardice Sheckley was well known in science fiction circles, but he never had the high culture profile of Pratchett or Adams His wit has bite than theirs though his style is not as polished He is well worth a read, and Dimension is a good place to start.

    20. Carmody has a visitor appear and award him a prize The Galactic Prize, that is Things get stranger with every turn of the page My favorite science fiction writer from my youth and this is my favorite of his books I think he was the inspiration for Vonnegut s Kilgore Trout and Douglas Adam s acknowledged this short novel as the blueprint for the Hitchhikers Guide books.

    21. I read this long before I ever heard of Douglas Adams, and I find Sheckley to be funnier less self conscious or precious, a bit edgier This must be long out of print, but it s worth finding Utterly hilarious.

    22. Found this one thanks to the Neil Gaiman Presents audiobook series Think Hitchhiker s Guide, but American and written in 68 Also, the audio version is narrated by the deranged millionaire John Hodgman.

    23. I ve read most of Sheckley s books and short story collections and I believe that the highest density of Sheckley style humor lies between these covers Maybe onmy rivaled by the his great parable Journey Beyond Tomorrow.

    24. I still remember the opening, when he receives Greetings Travel across the universe with no guarantee you will ever get back Hilarious stuff.

    25. Frequently cited as one of the inspirations behind Douglas Adams HITCHHIKER series, it pales a bit in comparison, but is nonetheless one of the funniest SF novels ever written.

    26. Computers are infallible When they make a mistake, it is in fact correct, as the design included the probability of the error, and it performed as designed Perfect.

    27. Abstract scifi humour at its greatest heights If you love The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy then you probably going to love also this book.

    28. Sheckley is so deeply wise and ironic that sometimes I think that he is the only one human being among popular sci fi writers

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