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The Sirens Of Titan - Kurt Vonnegut
The Sirens Of Titan
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Kurt Vonnegut's second SF novel was published way back in 1959 but remains horribly timeless. For all the book's wild inventiveness, it's one of the most blackly nihilistic comedies ever published in the genre. The tragicomic godgame is presided over by Winston Niles Rumfoord, who has... show more
Kurt Vonnegut's second SF novel was published way back in 1959 but remains horribly timeless. For all the book's wild inventiveness, it's one of the most blackly nihilistic comedies ever published in the genre. The tragicomic godgame is presided over by Winston Niles Rumfoord, who has accidentally become a standing wave in space/time and knows the past and the future. Since the future is fixed, he can't change it even though it involves him arranging nasty fates for many people--in particular Malachi Constant, richest man in the world since his father's career of interpreting the Bible as a coded guide to the stockmarket. Despite his struggles, Constant is destined for a grimly comic pilgrimage around the Solar System to Titan, home since 203,117 BC of the visiting alien Salo whose presence has warped the whole of human history. Salo's far-off people manipulated us into building Stonehenge, the Great Wall of China and other vast constructions as reassuring signals to their stranded emissary--who himself is carrying a message of truly cosmic unimportance. Small wonder that Rumfoord tries to cheer up humanity by founding the Church of God the Utterly Indifferent. Vonnegut scatters crazed ideas in all directions, forcing you into painful laughter at the grandiose futility of his cosmos. Another worthy Millennium SF Masterworks classic. --David Langford
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ISBN: 9780575045668 (0575045663)
Edition language: English
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CDRBill
CDRBill rated it
I really like Vonnegut's humor in this book. While this book has the trappings of science fiction, do not expect the type of hard sci fi as you might read from Asimov or Clarke. Currently my favorite Vonnegut book.
Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd
Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd rated it
2.5 Piercing the Veil on Religion
I'll start of by saying that I have read a number of Kurt Vonnegut books (five to be precise) and have a another one on my too read list (Player Piano) and of the five, three of them I have read twice (including this one) and of the remaining two, one I them I intend on reading again (Slaughterhouse...
Book Ramblings
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5.0 The Sirens of Titan
“Rented a tent, a tent, a tent; Rented a tent, a tent, a tent. Rented a tent! Rented a tent! Rented a, rented a tent.” — Snare Drum on Mars”That is funny until it suddenly becomes creepy, to tell you why would be a spoiler though.The Sirens of Titan is great stuff, this should come as no surprise to...
Book Babble
Book Babble rated it
4.0 The Sirens of Titan
When I first read the synopsis I assumed that this might be the first Vonnegut book that I wouldn't fall in love with. As I neared the middle of the book, it seemed as if my assumption was correct. Then the number of twists started to pile up and my mind quickly changed. The Sirens of Titan is easil...
Cygan
Cygan rated it
Bardzo podoba mi się fantastyka lat 50. rodem z USA - śmieszna i tragiczna, opozycyjna do hurraoptymistycznego kosmicznego socjalizmu. Gdzie mieliśmy międzyplanetarny internacjonalizm z kagankiem oświaty niesionym obcym cywilizacjom. A przy okazji „międzycywilizacyjną” sprawiedliwość społeczną. Ju...
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