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Brian Aldiss' new novel, HARM

Have you read Aldiss' new novel? HARM is a brilliant novel about a comedic British novelist arrested in England for writing a "sedicious" passage. It is also about a human colony on another world inhabited by intelligent natives. Mostly, though, it's about the US and British reactions to 9/11 that have led our nations toward totalitarianism and how fighting a war against the enemy within leads to the loss of our humanity.

I highly recommend it.

Best,
Chris

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renegade500
Aug. 8th, 2007 02:17 pm (UTC)
Oh sure, one more great book I should buy and read, to add to my ever-growing stack! ;-)
mckitterick
Aug. 8th, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC)
I aims to halp!
renegade500
Aug. 8th, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you're real helpful! :-)

And it's not like ArmadilloCon is this weekend, and I'll be in a hotel full of booksellers, at least one of whom is likely to have this in their stock...
cmt2779
Aug. 8th, 2007 02:57 pm (UTC)
Wow, that sounds really interesting. I sure wish Aldiss were American, though; it would be so much easier for me to justify reading his work (which nearly always sounds really interesting) if he were.

Regardless, I might have to read this one. :-)
mckitterick
Aug. 8th, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC)
You need to justify reading Aldiss? Is this because of an American Studies program?

Well, this book, specifically, might as well have been written by an American right now.
cmt2779
Aug. 8th, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)
I'm just trying so hard to make sure everything (or at least most of what) I read directly relates to my teaching (freshman composition and American literature) or my comps/dissertation. And yeah, since I'm an Americanist, that means I have to convince myself it's okay to read British (or other) authors.

But I've been convinced. I just bought a copy. It'll probably be the next novel I start, as a matter of fact.
saycestsay
Aug. 9th, 2007 06:13 am (UTC)
Fine. I grabbed it off my to-be-read pile and read it today. I'm a few pages from the end.

It's a graphic distillation of what we know is happening. I'm not sure he wrote it, merely transcribed a victim's memoirs.

"How did you get that awful bruise? Did you run into a door?"

Yeah, I grew up like that.
mckitterick
Aug. 9th, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
Yowza, that would be a hard read to do all in one day. Painful in such a strong dose.
cmt2779
Aug. 9th, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
Read it (and wrote about it)! Thanks for the recommendation. :-)
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