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Eye of the Queen Hardcover – 1 April 1983
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- Publisher : Arbor House Pub Co (1 April 1983)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0877954623
- ISBN-13 : 978-0877954620
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Classy to the point of sedateReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 August 2020
There are a lot of complex ideas here and for the most part they are explored thoroughly with an accessibility that challenges the great Clarke. The tone is cool and the pace is relaxed. The description is superb and the few characters that there are (a plus in my opinion) are extremely well drawn. Set in the not-too-distant-future, The Eye of the Queen is a tale of humanity's first contact with a species more technologically advanced than itself. As the two cultures meet, debates and misunderstanding abound, yet sympathy is achieved for all sides. This necessitates some perspective changes, which are kept to a minimum and are entirely appropriate to the beautifully simple device of presenting the narrative as an annotated series of diary extracts - a method reminiscent of Stoker's Dracula. Mann manages it with skill, commenting on his own use of linguistic devices and using it to manipulate readerly perceptions of the two main characters, in much the same way as Shelley does in Frankenstein. There is humour in such self-reflectivity, entirely fitting to Mann's statement that "Thinking about alien consciousness helps clarify my thinking about Earth and the way we conduct ourselves." A laudable aim that he undoubtedly achieves at the expense of the plot and the action, leaving the whole somewhat lacklustre.
Unique, to say the least...Reviewed in the United States on 21 December 2015
It's hard to write a review for this book. I liked it for its uniqueness. The story is told in the form of diary entries followed another person's comments and often the other person's added explanations of events. The story takes place for the most part on an alien planet with a very alien culture.
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imaginations candyReviewed in the United States on 21 March 2016
You will find yourself imagine the set and characters easily! This book is easy, but complex. Human nature understood through complex other world beings.