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Paul Park

Autor(a) de A Princess of Roumania

30+ Works 2,231 Membros 68 Críticas 6 Favorited

About the Author

Inclui os nomes: Paul Park, Paulina Claiborne

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Séries

Obras por Paul Park

A Princess of Roumania (2005) 727 exemplares
The Tourmaline (2006) 240 exemplares
Soldiers of Paradise (1987) 178 exemplares
Celestis (1993) 177 exemplares
The White Tyger (2007) 172 exemplares
Sugar Rain (1989) 118 exemplares
The Hidden World (2008) 116 exemplares
Gospel Of Corax (1861) 101 exemplares
All Those Vanished Engines (2014) 78 exemplares
The Sugar Festival (1987) 50 exemplares
A City Made of Words (2019) 33 exemplares
The Rose of Sarifal (2012) 27 exemplares
Three Marys (1819) 20 exemplares
Ghosts Doing The Orange Dance (2013) 14 exemplares
No Traveller Returns (2004) 14 exemplares
Ragnarok (2011) 8 exemplares
Other Stories (2015) 8 exemplares
Get a Grip 6 exemplares
The Tourist 4 exemplares
Fragrant Goddess 2 exemplares
Tachycardia 1 exemplar
A Family History 1 exemplar
Abduction 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourteenth Annual Collection (1997) — Contribuidor — 417 exemplares
Ghosts by Gaslight: Stories of Steampunk and Supernatural Suspense (2011) — Contribuidor — 207 exemplares
Conjunctions: 39, The New Wave Fabulists (2002) — Contribuidor — 199 exemplares
Other Earths (2009) — Contribuidor — 181 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2008: 21st Annual Collection (2008) — Contribuidor — 168 exemplares
Future Primitive: The New Ecotopias (1994) — Contribuidor — 148 exemplares
Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2011 Edition: A Tor.Com Original (2012) — Contribuidor — 144 exemplares
Year's Best SF 16 (2011) — Contribuidor — 130 exemplares
Year's Best SF 17 (2012) — Contribuidor — 129 exemplares
Sideways In Crime (2008) — Contribuidor — 100 exemplares
The Best of Interzone (1997) — Contribuidor — 99 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2011 Edition (2011) — Contribuidor — 96 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2010 Edition (2010) — Contribuidor — 94 exemplares
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2012 Edition (2012) — Contribuidor — 91 exemplares
After the End: Recent Apocalypses (2013) — Contribuidor; Contribuidor — 88 exemplares
Digital Domains: A Decade of Science Fiction & Fantasy (2010) — Contribuidor — 81 exemplares
Full Spectrum 5 (1995) — Contribuidor — 73 exemplares
Galileo's Children: Tales Of Science VS. Superstition (2005) — Contribuidor — 42 exemplares
The Stories: Five Years of Original Fiction on tor.com (2013) — Contribuidor — 38 exemplares
Omni Best Science Fiction One (1992) — Contribuidor — 25 exemplares
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 37 • June 2013 (2013) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
Conjunctions: 67, Other Aliens (2016) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 42, No. 5 & 6 [May/June 2018] (2018) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Postscripts Magazine, Issue 32/33: Far Voyager (2014) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
Exotic Gothic 5 [Vol 2] (2013) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 83 • April 2017 (2017) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Postscripts Magazine, Issue 20/21: Edison's Frankenstein (2009) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Infinity plus two (2002) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares

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Críticas

This was a strange book. To say the least.

Apparently, many people strongly disliked it; I actually found it interesting, confusing, misleading, meandering... and a good read.

But I fully understand people not liking it. This is a book that requires a certain... reader? attitude? patience? point of view? ...a certain something to enjoy, and is definitely not for everyone.
 
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dcunning11235 | 6 outras críticas | Aug 12, 2023 |
I came to Paul Park's Celestis after reading his more recent Roumania series. Although Roumania is portal fantasy and Celestis is exoplanetary science fiction, they share a great deal in style and content--and neither sits placidly within its genre.

Park has clearly worked out a terrestrial future for background to this book, but Celestis is the site of the tale, and Earth is far away. Readers get little exposure to it, except via fragmentary memories and remarks of the diplomat Simon, who is part of the most recent (and possibly last) cohort of terrestrial emigrants. There is a subjugated species of indigenous humanoids, and another native race acknowledged to be more intelligent than humans but now largely exterminated after generations of human settlement and conflict.

Reviewers are generally quick to remark the political dimensions of this novel, but I think it is far more than a parable of colonialist decline. The religious features are conspicuous, with Christianity figuring notably in the cultivated mentality of the semi-protagonist Katharine, who is an assimilated aboriginal. (I suspect that her name is deliberately spelled to evoke "Cathar" i.e. Albigensian heresy.) The priest Martin Cohen (another allusive moniker) is a key character, if not exactly an admirable one. The differences in the native sensorium create an explicit multiplication of experiential worlds connected by symbols.

Despite its large themes, the book's action takes place on a very personal level. There is a fair amount of sex and violence, all of it suitably disturbing and difficult. Almost every interaction is fraught with misunderstanding, much of it willful. I was less than twenty pages from the end, and I said to myself, "This can't end well." Indeed, while a screen adaptation might superficially present the final tableau as "happy," any attentive reader should be left with a profound uneasiness. Questions of "fact" about events in the story may prove insoluble, not least because of irreconcilable perspectives, and the ending throws this feature into almost painful relief.
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paradoxosalpha | 7 outras críticas | Apr 7, 2023 |
 
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freixas | 23 outras críticas | Mar 31, 2023 |
Imperialist HUmans find a planet to sustain life after the Earth is all used up. Two Aboriginal races live there and the humans genocide one of the races, and force the other to take a medication that limits their senses; to enslave them. A good story for a misanthropa like myself, but not for a misandrist like myself.
 
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burritapal | 7 outras críticas | Oct 23, 2022 |

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Obras
30
Also by
28
Membros
2,231
Popularidade
#11,498
Avaliação
½ 3.4
Críticas
68
ISBN
64
Línguas
2
Marcado como favorito
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